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PostSubject: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2020 6:26 am

I've just ordered me one of these:

https://urbanebikes.com/collections/niu-electric-mopeds/products/niu-n-gt-45mph

Much as I adore my Silverwing it really is a bit bulky for popping to the shops, to church several times weekly or down to the sea-front for my daily exercise. I'm not getting rid of it, of course.

It doesn't seem right, either, to drive the car that mile, my Jimny being totally un-eco- friendly.

The 25-minute walk down to those places is okay but the walk back is literally all up hill and it's getting too much for me, especially if I'm hauling shopping.

I had a little legacy recently and, as everyone keeps telling me, I can't take it with me so I'm following advice.

The scooter should be here sometime next week.

I've added a couple of reviews and there are plenty more on line:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4RFxzU0Ggg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZSKnld7x2g

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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2020 6:51 am

So does this have a sound effect device so folks know you are coming Smile
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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2020 7:53 am

No but the indicators make a noise, unlike most P2Ws.

I have looked into some kind of siren but most people respond to a blast on the horn, at least as far as the Silverwing is concerned.
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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2020 9:32 am

Nice one Mike, they make a great alternative choice to an eBike,and probably more practical and useful with more than enough range for daily needs. I saw them on a website that also sells eBikes a while ago.I particularly like the cargo version with it's large rear carrier.

I'd invest in a good lock and chain, as they're a tempting choice for thieving scrotes.

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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2020 10:14 am

Thank you, Meldrew.
I am encouraged by your comments which are in line with remarks from other valued, very experienced and knowledgeable friends.

My Kalkhoff served me very well in relatively flat Salisbury but the length of the hills is beyond me as far as pedalling goes.

I didn't notice the delivery version until I'd placed my order. However, I have plans for lugging stuff on it. I have ordered the rack for adding a Shad or other top box and I also noticed in one review that the scooter will run on just the battery under the floor so it's possible to use the space under the seat if the second battery is removed temporarily.

I seem to have acquired quite a few chains, cables and bike locks over the years. My plan is to use a cable around the foot-board with a chain or cable round a lamp-post or suitable anchor-point. I've already surveyed the three places I'm most likely to ride to and all have somewhere substantial I can use. We shall see.
You will have read the scooter has a fairly sophisticated alarm and tracking system built in. I'm not sure that stops the bike being snatched but there is some chance of being able to find it again.
It may spur me on to buying a smart phone, too.

As I said, I will keep everyone informed.


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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2020 12:36 pm

I'm looking forward to seeing this thing Mike.
To me this is the way electric vehicles should be progressing, relatively cheap with performance and range suitable for town work.
It is beyond me why the press focus is on £20-30k performance electric bikes, the technology and infrastructure isn't there yet.
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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2020 1:13 pm

Quite so, Steve.

I noticed that, as a rule, the reviewers said that the NiU was just right for town work and one or two even entertained the possibility of buying one - and these are hardened bikers!

After I've got used to it perhaps we can meet at a suitable car-park so you can see it close up and have a little ride. It'll have to be within a 30-mile range, though.
I could swap cash for shocks at the same time; I must remember to bring a bag. :-)
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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeFri Sep 25, 2020 5:37 am

I was sniffing about looking at eBikes right up until lockdown, and the only ones that interested me were from cargo type eBikes from Tern, and Riese & Müller. Then we went into full lockdown and even though cycle stores were open, there weren't offering demo rides, in fact they didn't want you even sitting on their bikes. I had a short ride on my sister in law's new Raleigh after we were allowed out a bit more, and early this month Mrs M hired a eBike for me when we were on a family holiday in Italy.

We had a day in the Tuscany city of Lucca, so we got a couple of tandems, hybrids, city bikes, and one eBike for me. Now I was expecting something with a Bosch mid-drive motor, what I was handed had front hub drive, it was really weird to ride, and had been used and abused by scores of tourists.

We spent most of the riding going round Lucca's city walls, these were once fortified ramparts and they're now a very pleasant pedestrian promenade. Apart from overtaking the couples on the tandems with the power cranked up, I found the whole experience on that bike mediocre,

But I'll keep snifffing about until something suitable turns up, or decide on a Tricity 300 or that new version of the Peugeot Metropolis 400.

To quote that immortal line from the great English philosopher Arthur Daley, “The world is your lobster”. 🦞  
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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeFri Sep 25, 2020 9:46 am

I'm very interested to read your thoughts and experience of ebikes.
I bought my Kalkhoff several years ago and it served me well, enabling me to keep cycling after I'd taken it up again in lovely flat Belgium. The Belfry Square in the heart of Bruges was almost exactly 5 miles from our house, the only uphill bit being the bridge over the railway.

My ebike is somewhat dated now being rather heavy. It's still in good condition and I plan to pass it on to someone who can make good use of it.
It has the motor where the pedals are with a conventional chain drive.
I also have a Burley shopping trolley which I towed around quite easily.
I should pass that on, too.

I look forward to the next installment!
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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 30, 2020 7:46 am

It arrived at half-past-eight last night ..... in the dark!

I stroked it gently and covered it but didn't do anything else apart from gaze at it through the window.

I spent considerable time this morning talking to the delightful woman at the insurance company and getting things finalised - I thought I done all that ten days ago and that she'd only have to click on 'Done' - but nothing is ever that straight-forward.

