With the pandemic continuing to cause all sorts of problems up and down the country, people are increasingly looking at ways to avoid public transport.
Manufacturers continue to bring out new model electric bikes and a large chunk of that offering is squarely aimed at the commuter and “around-town” market.
Super Soco is one of the companies leading the EV way and Mirror Motorcycling has tested a number of its machines, with favourable results.
Now comes the CPx, a step-through 125cc-equivalent maxi scooter.
This model is bigger than the firm’s previous scooters, with an overall length of 2022mm, 16/14in wheels, a twin seat and a large windscreen.
It’s classy looking, with good proportions, attractive colourway and build and finish quality seems high.
On board, the ride position is upright and very comfortable.
There’s a good-sized LCD dash with all the information you could want, including ride mode, battery status and range remaining.
The seat height is just 760mm and, coupled with a total weight of only 107kg, the bike is extremely manageable.
The motor, which is located in the rear hub, performs much like a decent 125, but, as with all EVs, the acceleration is more impressive, with that instant torque as you twist the grip.
Incidentally, with that motor set in the swing arm, it is a very simple and quick task to remove the rear wheel when the time comes to change the tyre.
Maximum speed is around 55mph, but you’ll get there much quicker than on a petrol-powered machine.
Suspension is via a telescopic for and rear monoshock set-up and does a pretty good job combined with the bigger wheels.
Braking, too, is impressive, using twin 180mm discs.
With two batteries, the range is about 80 miles, depending, of course, on how you ride.
Batteries are easily removable, so you can charge them at the office or in the house – which takes three and half hours for a full charge.
There’s a glove box, a USB socket, a rack and a phone app to track your route, check the battery and diagnose any issues.
The CPx can be ridden with a CBT on L plates.
The helmet I am wearing here is the new Evojet by Shark.
This is a flip-style item, with a chin guard which opens and slides up and over, and closes securely, locking in the down position.
I think this lid has the best visibility of any I have ever worn.
It’s also very comfortable, light and has a removable, washable liner.
There’s a flip-down visor, quick-release chin strap and two air inlets.
The Evojet comes in five sizes and retails at £289.
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