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Does the Scrambler S Make Sense for a SHTF Situation?

Written by Mike Glover on November 24, 2020

W hile I was writing this article, strong Santa Ana winds had caused catastrophic fires in several regions of California. In the name of public safety, Pacific Gas and Electric (PGE) — California’s largest utility company — intentionally shut down power to hundreds of thousands of people. The idea was simple: If there’s no power running through utility lines, the risk of fire goes down. Unfortunately, the most recent fire started when a tree fell on a power line in an area where power hadn’t been turned off yet.

T hese events are yet another reminder that our world is changing rapidly. The evolution and progression of technology has anchored our dependence on the power grid, and this is making us more vulnerable. I want you to ask yourself this question: What would I do if a catastrophe disabled and destroyed the infrastructure that my family is dependent on? No more cell phones, no electricity, no water, no gas, and everybody fighting for the same resources. What’s your bug-out plan?

As survivalists, we teach self-reliance by utilizing the proper equipment, leveraging our technical skills, and applying the proper mindset. It’s also critical to understand that in a natural or man-made disaster, you’ll inevitably become your own first responder. As an example, like I highlighted in the very beginning of this article, the wildfires in California present a real and present danger to citizens. On November 18, 2018, in Butte County in Northern California, the “Camp Fire” burned 153,000 acres and killed 85 people, including five firefighters. The fire destroyed nearly the entire community of Paradise and cost close to 16.5 billion in damage. (For a firsthand account from a survivor we interviewed, read this web-exclusive article.) So, in considering the question of what you’d do right now, we have to look at our capability based on available options — here’s where an electric bike comes in.

We got our hands on an electric bike made by Vintage Electric Bikes from Santa Clara, California. We’ve tested and evaluated a few bikes, but this is the first one we actually assessed specifically as a “bug-out” bike. There are several reasons why an electric bike would be a great option to get out of a bad situation, and they start with the size of the platform. Unlike “go-rigs” or full-size vehicles capable of getting off-grid, when the infrastructure or grid shuts down, people’s natural behavior is to displace themselves from the danger. This means hitting the road in their vehicle and creating as much distance as possible. With so many heading for the hills, you can imagine that when rush-hour traffic looks bad at peak hours, an emergency exfil looks vastly worse. At least nine people were found dead in their cars after the aforementioned Camp Fire spread across crowded roads. The advantage of a bike is its ability to navigate along roads that are jammed, easily taking alternate routes that vehicles can’t maneuver through.

Obviously in a catastrophe you’ll see the loss of electricity, damage or destruction to gas stations, and a surge of people fighting for turns at the pump. I’ve been in foreign countries where man-made disasters have led to chaos where militias were fighting for control over gas stations. In those situations, getting gas wasn’t an option without risking your life. Not having a dependence on resources that operate off the grid is a huge advantage.

Most electric bike companies are taking aggressive approaches in making their bikes stand out. When you have a pretty competitive and new space, you’re going to see a lot of unique setups. I’ve tested electric bikes that look like pit bikes, bikes that are custom built and made for off-road, and bikes built for military applications where stealth and speed are paramount. But innovation and design features in this space come at a cost. The bike we tested from Vintage Electric Bikes is called the Scrambler S and costs around 7,000, which is by no means cheap, but still less than some other bikes in its class.

Above: The use of an “off-road only” limiting plug gives the Scrambler a great edge over some of its competitors: It doesn’t have to be registered or plated like a car.

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The Scrambler S is a bike that’s “best experienced in the dirt,” according to Vintage Electric’s website, and it comes with standard equipment that sets it up for just that. It features a rugged suspension fork and knobby tires that allow it to coast smoothly on paved roads but retain traction on loose dirt and sand. At 86 pounds on an aluminum frame, this bike is definitely lighter than most. Our first impressions on the ergonomics and rideability were that it actually feels like a normal bike, because technically it is. Besides the added battery and hub on the rear wheel, it feels like a regular bicycle, and we like that. So many other electric bikes are built like hybrid dirt bikes, which can be intimidating for novice riders. The bike has a large amber light up front with a grated metal screen to protect it from rocks and debris, and the rear underneath the seat has an LED taillight as well.

Above: Rugged but low profile, the Scrambler may serve as a good fallback or contingency option for bugging out, depending on your local terrain and needs.

