Powerful, Stylish, Adventurous, Innovative, Versatile
There's a delightful, rebellious energy radiating from the Indian eFTR Hooligan 1.2 electric bike. This electrifying ride is a progeny born of the collaboration between SUPER73 and Indian Motorcycle, a union that’s endowed it with a visage that's unmistakably raw and resolutely moto-inspired.
Upon initial encounter, it's not difficult to be drawn to its street-ready coolness. The Hooligan boasts a design that harks to the undying spirit of motorcycle culture while catering to those who may not possess a motorcycle license but harbor a deep longing for the open, uncharted dirt trails.
Riding this e-bike offers an experience that is, undoubtedly, reminiscent of wrestling with the wild but accessible winds on a traditional motorcycle. Its silhouette — marked by a flat banana-style seat, simple BMX-like handlebars, and a battery masquerading as a fuel tank — whispers tales of adventurous exploits waiting to be embraced. But, do be warned, its ergonomic considerations, or lack thereof, might raise eyebrows.
Navigating the Hooligan demands a certain acquiescence to its design quirks. Whether you are a towering presence at six-foot-three or of more modest height, the non-adjustable handlebars, pedals, and seat may urge you into adopting a riding posture that is less than ideal, especially on prolonged journeys. However, the minor inconvenience fades into the backdrop once the wheels start rolling and the wind begins conversing with your spirit.
Controls? Nothing that'll perplex you here. Intuitive and straightforward, with the rear brake handle and digital control nestled on the left, the thumb throttle and front wheel brake handle stationed on the right. The simplicity extends to its operation as well, engaging with the landscape in electric-only rides for about 13 miles, or supporting your pedal-powered endeavours with four distinct pedal-assist modes that gently but effectively amplify your efforts.
The Hooligan's heartbeat, its 1.2-kW motor, pulses with eagerness, providing bursts of power for conquering steep hills and offering speed control akin to revving a dirt bike’s engine in off-road scenarios. Its BMX-style design is like a familiar old tune for those who’ve had their share of dirt bike and mountain bike adventures.
While some might crave the thrill of popping a wheelie, the Hooligan's weight firmly plants it on the ground. But fret not, its robust tires engage with curbs and rocks with the ease of a seasoned traveller, making each ride a breezy affair, a dance between control and abandon.
You'll quickly find the rhythm with the eFTR Hooligan. For a seamless transition into its world, perhaps consider donning a half-helmet, as anything less robust might seem almost a mockery of the robust spirit this e-bike embodies. And with a battery that charges in under seven hours (or even quicker with the optional charger), you'll be back on the trails before the sun sets on your adrenaline.
At $3,599, the eFTR Hooligan 1.2 isn't exactly an impulse buy, but it's not trying to be. It's a statement, an assertion of style and a nod to the exhilaration of motorcycle riding without the attached strings of licensing and the intimidating mechanics of traditional bikes.
It’s a bike that beckons to the adventurer, the urban explorer, and the weekend warrior alike, promising a ride that’s exhilarating yet approachable, with a design that pays homage to the timeless aesthetic of Indian Motorcycles while reveling in the rebellious, untamed ethos of SUPER73. So, for those of you who hear the call of the wild but wish for a steed that’s unfettered by the intricacies of motorcycle licenses and daunting mechanics, the Hooligan might just be whispering your name.
- Cool Aesthetic: The Indian eFTR Hooligan 1.2 boasts a distinct motorcycle-like design that’s both rugged and visually appealing, embodying the ethos of Indian Motorcycles.
- Easy Assembly: With minimal wrench work required for assembly, it’s user-friendly for riders who may not be mechanically inclined.
- Speed Variability: Offers various pedal-assist modes and a thumb throttle for controlled bursts of speed, making it versatile for different riding conditions.
- Solid Battery Life: Its 960-Wh battery provides around 13 miles of electric-only range, and the pedal-assist modes can extend this significantly.
- Motor Power: The 1.2-kW motor is powerful, offering assistance especially useful for uphill rides and off-road adventures.
- Intuitive Controls: Simple and straightforward controls make for an easy learning curve, making it accessible for riders of all levels.
- Legal and License Advantages: Operates within legal speed limits for e-bikes, requiring no motorcycle license for use in most jurisdictions.
- Versatile Use: Designed for both recreational sport use and urban transportation, fitting various lifestyles and riding needs.
- Premium Features: Comes with moto-inspired premium details, including inverted front forks, LED headlight, and aggressive tires.
- Ergonomic Limitations: Non-adjustable handlebars, pedals, and seat may lead to discomfort during rides, especially for taller individuals.
- Limited Mobility Accessibility: Those with mobility issues might find the bike’s design and ergonomic limitations to be a dealbreaker.
- Weight: The bike is too heavy for performing tricks like wheelies or bunny hops, which might disappoint some thrill-seeking riders.
- No Suspension: Lack of suspension may result in a less comfortable ride on rough terrains.
- Price Point: Retailing at US$3,599, the eFTR Hooligan 1.2 may be considered expensive for an e-bike, making it a significant investment.
- Helmet Considerations: Riders might need to invest in a more robust half-helmet for adequate protection and aesthetic matching, which is an additional cost and consideration.
- Learning Curve for Controls: While controls are intuitive, new riders might need some time to get used to changing pedal assist modes efficiently, especially when riding off-road.