- Technically, this is more of an electric scooter than a bicycle because it has pegs instead of pedals
- Comes in two flavors that approximate the Stealth Fighter and Bomber with 3,000 watt and 4,500 watt motor options
- Well balanced frame, upgradable suspension and disc brakes, high performance LiFePo battery technology
The Stealth Hurricane has no pedals, just pegs like you’d find on a motocross bike. In this sense, it might not fit perfectly here amongst the other electric bicycles with pedal assist modes and smaller 350 watt motors. This thing is really meant for fast, powerful rides… competitions and jumps. But hey, it’s electric and its two siblings (the Fighter and Bomber) do have pedals so I wanted to include it here and point out the differences.
The frame, shocks, wheels and overall construction of the Hurrican resembles the Stealth Bomber most closely. This is because it comes standard with the larger 1.5 kilowatt-hour battery pack. We’re talking about 72 volts of power with 20 amp hours of capacity. It’s huge, and it’s responsible for making this bike weigh a lot (between 84 or 105 pounds depending on the motor you pick). The cells are made with Lithium Iron Phosphate chemistry which is known for being stable and long lasting. Considering the high rate of charge (just 4 hours from empty) and drain (about two hours ride time) this pack can endure, it’s nice to have stable chemistry and that goes double if you take a spill. The only downside is the weight, the energy density of LiFePo is less than other types of Lithium-ion and thus, more cells to reach equivalent capacity.
The front fork, brakes and tires are all upgradable or customizable on this bike, as with the other Stealth models, but the big choice is really which motor to get. There’s the smaller 3,000 watt motor (used on the Stealth Fighter) or the higher end 4,500 watt motor (used on the Stealth Bomber). Again, this bike is basically setup to approximate either of those two bikes with the exception that it always has the larger battery pack. So if you get the smaller motor (can’t believe I’m calling 3,000 watts small) then your top speed will be 32 miles per hour vs. 50 with the higher end motor. They both offer regeneration mode, are relatively quiet (65 decibels at top speed), and live in the rear hub.
The Hurricane is really an interesting creation. The closest competitor I can think of is the ZERO electric motorcycle that comes street ready with turn signals, lights and a more professional dash. The ZERO is however, much heavier weighing between 250 and 450 depending on the model (the FX is the lightest and most comparable to the Hurricane here). I would guess that the Hurricane is more durable in terms of off road riding and taking jumps but I can’t really say… All I know is that Dustin (the guy who let me test ride a bunch of Stealth ebikes in Arizona) is pretty daring when it comes to jumping and off road riding and his bike was still holding up.
So how would you use the Stealth Hurricane? I guess any way you’d uses a motocross bike or a dual sport. The big benefits of any electric bike/motorcycle are the reduced noise, inexpensive fuel and high torque. The downsides of course are limited range and high cost. The Hurricane comes in several different colors, is moddable (fairly simple to work on and upgrade) and light weight. You get a solid warranty and the feel of a very nimble motocross bike with some pretty impressive power and speed. I’d love to have something like this if I lived out in the country or near a dirt track. If you’re concerned about the ~35 mile range (and willing to pedal to get home) or don’t mind off-center footing then consider one of the other Stealth electric bikes.
- Super powerful and well balanced with batteries mounted inside the mid-frame area
- Stable and reliable Lithium Iron Phosphate battery technology will last well
- Full suspension for comfortable off road riding and jumping
- Uses Cycle Analyst LCD computer system with lots of options and readouts
- Regeneration button helps to recharge the bike and slow it down without wearing out the brake pads
- Offered in a wide range of colors including black, blue, green, grey, orange, red, white and yellow
- Stock pegs are solid, grippy and positioned well on the bike
- Hydraulic disc brakes provide great stopping power with very little effort and hand fatigue
- The suspension and brakes can be upgraded, optional lighting system and two choices of tires (studded or slick)
- Cockpit is clean and handle bars are easy to grip when riding in rough conditions, gears are shifted using a mid-bottom bracket heel switch
- Solid lifetime warranty on the frame and rear suspension, one year on battery and other components
- Heavier than normal electric bikes at 84 to 105 pounds making it harder to transport and maneuver
- No pedals here, so if you do run out of juice you’ll be walking it home
- While battery is removable, it requires tools and is really built to stay in the bike
- More expensive than other ebikes but less expensive than similar electric motorcycles