Juiced Moped-Style E-Bike Is A Blast

I feel like Fonzie. I’ve just straddled a Juiced HyperScorpion e-bike, which is much more like a moped than a traditional e-bike. The huge padded seat is incredibly comfortable. There are tall left and right side view mirrors emerging from the handlebars. And the all-black machine is powered with a mighty 1,000W RetroBlade motor that lets me easily, smoothly and quickly get up to 30 miles per hour. Will there ever be a need to drive my car anymore?

I rarely get wowed by technology. This is one of those times. I’m not a motorcycle guy by any means. Yet after roughly five seconds riding this, I can see the allure to those who are. I’ve been riding “traditional” looking e-bikes for seven years now. You pedal and it feels bionic, as each push of your foot propels you at a fast rate ahead. Or you throttle with the option of pedaling. On this bike, there are pedals. But I fear I might look ridiculous using them – especially because there’s also a twist throttle on the right handlebar that will quickly get me to where I want to go. In fact, I’ve already decided that a regular e-bike is more for exercise while the HyperScorpion is more for transportation. And fun.

Plus with its large 52V/19.2Ah battery, it gets up to 70 miles of range per charge. And it’s loaded with every conceivable premium safety feature, including the mirrors, integrated brake light, turn signals, hydraulic disc brakes, bright halo headlight, cruise control, and even an upgraded electronic horn. The ride is smooth, thanks to its dual suspension, torque and cadence pedal assist technology, larger street tires, and eight-speed transmission. And it even comes with a built-in alarm. No need to chain this up. It’s a heavy bike that’s substantial, and as with a car, lets you turn on the alarm with a remote. If anyone tries moving it, they get a quick and loud chirp. If they try moving it again or picking it up, the alarm will sound until you turn it off with the remote.

Because I’m on the taller side, I got a seat height extender installed. Plus the model I tried has an optional passenger seat cushion that can be installed over the rear rack, so that my wife and I can ride together. While I haven’t purchased that yet, we did ride together on the main cushion and I heard her laughing in my ear because it was that much fun.

Making the transition from a “regular” e-bike has been interesting. My natural tendency remains to pedal, yet as mentioned above, I’m trying to resist the temptation. Also, I cannot get over how comfortable the seat is on this. It’s a bench-style cushion that’s extremely well padded. And the acceleration is so seamless that it’s easy to hit the maximum velocity. So I’ve had to temper that several times. It’s not that I don’t feel comfortable going that fast, it’s just that in our residential area I feel safer going more slowly. And the other incredibly pleasant surprise with the HyperScorpion is just how quiet it is. I’ve tried dozens of e-bikes before and they all seem to have a loud hum or buzz at some point. So far, I haven’t heard anything from this vehicle. Full disclosure: I’ve exclusively ridden a Juiced CrossCurrent X e-bike for two-plus years now, and know the high quality this brand exemplifies – especially compared to the many like-priced models I’ve tried. Plus the San Diego-based company’s customer service has been second to none. And all of that makes the transformation to this particular model even more peaceful.

Several friends who are all experienced e-bike aficionados have stopped by to try the HyperScorpion, and every one of them has marveled over it. It’s priced at $2,000 right now, which I think is a pretty decent deal. And with the holidays quickly coming up, it would make a great gift for someone deserving.

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