January 2 2020

Well it seems the Storm/Boom Bee is getting closer to reality. My friend Lee sent me this link to an Alibaba site where you can order one today. All for the price of $6,690.00 USD delivered to the USA.

The stats listed on the Alibaba site:

Sur Ron Boom Bee Green Power Pocket Adult Electric Dirt Bike

length*width*height 2120mm *810mm*1430mm
Minimum Ground Clearance 320mm
Wheel Base 1436mm
Seat Height 940mm
Weight(Battery Included) 118kg (260.15 pounds)
Rated Load 120kg
Top Rake 26°
Steering Angle Left 45°/Right 45°
Front Fork Stroke 290mm
Rear Shock/Wheel Stroke 115/290mm
Dynamical System Air-cooled DC brushlees Contor Motor
Control System 150V Foc Sine Wave Controller
Highest Work Speed 8000r/min
Peak Power 22.5KW
Peak torque of Drive Wheel 520N.m
Cooling Type Air Cooling
Max Climbility 45°
Top Speed 110KM/H  (68 MPH)
Max Range 100Km(with 50Km/h) (62 miles at 31 MPH)
Transmission Model Chain Transmission
Battery 96V/72Ah Lithium Battery -SONY VTC6
Frame Type All aluminlum alloy forged frame
Rim Type Front Rim:21*1.60 Rear Rim:18*2.15
Tyre Type Front:80/100-21 Rear:100/90-18
Front Suspension System 290mm Fully Adjustable
Rear Suspension System Air Bag Typa-Adjustable Single Suspension
Front Brake Type Manual Operation 270mm Hydraulic Disc
Rear Brake Type Manual Opertion.240mm Hydraulic Disc
ABS+ASR+BERS ABS+ASR+BERS
Charging Time 3H
Product Certification CE identifiation

My question is who in the US is going to homologate this bike and what will the dealer network for support be surrounding this vehicle? A street legal bike is way beyond the Sur Ron Light Bee from Luna. Time will tell how this all shakes out. One thing for certain though, 2020 is heating up for EVs!

November 23 2019

I realize that this update is ‘a little late to the party’ but I have found that the post by electrek is the most informative about the Storm Bee. I had never considered purchasing another motorcycle, but the Storm Bee may change my mind. As a youth I really lusted after dual sport bikes. This may be the one for me now based on my experience with the Sur Ron Light Bee’s quality and pricing….stay tuned!

August 15 2019

In mid August 2019 there has been a flurry of excitement from current Sur Ron Light Bee owners over the announcement of the electric motorcycle named Booom Bee. An actual electric motorcycle from Sur Ron shown in spy videos and posts. This post is not about the actual facts about the bike, but my concern that how the new bike sales ‘may’ affect the future of Sur Ron in general. Because I rode in the heyday of motorcycling, it has saddened me to watch the shrinking of the motorcycle community. So many motorcycle shops who existed for decades in the Bay Area have closed, replaced by fast food shops or For Lease signs.

Image courtesy of Adam of AE Bikes in Australia. Thanks Adam

Electric startups like Alta who was based here in San Francisco suddenly folded due to finances.

Sure the estimated price for the new Booom Bee is projected to be much less than Alta, Zero or Harley. But my concern has less to do with pricing and more to do with overall interest in motorcycling. The Light Bee occupies a space formerly unknown in the motorized two wheel market. Sure it can be compared to old ICE pit bikes, a high powered eMTB but in my mind something like the SR didn’t really exist. We all can go back and forth arguing until we are red in the face about the future of motorbikes. I just want Sur Ron to remain financially viable so I can selfishly continue to enjoy improvements they make to the Light Bee.

Will the financial burden of the Booom Bee tax Sur Ron too much?!

Come On Booom Bee! I love my Light Bee so sell like crazy…please!

Update 8-28-19

I just read this article about Harley offering ebikes! But the part that I’m hoping only applies to street riding is this passage:

“As anyone following H-D’s continually sinking fortunes (and stock price) understands, the company needs to branch out beyond ground-pounding, big-inch boulevard cruisers and high-dollar touring rigs if they hope to survive. Maybe far beyond.

Keep in mind that Levatich is more than a pencil-pusher or Harley-come-lately. He’s been with H-D since the halcyon days in 1994, when The Comeback was in full swing. He’s also a mechanical engineer, and he’s watched the downturn go from a trickle to a receding tide. The problems H-D faces are many and varied.

Harleys can be expensive, but worker wages haven’t kept up with rising economy, while rents and other expenses (like home prices and health care) definitely have. Older and returning riders are aging out of the market and into the safety of cars. Young people are not into motorcycles like their parents and grandparents were; they’re into their phones, video game consoles, those ever-multiplying city scooters and rideshare services to get from A to B. To them (and more and more people it seems), cars are expensive luxuries, and motorcycles? Danger, danger, forest ranger.

