Super Soco E-Motorbike preview: ‘Commuting isn’t supposed to be this much fun’ | Martin Love

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A lightweight, zero-emissions electric motorbike which will take a lot of the hassle out of town travel

The fun and frisky Super Soco, which comes in five punchy colours, is a glorious traffic-dodging, commute-conquering blast of two-wheeled joy. Riding to work was never supposed to be this much fun. Yes, it’s not a bicycle (and shouldn’t really be reviewed here), but it’s lightweight, clean, silent and very easy to ride – so it seems closer in ethos to the cycling fraternity than to the world of motorbioking. Launched by the Australian scooter company Vmoto, the Super Soco is probably the most affordable e-motorbike on sale in Britain. Its perky Bosch motor powers it along at up to 28mph and it has a range of 30 miles. The pick-up and acceleration is similar to a 50cc bike, but because it only weighs 78kg it handles more like a bicycle, silently scything through the traffic. It also has a keyless start, anti-theft alarm, wheel locking and intelligent LED speedo. Concealed in the faux fuel tank there’s also room for two batteries, so you can double its range, too. Let’s go, Super Soco! (supersoco.co.uk)

Price: £2,349 (including government grant)
Motor: Bosch
Battery: Lithium
Range: 30 miles

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Suzuki Swift review: ‘A proper terrier’ | Martin Love

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The new Swift from Suzuki proves that just because you look like a small car, it doesn’t mean you have to act like one, too

Price: from £11,499
Top speed: 121mph
0-62mph: 10.6 seconds
MPG: 61.4
CO2: 104g/km

If our self-driving future comes to pass, will we ultimately be left slumped in the front seat like so many de-skilled chimps? Possibly, but there’s a lot of trial and error to get sorted before then. Here’s my small contribution towards an understanding of robo error. Driving through town slowly in the new Suzuki Swift the other night the car’s sensors assumed a man walking along a line of parked cars was about to leap into my path. The Swift abruptly initiated a full balls-out screeching emergency stop.

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