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Odd-looking Chinese scootercycle has us scratching our heads

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The Miku Max: wacky scootercycle thingy with a 60 km range
The Miku Max: wacky scootercycle thingy with a 60 km range
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The Miku Max: wacky scootercycle thingy with a 60 km range
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The Miku Max: wacky scootercycle thingy with a 60 km range
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Miku Max: you could totally fit more batteries in there
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Miku Max: you could totally fit more batteries in there
Miku Max: an interesting little urban getabout
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Miku Max: an interesting little urban getabout
Miku Max: looks odd whatever color you choose
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Miku Max: looks odd whatever color you choose

We couldn't see this one and not post something. The Miku Max is what happens when you take an electric kick scooter, beef it up … and then plonk a motorcycle-style top on it, leaving a curious bunch of empty space underneath.

In terms of basic specs, it looks like a practical little urban getabout. Peak power is 800 watts, from a Bosch motor in the rear hub, which will take you to 45 km/h (28 mph), a decent enough speed for the streets of Hanoi, or the kinds of crowded Asian cities they're designed for. Range is around 60 km (37 miles) – again, more than enough for daily duties for the majority of folk.

Miku Max: looks odd whatever color you choose
Miku Max: looks odd whatever color you choose

But this platform just bakes our noodles. The battery's in the floor section; you could literally pull the whole seat/"tank" unit off and ride it around standing up. Of course, that's not a tank, it's a little trunk where you can store things and access USB device charging points.

And yet, with its headlights, taillights and indicators, it's clearly a motorcycle. Your footpegs pop out from the battery case. So what's with the big chunk of space under the seat? With no cargo netting or doors, it's no good for carting things about.

But it sure is good at lookin' wacky. A Russian company is selling the Miku Max for 80,000 Roubles, or about US$1,170. There's a short video with Vietnamese subtitles below.

Source: MikuMaxRus via EVNerds

BOSCH SUNRA MIKU MAX mô tô điện dân chơi về Hà Nội , SUNRA E-BIKE 267 Trần Khát Chân - Hà Nội

11 comments
riczero-b
It would fit a small petrol or CNG generator...
Daishi
It looks like a small circular panel underneath the gas tank looking thing. Could it be a small glove box area? Otherwise I'm inclined to agree they could have made a better use of space. I kind of like the low battery. If there is a storage area under the tank I'd say I even like the design.
Daishi
It looks like a small circular panel underneath the gas tank looking thing. Could it be a small glove box area? Otherwise I'm inclined to agree they could have made a better use of space. I kind of like the low battery. If there is a storage area under the tank I'd say I even like the design.
JaxCavalera
Most likely the space there is used for hauling larger items such as luggage etc.
Reece Agland
Actually think it kinda looks cool and anyone who has been to Vietname or other Asican countries will know, they will make use of that space underneath.
Mr T
Yes, I thought it was pretty obvious the space under the seat was meant for bags and other items, it's actually quite a neat design.
Jonathan Colvin
It's a great design. That large space under the seat can fit any irregular cargo; a cardboard box, a chicken coop, a briefcase; which you hold there with your legs. Or nothing at all. Fairing it would be extra weight and reduce its usability
robertswww
Yes, this 60-volt electric scooter does have a key-locked glove box inside the thing that looks like a gas tank. You can clearly see it open with a USB charging port inside, at around 50-seconds into the YT video.
ljaques
Loz, Jonathan's right. Watch a few of these vids and let me know if you are still in the dark about the space under that glovebox, eh, mate? https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=overloaded+motorcycle
Tom Lee Mullins
I think it looks interesting. Perhaps one could use the space to store / carry things in?