At lower speeds in Level 1 the throttle is more manageable. In Level 2 and 3 modes – which offer a power output of 60% and 100% respectively – the scooter has a tendency to lurch forwards due to a delay from the throttle. It doesn’t detract from the overall riding experience which is good, but the lack of engagement from the throttle is noticeable at lower speeds when negotiating tight turns.
Thanks to Tektro front and rear hydraulic brakes, the B12 has excellent stopping power on all terrain.
The Roam also has a handy LCD display which shows your speed, battery status and the mode you’re riding in. It might be smaller than other e-scooter displays but it’s crystal clear and very easy to read while riding.
What really makes the B12 Roam standout, however, is its performance. It accelerates seamlessly and in Level 3 mode it can reach up to 21.7mph.
Sure, just shy of 22mph might not sound like a lot but on an electric scooter, it certainly feels rapid – if you can find a safe, private space to do so. And because of the B12’s great build quality and set up you feel confident to ride the e-scooter at higher speeds.
Any downsides to the B12?The B12 doesn’t come cheap; £1599 to be exact. That certainly puts it in the premium end of the e-scooter range, but the B12 some is a very well polished and robust machine.
Range isn’t a standout feature either at 26 miles and there are many e-scooters available for less than half the price of B12 that will go further. Take the Eskuta KS-450 for example. It costs £469.50 and offers a range of up to 30 miles – and it’s just as good to ride, while also being a solid and robust device.
It’s also not the lightest machine, weighing in at 18kg. Like almost all e-scooters available today the 8Tev can be folded and although this is meant to make life easier when carrying the e-scooter, it’s still too heavy and awkward to carry around.
Hold on, are these legal to ride on public roads?Earlier this year the government revealed plans to fully legalise e-scooters, but at present it is still illegal to ride a private e-scooter on public roads. Only rental e-scooters from firm’s such as Dott, Tier and Lime can be ridden on the road in government-approved trials.