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BMW C Evolution, Electric Scooter From A Female Point of View

  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  BMW Product Review Electrical Female
  Author: Patricia Waldron-Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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Introduction: Patricia Waldron-Werner, born in Ireland, has had a full motorcycle license since the 1980's. She has had her own motorcycle, and often rides as pillion. She is also my loving wife. It was a good opportunity to get her to test our new BMW C Evolution electric scooter. Here is her impression.
An electric motorcycle or scooter, wow what a super idea, how planet earth friendlier can you get while still exercising your passion for motorcycle riding. So I arrive home on Friday evening to find a brand new BMW electric scooter, the C Evolution, in the garage and a proud, happy owner, Mike, my husband of course.

As A Pillion

But given our wonderful Normandy weather at the moment which is very wet after non-stop rain over several days, we had to wait until Saturday afternoon before we could take her out for a ride. I rode pillion and I really enjoyed the ride. It so quiet and smooth, you can hear the birds singing in the forests as you drive by and you can even have a conversation without having any intercom system.

When you stop at a traffic light, there is no sound and when you pull out the throttle to advance, there is absolutely no noise. As we drove through the tree lined country roads, alone, I felt like we were futurists going back in time visiting planet earth, as you only hear the slight whir of the motor and the lines of the bike are sculpted in interesting angles, especially the rear view mirrors, like something from a futurist movie.

As a pillion passenger, your seat is higher up and you are in fact riding just above the head and helmet of the rider, which gives you a full frontal view looking ahead…. love that, as you do not have to look ahead into the jacket and helmet of the driver.

Very comfortable, but the seat is a little hard after about 30 minutes, but hey, maybe that’s me, the heroine of the Princess & the Pea.

Patricia BMW C Evolution

As A Biker

Today, I decided to get out and ride it myself.  

Patricia BMW C Evolution

Everything is just fine and it’s truly easy to ride, as long as you are on the straight road and do not have to turn the bike. That’s when I realized the weight of the front of the scooter (Ed: some 250 kilos) is too much for me to turn around when in a tight corner and you want to turn around 180 degrees.

I was very disappointed at myself, and not being able to manage this, the driver seat is quite high and wide, thus making it difficult to manoeuvre in a tight space (Ed: Patricia's height is 1 meter 70).

Patricia BMW C Evolution

So, I guess for me it’s pillion passenger from now on. Love it though, no complaints, so let’s get more earth friendly and go electric. I encourage you to do so, you will be happy.  

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