Segway’s New BEAST Scooters – GT2 and GT1 Review

GT2 and GT1 are brand new flagship scooters from Segway, the first beast scooters and the first dual-motor electric scooters Segway has ever made. We’ve been performance-testing all the week, and now we’ve got the data and an inside look at some never seen before features. Find out what they’re like to ride and what happens when the world’s biggest.

Scooter company takes on two new categories of performance. Scooters GT 2 may be Segway’s first dual-motor scooter, but the GT1 is also a significant first. A single motor scooter that outperforms most dual motor scooters. Another important first is the first Segways with a rider weight capacity of 330 pounds. Looking at these scooters, it’s clear that Segway dumped a metric ton of engineering dollars into the GTS. Let me show you what I mean. When I first heard about the transparent passive matrix OLED display, I thought a clear dash sounded like a gimmick.

But in person, it’s one of my absolute favorite things about the GT2. It looks like a heads-up display on a fighter jet. Both scooters have well-laid out dashboards showing you just what you need to know. But the GT 2 S also gives you battery percentage and a range remaining countdown and is easier to read in bright sunlight than the GT1 conventional Led dash. The cockpit feels like a part motorcycle and part Ferrari, with a twist grip, throttle, and mode buttons that let you control everything with one or two taps of your thumbs without looking down. You can change riding modes, switch from rear-wheel drive to two-wheel drive, switch on the lights and beep the Horn for deeper control.

You can turn on zero starts, and set lighting effects, and there’s a never seen feature that lets you use the brakes and throttle at the same time. We’ll cover that in the performance section. The app also lets you put the scooter into Sentry mode, which locks the wheels into place. If someone tries to move the scooter a little, it lights up. If they try to move it a little more, it makes a lot of noise. The GT2 and GT1 are nearly identical, but other than the dashboard, there are a couple of clues as to which one is which.

The subtle Two and One on the side panel and the even more subtle rose gold and titanium metallic finishes. These scooters look and feel like they’re carved out of one solid piece of the scooter. Every little detail of the build quality feels like next-level tubeless tires with a flat-resistant coating bonded to the inside air channels that run down the side of the scooter for cooling the security torque screws where the handlebars Mount a rubber edge at the front of the fairings. The charging fork cover and rubber seal the way the deck surrounds the rider’s foot, adding to the already excellent Fender protection.

Details like these make the IPX for water resistance rating feel very conservative. Even the accessories are next level, but we’ll get to that in safety. The ride quality of the series makes them solid contenders for the best we’ve ever written, and there are five reasons why. First of all, I love the twist throttle. There is a good reason that every motorcycle in the world uses them. The throttle feels intuitive and easy to use. There’s no dead zone at the beginning of the travel, and the response is quick without feeling abrupt from a dead stop.

The acceleration on both GTs is surprisingly smooth for beast scooters but then builds rapidly as you speed up. Once you get going, the midrange acceleration is so strong it can feel a little twitchy if you’re trying to go exactly 25 mph, for example. But fortunately, this problem is solved by the best cruise control ever. One bonk with your thumb turns it on instantly and any brake or throttle input then turns it off. Even if you’re just coasting with no throttle at all. One push and it will immediately maintain your exact current speed. It’s so simple and intuitive, that we wouldn’t be surprised to see other personal electric vehicles copy this user interface.

Another first-ever feature is that the GT2 have traction control. For example, if the front wheel starts to spin, it reduces the power to the front wheel until traction returns toggling into race mode disables traction control, and lights up a warning label to remind you that it’s off. The traction control really works, but it’s so well integrated that you won’t even notice it working. Until you turn it off, you will notice the girder, front end, and adjustable hydraulic shocks. The front end looks really cool, and whether you’re on or offroad, nothing beats the ride quality of the adjustable hydraulic suspension.

I don’t know if it’s the girder front end or the 18-degree rake angle, the largest we’ve ever seen by far. But even without a steering damper, the GTS is more stable than the Nami is with a steering damper. It’s an impressive feat of engineering to make scooters this quick, but also this easy to ride. How Quick? In our test, the GT2 Rockets from zero to 30 in just 4.1 seconds, just behind the quickest scooters we’ve ever tested, the Nami, Burn E, and Wolf King, while the GT1 arrives at 30, just two tenths behind the quickest light heavyweight scooter we’ve ever tested.