Vintage Electric Bikes claims this bike’s top speed is between 20 and 36 miles per hour. An “off-road”-only plug must be screwed into the side of the bike to allow it to exceed 20 mph. This is important to note because many e-bike companies haven’t thought this out, and instead exceed 20 mph, which then forces the owner to register and plate the bike in his or her home state. This is genius and avoids a lot of the reasons people don’t want to purchase an electric bike that may or may not have to be registered, plated, and insured. Check your local state laws on e-bikes and understand the classifications of electric bikes as noted by bikelaw.com:

“Class 1 electric bicycle” or “low-speed pedal-assisted electric bicycle” shall mean a bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.

“Class 2 electric bicycle” or “low-speed throttle-assisted electric bicycle” shall mean a bicycle equipped with a motor that may be used exclusively to propel the bicycle, and that is not capable of providing assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 20 miles per hour.

“Class 3 electric bicycle” or “speed pedal-assisted electric bicycle” shall mean a bicycle equipped with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling, and that ceases to provide assistance when the bicycle reaches the speed of 28 miles per hour.

We tested the Scrambler S in Prescott, Arizona, at around 5,000 feet in elevation and decided to evaluate its capability on- and off-road, replicating a bug-out scenario from an urban area to a rural one. This took us from the downtown area of Prescott to the woodline surrounding the foothills, and eventually into over 6,000 feet of elevation. On our initial “bug out,” the power was readily available, but as we gained elevation it became apparent that with added weight comes added strain on the motor and thus the speed in which the bike accelerated. Our average speed up into the foothills was around 20 mph still, but we noticed the battery started to die quickly as we continued our trip. The advertised range of the Scrambler S is 75 miles; our journey began on a fully charged battery and ended at mile 13 when it ran out of juice. Now in all fairness, we had the bike loaded down with a backpack weighing in at 35 pounds and the rider who weighs nearly 260 pounds.

Above: The addition of a “saddle bag” allows on-board storage of small EDC or immediate-need tools and supplies.

This option from Vintage Electric Bikes is a viable option for bugging out, but given the price and the battery considerations, it might not be the most economical or primary plan for most people. A cheap dirt bike is loud and fuel hungry at full throttle, but may greatly exceed the range of an electric option with one full tank. The biggest concern we have is bugging out on the initial push. You’re obviously limited by battery capacity depending on weight, but then, what happens when you’re out of charge in the middle of nowhere? You probably won’t be able to find an outlet and wait for the batteries to charge, but you may be able to acquire fuel and fill a tank in a few minutes. All in all, it’s definitely a consideration, but a contingency at best for me until the infrastructure catches up with the technology.

Vintage Electric Bikes Scrambler S

Battery: 48v 23.4 Ah (1,123 Watt Hours)

Contemporary Designer Builds Scrambler E-Bike Out of Wood

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Meet Electraply, a dashing wooden e-bike that blends classic motorcycle looks and sustainable design in one pot. The electric bike is made almost entirely from plywood (hence the name) and can reach a top speed of 28 mph (45 kph), according to an email sent to IE.

A contemporary woodworker’s sustainable project

The inspiration for the all-electric bike was born out of designer Evie Bee’s passion for vintage cafe racer and scrambler motorcycles and her desire to salute and to keep these iconic elements alive through her modern interpretation. Being a conscious woodworker, Bee is striving to bring sustainable design, modern manufacturing methods, and traditional construction techniques together in her works.

On her website, Bee further explains that [she] felt this project would be a perfect and challenging opportunity to bring all these interests together and push my making skills to the limit. One of the other motivating factors for me choosing to make this bike was the desire to fulfill my dream of owning and riding my own e-bike.

Building the Electraply

After searching through various scrambler motorcycles, Bee decided to model hers after the Yamaha SR 250 Scrambler due to the fact that it is one of the most popular donor bikes for custom scrambler motorcycle projects.

With layers of sustainable poplar plywood were milled on a CNC machine and steel parts cut on a plasma cutter, the project began to take shape. Including its battery and motor, the bike weighs around 66 lbs (30 kg) which is around the same weight as fat tire e-bikes that usually range from 55 to 77 lbs (25/35 kg). To keep the weight down, poplar plywood was used for the central frame, Bee told IE.

For extra strength, birch plywood is used for the outer frame pieces, and the dropouts are made of stainless steel. While it’s not a dainty piece of work, it’s sure built to be sturdy. As for the motor, Bee used a 26 Smart pie front-wheel motor and a 36v 12.5ah Yose power battery.

The ingenious solutions in the making of the bike

One of the questions Evie frequently got was why she d idn’t hide the battery. To which she replied: Since the bike design was inspired by scrambler motorbikes, which have their gas tanks very visible. I wanted to carry this through into my own design, but swap the gas tank out for a battery!