Kids brought up in ever-safer cars with a dozen airbags and full-body padding plus helmets on their bicycles aren’t exactly embracing the road rebel lifestyle as adults, at least not in the numbers that can keep H-D afloat with new riders as in the past. Analysts can debate those points and opinions all they like, but the truth is on the streets: People are ridesharing, riding bicycles, scooters and last-mile tech more and more, and electric bikes are surging in popularity as prices fall and quality rises. Ebikes represent an especially strong vector of this suddenly popular electrified transportation paradigm, and offers new opportunities in design, marketing and profits for bicycle makers. Why not motorcycle makers as well?”

I have recently seen more motorcycles on the road lately, but certainly not in the numbers I have seen in the past….

19 Comments

  1. Word.
    There is reason to be concerned. I’m hoping someone who is influential in the China factory for Sur Ron understands the Light Bee is the game changer! Not E Motorcycles in general which is one very costly, tough market. Make them LB’s a little better every year like they did when they went to the X model, add more accessories and modifications to the light weight wonderful product they already have.
    Just my unsolicited 2 cents.

    • Fingers crossed…..

  2. One of the things on-line that I see is a general distrust or plain old unfounded resistance to all things “E”. Most folks think “E”, and jump right to Musk and the Tesla. That guy may be a pioneer, but talk about baggage. He brings a lot of polarity to the “E” market and overall perception and conversation. I doubt I will have interest in a full size motorcycle, as the Bee is exactly what I would have described for my needs. But Sur-Ron does seem to grasp quality, and on the fly innovation and market demand. I wish them luck, if the full size bike is on their horizon. The US “E” market might be a tough nut to crack.

    • Craig I have seen the quality of engineering of Sur Ron based on my experience with the Light Bee. I really hope that they are successful where other firms have struggled in the full size motorcycle market. I don’t plan to purchase the Booom Bee simply because my days riding larger motorcycles are over. Nope the Light Bee ticks all of the boxes for me now. Like I’ve said many times, it’s the iPad of two wheelers for me, a new segment I never even knew I’d want to be in….until now.

  3. Mark,
    the Light Bee hits all my checks marks, as well. My Honda Trail 90 is so long in the tooth, I am afraid to take it anywhere far from camp/home. Trying to find something ICE “modern” means weights in excess of 200 to 300 pounds. My Bee can be easily lifted into a bicycle carrier, and as I am finding out, lacks nothing on the trail, other than long range. Looking forward to see what the new offering will bring to the market, and what segment is being targeted. Fun and interesting times we are living in. Craig

    • Craig thanks for your story. As more and more people ‘discover’ the Bee I hope everyone comes to know its advantages. It’s just one sweet ride, smiles smiles, smiles.

    • Craig Gillio, I share your feelings about the Honda 90 trail, I still have one. The Light Bee checks all the boxes for close to home non street legal absolute fun. As I get older my ICE bike gets heavier, so I have a street legal / Trials framed 1986 Honda TRL 200 Reflex (195#) 90 MPG parked next to my 280# 55 MPG Honda XR250 Dual Sport bike for riding into my 70’s… Both however get little use because the Light Bee is more agile. I have absolutely NO interest in a heavy bike anymore, be it a Sur Ron Boomer, an ALTA, a Harley, a KTM, or a Zero on the electric side. Nor do I have any interest in an ICE bike that weighs in the high 200# range, the little Sur Ron Light Bee has spoiled me. In my perfect world I would find a 150# street legal / off road ICE bike and the Light Bee would get both a VIN number and more range.

    • Craig, I to am downsizeing. A Honda TRL 200 Reflex 1989 is 195 #, gets 90 MPG, street legal, Quiet, low tech, trials trail bike, goes 60 MPH on the road

  4. Can’t confirm if this is the Boom Bee or not, but I just found this video floating around this weekend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmkaITb3G1Q

    If so, I hope the price point and build quality can make it into what the KTM Freeride was supposed to be and introduce a whole new class of rider to Sur Ron.

    Been following your build for quite a while, btw- love it. I was wondering where your older blog posts went…now I see you’ve been hard at work! The new site looks great!

    • Soumik, yes that’s the video that has been circulating about the Booom Bee. I’ve posted an article about it here. Thanks for your kind words about my site. I took my SR stuff down from my pro photography site because I was receiving too many private emails about the bike. I have a comment section so people can leave comments, if I’m able to do so I answer them so others can see. Individual emails don’t accomplish that task.

      You may or may not know, but there are not a ton of SR sites which contain a lot of information. As an owner I just post what I would like to see in terms of information and how I have changed my bike. I only say what has worked for me because everyone is different. Thanks again.

