SUPER73-C1X 75mph electric motorcycle unveiled, plus new e-bikes

SUPER73’s highly anticipated debut (then canceled, then rescheduled, then delayed a bit again today) took place a few minutes ago in Los Angeles. The brand had teased several new e-bike models and hinted at a lightweight electric motorcycle. Luckily for anyone who appreciates their e-bikes with one or two excess extra sides, SUPER73 comes with it. The SUPER73-C1X electric motorcycle concept was unveiled alongside a new entry-level Z-series electric bike, an updated R-series bike and a new electric balance bike for child.

Anyone familiar with SUPER73 already knows that the brand falls somewhere between “super-powered electric bikes” and “electric motorcycles that you can park on the rack”.

Look no further than the 2,000W, 30+ mph R-Series e-bikes that SUPER73 has unveiled as the brand’s first full-suspension models.

But now the new SUPER73-C1X cranks up the power even further, dropping the pedals and any remaining e-bike charade with them.

The SUPER73-C1X electric motorcycle unveiled

Instead of a high-powered electric bike, the C1X gives us a low-powered naked electric motorcycle. SUPER73’s disclaimer highlights the fact that this is no longer your typical e-bike: “License, registration and insurance required”.

Going further, CEO LeGrand Crewse described it on stage as “the natural evolution of a SUPER73”.

The small size and 31-inch seat height make it more like a Honda Grom than a full-size street bike, and the smaller-format 15-inch wheels should keep it pretty nimble.

The bike is also expected to be lighter than full-size motorcycles, as the company claims it has a “target weight under 300lbs.”

The C1X features a mid-mounted engine, although the company has yet to release a horsepower figure for the engine. SUPER73 said it should allow cyclists to reach a top speed of “over 75 mph”, or at least 120 km/h for anyone following the pond.

SUPER73 opted for a chain drive on the C1X, so don’t expect it to be a quiet electric motorcycle. Unlike most electric motorcycles that use belt drives, chain-driven electric motorcycles tend to have a little more chainsaw noise than motor roar.

It’s not yet clear how big the SUPER-C1X’s battery is, but the company says it can achieve a maximum city range of 160 km.

What is the range at its top speed of 75 mph? Your guess is as good as ours, but around half that number or less would be a smart bet.

Recharging should be fairly quick though, as the company claims an 80% charge in less than an hour.

The price adds to the lack of published information for the C1X. SUPER73 hasn’t revealed a final figure for the brand’s first road-legal bike, but they’re taking $73 deposits for reservations. Production is expected to begin “end of 2023”.

Brooklyn SUPER73-R Electric Bike

The SUPER73-R Brooklyn has been unveiled as the latest full-suspension e-bike in the brand’s lineup. While the brand’s previous R-series e-bikes have focused more on off-roading, the Brooklyn model will be intended for on-road use.

The street-specific SUPER73 LZRD tires and new handlebar should combine to deliver better performance on the road.

The bike also includes a healthy mix of new components along with popular retained features, as the company explained:

“The SUPER73-R Brooklyn now includes a front and rear lighting package plus a horn – items that were previously reserved for the RX. The R Brooklyn also gets air assist for its inverted coil spring fork to improve comfort and control, while its hydraulic twin-piston brakes are retained.As before, the SUPER73-R Brooklyn features a powerful internally geared brushless DC hub motor capable of a peak output of 2300 watts. a state-of-the-art 960 watt-hour battery, the R can deliver over 40 miles of range at 20 mph under throttle activation, or over 75 miles using ECO pedal assist mode, selected via phone SUPER73 app.”

The bike can have a range of 40 miles at 20 mph, but many riders will surely want to unlock its top speed at the more thrilling 28 mph.

SUPER73 Z-Miami Electric Bike

The new Super73 Z-Miami may look like a familiar Z1 e-bike as we’ve seen before, but it sports a few key updates.

A removable battery, new tread pattern, new lightweight aluminum frame and new paint colors adorn the updated bike.

The bike sports a healthy performance as well, as the company explained:

“The internally geared brushless DC hub motor is capable of 1200 watts of peak power. Coupled with a long-lasting removable 615 watt-hour battery, the SUPER73-Z Miami is capable of delivering over 30 miles of range at 20 mph in throttle-only mode, or approximately 50 miles of range using power assist mode. ECO pedal via selectable driving modes in the SUPER73 phone app. Additionally, it will come pre-wired for easy installation of optional accessory lighting.

SUPER73 Youth Series Children’s Electric Bike

SUPER73’s new electric kids’ bike is a little more of a motorcycle than a balance bike, although SUPER73 CEO LeGrand Crewse certainly touted it as a balance bike to help kids ages 4 to 8 year olds learning to ride a bike and developing key balancing skills on a two-wheeler.

The bike features a right-side twist throttle, low seat height, large foot platforms, and a cute little removable battery pack with 60 minutes of ride time. There’s even a hydraulic disc brake setup in the rear—a surprisingly nice component for a kids’ bike.

There are several parent-controlled ride modes that should allow moms and dads to adjust the intensity of the ride as juniors’ skills improve.

With a maximum rider height listed at 48 inches, it looks like some taller kids might enjoy it for more than just “learning.” Riding the block on the smallest little electric motorcycle you’ve ever seen sounds like a hoot.

Better make your parents pay though – the youth series will cost $995.

Electrek’s Grasp

The design of the C1x will certainly divide. In fact, SUPER73’s European website accidentally leaked the design when someone found a cached version of the C1X launch page and posted it on the SUPER73 subreddit. The mods did a quick job of deleting the Reddit post, but not before comments poured in largely about the aesthetics of the bike.

Then comes the price. It was always going to be difficult for SUPER73 to compete on price – it’s just not in the company’s playbook. SUPER73 has always charged a premium over comparable performance bikes like those from Ariel Rider. Then you have to consider that something like CSC’s City Slicker electric motorcycle, which runs at almost 80 km/h, only costs $2,795. Not to mention a more comparable spec Kollter ES1, which can hit 120 km/h for just $5,995. Without yet knowing what SUPER73 will charge, it remains impossible to say whether it can compete with the many new entrants in this growing market. But with global markets plummeting and the company likely very aware of the SONDORS metacycle debacle, not announcing pricing until multi-year production draws closer was probably a wise move.

The youth series is an interesting initiative for the company. I don’t know how much of a need there was for an e-bike in the 4-8 age bracket, but I really want to try riding this little thing.

The Brooklyn version of the R-series definitely seems like a good move, as this bike will be a great e-bike in a set of e-bikes for street commuters.

Overall, SUPER73 had strong performances. Now the waiting game begins to see if we ever get a C1X and if it comes in at a reasonable price.

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Wiley C. Thompson