She had to use V-brakes for her bike as the forks were salvaged from an old jump bike that wasn’t able to accept new disk brakes. About her bike’s brake system, Bee told Interesting Engineering that, The front brake is electronically wired into the motor, meaning that when the brake is pressed, the motor will stop accordingly. It is a fine solution for now, but the forks shall certainly be the first thing I upgrade once I have the money. She also said that she’s aware that it will be a necessity when the design is commercialized, and added, The rear wheel is also fitted with a coaster brake, so there is some extra security there.

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The Ducati e bike, Scrambler, is a luxurious and stylish urban bicycle ready to deliver a comfortable ride.

Named after their famous Scrambler motorbike, the Scrambler Ducati e bike is a cool and stylish motorized bicycle, with premium levels of performance and high-quality components.

A name that is synonymous with speed, quality, and power to those in the motorcycle world, Ducati is an Italian manufacturer that was originally founded in 1926.

They are a world-renowned, well-respected brand, who in recent years has collaborated with the Italian manufacturer ,Thok, to enter the e-bike market.

Ducati e Bike Scrambler Mechanical Specifications

MOTOR- Class: Pedal Assist Weight: 2.8 kg 36v, 250W 60Nm torque.FRAME- Material: aluminum alloy Type: High-step.

The MIG-RR was Ducati’s first step into the electric bike industry, but this was a limited edition with only fifty (50) units made originally.

However, in 2019, they revealed three (3) more bikes, including their urban model, the Scrambler.

Lastly, it has been discovered that the Italian brand has stepped into the folding electric bike category with three (3) different variations (we will discuss later).

If you are considering investing in a Scrambler Ducati e bike, find out why I think this is one of the best ones to look into but also areas with limitations.

Scrambler Luxurious Design and Construction

The design of the e-Scrambler is in classic retro Ducati style. This model is available in a rally- ready yellow and stylish black color.

Ducati frame

It features an alloy frame, with both forged and CNC parts as well as hydroformed tubes.

This model is better suited to the urban environment and would be an ideal choice for your daily commute.

Whilst, it has not been created with the hardcore MTB experience in mind (like the Cube Reaction Hybrid Pro 500 ), it will handle some light off-roading instances (including mud or snow thanks to the flaps that will help you stay clean).

There are three (3) other models that Ducati offers for mountain biking activities.

Italian design

Similar to what the Ducati motorcycle model was offering, this commuter electric bike was designed for comfort and durability.

In terms of comfort and safety, there are three (3) things you can count on:

  • Saddle: the saddle will absorb some of the bumps along the road, thanks to the inclusion of a gel composition.
  • Rear rack: to make things more suitable for commuting riding, you can include a pannier bag to carry stuff.
  • Lights: the Ducati e-bike features front and rear headlines for improved visibility when riding in the dark.

The construction

One thing that I love from their design is the fact of how easy you can jump in or out the bike.

This is thanks to the telescopic dropper post, which can be adjusted with the use of side handle.

Aside from the above, I’m impressed on how clean the electrical and braking cable system is hidden inside the frame.

This is not only good on how the ebike will look but also, the positive impact that will cause over the quality of the lines.

The downside as a unit

Despite of its incredible design and frame configuration, the Scrambler e-bike weighs in at just 22.5kg.

Compared to other models along the same urban category (such as the Batavus Razer Turbo e-bike ), I think this model is still not up to the rankings to land into the lightweight side.

Pirelli Granturismo (GT) Tires

This Ducati e-Scrambler e-bike has been equipped with tires that offer an excellent grip for improved traction on a variety of terrains.

The bike features Pirelli Cycl-e GT27, 5″x2.35 tires, which have similar treads to a motorcycle. As a result, expect enhanced rolling efficiency, whilst having great grip on asphalt or concrete.

Regarding the grip, at first glance, you will think that this Pirelli tires will not provide enough traction and support on wet conditions, nevertheless, the treads are deep enough to displace the water and maintain the grip.

I won’t be 100% confident that you can have enough traction and control on loose gravel and sand, so be careful.

50W Shimano Motor

The Shimano Steps (Total Electric Power System) E7000 motor will provide reliable performance and will give you the extra boost needed.

On top of the quality provided by Shimano, so far, this is the lightest motor (at 2.8 kg) I’ve seen in the market for commuter e-bikes.

In terms of speed and torque, the motor is capable of reaching 36 km/h (22 mph) and has a maximum torque of 60Nm.

This is great considering that you will have to work little to get this baby running.

