SUPER73 S1: Motorcycle or eBike?
When it comes to eBikes, the SUPER73 S1 is a contemporary classic. It’s reliable and energy efficient and comfortable to ride, and there’s a vintage flair and cool simplicity about it that makes almost everybody who sees one in action want one, too.
Maybe that’s why they are so popular now that you can hardly get your hands on one.
In many ways, the SUPER73 S1 is the absolute gold standard in an industry that’s just a few years old. But there’s always room for improvement, so that’s why the designers and engineers at the California company keep launching new and improved versions of an urban cruiser that has swiftly become one of the world’s favorite modern mini-bikes.
About The SUPER73
The company started up in 2016 in Orange County, and nostalgia played a big role from the start. The first SUPER73s were inspired by the small motorcycles that had been fabricated in that area in the 1970s.
The team at SUPER73 hand built their first ones, too, making stylistic nods to the past while using next-generation know-how. The result of their efforts was a timeless two-wheeler that turned heads not only with its looks but also with its technology.
Just a year after the company started up, the S-Series was launched as SUPER73’s first full-production vehicle to be offered overseas.
The following year saw the launch of the S-Series, which was the company’s first full-production vehicle to be offered globally, and in recent years a series of viral videos on YouTube and associations with celebrity riders like Will Smith and Post Malone (with his custom-built 24k-gold ride) have helped to raise the ride’s profile.
Acclaim for the bike has spread in other places, too. For instance, in celebration of French soccer team Paris-Saint Germaine’s 50th anniversary, the company released a limited-edition model, and a custom café-racer style SUPER73 was displayed at the Petersen Museum’s Electric Revolution exhibit in collaboration with legendary custom motorcycle builder Roland Sands.
The SUPER73 S1 is an Amazing eMotorcycle Hybrid
If you are old enough to remember puttering around on a small motorbike back in the early ‘70s (or if you’ve heard stories from your mom, dad or uncle or aunt), it was a given that you had to fill it up with oil and gas and give it a forceful kick start to get it going. By contrast, the ease and convenience of the SUPER73 S1 is almost laughable.
You’ve got to plug it in to a standard 110-volt outlet to charge the 768-watt-hour battery, but once you do, the SUPER73 S1 gives you an estimated 30+ miles of range at 20 mph under throttle-only operation and an estimated 50+ miles of range using ECO pedal-assist mode. (These battery ranges are estimates based on a number of conditions including your weight and your speed as well as temperature, wind conditions, tire pressure, terrain, incline, etc. In other words, like with all electric vehicles, mileage may vary.)
The bikes are single speed, like a moped, and have three levels of pedal assist as well as a thumb throttle. There is no suspension, but the big, knobby tires and cushioned seats smooth out a lot of bumps.
How Much Does the SUPER73 Cost?
The SUPER73 S1, which is priced at $1,800, is designed to be comfortable for people who are between 4 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet, 2 inches, and that have a 275-pound weight limit. That should cover most of us, but if you’re taller than that, you can get an optional extended seat.
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SUPER73 Specs & Features
On the rear of the bike is an aluminum cargo rack that comes standard. That’s so you can strap on your backpack or shopping bags or whatever, or you can upgrade to include the extended seat.
Powering the 70-pound bike is an internally geared brushless DC hub motor that’s capable of outputting up to 1,000 watts of peak power. Underneath are all-terrain tires (20 inches by 4.25 inches) that are pretty flexible for either riding on paved roads or some off-road riding as long as it’s not too adventurous.
All Super73 S1 bikes are equipped with Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, and there’s a big, round retro-looking LED headlight to help you see where you’re going (and for others to see you) and there’s a tail light and brake light on the back.
Other features include a battery gauge, an odometer, trip meter and a solid-state 5A high-power charger.
The SUPER73 S1 is a cruiser, not a racer – you can expect a top speed of around 20 mph, maybe 25 tops on flat ground. But it will get you where you need to be, and you’ll be riding in style. And it’s got classic good looks that borrow from the past with electric technology that’s heading into the future.
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