- A decidedly off-road style electric scooter with enormous tires, front and rear suspension and an adjustable saddle
- Integrated 15 watt solar panel extends range by trickle-charging the battery, it would take over 55 hours to fully charge in perfect conditions but the gentle ongoing fill should help extend the useful life of the pack by avoiding deep-discharge
- Standard 20 mph speed with the option to go 30 mph, heavier build ~221 lbs makes it a bit less agile to steer but the large tires work great on soft terrain, great accessories (lights, signals, mirrors, hydraulic disc brakes)
- It's quiet but surprisingly powerful, works great for climbing or cutting through brush (especially with the dual motor option)
Daymak is a Canadian electric vehicle company based in Toronoto. They’re one of the larger brands with sales dating back to 2002 when they also sold gas powered scooters. In 2009 they switched entirely to electric and the Beast is one of their most iconic products. Unlike many of their other scooters and bikes which feel more generic, the Beast is one of a kind. There are three versions with the “Beast Deluxe” being the mid-level offering. It comes with an upgraded Lithium-ion battery pack that’s half as heavy as the base model Lead Acid pack but capable of powering the scooter 50% further with double expected lifespan (800 charge cycles vs. ~300). Despite using the same 500 watt motor, the Deluxe feels more powerful and is capable of hitting nearly 30 mph when unlocked. By default, it offers 20 mph top speeds (15.5 mph in Europe) to comply with low speed electric bike laws. You do have the option of upgrading the Beast Deluxe or Ultimate to add a second motor for even more traction and climbing ability but this may also de-classify it as an ebike because the combined motor power will be 1,000 watts. In most of the video review above I’m using the Beast D with two motors so keep that in mind and check out the Standard Beast review here if you’d like to see single-motor performance or spend a little less for the lower-end battery, more basic light, downgraded saddle and are willing to skip out on pedal assist.
In practice, the Beast would be very difficult to actually pedal because it only has one gear, the crank shaft is directly below the seat instead of a bit forward and the extra wide and long saddle forces your legs to spread in an awkward way. Even if pedaling were comfortable, the included pedal assist feature is set at one power level so the scooter quickly outpaces your ability to spin. In my opinion, the most comfortable way to ride this thing is using the variable speed twist throttle for power and putting your legs forward on the deck or extended further out towards the pegs. The pegs and adjustable height seat are a huge win for taller riders and not something I see on many electric scooters. Driving the Beast Deluxe is a 500 watt direct drive hub motor mounted in the rear wheel. This type of motor tends to be quiet and durable but also heavy and a bit weak at lower speeds. Given the smaller diameter wheels, the motor gets a mechanical advantage here and works fairly well… In the video review you can see shots of Blain riding on the same model I had and doing just fine through the forest and up steeper hills, he weighs ~200 lbs verses my ~135 lbs. Also shown in the video review (towards the end) are frame-shots where the cranks are spinning because the pedals are are hitting grass and bushes. The pedals themselves are basic plastic platform but they are foldable or completely removable if you’re going off-road a lot which is nice.
The deck on the Beast houses a large battery box which is covered by three solar panels. The panels are rated at 15 watts combined and could charge the bike (in ideal conditions) in around 55 hours. Keep the deck clean, park the scooter in such a way that the bars and saddle won’t cast shadows and you could end up with a bit of extra juice at the end of each day! It sounds neat but in order to ride more than a mile or two after a full day of charging you’ll still need to plug this thing in. Using any 110 wall outlet the Beast Deluxe charges to 100% from empty in about seven hours. I love that the battery can be charged on or off the frame and that it’s so much lighter than the Lead Acid options (it’s ~31 lbs vs. ~62 lbs). To lift the battery box there are two straps you can grab from the top as well as two sturdy fold-out handles on both sides. The other cool use for the battery is as a backup power supply. It has a built in three prong wall outlet (like we’re used to here in the US and Canada) as well as two USB outlets. Depending on what type of lights, radio, TV or micro-fridge you’ve got this pack could last 5+ hours. The battery is really the star of the show with the Beast, I love that they mounted it low and center on the frame for improved balance and surrounded it with tubing to reduce damage in the event of a tip or crash.
