The best electric bikes for the coming apocalypse
If you’ve taken even a passing glance at the news today, you’ve seen non-stop headlines about the COVID-19 outbreak, plus, as an added bonus, the stock market is plunging because of fear of the virus and an economic tiff between Saudi Arabia and Russia. It certainly feels apocalyptic. And even though the best thing you can do is stay calm, wash your hands, and work from home if you can, it’s totally normal to panic buy stuff that you don’t need. I certainly did.
As cool as these bikes are, though, I want to be clear: the COVID-19 outbreak is serious, but there’s no reason to panic, and buying an electric bike won’t actually save your skin if the worst happens.
I wouldn’t exactly call myself a prepper — I don’t have any MREs or a pre-packed bug-out bag — but in the midst of a wave of depression about the climate crisis last year, I bought the Sur Ron electric bike shown below. Why? I mean, what if I need to get out of the city and the roads are blocked? Is that a rational fear? Absolutely not. But with non-stop news coverage about pandemic, it certainly feels good to have.
So, in the spirit of irrational panic buying, I’ve prepared a list of very sick electric bikes that you could use to escape your urban area of choice. The qualifications are pretty simple: you’re going to need a bike that’s at home on the roads, but has the power and suspension to go off-road if need be. The thinner and cleaner commuter electric bikes, like the VanMoof, certainly are nice, and are probably a great buy under normal circumstances, but our design brief is clear: these are the bikes to get before the shit hits the fan.
Sur Ron Black Edition
- Availability: Beginning of April
- Price: 3,600
- Top speed: 45 mph
- Max range: 40 miles
This is the bike I have and it’s amazing. It’s smaller than a real dirt bike but includes beefy front and rear suspension so you can really eat bumps, cracks, and pot holes for lunch. I’m using mine in street-legal mode, which limits it to 20-25 mph, but in my experience going any faster on the road is asking for trouble. These bikes are also pretty popular, so you can get replacement parts if you have to, and with Segway becoming the second U.S. distributor (after Luna Cycle,) those parts will only be more and more common. I got mine from Luna Cycle and opted for the belt drive conversion, so it’s as silent as it gets.
Cake’s electric bikes are easily the best-looking bikes on the market, and they’re also the most expensive at around 14,000. But this isn’t without merit: the Kalk is one of the few electric bikes with fully custom parts — most of the bikes on this list use dirt and mountain bike parts, and that’s fine at lower speeds, but may not be at sustained high speeds. The 53-mile maximum range is fairly standard in these sub-motorcycle electric bikes, but the top speed of 56 mph is definitely premium.
Delfast Top 2.0
The Delfast Top 2.0 is one of those electric bikes that use a lot of off-the-shelf parts, but it has an extraordinary max range of 174 miles on a single charge. I would personally be cautious about riding at the top speed of 50 mph, but 20-30 mph is a lot faster than migrating on foot when things go south. Fun fact: the police in Baja California, Mexico, decided to buy these, so you know they’ve got some power.
Luna Cycle X1 Enduro
- Available now
- Price: 3,650
- Top speed: As fast as you can pedal
- Max range: “30-50 mile range with moderate pedaling”
Unlike the rest of the pseudo-dirt bikes on this list, the Luna Cycle X1 Enduro is an electric mountain bike for people who actually ride bikes in the mountains. It has a throttle, but it’s made to be used in pedal-assist mode. That said, it does satisfy our main requirements: it has a full suspension, so you can ride on almost any terrain, and it comes with off-road tires. And for 300 extra you can have Luna Cycle enable “ludicrous mode,” which gives you 2,000 watts of power instead of the stock 750 watts.
Not for nothing, the Luna Cycle X1 Enduro is also a really nice bike. Assuming the apocalypse doesn’t come, you probably wouldn’t regret snagging this sleek electric ride.
The Ubco 2×2 isn’t a bike Batman would ride, that’s for sure. But with 75 miles of range and room for cargo, this cute little ride caught my eye. With all the other bikes on this list, you’re going to need to carry whatever you’re taking with you in a backpack, which can get tiring on long rides. With the Ubco 2×2 you can mosey your way out of disaster with a lot more gear. Think about it: you’re going to need food and water, right?
And you might be thinking: with only 40-60 miles of range, what happens when I get out of the city and run out of power? That’s up to you my friend. You’re out of the city, now you’ve got to navigate the suburbs and rural America, and that’s a whole other guide. Just have a friend with a Cybertruck wait for you on the outskirts of town. It’ll be fine. probably.
