The Storm is a high-end scooter with a high price that comes with a tonne of significant characteristics, like a hefty 150 kg maximum rider weight limit, the largest capacity removable battery ever installed in an electric scooter, and an aggressive ride that you can practically hear approaching.
The performance of this scooter is incredible. The Storm offers the third-longest range of any scooter we’ve ever tested, covering 70.2 km on our test circuit even without changing batteries. It would have been the quickest scooter we’ve ever tested, but in today’s super scooter arms race, both new and veteran companies are giving it a tough fight. With a top speed of 83.1 km/h, the Storm is still the third-fastest scooter we’ve ever tested.
The Storm is an aggressive vehicle that is also aggressively attractive. It is very well made and follows the standard Dualtron design. Minimotors created a masterpiece of mayhem, complete with an adjustable rubber suspension, a modern cockpit, and sick lighting.
Although our Storm required a few minor adjustments (as is the case with every scooter we own), its construction was excellent right out of the box.
The Storm ties the prototype Apollo Phantom Ludicrous (60V) at 2.1 seconds from 0 to 24 km/h. The Storm and the well-known Kaabo Wolf King are evenly matched in terms of their 40A controllers and 72V batteries, however the King is 0 s faster to 24 km/h.
The Storm has insane torque off the line with stock P settings, which causes the frontend to sway side to side when accelerating. Some riders can handle it OK, but others may find it to be too much (keep reading for our fave P-settings for high performance riding).
With a 74 kg rider, The Storm can climb our 60 m, 10% gradient test hill at an average speed of 30.6 km/h in 7.2 seconds, defying gravity.
In order to equalise the impacts of wind direction, we ride the scooter in opposing directions during two consecutive half-mile speed runs before averaging the results.
With a blistering 83.1 km/h, the Dualtron Storm recorded the third-fastest top speed of all time.
On the list of fastest scooters maintained by ESG, only the NAMI Burn-E and Kaabo Wolf King are placed above it.
This Dualtron’s superpower is battery swapping; it is the only scooter we are aware of that can go the 171 km from Philadelphia to New York in 4 12 hours without stopping to recharge. Providing you pack two extra batteries, that is (weighing in at 13 kg each). Delivery riders are already making use of this feature.
The Storm offers the third-longest range of any scooter we’ve tested, at 70.2 km, even without changing batteries.
The Storm ranks among the best in terms of braking distance, slowing down from 24 km/h in 3.2 m.
Although the Storm’s dual elastomeric suspension and Nutt hydraulic brakes make it simple to manage during an emergency stop, the scooter’s braking is ultimately constrained by its higher deck height, as you’ll see the rear wheel lift off the ground when braking hard.
The Storm feels responsive and tightly constructed throughout.
We could be the first scooter riders to prefer riding in Eco mode after riding the Storm. The power is slightly reduced in eco mode, making the scooter more enjoyable to ride.
We anticipated the throttle to be forceful and immediate because it is a Dualtron, but the Storm is on another level. On other scooters, dialling up all of the P-settings results in maximum performance, however on the Storm, doing so merely results in insanely high front wheel spin.
Dualtron Storm P-settings (the best)
It took some experimentation to establish this, but the front tyre of the Storm just hooks up better when initial acceleration is cranked almost all the way down.
The Storm’s solid suspension
The scooter’s suspension prevents the scooter from plunging under severe braking and bottoming out when jumping curbs. It works best for larger riders and aggressive riding because it is tall and a little stiff.
Additionally, the dual rubber suspension is movable. For a stiffer or softer ride, you can switch to harder or softer cartridges, and the ride height can be changed by changing how the swingarms engage the cartridges.
The Storm is not very portable because it weighs 45 kg and has dimensions of 122 cm by 30 cm by 58 cm when folded, but it does have some tricks under its sleeve.
When the battery is taken out, the stem becomes about 14 kg lighter and has wonderfully constructed, spring-loaded folding handlebars for transportation.
With all of the gorgeous centred displays on the newest, next-generation scooters, the EY3 throttle is beginning to feel a little out of date, but it is still simple to read in bright sunshine.
It’s good to have a physical indicator of what mode the scooter is in, as opposed to the new buttons on the Kaabo scooters, which don’t let you know until you pull the throttle. The new switches for the horn, lights, and Eco mode are lovely.
On such a big, powerful scooter, the foldable handlebars may look beautiful and feel wonderful, but they aren’t really necessary.
The hand grips are OK, however because they are not clamped in place, they swivel as you ride.
The Storm has a tonne of cool stuff. No scooter has greater style than Dualtrons, for real.
The Storm projects its name below and to either side on both sides using interchangeable stem, deck, and swingarm lights.
If only Minimotors had given its headlights (which are low-mounted and dim) and turn signals half as much consideration.
Only from behind the scooter can they be seen; neither from the sides or the front. The turn signal rocker switch, though, is the nicest we’ve seen because it’s simple to use and you can feel when your signals are on.
The Wolf King and the BURN-E both use identical 27.9 cm by 8.9 cm tubeless CST street tyres, and so does the Storm.
These tyres are tubeless, hence they cannot be fitted on split rims. However, Minimotors has created rims that separate from the motors as a better alternative, allowing you to switch from road tyres to off-road tyres on one set of motors simply switching between two sets of rims.
The Storm’s deck measures 31.1 cm in width by 54.6 cm in length and is griptape-covered, but it still seems undersized.
The fact that the throttle makes you feel as though you can never get your feet under you enough definitely makes it seem smaller. About 3 cm of deck nearer the front is also required for the lift handle for the removable battery.
If you’re the kind of rider who never intends to latch the stem to the deck, leaving it off provides you a little more free space for your feet at the back of the deck. Minimotors ships the stem-to-deck latch in a box (not bolted to the deck).
As is customary for Dualtron, the build quality is excellent and features some striking design elements.
A first for Dualtron, the Storm’s detachable battery features a voltmeter you can turn on and off, a lift/carrying handle, and a locking mechanism.
Even though it weighs 13.3 kg on its own and is the largest removable battery ever made, it still fits into a typical backpack, allowing you to switch out batteries to increase range or recharge the battery while on the road.
Although the charging outlets take up a small amount of deck space, they didn’t interfere with the ride. It should be noted that if you stand with your left foot forward, the deck will appear to be 8 centimetres shorter.
Although the new dual stem clamp works well, some owners have noticed that the stem itself makes the characteristic Dualtron creak. Fortunately, both of these issues are quite simple to solve. Apply some lubricant and tighten the screws holding the handlebars to the stem to solve these problems.
For a scooter of its size, the stem height is low, and the handlebars are a bit lower than on the Kaabo Wolf Warrior. If you wish to install bar risers, fortunately, there is enough of cable length to deal with.
The connections are all neatly wrapped, but there is no steering stop and the control switches are not plug-and-play (which means you might accidentally damage the cabling by overturning the handlebars).
Surprisingly, the motors themselves are plug-and-play, so changing a tyre or brake rotor doesn’t require rewiring the entire scooter.
Excellent tiny scooter for city travel.
Compared to the other scooters, this is SO much better. It’s well constructed. Value it.
Smooth and enjoyable to ride