      • That makes sense! I’m not a very frequent user of Facebook and that one monster Endless Sphere thread can get a bit difficult to pull useful info out of at times, as you probably know. Your site is the best organized/documented resource I’ve found thus far and it doesn’t hurt that I seem to agree with all of your modification principles. Keep up the great work. (While I’m throwing out praise, your photography work and site is quite stellar as well!)

        • Thanks so much. I just tried to develop this site as I would like to navigate a site for information. I just have not found any Sur Ron sites other than forums where information is collected. Thank you.

  5. Craig Gillio, I share your feelings about the Honda 90 trail, I still have one. The Light Bee checks all the boxes for close to home non street legal absolute fun. As I get older my ICE bike gets heavier, so I have a street legal / Trials framed 1986 Honda TRL 200 Reflex (195#) 90 MPG parked next to my 280# 55 MPG Honda XR250 Dual Sport bike for riding into my 70’s… Both however get little use because the Light Bee is more agile. I have absolutely NO interest in a heavy bike anymore, be it a Sur Ron Boomer, an ALTA, a Harley, a KTM, or a Zero on the electric side. Nor do I have any interest in an ICE bike that weighs in the high 200# range, the little Sur Ron Light Bee has spoiled me. In my perfect world I would find a 150# street legal / off road ICE bike and the Light Bee would get both a VIN number and more range.

    • Lee,

      I had a funny thing happen last weekend on the weight issue. We had a small Electric Vehicle Expo in my little town, and I had my Sur-Ron, my offroad van, awning and a couple of posterboard displays showcasing the Sur-Ron, and offgrid solar charging. Probably talked to a couple hundred folks about the Sur-Ron, never stopped talking from 11:30 to 4 PM. At closing time, one of the event coordinators stopped by, and I asked if he had any questions. he said “nope, just here to watch you load that bike, because it can’t be as easy as you say”. Using my motorcycle carrier, I lifted the front wheel into the rack, then lifted the back onto the rack. He agreed, it is that easy. If I never have to roll or ride another ICE bike up a ramp, I will not be heart broken. Craig

    • Thanks John. It ‘appears’ that one must order at least 100 units. I’ve never been a group buy person, but it’s nice to know they are available.

  6. Thanks Mark k for this wonderful web-site.
    I spent hours reading and watching all the Surron lght-bee information.
    I am now 68 years young and completly addicted to Dirt bikes.
    Received my Surron on Dec 17 2019.. Two short rides so far. It get me everywhere my
    KTM SX-200, Yamaha YZ-250 or my Suzuki-200 dual sport can go.
    As soon as the mud dries up. I give it a real test.
    1st ride, I came upon a huge fallen tree. picked it up and continued on.
    later today I might take 2 pieces of plywood and make it a 2-foot bridge/jump.
    This article convinced me to go full Surron-X. I don’t want a a 260 pound Dirt-bike.
    The cost difference of a boom-B of about 3 grand will go into my SR-X-light-B.
    I live in Pittsburgh Pa. Improving the Mini-bike track I built for my boys 15 years ago.
    MY 10 foot table top , 3 banked turns and a decent hill climb into the woods.

    • Heya John, welcome to a whole new world! I hear you and I’m not about to give up my Bee. 110 pounds and the instant torque is just incredible. And the ability to lift the bike when needed is unheard of in my old dirt bike days. Have a blast, I smile each and every time I ride my Bee.

  7. I took a standard Sur-Ron Bee X for a ride this week, first time I laid eyes on it and rode it. I was hoping for more. The bog standard model didn’t felt like it a hard ride through trails it would fall apart. The performance was good, albeit I rode it on the street, so can’t say what it would be like on the trails but I felt I’d grow out of it quickly.

    I am more used to proper trail bikes but I am no motocross expert. The Storm Bee looks like it is exactly what I want in terms of performance, oddly though, what I really want is the Sur-Ron bee x but with longer range and greater performance because the size makes it more of a go anyway bike. Fits into the back of a car or on a rack and you would probably get away with it on mountain bike trails where the Storm Bee would not.

    I have seen a ton of videos of people upgrading the Sur-Ron Bee X. Unless you’re a bit handy technically, its probably not an issue but it would be good to be able to buy an off the shelf performance Bee X, say with a 72v or 96v battery, upgraded forks and tyres and brakes. Yes, a Storm but in the Bee frame. Clearly very dangerous for the inexperienced but that would be an exciting bike. Shame there are not companies out there selling upgraded products but until then, I will wait to see the Storm. Its essentially KTM Freerider but hopefully a loss $$. The Storm just looks like a cheaper Chinese copy of the KTM with lower quality parts – not a criticism as there is a price point for everyone but China are coming through with some good tech, take the DJI drones, best drones on the market.


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