Kurt V. is back with his review. There’s not much riding footage in it. It’s mainly a verbal review with some riding at the end.
But that riding contains a rather big surprise.
1) There is no total odometer. There’s only per-trip odometer. That really sucks big time. Imagine going to the store and turning off the scooter. The odometer is then reset to zero when it’s powered back on!
2) Speed is in kilometers per hour and cannot be changed to miles per hour. More suckage. That would have been trivial to add.
3) There is no app although a Bluetooth symbol appears on the control panel. What were they even thinking in 2017?
4) The loud horn is also a low-battery indicator and will beep every damn two seconds until the issue is resolved. That will be irritating to riders and pedestrians.
5) There is no Cruise Control. A rider has to keep thumb pressure on the throttle. WTF!
6) Acceleration happens as soon as the throttle is pressed. No kick-to-start legal loophole. This makes it immediately totally illegal in New York City.
7) Recharging the battery can take up to five hours. That’s just nuts.
8) The European model uses quality batteries. The Chinese model likely uses cheap generic Chinese batteries.
9) When folded, the scooter’s stem can still rotate. It would lock in one place with prior models.
However, even with all of those minuses, Kurt wouldn’t go back to his single-motor S3 model. The power of the S5 — as well as its shock-absorbing suspension — makes for a better ride.
Having listed all the demerits above, anyone interested in the riding footage alone can start the video below about around the 29-minute mark. See Kurt and the S5 tackle a 17-degree slope!
That scooter would do the Death Hills around me with no problems at all.
I hope when Kurt visits the factory next year, he convinces the manufacturer to update the control panel firmware for total odometer and the option of speed in miles per hour. And maybe make the low-battery warning less annoying.
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