Apollo Ghost review: so powerful, it’s scary
My whole body kicked back when I stepped on the accelerator with both engines engaged, so… be gentle! Gaining speed quickly feels exhilarating but it’s also terrifying. It doesn’t take long to get past 30mph. It might not seem like much if you’re used to going this fast in a car, but when you’re balanced on a scooter and all you have to protect yourself is a helmet on your head – say just that my heart was racing.
I am also in New York. Unless I was crossing the Williamsburg Bridge, I usually had to step on the (effective!) Disc brakes every few minutes due to traffic lights, cars, or pedestrians. The chances of going faster than 25 mph are slim. Still, it’s nice to have so much power to shoot.
One thing to drill into your head is to never switch between a dual motor and a single motor while driving. The company claims that “it’s like downshifting from sixth to first gear in a car, and can result in a fall or injury from the hard deceleration.” Yikes. After reading this, I never pressed any of the buttons before stopping completely out of caution.
The orange button next to the red single / double button toggles the Ghost between Eco and Turbo modes. The Turbo button simply allows the scooter to reach its maximum speed on demand. Eco, of course, increases the efficiency of the engines. This slows down your movement speed considerably, but it’s handy if the Ghost is crawling to a dead battery and you still have a long haul to go.
Above all, regardless of the speed, the ride itself is very comfortable. The 10-inch pneumatic tires paired with the dual-spring suspension system feel like they’re sliding on most roads, and even pothole-covered streets aren’t too difficult. (I don’t recommend it for off-road use.) is IP54 water resistant, and this level of protection got the job done in light rain as well as slush after the snow in January, although the fenders didn’t do much to protect my shoes from it. moisture and dirt.
The brakes are supposed to have regenerative braking, which means they’ll charge the battery when you stop. I didn’t notice any significant battery gains, however.
Folding up the Ghost at the end of a ride is simple, but not as quick as I would like. You have to spend a few seconds twisting a rod between the handlebars to fold them up, and the clamp at the bottom of the main stem that allows the folding mechanism requires some force to come undone. You can lower the rod and attach it to a hook near the back of the deck to hold it in place. It tucks away in a size that can be stored, but it’s still too big to fit under the sofa.
Worse yet, it’s a 64-pound machine! It’s heavier than this big tire folding electric bike. Don’t expect to easily transport this electric scooter.