In the lead: the all-electric brand enters the top 10 for the first time – Fraser Addecott


Super Soco’s range of battery-powered bikes topped Aprilia, Suzuki, Ducati and Harley-Davidson sales in November to rank among the UK’s top 10 best-selling bicycle manufacturers. It’s a turning point for electricity …

Michele Pirro puts the Ducati MotoE prototype to the test

We all know the past two years have been a very strange time for all of us.

Almost every aspect of our life has been affected by the global pandemic – and the motorcycle world is no exception.

Fears over the use of public transport, the increase in working from home, supply issues and other factors have all played a role.

Yet bicycle sales have been surprisingly strong.

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Motorcycle Industry Association figures show a 13% increase through November 2021 compared to 2022.

To be precise, it’s 100,919 units sold until the end of November 2021.

As we are getting used to now, e-bikes are by far the fastest growing.

Sales of battery bikes increased 158% year over year.

November also marked a milestone as, for the first time, a brand of fully electric bicycles appeared in the top 10 sales of the month.






Leading the charge – Super Soco CPx

Super Soco snuck its way to No.10 on the list, overtaking manufacturers such as Aprilia, Suzuki, Ducati and Harley-Davidson.

The company’s CPx model dominated sales in the 0-50cc (or electric equivalent) category.

The nippy little scooter is actually classified as a 125cc equivalent by the company because it is an L3 category vehicle and hits 56 mph – similar to a gasoline 125.






Best Seller – Super Soco CPx

But because it uses a 4.Kw battery, the MCIA places it in the 0-50cc equivalent holder.

The Super Soco CUx also performs well.







Fraser rides the Super Soco CUX
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Picture:

Megan Rudd)


A less encouraging statistic affected by Covid is the number of people who pass their motorcycle test.

The figure for 2020/21 was only 16,000, compared to 36,000 in 2019/20 and 38,000 in 2018/19.

But all indicators are that the numbers will rise again once things get back to normal.

The news of e-bike sales came as Ducati first tested its MotoE prototype on the track.

The V21L was put to the test at the Misano circuit in Italy by Ducati test driver Michele Pirro.






Superb – the electric racer V21L from Ducati

The bike will compete in the FIM Moto World Cup in the 2023 season – the electric class of MotoGP.

Ducati will become the sole supplier of bikes for the series from this season.






Michele Pirro puts the Ducati MotoE prototype to the test

After his session, Pirro told Mirror Motorcycling: “The bike is light and has good balance already.

“The connection of the accelerator in the first opening phase and the ergonomics are very similar to those of a MotoGP motorcycle.

“If it hadn’t been for the silence and the fact that in this test we decided to limit the power to just 70% of the performance, I could easily have imagined that I was riding my bike.”

Ducati eMobility Director Roberto Cane added that refinement of the racing bike would be crucial in developing an electric road version that would be “sporty, light, exciting and capable of satisfying any enthusiast.”

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