Minimotors Dualtron Storm
What’s so surprising about the new 72V, 52 mph Duatron Storm from Minimotors — the brand that invented the dual motor scooter?
For starters, it’s bonkers fast, loud like a buzz saw, and a white-knuckle experience in all but the tamest mode. Not so surprising.
However, its swappable 30 lb, 2268 wh battery is a surprising feature of utility in a sea of electric muscle.
We expect that it will be a welcome addition for delivery drivers, but is most likely a signal that e-scooter racing is here.
And Minimotors wants in on the action.
|Tested top speed: 51.6 mph*|
|Tested range: 43.6 mi*|
|Weight: 103 lb*|
|Max rider weight: 330 lb|
|Water resistance: None|
|Excellent build quality|
|Third longest range of any scooter we've ever tested|
|Adjustable rubber suspension|
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The Storm is a premium scooter with a premium price that’s packed with big specifications, including a huge 330 lb max rider weight, the largest capacity removable battery ever fitted to an electric scooter, and an aggressive ride that you can literally hear coming.
This scooter’s performance is stunning. Even without swapping batteries, the Storm has the third longest range of any scooter we’ve ever tested, covering 43.6 mi on our test circuit. It would have easily taken the crown as the fastest scooter we have ever tested — but in today’s super scooter arms race, it has some stiff competition from both new and established brands. However, the Storm still ranks as the third fastest scooter we’ve ever measured with a top speed of 51.6 mph.
Not only is the Storm an aggressive ride, it’s also aggressively good looking. Its build quality is classic Dualtron; in other words: it’s very, very good. From the adjustable rubber suspension to the sleek cockpit and sick lighting package, Minimotors manufactured a masterpiece of mayhem.
Although our Storm needed a couple small tweaks (true of every scooter we get our hands on), its build quality is as good as scooters get, right out of the box.
Best Alternatives and Competitors
|Minimotors Dualtron Storm||51.6 mph||43.6 mi||103 lb||$4,490|
|NAMI Burn-E||58.8 mph||53.3 mi||106 lb||$4,499|
|Kaabo Wolf King||59.4 mph||33.4 mi||112 lb||$2,999|
|Apollo Phantom Ludicrous (60V)||48.1 mph||28.5 mi||-||$3,199|
Is It Good for Bigger, Heavier Riders? -Yes.
With a max load of 330 lb, a deck that’s over 1 ft wide, a high deck clearance of 7.0 in, dual disc brakes on beefy road tires, and stiff, tall suspension, the Storm’s brimming with features worthy of heavier riders.
Since taller scooters are more prone to rear wheel lifting during hard braking, the Storm’s actually easier to tame if you’re on the heavier side, anchoring the back wheel to the pavement. Along with the large deck, there’s a footrest attached to the rear suspension, which can take some getting used to.
The one downside to the Storm’s build for larger riders is the handlebar height, which is a bit low at 37.8 in.
Performance-wise, the Storm satisfies big dawg needs, as it has wheel-spinning acceleration, powers up hills, and keeps pace with the Kaabo Wolf King, among other beasts, when it comes to max speed.
Minimotors Dualtron Storm Review
|Acceleration (0 to 15 mph)||2.1 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 20 mph)||2.9 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 25 mph)||3.8 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 30 mph)||4.9 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 35 mph)||6.5 seconds|
|Acceleration (0 to 40 mph)||8.9 seconds|
|Top speed||51.6 mph|
|Braking distance (15 to 0 mph)||10.7 feet|
|Hill climb||7.2 seconds|
From 0 to 15 mph, the Storm ties with the prototype Apollo Phantom Ludicrous (60V) at 2.1 s. With 40A controllers and 72V batteries, the Storm and the well-known Kaabo Wolf King are closely matched, but the King is 0 s faster to 15 mph.
With stock P-settings, the Storm’s got crazy torque off the starting line, which causes the frontend to shift side to side when accelerating. It’s fine for some riders, but probably too much for others (keep reading for our fave P-settings for high performance riding).
The Storm has gravity-defying hill climbing ability, getting up our 200 ft, 10% grade test hill with a 165 lb rider in 7.2 s at an average speed of 19.0 mph.
We test top speed by averaging together two back-to-back half-mile speed runs, riding the scooter in opposite directions to balance effects from wind direction.
The Dualtron Storm turned in the third fastest top speed we have ever measured at a blazing 51.6 mph.
Battery swapping is this Dualtron’s superpower: it’s the only scooter we know of that you could ride from Philadelphia to New York (106 mi distance) in 4-½ hr without stopping to charge. That is, if you bring along two spare batteries (weighing in at 29 lb each). It’s a feature that delivery riders are already taking advantage of.
Even without swapping batteries, the Storm has the third longest range of any scooter we’ve tested at 43.6 mi.
Stopping from 15 mph in 10.7 ft seats the Storm among the elite for braking distance.
The Storm’s Nutt hydraulic brakes and dual elastomeric suspension make it easy to control during an emergency stop, but the scooter’s braking is ultimately limited by its taller deck height, as you’ll feel the rear wheel lift off the ground when braking really hard.
Everything about the Storm feels tight and responsive.
The Storm may be the first scooter we’ve ridden where we prefer riding in Eco mode. Eco mode dials back the power just enough to make the scooter more pleasant to ride.
Being a Dualtron, we expected the throttle to be strong and immediate, but the Storm is on another level. On other scooters, maxing out P-settings gives you maximum performance, but on the Storm turning up all of the P-settings just gives you bonkers amounts of front wheel spin.
