In this review of the EMOVE RoadRunner, find out how VORO Motors (with a little prototype-feedback help from ESG) made the world’s most fun and easy to ride seated scooter. Plus, take an exclusive sneak peek at a super-fast modified RoadRunner (Rion Tronic controllers? Yes, please!)
|Tested top speed: 35.5 mph*|
|Tested range: 33.0 mi*|
|Weight: 63 lb*|
|Max rider weight: 330 lb|
|Water resistance: None|
|Great Top Speed|
|Good Usability and Perfect Size|
|Well-Executed Swappable Battery|
|That Intangible "Can't Stop Riding" Factor|
|Front Fender Water Protection|
|Seat Could be Softer|
|Front Suspension Could be Better (See Our Tips That Will Help)|
* Based on our performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.
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Our take: Simply put—we can’t stop riding it. The EMOVE Roadrunner’s ultra-smooth power delivery and intuitive handling are super addictive.
The EMOVE RoadRunner makes perfect sense when you see it in person: Small-ish, unintimidating, fast, and fun. Throw a leg over the seat and go. It’s like an e-bike, but better. The solid footpegs let you steer with your feet and body in a way that pedals on an e-bike can’t duplicate. We wish we could give you one through the screen to experience for yourself. Everyone who saw it at CES 2022 instantly wanted to ride it.
With dual motors (350W front and 500W rear), there is no mistaking the performance of the 35mph RoadRunner for the much slower Fiido Q1S despite having similar form factors and easy-riding styles.
It’s great bang for the buck, whether you have one battery (33 miles) or decide to double the range by dropping a spare into your backpack.
There’s nothing else that rides like the RoadRunner, which is why we wish we had two of them at ESG. It seems like every time I reach for it in the office, someone else already has it (looking at you, Chuck).
Best Alternatives and Competitors
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Is It Good for Bigger, Heavier Riders? – Yes!
When I asked Ramier if the EMOVE Roadrunner receives the Big Dawg seal of approval, his response was an emphatic “Heck Yes!”
It’s no secret that Ramier likes to ride fast, so I knew the Roadrunner’s high top speed made it a good candidate for Big Dawg approval. Form-factor-wise, I wasn’t sure, though. Would the bars be tall enough for his >6ft tall frame? Would the pegs be roomy enough? Yes, and yes.
Unlike the Fiido Q1S, which was definitely too small and too slow for Ramier’s taste, the Roadrunner has got what it takes, whether blasting down straightaways or climbing typical city hills.
The adjustable front suspension needs to be set relatively stiff for riders above 290lbs to prevent bottoming out over hard bumps, but the rated max rider weight is an impressive 330lbs. That’s the same load rating as the Kaabo Wolf King GT Pro!
EMOVE RoadRunner Review
Results below are based on our independent performance testing and not data provided by the manufacturer.
|Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)||3.9 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 20 mph)||6.5 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 25 mph)||9.6 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 30 mph)||16.0 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 35 mph)||33.4 seconds|
|Top speed||35.5 mph|
|Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)||10.4 feet|
|Hill climb||11.8 seconds|
The EMOVE Roadrunner is fast but in an extremely smooth way. The 350W front motor and 500W rear motor are tuned for top speed, not drama.
Power delivery is so smooth it’s as if gravity itself is is pulling you forward. The thumb throttle feels great and is so intuitive to use that anyone who can ride a bike will feel right at home.
Now, the smoothness of the throttle means it takes the Roadrunner 3.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 15 mph, which isn’t blindingly quick. But that’s still 41% quicker than a sharing scooter.
When it came to typical 4 to 6% city hills, sustaining 20 mph to 25 mph was no problem, so I was able to flow with traffic for the entire range test. It also handled our 10% grade hill climb test with ease, accelerating all the way up the hill instead of slowing down like some scooters do, which can be a sinking feeling.
The Roadrunner has an ESG certified top speed of 36 mph. That’s almost 5 mph faster than the previous version and very close to the top speeds of some stand-out scooters like the Mantis Pro or the Inokim OXO. It’s also more than *twice* the top speed of another popular seated scooter we tested in 2021, the Fiido Q1s.
The EMOVE Roadrunner covered precisely 33 miles on our range test course in top performance mode. This is excellent range relative to its 1,695 price tag, especially considering that my average speed during the range test was within one mph of Wolf King GT (one of the world’s fastest scooters) during its range test.
If you need even more range, you can double it by picking up a second battery. At 15 lbs, it weighs about the same as three college textbooks, so whether riding or walking, it’s not awkward to carry in a backpack.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that the new RoadRunner stops from 15 mph in just 10 ft; that’s a foot shorter than the prototype, thanks to the production RoadRunner’s new semi-hydraulic brakes.
The RoadRunner doesn’t have regenerative braking, so the brakes are very predictable: squeeze twice as hard, stop twice as fast. On the other hand, that means it takes more hand strength to stop than scooters that have regen.
So throttle-wise, the EMOVE RoadRunner is fast and smooth. But right out of the box, we rate the ride quality as “a little bumpy” despite its sizeable 14.5-inch diameter air-filled tires and adjustable front suspension—Read-on for a couple of adjustments which make it a lot better.
