Buying a motorcycle from a dealership—or perhaps a personal vendor—typically means the bike is already ready so that you can journey. Unless you’ve bought a challenge bike, all the mandatory elements are normally already in place. You simply should get your insurance coverage organized, put your gear on, and go.
That’s the place UBCO is completely different. The firm ships its bikes on to clients, together with detailed directions on methods to carry out closing meeting duties. There’s additionally a helpful Field Kit stuffed with all of the instruments that riders must do issues like putting in the rear flip alerts, placing the mirrors on, and adjusting the handlebars.
Based in New Zealand, UBCO and its 2×2 electrical bikes are recognized for his or her distinctive design. The firm occupies a rugged, workhorse, low-speed area of interest, and it’s happy with it. While there are many different low-speed electrical bikes and scooters available on the market, most of them don’t additionally characteristic all-wheel drive—which is the complete level of the 2×2. It is available in two flavors: Adventure, and Work. The Adventure one is actually a dual-sport moped, whereas the Work one is solely meant to remain off of all roads.
What’s within the field? Your bike, its charger, and an entire lot of cardboard. A easy snip of the nylon straps holding the field lid on is all you want to begin to unbox the factor. Although some setup is critical, the bike comes principally assembled. Only small issues that stick out—just like the foot pegs, flip alerts, and mirrors—are both eliminated or else folded down and tightly secured so that they don’t get broken in transit.
Once you take away the cardboard surrounding the bike, you might be tempted to wheel it out of the underside cardboard stand. As the directions will inform you, please resist that urge. It’s rather a lot simpler to do your preliminary setup with the cardboard provider holding the bike straight up and down, as an alternative of leaned over on its facet stand like it is going to be once you get all of it the way in which out of the field.
So, what’s the setup course of like? I not too long ago spoke with UBCO CEO Katherine Sandford (interview coming quickly to RA), who defined that UBCOs are supposed to enchantment to all kinds of individuals—a few of whom have by no means even thought of using earlier than. The setup course of principally displays this. Printed and illustrated startup directions are neatly tucked contained in the Field Kit, together with a User Manual.
Speaking of which, the Field Kit is a reasonably strong instrument equipment, and one with some fairly good, full-sized instruments included. The key fob for the bike can be tucked inside, and there’s even a spare set of brake pads in one of many zippered pockets. (They are TINY.)
While the aesthetic is undeniably lovely, this instrument equipment can be fairly helpful. (I’ve seen some from better-established OEMs that aren’t as good, to be trustworthy.) In the curiosity of getting the total expertise, I opted to undergo the setup course of utilizing solely the instruments included within the Field Kit, as a lot as attainable. I opened up the startup sheet, learn by the steps, appeared on the diagrams, and laid out my instruments.
Most issues went very easily. The rear flip alerts went on with no bother, and had been simply tightened down utilizing the enclosed 17mm wrench. The mirrors, likewise, had been fairly straightforward to screw into place, and solely required tightening of a locking nut and sliding the little rubber boot right down to tidy it up afterward.
In truth, the one time I needed to resort to a instrument not discovered within the Field Kit was in adjusting the handlebar lugs. The UBCO 2×2 Adventure ships from the corporate with its handlebars turned all the way in which to 1 facet, after which locked into place to safe them for cargo. One of the lugs was pretty free and in a position to be simply loosened much more once I went to regulate the bars. The different, nonetheless, was torqued down fairly tight. After making an attempt (and never having a lot luck with) the allen wrench set included within the Field Kit, I resorted to the comparative ease of a ratchet as an alternative. Obviously, your mileage (and hand/arm energy, and persistence) might fluctuate.
The charger that comes with the bike is easy to plug in and get charging your 2×2, as nicely. One warning, although: That little charger is LOUD. I used to be stunned at how loud it was, the truth is—and though I haven’t taken the bike out for a journey but, I’m 99 p.c certain that charger is louder than the bike itself when it’s doing its factor.
Like many digital charging units, it makes use of coloured LEDs to inform you what’s occurring. If it’s stable purple, it’s charging. When it turns inexperienced, it’s accomplished—and it’s sensible sufficient to close off, so the charger is good and quiet as soon as once more. (That quantity is one thing to remember in case you’ll be charging your UBCO close to the place anybody is sleeping, although.)
My first impression is that the UBCO 2×2 has an especially pleasing, utilitarian, and unpretentious design. The complete bike principally features as a helpful rack, the place you may mount absolutely anything you want to haul with you. Although the bike itself weighs simply 150 kilos (together with the battery), the payload is 330 kilos!
As the User Manual proudly signifies, there are 18 completely different M8 accent mounting factors throughout the bike. You can bungee, zip tie, velcro, or in any other case safe absolutely anything you need, nearly anyplace on the bike—and it could actually simply be no matter you will have helpful. Got a milk crate? Get going! It’s extraordinarily interesting as a type of low-speed city mobility—however one that may additionally do an entire lot extra, so long as you don’t must go at excessive speeds to do it.
It was born as a piece bike, for farms and different off-road pursuits—however it’s a low-speed twin sport, and I’m wanting ahead to discovering out all about that life as I get to know the UBCO 2×2 Adventure higher. What do you need to know in regards to the UBCO 2×2 Adventure? Let us know within the feedback!