INTRODUCING THE SUPER73® C1X CONCEPT: SHIFTING THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN E-BIKE AND MOTORBIKE
Leading e-bike manufacturer explores a groundbreaking extension to its product range
Since its inception, California-based SUPER73® has challenged the conventions within the emerging e-bike community and helped expand the perception of personal transportation. The founders never wanted to limit their horizons, establishing the company as an American lifestyle adventure brand specializing in electric motorbikes. And with this mindset, a range of increasingly sophisticated electric motorbikes have emerged from the SUPER73 headquarters in Irvine, CA. Each new model brought a stepped improvement in terms of technology and rider enjoyment, and 2022 will herald a new chapter in the fast-paced SUPER73 story when the biggest expansion plans to date are revealed.
SUPER73 is simultaneously announcing a new entry-level model in the SUPER73-Z Miami, a brand new kid’s bike in the SUPER73 Youth Model, an updated SUPER73-R Brooklyn, plus new colorways for its entire 2022 range. Information about these exciting products has been sent to you separately.
Even with all this great news, the headliner is undoubtedly the innovative SUPER73-C1X Concept. It has been designed to reformat and redefine the line between e-bike and motorcycle conventions. The C1X is a street-legal concept that will provide a “step-up” vehicle from the current SUPER73 offerings, elevating adventures by achieving motorcycle performance with dramatically reduced size and weight.
Development of the C1X is the direct result of feedback from existing SUPER73 riders, a large percentage of whom expressed interest in graduating to a street-legal motorcycle. The radical C1X Concept represents a significant leap forward in the company’s development program to enable its worldwide band of loyal followers to make a logical transition from the existing SUPER73-RX flagship model.
With a targeted top speed in excess of 75mph, the production version of the C1X will require a rider to possess a motorcycle endorsement to their driver’s license, vehicle registration and full insurance. However, its 31” seat height and minimal footprint means it is lightweight and highly maneuverable, providing an ideal platform for riders wishing to pass the DMV riding test.
The SUPER73 design team began its research by studying the current crop of production motorcycles and addressing what prevented them from being accessible to core SUPER73 customers. Among its priorities was a reduction in the overall footprint of a typical motorcycle. This was accomplished with the introduction of 15” wheels versus typical 17” motorcycle counterparts. The team also took a revolutionary approach to mounting the motor rearward of the swingarm pivot point. This innovative architecture permitted an ultra-agile 51” wheelbase and removed the chain slack issues experienced with conventional motorcycles. Further enhancing the Concept’s agility is a mass-centralized chassis/battery configuration, the precise specification of which will remain under wraps until further testing is completed. Needless to say, SUPER73 is excited by the innovation that has spearheaded the entire program.
Being born in Southern California, the SUPER73-C1X Concept explored utilization by urban commuters and adventure seekers alike. To this end, it will introduce a fast charging solution that will enable an 80% charge in less than an hour, providing a city range of approximately 100 miles*. The Concept will also have a top speed of more than 75mph, allowing it to bridge the gap between urban exploration and highway connectivity. With two wheels and its small footprint, C1X leaves the headache of parking to others.
While the C1X design program began more than a year ago, it will be a moment before the public can purchase the first production units. Development is well underway and SUPER73 is now accepting reservations for the C1X for a late 2023 production date. A reservations for the groundbreaking electric motorbike can be secured for $73, which not only allows customers to secure their place in line but also gives them an opportunity to provide feedback and stay up to date with development progress as the C1X moves closer to production.
*Battery range estimates depend on conditions such as rider weight, speed, temperature, wind, tire pressure, terrain, incline, etc. Mileage may vary.