Sur-Ron Reveals White Ghost Electric Motorcycle

MAY 23 2018 BY RIDEAPART.COM 8

Chinese manufacturer Sur-Ron rolls out a sexy new electric road-goer aimed at the proletariat

Cost and ease of use are two major factors many consider when shopping around for a two-wheeled commuter. As Chinese-made vehicles become increasingly reliable, the market for affordable bikes coming out of China is booming. Chinese bike purveyor Sur-Ron—makers of the popular $3,000 Firefly electric off-roader—plans to cash in on that popularity with a new, very affordable electric street bike called the White Ghost.

A look at the frame and subframe on the White Ghost.

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Though the White Ghost boasts some high-tech and modern parts, it’s still nonetheless a budget bike and its specs don’t come close to touching more expensive electric offerings from the likes of Zero or Alta. With its liquid and air-cooled powertrain only producing 10 kilowatts—roughly 13.4 horsepower—a claimed top-speed of just over 60 miles per hour, and a range of 62 miles (city), the White Ghost is clearly designed for short urban trips. There is an aspirationally-named “turbo” feature that adds an extra 20 percent more power, but it eats up more of the bike’s 4.2 kilowatt hour, 60 volt battery (which can charge in three hours off a standard wall socket).

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Other standard amenities on the model include linked ABS, a two-speed, dual-clutch, automatic gearbox, inverted forks, disk brakes, and traction control to keep those 13.4 ponies from getting out of control. The bike also boasts full LED lighting all around, including a particularly sexy headlight setup that utilizes an active, lean-sensitive device enabling the lights to point in the direction the rider is going in.

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One of the White Ghost’s major appeals has to be its physical appearance, which is especially important considering the eBike’s performance is nothing to write home about. The machine sports a very modern, sleek, and aggressive look that is sure to attract a decent amount of customers,

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As of the time this is was written, Sur-Ron has yet to release official pricing, but I would imagine it will fall somewhere between $2,500 and $4,500. The Ghost’s lackluster performance may be seen by a lot of riders as a strike against it, but to a new rider the lack of oomph may be a positive. The idea of a good looking, non-intimidating electric bike at an affordable price appears to be something of a recipe for success, especially if the price is right. In total the the bike weighs in at a reported 309lbs too.

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Sur-Ron is still going through the process of getting government and regulatory approval for sales in regions outside of its native China, but once more news on the White Ghost comes to light—such as a price—we’ll be sure to let you know. Until then, you can learn more on Sur-Ron’s website, or check out a promo video Sur-Ron put together for its new road-going offering.

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8 Comments on "Sur-Ron Reveals White Ghost Electric Motorcycle"

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I wonder if affordable electric motorbikes could profoundly transform young economies such as Vietnam – or at least their citizens’ quality of life with less pollution and way way less noise.

Already happening for years in China & the rest of Asia. Millions of e-scooters are sold per year (~40-50 km/h top speed, 40-50km range) that cost significantly less than $1000. Already reducing air pollution very significantly and visibly, esp. vs. the 2-stroke bikes common up to 10 years ago.

At 10kW it should be capable of doing 120km/h just like top-end 125cc machines. I wonder what is causing this discrepancy. Torque is likely better than that of a 250cc bike, so it can be a fun bike to ride. If the price range was to be confirmed that would be a very good seller.

This is essentially a slightly upmarket scooter in motorcycle dress, not an actual motorcycle. If they let the motor go full speed the battery would run down very quickly & they’d need serious cooling systems.

And at 10kW with its 4.5kWh battery is could do only 45km or 28 miles before it would drop dead.

Nice, but still not my style. Keeping working on it.

Chinese electric motorcycle manufacturers would rape the anus of every tradicional ICE bike makers.

Gogoro.
Niu.
Sun-Ron.
SuperSoco.
Xiaomi.
and others…

And thus the bikers around the world will benefit from this competition.

Not sure about the r— the a— word choice, but yea traditional ICE bike makers are getting left behind.