Operating the Beast Deluxe is very easy, once the pack is charged and locked into the frame you insert the key into the ignition up near the display panel and turn it to “on”. Just like a car, gas powered scooter or motorcycle, the key must be left in while riding and as a result it can jingle around a bit but it’s never in the way of your pedaling or steering movements. The display panel shows your battery charge state, speed, voltage use, odometer, temperature and several readouts about the lights, turn signals and brights. I like that they used a digital display here for more accuracy vs. some basic LED’s and I love that it’s backlit (with a soft blue hue, you can see this in the video review when I cruise through the forest). Given the bar-end mirrors, turn signals, front and rear lights and the horn, this scooter has everything you’d expect for riding safely in traffic. I could see myself riding it to work and back, especially given the higher speed option but in that case, I’d be relying on my motorcycle license and insurance to operate legally on-road.
The Beast Deluxe is one of the most popular models in the Beast series from Daymak because it offers better power, speed and comfort than the entry model but only costs an extra $1,000. For the dual motor option you’ll have to kick in another $1,299 but that’s not necessary unless you’re 200+ lbs and plan on going off-road to really climb or cut through brush. I took the bike on a variety of terrain types and it performed well (even in soft stuff) but there was more noise on concrete because of the oversized tread. I like that you get two kickstand styles here for parking the Beast (the full double leg support for longer term, stable storage and a single-side quick kickstand which cuts power to the motor when down). I did notice the single sided stand getting snagged while riding over some foliage a couple of times and this produced a bit of rattling but it never caused me to feel unstable. I believe the side stand can be removed if you’d like (this is something Blain had done to his own personal Beast). If you’re looking for a quiet, clean way to cruise around and have some fun, the Beast Deluxe is a great option. Note that the wider tires do make it easier to steer and balance but it could still tip and might not be ideal for smaller kids unless they are decent riders or have supervision at first… This is another area where the Deluxe model wins because it’s the lightest option available. The rear rack mount is cool, you could use this with a box to haul stuff around a farm or get groceries in the neighborhood. My final thought here is on the subject of shipping. The Beast is large and heavy so expect to pay $300+, it’s worth checking their dealer network to see if you can find one in person but you’ll still need a truck to get it home. The Beast is inspiring with it’s solar charging feature and even if it’s not filling the tank each day you’re still supporting battery health through trickle charging.
- Significantly larger battery pack than the standard Beast model for increased range, they estimate an extra 5+ miles per charge and it weighs half as much ~31 lbs vs. ~62 lbs
- The battery uses Lithium-ion cells vs. sealed Lead Acid on the Standard model and these offer more power for roughly the same weight and will endure more charge cycles (they estimate 500+ more) before losing capacity
- The included charger is nicer than the Standard version, it’s aluminum which won’t break as easily and has an integrated fan so it can stay cool and charge faster
- The Beast is comfortable to ride, even on very bumpy terrain, because the unit is heavy and the large suspension offers good travel
- Intuitive twist-throttle operation with a center-mounted grayscale LCD communicating your charge level, speed, odometer, lights and turn signal status (the display is also backlit)
- Includes all of the major accessories that you’d expect on a traditional motorcycle including lights, turn signals, a horn, two side-mirrors, hydraulic disc brakes and sturdy kickstands (double and single)
- I really like the idea of integrated solar charging and use as a backup power supply (the pack is removable and has USB and 110 outlets), even though the panels are relatively small the little bit of ongoing trickle-charge should extend battery life
- The saddle is upgraded from the Standard version and is adjustable up and down with quick release levers on the left and right support arm, this allows taller riders to sit comfortably and keep their legs out of the way for steering
- Super wide tires offer excellent traction and increased surface area for navigating soft terrain like sand, snow and soft dirt, they also offer some shock absorption
- Even though the Deluxe and Ultimate models offer cadence sensing pedal assist, to me the pedals were positioned in such a way that they felt uncomfortable to use (far back and spread out wide), I think I’d rely primarily on the twist throttle on these and most other scooter style electric bikes, also, there aren’t any level settings for pedal assist so you’re always getting full power and the bike quickly outpaces your legs
- At ~254 lbs the Beast is heavier than most light electric vehicles I test and review, the oversized tires help to keep it stable but it requires more muscle to stand up and maneuver, it would not be fun to have this tip
- The solar panel built into the exterior casing of the battery pack can get dirty because your feet rest on it and this can decrease the efficiency, consider cleaning it regularly with a damp rag
- I like the idea of solar charging but with 15 watts here you would have to wait over 55 hours for the battery to fully charge (and that’s with direct sunlight), plugging it in is probably still necessary for most riders
- Shipping the Beast Deluxe inside Canada costs ~$200 but outside of Canada it can rise to ~$400, there are many retail outlets that sell Daymak products in Canada which might be worth visiting, still, transporting the Beast could may require a truck