My fellow motorcycle riders will understand the beauty of sitting on top of a motor rumbling around the city. It’s liberating, but you can’t just hop on a motorcycle and get going. It takes time to learn how to ride without putting full focus on clutches and gears. On top of that, some riders may just want a simple and fun experience.
I usually recommend scooters to less experienced or casual riders, and I may have just found my favorite scooter when I was stopped by a friendly lady on my way out of the Sands Expo at CES 2015. As soon as I heard “smart bike” I was sold. We walked over to where the action was and I found myself with the GenZe 2.0, a smart bike that you don’t want to miss.
The GenZe 2.0 is pretty much a regular low-powered scooter. It looks and feels like the mopeds we are all used to seeing zipping around the city, but this one happens to be completely electric… and smart.
A whole other spectrum of worries comes with going electric, though. Will this vehicle give me the power I need? How long will it last before I am left stranded somewhere out in the city? I was told it offered about the equivalent to 50 cc, and the speed is capped at 30 mph. Furthermore, a full charge is said to last about 30 miles.
Doing the math will reveal that going as far as 30 miles is not too bad, but you can’t exactly make this your main vehicle for commutes. At least not without limiting yourself. Instead, this bike is meant for the city cruisers and students who want a reliable, cheap form of transportation without the need to go through all the steps it takes to get a full motorcycle experience.
Now let’s jump into the details that matter for us geeks. What makes this bike smart is in the panel. The scooter holds what looks like a 7-inch tablet with a riding-optimized UI. You get information on speed, battery level, range, energy consumption and CO2 reduction.
In addition, the screen allows you to switch between three modes, each designed for a different riding experience. These are Economy, Sport and Safe mode. These modes will adapt your riding and limit your actions depending on what you are prioritizing at the moment. If, like me, you don’t like feeling limited, just jump right over to Sport mode! If not, save some battery or stay safe with the others.
You can get yourself one of these come April for $2999. I must say I may get myself one for the casual rides to the store. I kinda like this little guy. Do you?