Kurt V. Reviews The S5 Dual-Motor Carbon Fiber Electric Scooter

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.

Disappointments:

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!

Full review of the S5 dual electric motor carbon fiber scooter

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.

Previously here:

Video: Kurt V. Unboxes The New S5 Dual-Motor Carbon Fiber Electric Scooter
The Dual-Motor Electric Scooter Is Getting Closer To Release
First Sighting Of Third-Gen Carbon Fiber Electric Scooter
Kurt V. Has Over 1,150km (715mi) On His FLJ eScooter
Video: FLJ Second-Gen Carbon Fiber Scooter Unboxing
The Future For NYC: Portable Electric Scooters
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9 Responses to Kurt V. Reviews The S5 Dual-Motor Carbon Fiber Electric Scooter

  1. Valley Zhang says:

    Hi Blogger, I am Valley from YJC industiral, the maker of S5 daul motor scooters.At first wanna thank you for writing this passage. We apprecitate your comment,and we also discuss in our internal team, with our poject team and engineers.

    Pls check the following queries to answers to coments and question:
    1) There is no total odometer.
    Answer: About this , we are considering, and figuring a solution to add it.

    2) Speed is in kilometers per hour and cannot be changed to miles per hour. More suckage. That would have been trivial to add.
    Answer: About this , we are considering, and figuring a solution to add it.

    3) There is no app although a Bluetooth symbol appears on the control panel. What were they even thinking in 2017?
    Answer: about the blue tooth, as per our market survery, it’s not neccessary, so we decide to cancel, and foucs on the scooter pratical use more

    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.
    Answer:Yupe , for the low volatage alarm, we already modifed the controller systems, and add switch on soocter, you can choose to turn it off after you get alarm.

    5) There is no Cruise Control. A rider has to keep thumb pressure on the throttle. WTF!
    Answer: it’s good, we will do it. At present, it’s a common problem for this kind portable electric scooter. (Cuz usaully this kind scooter used as first and last mile solution),while for S5,it’s with more than 30KM mileage, so we should do it.Thank you.

    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.
    Answer: For this point, we already solve this porblem, and the start mode can be swithched by user when they get our new S5 scooter.

    7) Recharging the battery can take up to five hours. That’s just nuts.
    Answer: About this, we will keep do effort, while it take long time, cuz the charging time is decided by the battery capacity, and it’s also a common problem in battery industiral, no fast charging tech yet.

    8) The European model uses quality batteries. The Chinese model likely uses cheap generic Chinese batteries.
    Answer:For S5, we only use LG battery cell, and the batterty supply (RYDBATT),very famous manufacturer, they are also the battery supplier to BYD Auto.

    9) When folded, the scooter’s stem can still rotate. It would lock in one place with prior models.
    Answer: About this , when you lift it up by the scooter stem, and the the deck would rotate to the limit position , then it will not move anymore, so if use carry several meter,it’s still ok. Once you try it, you will total understand.

    If you got more idea or suggestion or commnent, you can also email me directly:sales11@yjc-china.com (+86 18825208114) at the same time, when you post here

  2. Quinn says:

    Hi:

    As a person that recently purchased one of these City Rover units, i just wanted to warn everyone about the incredibly poor quality and poor customer service. The accelerator refused to function after a mere 20 or so kilometers, and they have (still) been uncooperative in getting replacement parts. Not only are the shipping costs not covered by warranty, but the parts are always shown as out of stock. The refund policy is only good for 7 days from purchase. 7 days! It took all of about 2 months to even receive the box from China! Totally useless. Plus they add on a $150 “restock” fee, and whatever shipping it takes to get the box back to them….All in all, a terrible purchase. Poor customer service and poor customer treatment would be an understatement. Appallingly bad more like it!

    • mikecane says:

      Thanks for warning everyone. I suspected things were amiss when Kurt V. stopped postings videos about it. That is unlike him.

    • mikecane says:

      I’ve since sent them an email using the address they put in their earlier Comment here. I’ve received no reply but I suspect several people came to this site afterward to read your Comment. If there’s any action, please let us know. Chinese companies don’t act in their best interests by stiffing their customers.

  3. Jenny says:

    Hi Quieen,

    This is Jenny from CityRover.
    Now the product is updating, we are improving this scooter, including the structure and the electronic parts.That is why this e scooter is out of stock. After finished (within this month), we will send the new parts to customers, i think that will be better to send improved replacements.:) And we will resell this escooter.
    About the accelerator problem, it may be caused by missuse or cracked,its not quality problem, any escooters have this problem.. But we provide replacement for you within three months for warranty.
    Besides, we just had a 8-day holiday for National Fesitival. Maybe i did not check the email so frequently, you misunderstood me.:( I just come back to work today.
    Hope you know.
    Thank you
    Jenny

  4. Jason Nguyen says:

    Hi! I just found this website and it answered so many of my questions especially the bluetooth icon.
    – I’m a proud owner of an Unbranded S5 since I saved up so long for this scooter and only time will tell how durable this actually is. Two of my S3 scooters broke the day before the S5 arrived, they both stopped charging any ideas what’s going on?
    – On the S5. When I click the horn and gear button at the same time, it disables the motor; any clue what that function is useful for?
    – I found a speed trick by unplugging the blue wire inside the handle bar and that’s pretty cool, if you know any other tricks that will allow me to reach the scooter’s full potential then please share it with me.
    – If any issue arrises, I will keep you all updated.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Jason Nguyen

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