Unlike the prototype we tested, the front suspension of the production RoadRunner really works!
The lever at the top of the forks labeled “ABS-plus” doesn’t have anything to do with anti-lock brakes, but it does let you control the stiffness of your front suspension. Find a setting that gives you maximum range of motion without bottoming out or bouncing back too hard. For me, at 165lbs, it’s about the 4 o’clock mark.
There’s no suspension at the back, and the memory foam seat is pretty firm. So it’s kind of like riding a BMX bike with 45 pounds of pressure in the tires.
Pro-Tip for smoothing out your ride:
For my rider-weight, reducing the pressure from 45 pounds to 35 pounds made the ride feel 40% smoother, and when I did the entire range test over again with 35 psi in the tires, it only cost 1.9 miles of range. Totally worth it.
The RoadRunner’s unique corner-carving ability is another thing that makes it one of our favorites to ride. During the range test, I found myself carving corners even when there weren’t any corners to carve.
I love the Integrated turn signals and that the switches have built-in indicator lights, but I found myself using my legs as turn signals almost everywhere I went. It probably looked like I was sticking my leg out for balance, dirt-bike style. Either way, cars got the idea. Leg signals are just as visible as hand signals and safer because you keep both hands on the handlebars.
EMOVE RoadRunner Features
The RoadRunner gets really narrow when you fold the handlebars, and you can even take the pegs off, but it’s still not going to pass the trunk test on most cars.
That said, it does have some superpowers when it comes to parking.
The scooter has nearly infinite locking points due to the tubular frame and, the fact that you can bring the battery with you means, unlike most scooters, I’d be ok with locking it up outside for an hour or two.
If you live in an apartment, you could lock it up at the parking garage, bike racks, or bike room and just bring the 15-pound battery upstairs for charging. You can backpack it or carry it by the built-in handle. Either way is easy.
The battery is securely locked to the scooter with a deadbolt but slides in and out quickly. When the battery is removed, it brings the scooter weight down to about 48.5 lbs—making it easier to lift when needed.
The RoadRunner’s display is pretty basic and not the easiest to read in bright sunlight, but certainly not the worst we’ve seen visibility-wise. Controls are pretty basic but also a little confusing. The display, located near the left grip, follows the usual scooter format where the user can toggle through three “gears” (basically just speed limit thresholds).
A nice set of rubber-covered switches are also within reach of your left thumb, allowing you to control turn signals, horn, and headlight. All of the buttons but the horn have built-in lights to indicate when they are active.
We love the thumb throttle, but not so much the mystery switches labeled “R” and “I.” Just remember that “R” is for rear motor only, which means your other option, “I” must be dual motors.
The EMOVE RoadRunner’s headlight is bright enough to help you be seen, but given its >35mph top speed, you may want to add more light for night riding. We use and recommend this one made by Shredlights
The RoadRunner’s exceptional handling is largely due to its air-filled 14.5” diameter tires, which give it a stable, bicycle-like ride. If you’re under 200lbs, we think they work much better at 35 psi than the recommended upper limit of 45psi.
The build quality of the RoadRunner is excellent, and we’re proud to have had something to do with that. Last Spring, Voro Motors sent us a prototype RoadRunner and asked us if we’d make a video with our suggestions of how to make the production version even better.
We definitely see some of the things we asked for:
The new memory-foam seat is a significant improvement from the prototype, though thicker would be even better.
We asked for more suspension travel and stiffer springs at the front end, and Voro nailed it. The front fork is so much better. It works well for 135lbs to about 290lbs riders, though the Scooter can carry riders of up to 330lbs.
Voro also gave the production RoadRunner more handlebar height adjustment. So it can be set anywhere from an upright seating position to a full-on cafe racer stance with a 5mm Allen wrench in less than a minute.
The fenders on the new RoadRunner are much better than the prototype but not perfect. The rear fender is excellent. However, you’re going to want to extend the front fender before riding in the rain. To demonstrate this, I just cut up an old innertube and taped it to the fender, but check out this link for some material you can use to make a real fender extension.
Voro’s website says the RoadRunner can handle light rain, but be careful with it in the wet. It currently doesn’t have an IP rating, and as we always like to point out: scooter companies generally don’t cover water damage under warranty.
EMOVE RoadRunner: Review Conclusions
The RoadRunner is super fun: It has an unprecedented combination of speed and accessibility to all skill levels. It’s going to satisfy just about everyone’s need for speed, but without needing cat-like reflexes to control.
It’s actually faster than a car for cross-town commuting or running errands, but if you’re like us, half the time, you’ll find yourself just riding it for fun. Whatever you use it for, the RoadRunner is excellent bang for the buck and kind of addictive to ride.
EMOVE RoadRunner Technical Specifications
Note: These specification are provided by the manufacturer and may differ from our real-world testing.
|Folded dimensions||51 by 15 by 38 in|
|Motor power, continuous||850 W|
|Top speed||35 mph|
|Battery capacity||1253 Wh|
|Battery recharge time||12 hrs|
|Max rider weight||330 lb|
|Brake type||Disc + Disc|
|Tire type||14.5 in Pneumatic (Inner Tube) + Pneumatic (Inner Tube)|
|Built-in lights||Front + Rear|