Niu XQi3 electric dirt bike is headed for a trail – or street – near you
According to Niu CEO Dr. Yan Li, the XQi3 is "meticulously crafted to excel in off-road conditions across various terrains, while also being well-equipped to navigate the challenges of urban environments."
To that end, it's being offered in both Street (road-legal) and Wild (off-road-only) models. The big difference between the two is the top speed, which is limited to 45 km/h (28 mph) for the Street and 75 km/h (47 mph) for the Wild. It's worth noting that the Street also comes with required components such as turn indicators, side mirrors and a rear license plate holder.
Both versions are propelled by an 8,000-watt motor that is in turn powered by a quick-swappable 72V/32-Ah LG lithium-ion battery. One 5-hour charge is claimed to be good for a range of 80 to 90 km (50 to 56 miles), depending on usage and terrain.
Some of the XQi3's other techy features include an Ultra Boost function that delivers the full 8,000 watts of peak power on demand; NFC- and Bluetooth-enabled locking/unlocking; a halo-type LED headlight; plus a round TFT screen which displays a lap timer, route tracking, incoming phone calls and other information.
Among the more traditional motorbike features are 19-inch off-road tires with 220-mm (front) and 203-mm (rear) disc brakes; an aluminum frame; plus KKE front and rear suspension. The whole bike reportedly tips the scales at 76 kg (168 lb).
According to Niu, the XQi3 should be in US stores (no mention of other markets) as of next March, with prices starting at US$5,499 for both versions.
It can be seen in urban and off-road action, in the video below.
Source: Niu Technologies