The Lightbee X is a small electric off-road vehicle that means business and is great as a source of fun.
If some kind of motorcycle needs an electric motor, it’s an off-road one. In addition to plenty of power, the nearly silent electric motor brings a lot of acceptance and helps the road die in all European countries. Exhaust gases not produced by electric cars are also factored into the calculation. If you don’t want to fly an 80-horsepower Stark Farge right away, but just want some fun in the field, you should take a closer look at Sur-Ron’s Lightbee X. MOTORRAD drove the small off-road electric vehicle in the Belgian forests – right in a residential area.
Light, strong and cheap
6 kilowatts maximum power and 200 Nm torque should move only 63 kg off the motorcycle. No need to say anything about the pressure from the corners. Where: The strength of the Lightbee X is proportional to its size. In other words: the small Sur Ron sticks out like a big ball out of the tube. Approximately 80 km/h is possible off-road, then the X is not allowed on the road. With the license plate, 45 km / h is allowed with an AM license. Everything costs between 4,500 and 5,000 euros and can be supplemented with all kinds of accessories.
MTB chassis meets motocross
If you’re familiar with the MTB, you’ll learn about the many parts of the Lightbee chassis. Not only do the fork, leaf spring, and brakes seem to come straight from the MTB catalog, but with the proper knowledge they can be swapped out with premium MTB enduro and ramp components. The base chassis for €5,000 does well on the flat jungle track from Sur-Ron Belgian dealer Gunther Melis, go ahead with some reserves despite the heavy driver (>100kg). Only with a small jump does the rebound phase reach its limits, and the fork and shock absorbers sway long and hold the next, already uncomplicated curve. Passenger and Clipper Joel weighs 30kg less, is an off-road driver and has much more speed and fewer problems for both reasons. In this setup, the post-mount MTB brakes are strong and durable. Only the rear wheel and engine brake control is a bit annoying, because whoever applies the brakes in the rear turns off the engine, which often disturbs the flow.
Lightbee can do longer
From the factory, the Lightbee has a battery with a capacity of approximately 2 kWh. As a 45 version, that means a good 70 kilometers on the road or a good two hours of off-road fun without huge differences in elevation. Off-road in particular, the Sur-Ron’s endurance lasts longer than that of the driver, who, as in my case, is already gasping for mercy and oxygen after 25 minutes. Batteries up to 4 kWh are available as accessories, which then require a higher seat because the interchangeable battery is much higher.
Too small for adults
Off-road cars and motocrossers are tacky like riders that are light and relatively short. With its wheelbase of 1230 mm, the Sur-Ron Lightbee X looks great in all dimensions. From a body over 1.80 meters long, the knees often come into contact with the front wheel when turning fast, which greatly spoils the line. This is the only real fun killer.
Narrow and rare tires
The tires of odd dimensions are neither MTB nor Enduro: 1.40 mm wide (40 mm is good) and 19 inches (48 cm) diameter front and rear. This does not result in an unfamiliar driving experience, but finding an alternative is not easy. To narrow it down: Those who ride a lot of MTB will handle coupling better than motocross.
Lots of accessories
The cost of the off-road version of the Lightbee X is about 5,000 euros. If you want, you can invest a lot directly. More power, more range, more ergonomics and optics are possible. In numbers: With the large 72V control unit and battery, there’s 14.5 kilowatts of power.
I find it exciting.
I do not print.
This is how electricity is fun. The Sur-Ron Lightbee X is a prime example, and it’s a real solution to a big problem: Off-road scooters always have a lot of noise. A quiet electric motor is the answer, even if the tiny Lightbee looks like a toy. But if you look at the growing landscape of street motorcycles, you will see that even adults can still learn a lot on scooters.
Lightbee is light, inexpensive and has a high fun factor. As a training device as well as an express driver or city breaker with approval.