Type: E-Bike / LSM (Low Speed Motorcycle)
Price: $3671.84 – $4,852.09 CAD
- E-Bike, Electric Motorcycle? What is it?
- Motor & Battery Options
- Digital LCD Display, Bluetooth & Speaker
- Hidden Storage Compartment
- Lights & Visibility
- Hydraulic Front & Rear Suspension + Double Disc Brakes
- 3000W Motor w/ 72V Li-ion Battery
- Maintenance & Check-Up
E-Bike, Electric Motorcycle – What is it?
People constantly ask me about the ARMADA Predator, almost always sounding exactly like this: “…Is this an E-Bike!? It looks like a Motorcycle!” The answer is both! It has a limited setting to 500W Output when setup as an E-Bike with Pedals going 32 km / hour on a level surface.
This would give you the most range, but it would feel a bit slower than you would expect from such a sharp looking set of wheels. The ARMADA Predator can be optionally insured as a low speed motorcycle or LSM, and is CMVSA 2(1) compliant for going at higher speeds up to 65 kph as seen in the test ride video footage above.
Motor & Battery Options
Governed at 500W, this provides higher range with both SLA and lithium-ion packs which may be preferable for those sticking with bike paths and neighborhood routes. For those wanting more power + torque and speed, this bike can be tuned to it’s peak output of 3000W and is a total hoot riding with the 72V 40Ah Lithium-ion battery.
My experience over 330 kms riding the Predator gave me 50 – 80 km range. This is on a flat surface and no wind, rain or stopping. Using different levels all the way from softly kissing the throttle on low, up to medium and all the way up to high, the ability to pass and make emergency maneuvers when needed makes this a big thumbs up in my books.
Digital LCD Display, Bluetooth & Speaker
Brilliant & blue as this Predator is, the LCD display shows your speed (which is not the most accurate – use a speedometer app on your phone instead!) battery level, odometer & trip timer, signal + hazard HUD and closely located to the brakes with USB charge port for phones & other devices. Built in alarm + siren is loud and clear, I was able to chirp the bike up to roughly 20 meters away. Powerful horn provides more presence on the road for clear communication with other road users.
Being heard is important when riding an electric bike or motorcycle, the Predator is no exception. I noticed the speaker sounds a bit louder depending on the track or music selected, however it is always loud enough to let other road users and pedestrians both with and without disabilities hear me coming up alongside them or behind, also gets a lot of smiles along the way 😉
Hidden Storage Compartment
You would not expect it, but the Predator comes with a small storage compartment under the passenger seat for items such as the A2 Air Inflator and Trimaxx Rotor Lock, leaving just enough room for securing a phone mount nice and cozy inside. It is sealed to keep things dry and locks with the regular key. The wires for rear lights & signals share this space so I do recommend wrapping them up in some extra plastic or loose zip ties to keep items from catching onto them.
Lights & Visibility
An aggressive & elegant stance positions the headlights to illuminate the night with low and high beam settings, plus a blinker switch for flashing quick bursts of light when at intersections for easy communication. With the brilliant blue color, all light is captured & bounced right back making it more visible at night, making it a safer ride for everyone. This bike is available in Black, White, Sky Blue, Purple Chameleon, & Red.
Front signals are smoothly built into the frame, which looks amazing and prevents any accidental catching of an edge. The rear signals are positioned outside the plate, which also shines a white light on the data displayed as an E-Bike or LSM. The brake light is bright & clearly visible during both day and night. Included on the Predator is a hazard setting for making stops in low-light areas & clearly marking your position on the road.
Hydraulic Front & Rear Suspension + Double Disc Brakes
The Predator is set up with full hydraulic parts for suspension & it’s double disc brakes. After 250 km I noticed some squeaking which I temporarily fixed by braking a little harder along a level surface to work out any kinks that may have been in the fluid lines & possible debris off the rotor like dirt or other particle matter.
It will hold up 2 people bearing it’s maximum load rate of 300lbs effectively, but go slow on those bumps an adjust for making turns! This bike is not made for winter, heavy rain or doing off-road / jumps, it is a Spring & Summer road bike that I can see riding into the fall up to November with the awesome weather we have experienced so far this year!