There is a couple of things I really like about STEPS motor:

  • Noise while operating: the first thing that I like is the low noise generated while running. Believe me, you will think that the motor is not running, especially on busy cities.
  • Design: compared to other e-motor manufacturers (such as Bosch), you will find how compact and strong is the whole structure.

I believe, this is as result of what Shimano developed with their e-mountain bike range.

Lastly, I have no real bad thoughts about this electric motor so far.

Shimano Battery 504wh

This commuter Ducati e-bike has been equipped with a compact 504wh Shimano battery, which was designed to work perfectly with the STEPS motor.

Range and chemistry

In term of the range, you will be expecting to have an efficiency of 75 miles (150 km) with a full charge. This will vary with regard to riding styles, terrain, rider weight, and height.

In my experience, I’ve been getting around 60 miles per charge (could be because I use the power mode more than usual).

Despite of been equipped with great Watts technology, I think this is still significantly lower if you compared with other models along the same range (e.g; Stromer ST5 ).

The chemistry is not any different from what you would expect in any other e-bike.

This is a lithium-ion battery that integrates on the down-tube and it has IPX5 level pf water-resistance.

The combination of cells will give you around 1000 charges cycles before you start noticing a power deficiency over time (you will get a 60% power delivery).

Ducati e bike battery charging times

This e-bike should come with a 4A charger. If fully drained, you will have to wait around 5 hrs to get it back to 100%.

Alternatively, if you are in a hurry, you can have 80% of the charge just done in 2,5 hrs.

  • Avoid letting your battery charge dropped below 25%. This could cause the battery to reduce the overall lifespan. Read our e-bike battery guide to learn more: eBike Batteries: The 2020 Beginners Guide.
  • Pedaling will not charge up the battery.
  • If you run out of power you can still ride your e-bike to the destination.

Lastly, what I like the most about the technology used here is the ability to provide with some extra energy to keep the controller, Di2 and lights on so that you can get to your location. This option is called: bring me home.

Drive-train and Front Suspension

Suntour XCR suspension

The 100mm Suntour XCR 34 spring-loaded fork is strong and enhances the overall control of the e-bike while increasing the speed.

Don’t expect to much impact absorption since the suspension was designed for city streets, no off-roads riding. That is why you have a 80 mm suspension travel.

There is one important aspect to mention here which is the fact that you can keep the suspension locked or unlocked.

Having a locked suspension will save some pedaling energy, which is an advantage when riding up-hill.

Some of your pedaling energy will be absorbed by the suspension, and you may want to transfer that energy into the crankset (which goes to the back wheel).

Drivetrain

The Scrambler e-bike is also equipped with Sram NX transmission with 11 to 42. It allows for improved power.

Shifting feels relatively intuitive and slick but the cassette is heavier than similar models.

Ducati e Bike Switch Unit and LCD Display

This electric commuter bike is equipped with a very intuitive finger tip shifting switch: SW-E7000-L.

We say intuitive because you only need it to change between the assistance modes.

Additional to the above, the unit is capable of deactivate the assistance, if you require to, or set a walking alternative.

In total, you should expect three (3) assistance levels: Eco, Trail, Boost.

In terms of the LCD display, you will have more than what you expect from this little device.

Speed, battery percentage, current assistance mode, odometer, trip distance and time are the main information to be found.

To access this information, you just need to press the little button bellow the display, then observe the stats.

On thing that I like a lot, is the possibility to customize the general operation of the e-bike.

This is a great advantage since you only need to set up your riding needs and off you go. This can be done by using your phone, which needs to be synced via Bluetooth.

Lastly, to make it more appealing, the SC-E7000 is ready in five (5) languages. Personally, I don’t think this is a great deal but could be for some other riders.

Ducati e bike Scrambler Review: Final Thoughts

If you are looking for an e-bike that has the performance levels to stand up to the price, this could be a perfect choice.

Whilst the cost could still be considered steep for e-bike standards, it is relatively affordable when compared to other brands.

From my perspective, combining the knowledge and quality that Ducati always offers and the power and reliability that Shimano delivers, the Scrambler Ducati e bike is by far one of the best electric commuter bikes in the market for now.

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The District Scrambler is really in a class all its own. However you configure it, to be street legal or not, The District Scrambler is the most versatile, two-wheeled, on-and-off-road EV legal to ride in more places than any would-be competition.

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Accessible seat height of 33”. Saddle 21.6”long with 2.75”of comfortbale padding.

Optional DOT, CE and e-Mark certified 5.7” headlight projects an impressive 2,250 (low) to 3,240(high) lumens.

