I have just done the first few weeks with my E-Rider Moda and I wanted to share my experience!
Was a bit slower than I was expecting mainly because I hadn’t realized I was part of the introductory batch so I was not buying from stock. It wasn’t a problem once I understood.
When the bike finally arrived it turned up in a welded metal frame, complete with castors at the corners. An amazing creation that I now have in the shed! Certainly a lot of care had been taken in ensuring that the Moda reached me in pristine condition.
Once I cut the ties and lifted the bike out the crate, all the assembly I had to do was to attach the trim on the swing arm (4 hex bolts into captive nuts) and add the 2 mirrors stalks to the handlebars using their screw thread and hex lock nuts.
First impressions of looking it over and driving it up and down the drive were excellent. It’s not Honda build quality but it all works and it’s certainly fit for purpose. The bike came with a little backrest too which my daughter thought was great and basically she thinks it looks like a Stormtroopers codpiece!
What a bunch of muppets they are at the DVLA. They sent everything back because I hadn’t specified the mileage for my NEW bike.. erm.. 00000. And nowhere did it say that I had to send the type certification document. Anyway, eventually I got the V5C, insurance through Bikesure, plate from Halfords but I drilled it myself cos they wanted 12quid to drill 2 holes! In total it took about 6 weeks from arriving to riding and xmas was in the middle of that.
I’ve never been a scooter rider. I’ve had many full on motorcycles and have a full license etc but I’ve been using it for 3 weeks now and it is huge amounts of fun to use in town. I live in the hilly Clifton area of Bristol where it is mostly 20mph limits and it happily keeps up with the traffic, whatever the slope, even with daughter on the back. It maxes out around 28mph which is a bit slow when I’m going a bit further afield but it’s very useable in city traffic. It’s small, light and quick of the mark and tracks nicely round a corner. The ride crashes a bit over potholes but that’s what vehicles with small wheels do. All the switchgear works nicely, with good positive controls and a decent horn.
A problem I have found is about holding it on a hill. As a motorcylcist you’d use the foot/rear brake, blipping the throttle and wang it off the lights as soon as they changed. With this thing, when you twist the throttle it doesn’t kick in instantly. That’s fine, a slight pause is a good safety feature. But the brakes are obviously part of a circuit that switches the regenerative system in. So if you hold the bike at the lights/junction on the brake, you can’t use the throttle and you get a little bit of roll back when you release the brake and wait for the electric motor to kick in. Alternatively you can lean forwards and grip with your feet to hold the bike. Or you can try and balance the bike on the throttle… I have tried all 3 methods and it’s not easy to find one that I’m 100% happy about. But it’s not dangerous so….
The only other thing is the range / battery meter. My work is 10miles away so I thought the 50 mile advertised range would be fine when I bought it, even if it’s cold. And yet on the first day I went to work on it, I was down to 1 of the 4 battery bars just on the way in! The thing is that with a bit of regenerative braking the gauge would shoot back up to 3 or 4 bars! On the way home, I was on 1 bar for a lot of the way, buttocks clenched waiting for it to stop, worrying why it was going slower up hills etc. Iit probably wasn’t going slower at all but such was my range anxiety. And yet every time I went down a hill the battery meter would rise 1 or 2 bars. I think I still had 2 bars when I got home. The gauge is just cobblers and that’s a bit annoying when the range is a pretty important thing for an EV!
I have managed the 10miles to work plus 10miles back many times now and I’m starting to try and push the envelope even further to find out exactly what the range is. I’m not expecting 50miles, I’m already delighted to get 25miles but I’m steadily going further to see what happens so I know what the realistic range is rather than relying on the dodgy battery/range meter. I’ll keep you posted but I’d be interested to hear what other riders have been getting? And does the gauge start flashing when it is empty?
Living with the machine is easy. It is big enough that it will comfortably take10 year old daughter to school and while the stowage space won’t take her helmet, I can bungee the helmet to the seat backrest without it covering the rear light and cover it with a bag. The stowage is massive compared to sports bikes I’ve owned, easily big enough for all the little bits and bobs you need… e.g. my skirt rain cover, a small towel, a few carrier bags, D-lock+whip, gloves etc. I’ve managed a few packs of coffee and fish supper for 3 under there as well. I’ve not tried charging my phone yet cos I don’t want to affect range but the USB’s definitely work and are a very thoughtful addition. I also haven’t tried taking the battery out. While it is very silent, this hasn’t yet been an issue with pedestrians or other road users over and above the shear wonderment of them thinking “What is that thing and why isn’t it making any noise?”
I love it, daughter loves it. Everyone who has had a go on it loves it. People look at you going down the street wondering what it is. A bunch of students tried to photo me at the lights on it. As a city runabout, for getting about and doing stuff it is absolutely ideal and it will do my 20mile commute when it suits. It’s as cool as a Tesla but rarer and I suspect far more ecofriendly!