By Derek Markham
Bump the throttle, spin the pedals, or both, on this electric bike that’s halfway between bicycle and motorcycle.
Although many of the leading e-bikes are being built to resemble conventional bikes as much as possible, some electric bike companies are choosing to go a different route, with bike models that have more in common with scooters, mopeds, or light motorcycles than they do with a bicycle. One forthcoming entry into that light electric motorbike category comes from California’s Lithium Cycles, which is building two slightly different models of its retro-styled Super 73 Scout starting at just $995.
The Super 73 Scout is the basic model of this sporty electric bike, and in contrast to the early ’70s minibike look of the frame, it features a state of the art 500W rear hub motor paired with a removable 36V 8.8Ah lithium ion battery, which are together capable of propelling the bike at speeds up to 18 mph and for a riding range of 20+ miles per charge. The Scout is “perfect for college campuses, cruising to the beach, and riding around the neighborhood with friends,” thanks to its large seat and 4″ fat knobby tires…
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