I've stroked and poked it this morning and will read the handbook this afternoon. It's raining quite hard at the moment so will postpone my maiden ride until tomorrow, I think.

If the rain eases I will take the Silverwing to Bike Night at the Dun Cow this evening and take the new one on Sunday afternoon.
I wonder what the super-bike riders will make of it - not that I care any more about such things.
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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 30, 2020 9:42 am

Waiting for an in depth report on the likes dislikes, performance battery life ect.
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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeWed Sep 30, 2020 11:43 am

I had a Pedego CityCommuter with 28" wheels. Sold it and bought a RadRunner1. They both did what I needed. Maintain 20mph, have a throttle, comfortable but I wanted a 20". My commute is 14 miles one way. I can do the round trip without charging if needed, that's all throttle fat kid style! I put a SHAD 26 liter trunk on the Rad but ordered a bigger 34 liter SHAD.

I also was/still am looking into a NIU GT/S as well, as I know it will do everything I need. But we don't have a dealer nearby for support. But NIU is quickly expanding.

Keep us updated with your NIU. Do you get a "referral bonus" if we note you when buying one? Rad Power gives you perks on accessories.
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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeThu Oct 01, 2020 10:04 am

NIU Scooter – First Ride.

I put the batteries on charge yesterday evening just to make sure they were both at 100%.
It was very easy to set it all up; I have an outside socket in my yard, put the charger on the foot-well, lifted the seat and plugged in. I don't know how long it took to do the 2% but it wasn't long.

This morning I got ready, mounted up and straight away appreciated the compact size and relatively light weight; I have to back out of the yard into the back lane..

Immediately, I discovered that the throttle comes on quite suddenly at first. I suspect it's because one is so used to hearing the revs rise on a conventional scooter before the clutch bites.
I was being careful and it was just as well!

It was as I rode up the lane that the inevitable 'What have I done?' thought leapt into my mind. The steering is feather-light, the legroom minimal, the silence spooky and the dash-board quite lively.

I set aside the doubts and began to take myself and the scooter in hand. The first major hurdle on the road is the right turn on to the more main road at the top of mine. It does need care as there are two width-restrictions/give way to on-coming traffic points to left and right. I won't go into detail but extra care is needed at all time.
I managed it all rather well, I thought, and confidence was building. My touch on the handlebars lightened – the Silverwing is much heavier at low speed, of course – and I found how to arrange knees and feet comfortably.

Throttle-control will become second nature very soon.

It's very hilly round here and I chose a route on purpose which didn't avoid any ups and downs.

Very soon I realised that the Dynamic Mode, the middle of the three, is not sufficient for getting up longer hills in 40 mph limits; it maxes out at 29 mph and the speed drops off gradually. Switching into Sport Mode brings the speed up pretty quickly and the anxiety of not going fast enough disappears.
Going down-hill in Dynamic Mode saw speeds up to 35 mph; Sports Mode down hill saw 47 mph blink up momentarily on the speedo. It was slightly unnerving the first couple of times as the scooter is quite skittish but I'll get used to it. In fact, I have already but must still remember I'm a beginner on it at the moment.

Eco Mode will not be used round here; it may be useful in a bigger town or city but it's really a crawler gear. I guess it might get one home if the batteries were very low.

I had an eye on the battery-consumption. It's another unnerving experience watching it counting down until one remembers the range is limited to whatever it's limited to. I used Sports Mode at first followed by Dynamic Mode and then a mix of the two. One would not get too far on Sport Mode exclusively but it's not what the scooter is for.

I rode 19 miles, reducing battery capacity to 70%. I suspect that as I become more familiar with the scooter I will be more economical and choose flatter routes if I stray from my planned local trips to the seaside and church, both roughly a mile each way.

I have ordered a Shad topbox; a box is an absolute necessity. There is a deep cubby-hole in the fairing, just big enough for my camera, and the space under the seat hold the two tools (stamped-out bicycle-style spanner and screwdriver) and my glasses-case. I will dig out a bag that mates with the curry-hook.

I was surprised not to have been troubled much by the lack of windscreen; it's chilly here today and quite windy. The windscreen will arrive in due course and I can see myself fitting it for the Winter and riding without it in warmer months.

The batteries have been on charge again since 1.20. - 1hr 20mins – and are not fully-charged yet so the charging times advertised may be a little optimistic, not that it matters. We shall see. The charger has a built-in cooling fan and an indicator light which shows red while charging, changing to green when charging is complete.

Tomorrow morning will be the first test of riding from A to B and locking it up to the convenient lamp-post at the venue.

More to follow in due course. Please ask any questions; I've probably forgotten something.

I LUV it!

Yes, I do get a £25.00 bonus if someone I recommend buys a scooter from UrbaneBikes. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeThu Oct 01, 2020 11:17 am

The response on electric is instant no lag, even my golf cart is like that AND lots of torque on hand. The quiet is what I like Smile
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PostSubject: Re: NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter   NQiGTS Pro Electric Scooter I_icon_minitimeThu Oct 01, 2020 12:42 pm

Mm, not quite; one can twist the throttle a tiny bit before power comes in. It's a bit of slack. Wink
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