A Bike for Manicured Adventures

The earliest versions of motorcycles were suspension-free, heavy little bikes with a small amount of horsepower, essentially powerless brakes — and capable of delivering an insane amount of fun. A similar comparison applies to classic automobiles: vintage models are hard to turn, hard to get going and hard to stop…and, again, a ton of fun once you learn how to drive them correctly.

If you’re reading this thinking “I clicked into this article to read a review on an cool-looking e-bike, not to brush up on the charm of old motorcycles” — trust me, I have a point. While Super73’s new Adventure Series is fun, it’s akin to those old dirt bikes and muscle cars: it’s got a long way to go, and a lot of innovation to do. It’s the starting point of its class; maybe in a couple generations, my grandchildren will be riding its progeny, marveling at how I ever sat on one of the originals without the bells and whistles of their future modernity.

Although there are definite improvements to be made when it comes to this bike, it’s exhilarating being at the beginning of something; although its power and performance leave a bit to be desired, it’s still a fun little machine. I’ve been riding one for the past two weeks, and here are my takeaways.

The Super73 Adventure Series, at a Glance

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Super73-Z Adventure Series

  • Zippy and fun on flat, paved roads
  • Looks rad while you’re riding it
  • Power is inconsistent going uphill and downhill
  • Teeth-chattering ride experience on anything unpaved
  • Top Speed | Classes 1/2/3/Off-Road: 20+ MPH*
  • Range | 30-50 miles*
  • Charge Time | 6-7 hrs
  • Battery | 615W/H (48v 12.8ah)
  • Motor | 750w nominal / 1200w peak
  • Throttle | Thumb Throttle
  • Gearing & Rear Derailleur | 8-speed
  • Frame | Aluminum
  • Suspension (if applicable) | Front Only / Rear Rigid
  • Brakes | Hydraulic
  • Tires | GRZLY / 4.5″ Front / 5″ Rear
  • Inner Tubes | 20″ x 4.5/5″
  • Weight: 74 pounds

    *30+ miles of range at 20mph under Class-2 throttle-only operation; 50+ miles of range using Class-1 pedal assist mode

    Super73’s Z Adventure Bike is built on the ZX frame (Super73’s base model), with a few upgrades that customers have asked for over the years: a front suspension, a front fender, an integrated headlight and an elongated seat.

      These are all welcome additions to the basic bike design, and contribute to its adventure-ready positioning. Other upgrades include the rugged GRZLY tires, which feature custom Super73 lightning bolt tread and can handle much more rugged terrain than competing e-bikes that you’ll often see on the trails.

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