The Visit Ten Plus. While Segway has made two of the quickest Scooters in their price class, it’s pretty clear they weren’t shooting for ultimate top speed. The ESG-certified top speed of the GT2 is 41. 8 slower than the similarly priced Birdie Two. We clock the GT1 at 34.5 mph, making it the fastest single motor scooter we’ve ever tested and competitive with many dual-motor light heavyweights. The GT2 and GT1 are both world-class Hill climbers. The GT2 was the third-fastest Scooter ever up our test Hill, just behind the Bernie and Wolf Kane GT, averaging 24 mph from a standing start.

The GT1 is by far the fastest single motor Scooter to ever climb our test Hill, averaging 15. 5 mph from a standing start, beating more than half of the dual-motor Scooters we’ve tested. The GT2 and GT1 would both deliver better performance numbers if they had a more abrupt throttle, but we think most riders will find that the smooth throttle response is well worth giving up a couple of tenths of a second. The GT2 and GT2 stop from 15, just 9.4ft and nine 5ft, respectively, beating every beast Scooter we have ever tested, and they do it in a very unconventional way.

For one thing, there’s no regenerative braking, so your brake response is exactly proportional to how hard you pull the levers, giving you more control. They also use a different brand of hydraulic brakes then we’ve ever seen. They feel better than nut breaks or Zoom brakes, and about the same as the Logan brakes that are on the Bernie, too. The most surprising design choice is the 140-millimeter rotors. They’re smaller and thicker than the rotors used on most beast Scooters. The smaller diameter makes them less gravy, so it’s easier to avoid skidding. Being 38% thicker makes them resist warping, bending, and overheating, so the brake response didn’t fade after repeated hard use.

The Segway app gives you a braking option we’ve never seen before. Normally, touching the brakes on any electric Scooter disables the throttle, but if you disable brake priority in the app, it lets you apply throttle and brake at the same time. This is an expert-only feature, and something you should be very careful of if you turn it on. On our range test, the GT2 covered 32. 9 miles in race mode with boost mode engaged the whole time, while the GT1 smaller batteries carried 21.9 miles in race mode.

Of course, you can get more range by running in sport or eco mode, but to be consistent, every Scooter range test is written in its fastest possible mode. Here’s how the range test ended. Below 30% battery. Both scooters had a noticeable drop in acceleration, but would still maintain 30 mph uphill at this point, race mode and eco mode felt about the same. Below 10% battery. Both would maintain 20 mph until finally shutting down. The GT2 shut down with an indicated 3% of the battery still remaining, while the GT1 kept going for half a mile after the last bar of the battery meter started flashing. An unexpected bonus was that both Scooters allowed me to restart and engage in walk mode rather than walk as intended.

I decided to ride the last half mile back to the office in walk mode at a pokey. 3 GT 2 and GT1 are not very portable, even relative to other Beast Scooters. Both weigh over 100 pounds and are unfolded. They’re the tallest and second-longest scooters we’ve ever passed it. And like most beast scooters, the stems don’t latch to the deck, so keep in mind, that unless you have an elevator, you’ll need a place on the ground floor to park it.

Because they just aren’t practical to carry upstairs. The One is a remarkably safe scooter, considering how powerful they are. The stability, traction control, and excellent brakes make these scooters exceptionally easy to control. The lighting is also outstanding. The headlight emits 900 LM or about the same as one headlight on a car. But the best part is the turn signals, both because the switch is easy to use without looking down and because the signals are so easy to see. The rear signals also double as swag lights, which you can program with the app.

The Horn sounds kind of goofy, but it’s easy to reach and allows for a polite beat or repeated use to get your point across. Segue made a very unusual choice when it came to the battery voltage, where most beast scooters are 60 volts or 72 volts. Both the GT 1 and GT 2 use 52 volts batteries for enhanced voltage.

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