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City Slicker electric commuter motorcycle is a no-brainer second bike for US$1,995

City Slicker electric commuter...
CSC's City Slicker is an electric commuter with a price point that makes it a no-brainer
CSC's City Slicker is an electric commuter with a price point that makes it a no-brainer
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CSC City Slicker: brake levers left and right
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CSC City Slicker: brake levers left and right
CSC City Slicker: simple headlight and indicators
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CSC City Slicker: simple headlight and indicators
CSC City Slicker: trellis frame holds the battery
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CSC City Slicker: trellis frame holds the battery
CSC City Slicker: single disc front end
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CSC City Slicker: single disc front end
CSC City Slicker: motor in the swingarm is a nice design touch
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CSC City Slicker: motor in the swingarm is a nice design touch
CSC City Slicker: simple dash
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CSC City Slicker: simple dash
CSC City Slicker: 62 mile range if ridden at 20mph
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CSC City Slicker: 62 mile range if ridden at 20mph
CSC's City Slicker is an electric commuter with a price point that makes it a no-brainer
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CSC's City Slicker is an electric commuter with a price point that makes it a no-brainer
CSC City Slicker: built in China by Zongshen
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CSC City Slicker: built in China by Zongshen
CSC City Slicker: red option
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CSC City Slicker: red option
CSC City Slicker: blue option
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CSC City Slicker: blue option
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This tiny, cheap electric nakedbike is sure to win a lot of hearts. The City Slicker's humble aim is to knock off the daily commute on battery power, at a price that makes it a no-brainer. That price is US$1,995, which will give you a realistic city range somewhere around 40 miles.

The electric revolution will take hold from many fronts. It started with the eco-warriors, who were happy to pay extra for the feeling and appearance of green-ness. Lately, it's expanded to performance freaks, as the world has begun to realize en masse that the horsepower and acceleration figures for electrics are nigh on unlimited.

Now, we're starting to see the third front: pure practicality. This is nothing new, for example, in China. Every other scooter in Shanghai was a battery bike when I last went through in 2010. But electric vehicles are still an expensive luxury in much of the West.

CSC City Slicker: simple dash
CSC City Slicker: simple dash

That's what makes the City Slicker so exciting. The California Scooter Company (CSC) is bringing it into the United States from China, where it's manufactured in Zongshen's gigantic motorcycle factories.

It's something like a battery-powered Grom, with a top speed of 46.6 mph (75 km/h) and a 2.16-kWh battery that'll take you 62 mi (100 km) at 20 mph (32 km/h) and more like 40 mi (64 km) if you ride it normally around the back streets. That's more than enough to handle commuting duties for a vast number of riders – more if you can plug in and charge the thing while you're at work (it's 6-8 hours for a full charge, which clearly won't work the battery too hard, suggesting it should last, too). And as with all electrics, fuel and maintenance costs are almost negligible.

Two grand is cheaper than a lot of pedal-assist e-bikes we've been writing about lately, but this thing has full road privileges. It's a pretty stunning price point, and the savings against a traditional scooter will add up as the miles do.

CSC City Slicker: built in China by Zongshen
CSC City Slicker: built in China by Zongshen

In terms of design, it's a simple, trellis-framed naked with the most basic of everything. The motor is in the swingarm, and it looks kind of cool there. No power figures are given, but it's fair to assume this won't be a caravan-tower. There's two seats, a basic digital dash and headlight, and single disc braking at the front. The bike weighs just 216 lb (98 kg), so it will be the opposite of intimidating for smaller riders.

I've got a sneaking suspicion that CSC is going to sell as many of these as it can fit in container ships and land on American shores. A decent chunk of the market will be ready and waiting for machines like this, and we hope to see plenty more like it. At the very least, it could draw in some new riders – a commodity the motorcycle market is getting pretty desperate for in recent times.

Source: California Scooter Company

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16 comments
Martin Winlow
Now, why can't they do something twice the size (and twice the range and top speed) for twice the money? Then, they'd *really* have something to sell.
jd_dunerider
That would be nice Martin. I will spend money on a Chinese electric bike when it is full size, can hit 90+mph, has 100+ mile range, and costs around $5k.
Doodah
They wouldn't even have to double the size. Just a larger motor and battery would make it a reasonable 300 lbs or so. Perfect given the added range and speed.
SimonClarke
I agree with the previous comment. I'd even go for 50% more range and 50% more top speed and they would have something at say $2,999 that would sell faster than they could make. the 6 hour charge time sounds high but that is, I assume, at 3 amps. at 7Amps that would be literally half the time but the time to 80% would be within a couple of hours. charging always drops to a snails pace at 80%.
Defiantly want one of these.
Towerman
Nice to see electric bike starting to take shape, Agree with Martin however this is just the start, in future we'll get bigger faster, longer endurance bikes, see this ! :https://newatlas.com/ethec-2wd-electric-motorcycle/55021/
Likely not of the affordable range but just to show that bigger bikes in an affordable class should become reality in the next few years.
Towerman
nevermind the link i posted, this is the real deal (pricey i'm sure though) :D
https://newatlas.com/sarolea-manx7-electric-superbike/55487/
Wolf0579
Keep in mind the average weight of the average chinese rider.
Now consider the average weight of the average American biker. Close to doubled. Or more. That's going to affect range. (America, you've gone and gotten fat and lazy)
Cody Blank
Balls...That top speed kills it for me since I have to commute across a bridge and freeway where I'd get mowed over at 46mph.
Bruce H. Anderson
For more universal appeal and to be practical it could include a step-through frame, like a scooter or Honda 50, instead of a diminutive boy-racer wannabe. But like they say, there's an ass for every seat.
BrianK56
The interior looks 2030's.