3000W Peak Output Motor + 72V 40Ah Li-ion Battery
Each time I take off on the Predator I always smile at how quick & responsive the throttle is with the motor. It took some getting used to but after 10 – 20km anyone will find that it is controllable with it’s 2 power settings as both an E-Bike or LSM. Governed at 500W when being used as an E-Bike, it honestly feels a little underwhelming on the first setting, but on the second that completely changes!
Rolling the throttle up to 3000W of power with the 72V 40Ah Li-ion pack is a pleasure and a thrill to ride! On hills up to 25 degrees with one person on the bike propels like a torpedo reaching it’s target without burning out the motor, by steadily giving more throttle bit by bit up to maximum. This also completely changes when with a passenger, I do not recommend riding up high inclines above 20 degrees with a passenger / heavy load otherwise you run the risk of motor burnout. Takes 4 – 6 hours to charge the Li-ion or 6 – 8 for the SLA / sealed lead acid versions.
I was able to rev (or whir…?) up to 65 kms / hour during the speed test, where I felt limited by the traffic ahead – I knew that I could go a bit faster (probably 75 km / hour) but I am at the same time not only in a neighborhood, but setting the right example for riding these bikes.as many who go and buy these ride irresponsibly, making the rest of the E-Bike / E-Cycle community look bad. Ride safely, and don’t be an ass. Let’s get smiles, and not fingers and fractures ladies and gentlemen!
Maintenance & Check-Up
As I took the Predator out each day I kept a close eye on any squeaking, movement or sounds. At the 200 km mark the brakes and screws do make some noise and need to be tightened, perfectly aligned with the maintenance graph as you can see below. At about 800 – 1000 kms I will further inspect these areas plus the wiring, tires and connections which to this day have been 100% functional and reliable every single ride. No signs of overheating from the motor or battery after each use or during charge cycles. The sticker on the charger does comes off a bit easily but this can be easily remedied with super glue or another bonding agent.
Colors: Black, White, Sky Blue, Purple Chameleon, White & Red.
Motor Power: 500W Governed High Torque / 3000W Peak Output.
Battery: 72V 32Ah SLA with charger / 72V 40Ah Lithium Ion.
Battery charging time: 6-8 hours Lead Acid / 4 – 6 hours Lithium Ion.
Battery Cycle Life: 300 – 400 SLA / 1200+ Lithium Ion.
Speed Modes: Low, medium, sport and reverse.
Max Speed: 32 – 65 km / hr w/ governor.
Max Range: Up to 20 – 40km / Lead Acid – varies with rider weight & road conditions or 40 – 80km / Lithium Ion.
Speedometer / Tripometer & Battery Gauge: Digital LED.
Brake type (Front / Rear): Double Disc / Disc.
Shock Absorber (Front / Rear): Hydraulic.
Tire Size (Front ~ Rear): Street F110/70-17 ~ R140/70-17.
Product Dimensions: 80″ × 28″× 45″
Max loading capacity: 300 lbs.
Climbing capacity: 25° (1 person, 70kg)
Alarm: Yes with panic button
Keys: x2 with remotes / FOBs..
Lights: Headlight w/ high-beam, front & rear turn signals & emergency flash
Footrest for Passenger: Yes
Frame Type: High Tensile Steel
Net Weight with Battery: 300 lbs
^^ Travel range based on riding on level ground, no stops, no winds & warm temp for a 175lb rider with no extra cargo.
* Actual product may slightly differ from picture. Please contact us for a current picture if required.
* Prices may vary to include assembly, upgrades, accessories and/or shipping.
Overall the ARMADA Predator is fantastic – excellent handing, braking and acceleration with plenty of power for 2 people enjoying a cruise. Much lighter than a conventional motorcycle and perfect for those who cannot handle a heavier bike. Perfect for beginners with it’s low power options & also for experienced riders looking for a more powerful E-Bike or electric motorcycle.
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ARMADA Predator 72V 500W$3671.84 - $4,852.09 CAD
- Super cool - This is undeniable.
- Can carry 2 people & pace with regular traffic
- 100% fully customizable for each rider.
- Not good for rain or winter riding.
- SLA version can take up to 8 hours to charge.
- Cannot plug into stage III charging ports.... yet!