Almost Four Years and 8100 miles

Jackson after a much needed bath!

I took delivery of my Sur Ron who I’ve named Jackson after the late Jackson Edwards. He convinced me to purchase mine sight unseen. Ordered in April of 2018 and was delivered to my home in July of 2018. An agonizing four month wait. To date I have had zero issues other than the initial brake sensors failing which I corrected immediately by removing them. Same battery since new and I was one of the lucky first 50 to get the original X controller. I started this site and became one of the admins for Luna’s Facebook group, but opted to leave FB due to their poor biz practices. Got tired of developing all of this site’s content for nothing so I no longer add content here but am paid to write for online sites about the SR and Zero DSR among other gear. Only stock parts left on Jackson are the frame, motor, battery, primary drive and belt, countershaft, swingarm and linkage, brake lines and calipers, battery cover and ignition. Oh yes and the handlebar stem.

Between my Zero DSR and the little SR all of my two wheel itches are completely scratched.

Fantastic bike and I’m very happy to have been an early adopter. Thanks Eric and Ashley and RIP Jackson, we all miss you dearly.

Light Bee to KALK& first week comparison

Initial Comparison – Week One

It’s inevitable that people want to know how a Sur Ron compares to other LEO (Light Electric Off Road motorbikes) bikes. In my case to a CAKE KALK& since I now own both. It’s just human nature. There are ride videos where the individual rides one, then the other and comments. I’m not a video guy so this is my way of conveying the differences I see between the bikes after only one week of ownership.

First of all my Sur Ron is anything but stock. I’ve made changes to the bike based on what I wanted to improve for handling and comfort for where/how I ride. 4251 niles in two years of ownership means I love riding the bike, LOVE IT. So here is my little comparison chart :

I’ve always been more attuned to handling and braking then brute power. Passing happened most in corners, late braking or coming out of corners and that’s where suspension and brakes can make or break a pass. Sure just like everyone I love power, but the reality is my late 89 year old mother can step on the gas, it requires little to no skill. Ah, but cornering, that’s a whole different story isn’t it?!

So today after exploring around my area I noticed a dual sport ICE bike at the head of the line at a traffic signal. So I split lanes and pulled up next to him. He was riding a Honda dual sport 250 single. I made no eye contact. He started to do his revving thing so I checked my six and no cops were visible. The light led us to an uphill overpass of the freeway. So when the light turned we both gassed it. Man the sound of a four banger single is really effing loud! Anyway Sofia just kept pulling and as I heard him shifting my lead increased whenever he shifted. We stopped at the next light and once again, he did his ‘brapp brapp’ so I obliged him on the green. Same thing, left him in my rear view. At the next signal there was no more ‘brapp brapp.’ I did notice out of the corner of my eye the rider looking down at the IKEA sticker on my bike. I giggled like a little girl under my helmet…..

What did that prove? Nothin’ really, just that my need to see what Sofia can do is all and yeah I miss competition. He was just average at shifting too. The reason I have spent so much time, money and grey matter to make my SR better for me was pure enjoyment. It has made my SR the best for me. I won’t be installing any ASI XXX or 2 billion volt nuclear battery on mine. Nope just not where I’m at now. The Bee I can ride ANYWHERE, because of my pedal kit. It has a moped plate but I never use it. I want to be seen as a bicycle.

The KALK& on the other hand IS a motorcycle, no two ways about it. There are fewer improvements I plan to make with the bike, because in my mind not many are needed. The Ohlins suspension is like butter dipped in KY jelly. The Formula brakes are like my old Brembos. The headset is conical and the build quality is the highest I’ve personally encountered. And it’s fully street legal…at least when/if the state of California issues me a license plate! James Renazco wants to build me a seat, but for now I’m fine with the OEM saddle.

The other night I opted to test the headlight. I went to an area where no one was around at 10pm. Did several hooligan things including riding up and down the stairs. Man that suspension is SO GOOD. And the headlight is good too, most likely since it has to be DOT approved.

Both bikes have what I consider sub par documentation. It may be fine for others, but not for me. I like to know every detail of the bikes I own, it’s just my thing. I enjoy knowing.

I can’t ride the KALK& where I can ride my Sur Ron, and vice versa. So to own both is just right for me. And they will both fit in my Cybertruck too! LOL

My First Gallery of Sofia

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More to follow…

Two Years with Jackson!

June 13 2020 I’ve owned my bike for two wonderful years. No issues whatsoever other than the brake sensors that I removed. BMS, Battery Pack, motor have all been sweet.

June 13 2020 – Not one commute mile on my bike. All fun miles.
June 13 2018
May 29 2020

Podcast with Tucker Neary – the winner of a race against the ICE bikes in Colorado

October 24 2019

Tucker Neary working at the Squaw Valley Resort in Olympic Valley, CA on March 21, 2012.

Like myself, Tucker is a freelancer so trying to schedule a time when we both had availability was like herding cats! But we did it! I asked him several questions about the race, why he entered, his feeling about the Sur Ron’s primary advantage over the ICE bikes and how his bike was modified. (Spoiler alert, it was a bone stock X Rockshox version!) I know that many folks would love to think that the primary reason Tucker did so well in the Sportsman class race was due to the Little Sur Ron That Could, but in reality Tucker’s racing skills were the primary reason for his success. Regardless though it’s amazing to see how this little bike with a skillful rider can do so very very well.

Here is the podcast we did on Thursday October 24th:

You can sort of tell during the FPV video he made during the race that he seems like a nice fella. But I can personally attest that HE IS a nice person. He plans on supporting the emerging EV community by continuing to test and post YouTube videos about the Sur Ron…and perhaps others as well!

Tucker’s site can be found here.

Update: September 12 2019

As luck would have it Tucker contacted me and we got a chance to chat by phone. During my ride today I came up with the idea of doing a PodCast with him to ask some questions about his experience racing against ICE bikes. So as we figure out a date that works with both of our insane schedules I thought it would allow some time for you to post some questions you’d like me to ask Tucker during the Podcast.

Please list your questions in the comment section below this post. Be sure to scan the questions to see if someone else has asked the same question you’re posing. If you don’t check and yours is a redundant question I’ll just delete it.

Watch this Sur Ron electric motorcycle win 1st place racing against gas motorcycles

Just like the little Sur Ron Light Bee!!!

electrek posted a video showing how the Sur Ron held up against ICE bikes in an actual race. The Sur Ron racer, Tucker Neary stated:

“I placed 1st in my class and I’m pretty stoked about that! I think the bike did really well. I almost finished with the battery, but on that third lap I went into EP [economy] mode and about three or four corners from the finish it finally gave out but that’s about the best place possible to have the bike die on me. Each lap was just slightly over 5 miles so I basically got 15 miles of hard riding and my total time elapsed was 58 minutes.”

I’m sure his riding skill contributed greatly to his first place finish. But it’s also nice to know how this little bike can hold its own against ICE bikes in what appeared to be a more wide open track. Congrats Tucker!