Dualtron Storm P-settings (the best)
It took some testing to prove this, but the Storm actually accelerates faster with initial acceleration turned almost all the way down, because the front tire just hooks up better.
For maximum performance while also delivering the best throttle response, set P7 to 4 and P9 to 3.
|P2||Preset (Do not adjust)|
|P3||Preset (Do not adjust)|
0: Imperial (miles), 1: Metric (kilometers)
0: Zero start, 1: Kick-to-start
0: Off, 1: On
0: Off (power start), 5: On (slow start)
*ESG setting: 4
5: Slowest, 100: Fastest
1: max, 2: min, 3: none
*ESG setting: 3
|PA||Electronic brake strength|
0: Off, 5: Powerful
0: Off, 5: Brightest
0: Off, 30: 30 min
0: Off, 1: On
The Storm’s solid suspension
The suspension itself is tall and a bit stiff, and works best for larger riders and aggressive riding, because it does a great job of keeping the scooter from diving during hard braking and bottoming out when jumping curbs.
The dual rubber suspension is also adjustable. You can swap for harder or softer cartridges for a stiffer or softer ride, and the ride height can be adjusted by how the swingarms engage the cartridges.
The large, grippy, rear footrest feels good, but takes a little getting used to because it’s connected directly to the rear suspension and shifts vertically in a noticeable way when you hit the throttle.
All together, the Storm is an intense ride.
Minimotors Dualtron Storm Features
At 101 lb and measuring 48 in long by 12 in wide by 23 in tall when folded, the Storm is not very portable — but it does have a few tricks up its sleeve.
The stem can hook to the deck for carrying, it has nicely designed, spring-loaded folding handlebars, and gets almost 30 lb lighter when the battery is removed.
Even if you carry the Storm in two trips, it’s not a scooter you’re going to want to take upstairs every day. However, if you only have to carry the battery upstairs for charging and can keep your Storm parked safely downstairs (indoors please), that’s not so bad.
The EY3 throttle is starting to feel a little dated with all of the beautiful centered displays on new, next-gen scooters, but it’s easy to read in direct sunlight.
The new switches for horn, lights and Eco mode are lovely, and it’s nice to have a physical indication of what mode the scooter is in (unlike the new buttons on the Kaabo scooters, which don’t let you know until you pull the throttle).
The folding handlebars look good and feel good, but aren’t that necessary on such a large, high performance scooter.
The hand grips are okay, but they rotate as you ride because they’re not clamped in place.
The Storm’s got so much swag. For real, no scooter has more swag than Dualtrons.
The Storm has customizable stem, deck, and swingarm lights, along with sweet ground effects, projecting its moniker below on both sides.
If only Minimotors had put half this much thought into its headlights (they are low-mounted and not bright), and then there’s the turn signals.
They can only be seen from directly behind the scooter: not from the sides and not from the front. However, the rocker switch for the turn signals is the best we’ve seen, since it’s easy to use and you can feel if your signals are on.
The Storm uses exactly the same 11.0 in by 3.5 in tubeless CST street tires as the Wolf King and the BURN-E.
These tires can’t be mounted on split rims because they are tubeless. Minimotors has done the next best thing though, and have made rims that separate from the motors, so you can switch from road tires to off-road tires on one set of motors by swapping between two sets of rims.
The Storm’s deck is large at 12.3 in wide by 21.5 in long and covered in griptape, but somehow feels small.
It probably feels smaller because the throttle leaves you feeling like you can’t ever get your feet underneath you enough. The lift handle for the removable battery takes about 1 in of deck toward the front as well.
Minimotors ships the stem-to-deck latch in a box (not bolted to the deck), so if you’re the sort of rider that never plans to latch the stem to the deck, leaving it off gives you a little more unobstructed room for your feet at the rear of the deck.
In typical Dualtron style, the build quality is top notch with some impressive design details.
The Storm’s removable battery is a first for Dualtron, and they have done it very well, including a voltmeter you can turn on and off, a lift/carrying handle, and a locking system.
Despite being the largest removable battery ever (and a little heavy at 29.6 lb on its own), it still fits into a normal backpack, so you can swap batteries to extend range or charge the battery on the go.
The charging ports take up a little bit of deck space, but they didn’t get in the way while riding. It’s worth noting that the deck is going to feel 3 inches shorter if you stand with your left foot forward.
The new, dual stem clamp works nicely, but some owners have found that the stem itself has a familiar Dualtron creak; fortunately, this is very easy to fix, as is the slight wobble. Eliminate these issues with a little grease and by tightening the screws securing the handlebars to the stem.
The stem height is short for a scooter of its size, with handlebars slightly lower than the Kaabo Wolf Warrior. Fortunately, there is plenty of cable length to work with if you want to install bar risers.
All of the cables are well wrapped, but the control switches aren’t plug-and-play and there’s no steering stop (which means you might accidentally damage the cabling by overturning the handlebars).
Surprisingly the motors themselves are plug-and-play, meaning that you don’t have to rewire the whole scooter if you want to swap a tire or a brake rotor.
Minimotors Dualtron Storm: Review Conclusions
The Storm is a top-shelf scooter with top-shelf performance to match. That said, does anyone really need a scooter this fast?
Is the Storm’s throttle response and aggressive sounding motor going to be a little intense for some riders?
It probably is, but would we still like to have one in our garage?
Yes, yes we would.
The Storm is set up very well for aggressive riding, and we like knowing there are options to soften the suspension and double the range if we wanted to do some really long rides.
One thing that almost everyone will agree on, though, is that it’s a really good-looking and solidly built scooter. In other words, it’s a Dualtron.