Optional DOT, CE and e-Mark certified 5.7” headlight projects an impressive 2,250 (low) to 3,240(high) lumens.

Mode 1: Class 2 eBike (750W, 27 MPH Limit)Mode 2: eMoped (37 MPH limit)Mode 3: eMotorcycle (70 MPH limit)Mode 4: Performance eMotorcycle (70 MPH limit)

The belt and chain rotate on the same Jackshaft to isolate suspension and torque forces. Zero squat, chain growth or maintenance.

WHEELS TIRES

Easy Battery Removal

Open the compartment, detach the data, negative and positive connectors, and lift. Now you can charge, swap or store.

Off-Road eMoto Alternative to Electric Dirt Bikes

Explore hidden city gems, back country roads and single track trails only accessible on dirt-worthy machines.

The team can be proud of the design, work and philosophy behind the whole product. It’s amazing to say the least.

Through the bike you can feel the nuances of the LAND team ringing through like an awe inspiring concert. The welds, engineering, design, and all the other processes peaks into art, form and performance!

Our CORE batteries are ideal for LEV mobility. Compact, powerful, and lightweight. District battery packs of the future will be even more energy dense (extending range) and charge faster.

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Ride Mode Selection

Mode 1: eBike (27 MPH)Mode 2: eMoped (40 MPH)Mode 3: eMotorcycle (70 MPH)Mode 4: Performance (70MPH)

72V CORE Battery Packs

Range: 40. 120 Miles Max kWh: 2.1. 6.4 MkWh Nom kWh: 1.8. 5.5 kWh Charge Time: 1.5. 5.5 hrs Weight: 27. 72lbs Output: 17kW

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LAND’s internal magnet radial flux (brushless) motor is two things: powerful and durable. We’ve stressed-tested the electric motor’s performance capacity well beyond the maximum production parameters.

Exactly what you want from a two-wheeled EV: worry-free adventures for decades to come.

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11.5kW 17kW 350Nm ~23

Few, if any, drivetrain pivot systems are so beautifully simple. When the belt and chain rotate on the center axle it creates independence between the suspension and torque of the chain at acceleration. Zero squat, zero chain growth.But the real story is in the minimal maintenance and ease of working on the bike. In fact, you can drop the jackshaft, remove the axle and everything else stays together. Boom! Simplicity. Change a belt, switch sprocket sizes and more with the greatest of ease.

than a decade of honing motorcycle suspension allows us to tune handling characteristics for optimum riding squarely in the mid-ranges of rider weight and usage (on or off-road).

LAND also won Fox Factory Inc’s first ever light EV suspension partnership, officially bringing Fox into the electric motorcycle market for the first time with an adjustable EVOL air shock.

Fork LAND
Fork Diameter 37mm (inner), 48mm (outer)
Fork Spring Cartridge dampening, coil spring
Fork Travel 120mm
Rear Shock Fox Racing Shox
Rear Shock Spring Air, High Volume EVOL Cartridge
Rear Shock Travel 4“ or ~100mm

Wheels and Tires

Our cast, then CNC-machined and coated aluminum wheels are uniquely designed with wheel cover mounting holes.

An oversized hub diameter accommodates for durable, maintenance-free sealed bearings and an enlarged surface area. This additional hub material also improves performance for the other spinning elements (rear sprocket and disc rotors). Choose from clear coat or black wheels.

Front and Rear Axles 15mm x 270mm
Front Wheel 17” x 1.85”
Rear Wheel 17” x 2.15”
DOT Cert. Street Tires Shinko Golden Boys | Front: 17” x 3.0” | Rear: 17” x 4.2”

Magura hydraulic brakes offer DOT safety and superior braking confidence. Then, leveraging decades of transportational design experience, we went to designing our own in-house brake rotor to match the benefits of our proprietary hubs. LAND’s proprietary rotor is engineered with air channels that also push loose debris away from the rotor’s braking surface.

Front Brake Magura HSQ dual-piston, 24mm cylinder
Front Rotor LAND, 255mm
Rear Brake Magura HSQ single-piston, 24mm
Rear Rotor LAND, 220mm

Waterproof, Backlit LCD Screen

  • Standard motorcycle readings
  • Left Button: changes ride mode
  • Right Button: switch between Odometer/Trip
  • IP 67 dust/waterproof rating

Beaming Front Headlight

  • DOT, CE and E-mark certified
  • 5.7” diameter
  • 3 Settings: Running / Headlight / Brights
  • Aluminum heatsink dissipates heat
  • 50,000 hour rating
  • IP67 dust/waterproof rating

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