If you want to go adventuring into the woods on two wheels, there are more choices out there than you might think. For many, the answer is to charge or fuel up a traditional motorcycle and hit the trails. For others, the answer is a set of two narrow wheels and pedals. The motorcycle and the bicycle have been around for over a century, but now there’s a third option. A Sur-Ron Ultra Bee is light and nimble like a bicycle but capable like a motorcycle and legally, somewhere in no-man’s-land. Let’s see how they compare!
We’ve covered a lot of electric motorcycles here from the cheap and cheerful to the ostentatious. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, regardless if you like your bikes powered by dead plants or by juicy electricity, there’s something out there for everyone. Still, a surprising number of you have asked for some coverage on the little machine we’re going to talk about today. Sur-Ron seems to be making a name for itself among riders and reviewers alike.
For today’s Autopian Drive-In, we’re taking a look at these sort of but not really motorcycles through the lenses of Fortnine, a retailer of motorcycle parts and home of high-production quality motorcycle videos hosted by Ryan and friends. Recently, Fortnine uploaded a shootout between a Sur-Ron Ultra Bee, a Suzuki DRZ-400, and an eBike.
Like many of the brands I’ve covered before, Sur-Ron isn’t exactly a household name. The brand was founded in 2014 in China by a trio of motorcycle enthusiasts. The company scored $30 million in funding to build what it called an “e-dirt bike.”
Sur-Ron’s approach to this idea is a bit different. Its engineers designed a skeletal machine that blends the best parts of a motorcycle and a bicycle into one unit. The company launched its first electric bike in 2018, immediately straddling universes of eBike and motorcycle. The first Sur-Ron Light Bee bike had a…
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