Twelve months ago, SUPER73 launched a collaborative concept with Roland Sands Design (RSD). Based on the flagship SUPER73-RX, the team at RSD took inspiration from the fully adjustable suspension, powerful disc brakes and the most powerful motor in the SUPER73 range to develop an off-road-style racing concept. What would an iconic electric bike look like in the hands of a legendary motorcycle designer?
The collaborative result was an instant smash with both the media and fans of SUPER73. Always eager to listen to its supporters, the two companies set the wheels in motion to create a limited edition production version, which will be publicly revealed at Moto Beach Classic on October 23, 2021.
RSD x SUPER73-RX Malibu
Staying true to the original design concept, all the key elements have been transferred to the RSD x SUPER73-RX Malibu production model. This includes relocating the powerful 960 watt-hours battery to the downtube, improving the handling with a lower center of gravity.
The suspension retains the stock adjustable RX inverted front air fork and adds a Fox Racing Float 3 Evol rear shock unit to improve ride quality and handling.
To match the increased potential of the Malibu, an industry-leading Magura four-piston front brake caliper is fitted, along with short brake levers to increase precision as the stock 203-millimeter rotor is clamped.
Two key visual aspects are the moto-style extended Tracker seat, which is intended to allow greater freedom of movement for the rider at speed, and the distinctive RSD graphics that have been retained (along with the SUPER73 number boards), which contribute to the Malibu’s powerful personality.
Other custom additions include a SUPER73 mid-bar handlebar and bar pad. It also has 130-millimeter ODI Ruffian ATV grips, which were added to the bar ends using gold lock rings engraved with “SUPER73.” Crank Brothers “Stamp 2” pedals received gold pins and transferred the rider’s input to the rear wheel via a KMC Z410 gold chain to continue the premium hardware and finishes.
Finally, the SUPER73-RX Malibu is fitted with 20-by-4-inch front and 5-inch rear GRZLY tires. This is an upgrade over the BDGR tires fitted to the stock RX, allowing better traction when used off pavement.
“SUPER73 is proud to partner with Roland Sands Designs to take a fresh look at what two-wheel electric mobility should look like. With a focus on moto-style, ergonomics and the attention to design that has made RSD so iconic in the motorcycle industry, the Malibu is a perfect fit for any rider’s lineup,” said Michael Cannavo, co-Founder and chief marketing officer of SUPER73.
The Malibu upgrades are intended to enhance the already highly capable SUPER73-RX, which features an aircraft-grade 6065/7071 aluminum-alloy frame and a powerful internally geared, brushless DC hub motor capable of up to 2000 watts of peak power. It’s driven by a state-of-the-art 960 watt-hour battery, which is the largest in its segment. The removable battery can be charged from any standard 110-volt outlet, resulting in an estimated range of more than 40 miles at 20 miles per hour under throttle-only operation and in excess of 75 miles using ECO pedal assist mode.
The SUPER73-RX features the company’s smart technology, which pairs with IOS or Android devices via the SUPER73 app. It allows over-the-air software updates to ensure efficient charging and power usage. The app also gives access to multi-class riding modes, including Class 2 throttle and pedal assist up to 20 miles per hour, pedal assist Class 1 up to 20 miles per hour, pedal assist Class 3 up to 28 miles per hour, and Unlimited throttle activation for speeds above 28 miles per hour. Please consult local bylaws regarding permitted riding modes, or consult the Support page at super73.com.
Other standard features on the SUPER73-RX include adjustable suspension, powerful disc brakes, a 600-lumen LED headlight and a 32-inch seat height to accommodate riders from 5-foot-3-inches to 6-foot-8-inches.
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