From Dorky to Dirt-Slinging Cool, Maybe
We all know about the Segway. It’s the dorky thing that the mall cops zoom around on. It is the ultimate uncool way to get from one place to another. Dirt bikes, on the other hand, are really cool, and now it seems that Segway will release a couple of electric dirt bikes in 2020.
The company’s models include the X160 and the X260. They differ in size and power. The X260 features a top speed of 46.6 mph and a range of 74.6 miles. It uses a 32 Ah lithium battery that can be topped up in four to five hours. The motor makes 6.7 hp and 183 lb-ft of torque. At just 121 pounds, It’ll be an easy machine to toss around a trail.
The X160 is the smaller bike it has essentially the same aluminum alloy frame construction but a shortened wheelbase. It also has a lower ground clearance and a shorter seat height. The bike has a 20 Ah lithium battery that takes between three to four hours to charge. This bike is good for 40.4 miles. The motor puts out four hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. It’ll run up to 31.1 mph. At 105 pounds, it’s even more tossable and easy to maneuver.
I’m seeing more and more electric dirt-bikes, and the electric powertrain seems to lend itself well to the dirt. I’d be interested in testing one of these things out. Having only ever ridden gas-powered dirt bikes, I would imagine this would be a fun experience. I never thought I’d be saying a product from Segway was cool or fun, but 2020 could be the year Segway finally earns those titles.