When this reviewer was six years old, I had a fully plastic electric Harley Davidson branded kid’s motorcycle. I rode that thing full throttle at three miles per hour through my front yard for hours. It was the greatest toy I’d ever had. Now as an adult I had the chance to reconnect with my inner child and motorcycle fan with the Hidoes B3.
This chopper-esque class 3 ebike is all gas and no brakes (it actually has very good brakes) with its speed and aesthetics.
The B3 comes in a matte black aluminum like the other B series bikes in the Hidoes lineup. The front fork hinges to dual coil springs near the headset, mainly for aesthetics as they didn’t provide much dampening when riding. The middle triangle houses the 1200w, 48v 17.5Ah battery that powers this behemoth.
Behemoth it may be, but easy to mount despite it not being a step-through frame.
On the left of the cockpit is your control center. Three simple and responsive buttons control your pedal assist modes, lights and riding modes. A simple to figure out series of press-and-hold combinations helps you navigate through the bikes functions. One of the most useful functions being the bright LED headlight that comes with the bike.
In the center of the swooped handlebars is a bright screen displaying all of the bike’s stats. Speed, riding mode, battery life and more.
The right side handles the business. There is a seven-speed shifter controlled by the rider’s index finger and thumb. Also via thumb is the bikes predictable and responsive throttle. There are three riding modes: Power assist off, leisure boost (0-50% power) and commuter mode (0-99% power.)
The seven-speed gearing on the B3 is nice for simple rides around town, but arguably needless with the power at your thumb. Even if the rider is in the lowest gear and stopped, the throttle kicks you out of the gate. The max speed is 28mph and a range of 50 miles. The bike uses Kenda 26×4″ fat tires, similar to what we have seen on some of the fat tire mountain bikes which really helps to improve the riding experience.
With that much range and power the trade off is a 6-8 hour charge time.
Ask yourself what you want an ebike for. Is it hauling groceries or the kids? Maybe you should look into a different bike with more rack and passenger options. If you want something understated that is mid-weight and gets you from point A to point B, perhaps another option is out there. But this bike? The Hidoes B3 Chopper E-Bike ($1,499) makes up in attitude what it lacks in utility.
This high performance speed machine is for moving you around your city in style like no other. Its a hell of a lot of fun, but very much so a statement as well. Maybe that’s the beautiful part of this bike. All it has to be is fun.