NEW Dualtron Thunder 2 Electric Scooter Review

This is the new Mini Motors Dualtron Thunder 2. It comes with twice the warranty. In this review, we’re going to resist focusing on how ridiculously fast it is and instead show you how the Thunder 2’s build makes it the best scooter to own for the long haul.

 

The new Thunder 2 draws a ton of attention. Its ultra-modern rubber deck and machined aluminum footrest make it instantly recognizable. And then, of course, there are the swag lights. But some of the best things about the Thunder 2, aren’t obvious, even if you’ve read the owner’s manual.

If you look close, though, there are hints like the badge on the front that low key brags no flat tires, it’s stuff under the surface. That makes the Thunder 2 a great scooter with which to have a long-term relationship. It has the highest price tag of the four, partly due to having a very large battery.

With 72 volts and 2880 watt-hours, it’s the largest battery we’ve ever seen. Aside from being huge, it’s also made with LG Automotive-grade 2700 cells, giving it an unbeatable range versus weight. Underneath, the massive motor controllers are thermally coupled to the deck. Even after a half-mile top speed run pushing 120 total amps, the heat sink was still cool to the touch.

The combination of seemingly bottomless range and flat-proof tires makes you feel like you can just keep riding until you run out of range not the scooter.

Even the best scooters aren’t perfect, though. Just like our 2020 Thunder, the Thunder 2’s rear fender began to rattle after the first 50 miles. You’ll need a shortened Allen wrench and a little Loctite to correct this. It also wouldn’t be a dualtron review if we didn’t mention stem squeak.

It’s an easy fix, but we’re going to keep calling it out until they fix it. The awesome-looking ultramodern rubber deck is easy to clean but has less traction than conventional grip tape. But adding a little grip tape of your own gets the traction back.

The solid rims are easy to separate from the motors, so you won’t have to wrestle with motor cables if you do a tire change. And if you buy a spare set of rims, you can switch between on-road and off-road tires just by swapping out rims. No tire levers are required. We tested the new flat-proof tires, and they really work.

The tires prevent flats with an incredibly stretchy soft rubber coating bonded to the inside surface. It’s nearly impossible to puncture, but even if penetrated, it seals right up, losing zero air pressure over the next 24 hours.

Unlike tire slime, this method of flat proofing doesn’t make a gooey mess when you remove the tires from the wheel. The Thunder 2 gets a new cast aluminum control box for turn signals,

  • swag lights,
  • hazard lights,
  • and riding modes,
  • and it gets a horn,

a feature earlier dull Tron’s laptop. The backlit stainless steel switches give the Scooter a next-generation feel, despite retaining the classic EY Three throttle. And the Eco Mode button stays pressed in for Eco Mode and out for Turbo mode, so you can tell what mode you’re in before you squeeze the throttle.

The cables look very tidy, but aren’t plug and play, so component changes are going to take a little longer. The swag lights and remote control are outstanding, but a Scooter this fast really deserves a bright, high-mounted headlight. So if you’re going to ride at night, definitely plan on adding an aftermarket rechargeable light like this one.

Finally, the Thunder 2 gets a beefy and adjustable side stand. Your side stand is the last part of the Scooter you interact with each day, so it’s nice to walk away from a Scooter that feels solid and not wobbly.

In Top Performance mode, grabbing full-throttle on the Thunder too is mind-blowing. Then if you double click, you get another 1680 Watts. That’s like adding the power of another Scooter. It feels like you’ve suddenly caught a huge tailwind, shoving you right past the original Thunder’s top speed.

The Thunder 2 can break the speed limit on just about any hill you can find. It recorded the third quickest hill climb ever, scaling our 10% grade, 200-foot long test hill in just 6.7 seconds, just behind the Nami Bernie and the Wolf King. Feel free to crush hills everywhere you go, because you’re very unlikely to need the battery power later. If you suffer from range anxiety, the Thunder 2 could be the cure.

 

It went further than any of the 80 Scooters we’ve ever tested, covering 59.5 miles in Top Performance mode. If I used it for my 2 miles per day commute, I’d only have to charge it once a month. If you’ve got enough space and an underdeveloped sense of self-preservation like I do, holding the throttle at WFO will bring you to a top speed of 58 3 mph, or about 63 speedometers on level ground.

That’s 41 seconds of fighting your better judgment before top speed finally maxes out. The nut hydraulic brakes and 160-millimeter rotors feel solid, stopping from 15 miles per hour. Any Scooter near the ten footmark is among the world’s best. It will stop even shorter with the rear footrest removed since it allows an even more aggressive braking stance. The original Thunder has identical brakes, but out stops the Thunder 2, because of the improved stance.

The Thunder 2 has premium folding handlebars and a stem that can last to the deck, but unfortunately not at the same time. It’s already not that portable at over 104 pounds, but this makes it even less so. It’s too heavy to lift one-handed. And even if you could, this one definitely does not pass the trunk. That also at 104.2 pounds. It’s too heavy to lift one-handed by the stem. That said, the rear footrest and the grab handle is a big plus if you need to lift it onto a workbench.

 

Dualtron scooters are known for excellent ride quality, mainly because of their awesome adjustable suspension cartridges, which swap out if you want to change ride stiffness. Aside from being tunable, this type of suspension is lightweight, and the damping effect of the rubber keeps the scooter from bouncing over hard bombs.

The larger dual trots are set up a little too stiff for my 165-pound rider weight but do tend to soften up over time and also in warmer weather. The new rear footrest and tail light look great, but at 45 degrees, the incline section is a lot steeper than typical, and the hole in the middle takes some getting used to.  You can keep the footrest in place for aggressive riding or remove it in less than five minutes to get 2.2 inches more deck space for really long rides.

Like our range test, we liked having the extra space. Normally, we think of eco mode as boring mode. On the Thunder 2, however, we found ourselves using eco mode almost all the time when we weren’t testing performance, because the Thunder 2’s eco mode is actually really fun, and it’ll even spin the front wheel.

It’s not as smooth and seamless as having a sine wave controller, but does a good job of giving you whatever you want, whether you’re touring around or drag racing. Pros include the longest range we’ve ever tested, flat-proof tires, removable footrest, and swappable rims cons include no IP rating and need a bright, high-mounted headlight.

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