Again, there’s no reason to buy one of these bikes for disaster purposes, but I have one, and let me tell you something: it’s rad as hell. It’s some of the most fun you can have on two wheels. How you rationalize the expense is up to you.
Sur-Ron is a surprise hit across many disciplines, Trials, Enduro, Hill climbing, Exploring, or Freestyle fun. Its immense torque has won the hearts of the most professional riders.
By Integration, Design, or Performance, Sur-Ron E-Bikes set new standards in all areas
Sur-Ron On Road LB Dual Sport Electric Dirt Bike (Road-Legal)
ABOUT SUR-RON BIKES
Sur-Ron was founded in 2014 by three motorcycle and hi-tech enthusiasts. With a 30 Million USD of investment and a team of 40 engineers the Hi-Power E-Dirt Bike has come to life. This group of industry leading specialists combines the best in system engineering, developing the intelligent systems and implementing cutting-edge technology, and vehicle design, product development and manufacturing.
Due to the popularity of the Sur-Ron there are now a wide range of accessories and custom parts available. Many components (Bars, Stems, Brakes and suspension) are interchangeable with most high-end Downhill MTB products to provide a massive range of performance and cosmetic upgrades to customise your machine Check out custom decals, Supermoto wheel kits, Component and suspension upgrades.
Are Surrons Road Legal?
The short answer is yes, Surron offers a on-road version of the LBX called the Surron L1e, with many features which make it the road-legal variant of the standard Surron LBX dirt bike.
Are sur-ron motorcycles legal in the UK?
The short answer is yes, Surron motorcycles are completely legal in the UK. It is important to keep in mind that to ride on the road you need to use the on-road variant of the LBX which sports many features that make it road legal in the UK.
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TVS XL100 Comfort
TVS XL100 Comfort is a moped bike available at a price range of Rs. 46,456. Rs. 58,065 in India. It is available in 2 variants and 6 colours. It is powered by a 99.7 cc BS6 engine and has a user reported mileage of 51.5 kmpl. It comes with both front and rear disc brakes.
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TVS XL100 Comfort Price
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TVS XL100 Comfort Summary
About XL100 Comfort
TVS XL100 Comfort is a moped bike available at a starting price of Rs. 46,456 in India. It is available in 2 variants and 6 colours with top variant price starting from Rs. 58,065. The TVS XL100 Comfort is powered by 99.7cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 4.3 bhp and a torque of 6.5 Nm. With both front and rear drum brakes, TVS XL100 Comfort comes up with combined braking system of both wheels. This XL100 Comfort bike weighs 86 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 4 liters.
The TVS XL100 Comfort is a moped that has been developed to cater to the rural markets and their demands. This no non-sense two-wheeler is known for its cheap maintenance and good pricing point. In fact, this moped is so famous that a lot of companies buy it in bulk due to its longevity and durability and also due to its cheap running expense.
TVS XL100 Comfort Colours Design The XL100 Comfort is available in available in two colours – blue and brown. Because it is a rural product, TVS has given it a design that looks extremely utilitarian. The tall handlebar, large single seat, round headlamp – all are present to make the moped look functional. The tyres have skinny profile, but the target audience have no problem with it. As a result of its functional design, there isn’t a lot of body components on it due to which the moped is quite light.
TVS XL100 Comfort Mileage Performance TVS claims a really impressive mileage for the XL100, but our test revealed a mileage of 52kmpl. This TVS gets its power from a 100cc single-cylinder four-stroke fuel-injected engine. This motor produces 4.4bhp at 6,000rpm and 6.5Nm at 3,500rpm and comes mated to a single-speed gearbox with a centrifugal wet clutch. Due to the changes related to the new emission norms, its weight has increased by 3kgs and tips the scales at 89kgs now.
TVS XL100 Comfort Specifications Features Due to its product positioning, the XL100 Comfort doesn’t really get a lots of features but it does get conventional telescopic suspension in the front and dual hydraulic springs in the rear. Brakes ae drums at both sides. The miniscule fuel tank can take up just four litres of fuel and a touch-start system is common across all variants.
TVS XL100 Comfort Alternatives The TVS XL100 Comfort doesn’t really have a single rival in the Indian market. As a result of this, the moped enjoys all the market share.