Electric scramblers like the Super73 are good for commutes and a little offroading, but what if you want more power but aren’t ready to go full e-motorcycle?
For a long time your only option was the Sur Ron, but that’s changing quickly.
Delfast sent me the Top 3.0 for review and it came on a big shipping truck. Two men unloaded the bike off the truck and left it and its giant charger sitting on the sidewalk in front of my house.
The first thing I did was power the bike on. I pressed the push-to-start button and was greeted with an ear-piercing screech that scared me half to death.
So before we even talk about what it’s like to physically ride this bike, I need you to understand that whenever you finish riding it and turn it off (because walking it while powered on is dangerous), you must unlock it or else the alarm will sound. Unlocking the bike also emits an ear-splitting beep. There is no avoiding it and it can’t be disabled (I asked).
The bike I reviewed came with a DNM Volcano fork, the same that often ships with the Sur Ron. This is a very high quality part that costs around $500 by itself.
Similarly, the battery is a nearly 3,500 Wh lithium pack which is huge. This may not mean much to non-battery heads, but the company is using 3,200 mAh LG cells, which is pretty much top of the line.
On the road, this manifests as a heavy, cumbersome bike that doesn’t deliver the fun of the Sur Ron or the raw sex appeal of the Metacycle.
Here’s a perfect example: The Top 3.0 uses a rear hub motor, whereas the Sur Ron has a mid-frame motor with a small gear conversion. This gearing gives the Sur Ron a ton of torque off the line, making it feel a lot more fun and performant.
What the Top 3.0 has going for it is range. The 3,500 Wh battery on a bike this (relatively...) lightweight means big, big mileage, and my testing bears that out.
I won’t get into the math, but after test riding the bike in mostly-flat Central Park, keeping track of the battery voltage, and referencing this table and extrapolating out, I think about 200 miles of range is actually possible, which is wild.