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Super Soco CPx

CLEAN COMMUTER

Review by Kel Buckley

Super Soco CPx

Electric-powered scooters are still very much in their infancy in this country, but there’s an all-electric brand trying to convince Australians to swap their petrol- powered transport for an emission-free option.

Super Soco is a relatively young Chinese brand which independently designs and develops its own products. In Australia, there’s a small range of scooters, mopeds and motorcycles available and with petrol prices rising sharply in recent weeks, we figured it was the perfect time to put one to the test.

The CPx is one of two scooter-styled machines in the four-model range and is equivalent to a 125cc conventional scooter, so you’ll need a motorcycle licence to ride it. As an aside, the brand offers a cheaper 50cc moped equivalent, which some Australian states and territories will let you operate on a car licence, called the CUx.

The 107 kg CPx’s larger-diameter wheels mean it’s safer and more stable than smaller-wheeled scooters, the non-adjustable screen offers some protection from the elements and, while it’s set up to take two batteries, sticking to a single battery leaves you with some room for some under-seat storage space.

BATTERY RANGE

Because the technology still has a long way to go, the battery range falls short of what we might be used to from a six-litre tank of fuel, but if you’re only covering short distances, the zero emissions more than make up for perceived lack of range. It’s charged via a standard 240- volt power outlet, with the charging cord attached directly to the battery (if it’s out of the bike) or into the outlet located below the front of the seat.

The firm claims a range of 75 km from one fully charged battery, but that’s on the proviso you don’t go over 45 km/h and don’t ride up any inclines. A more realistic figure is between 40–45 km, depending on your weight, but if your commute to work or uni is less than that, the removable battery system means you can lug the 18 kg lithium-ion battery into the office and have it fully charged before you need to head home.

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COSTS & SAVINGS

As expected, the new technology comes at a higher price than a comparable petrol-powered counterpart, but while some of that cost will be attributed to the fact that batteries are still relatively expensive to produce, there’s plenty of money to be saved during the life of the vehicle to help justify it, and not just what you’re saving at the bowser.

In terms of servicing and maintenance costs, there’s no spark plugs, filters, oil or coolant to replace and no engine to service, meaning the only longer- term costs you’re looking at might be a set of new tyres and brake pads over the time of ownership.

There are advantages to purchasing a second battery, the most obvious being your transport is still usable while one battery is charging, but it’s pricey. A second battery adds $2300 to the ride-away price of $7690. And while fitting a second battery might, in theory, double the range, it adds so much extra weight that what you gain in range, you more or less lose to the extra power required to shift the weight.

THE VERDICT

With a roomy pillion seat and large rack, some under- seat storage and a hook in front of the rider’s knees to hang a bag or two of goodies on, it’s more practical than many might initially give it credit for. It’s backed by a two-year 10,000 km warranty, and while the outlay might seem expensive up front, it has the potential to pay for itself.

★★★★
Model Super Soco CPX
Price $6790 (ride away)
www.vmotosoco.com.au


Brevinox

STAINLESS-STEEL PEGS

Review by Robyn Rosenfeldt

Brevinox

Every time I use these pegs, I’m impressed with the quality. Mind you, at $2.20 a pop, I should be. But that’s the very point of everything Aussie company I Will Last sells. Yes, the price is higher than most of us are used to, but you should only need to purchase things once.

I’ve had these for years and they’ve remained sturdy and unaffected by weather, as the timber ones around them have gone mouldy or brittle, before eventually falling apart.

They’re made in Italy from high-grade stainless steel and come with a lifetime guarantee so, if like me, you’re a person who leaves their pegs on the line between loads of washing, they’re not going to deteriorate over time.

You can feel the quality in their weight and I suspect that lifetime guarantee has a lot to do with the type of paint that’s used to create the array of different colours which are available. According to the brand, it’s a similar two-part acrylic that’s used to paint cars, which is about as durable as paint gets.

The only thing you’ll need to watch are the kids who prefer to yank their clothes off the line without unpegging them first! Because their spring is nice and strong, they tend to ping off in all directions, and if they get lost, they’ll need replacing. But if a forever peg is what you’re after, you’ll be hard pressed to find any better.

★★★★★
Product Brevinox pegs (20 pack)
Price $44.00
www.iwilllast.com

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