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Dualtron Victor Review
We'll also talk about the engineering trick that gives the Victor the longest range of any dual-motor scooter under 75 lbs.
Spoiler alert: it's in the battery, but not just its size.
The latest Minimotors Dualtron Victor is an all-new buzz-worthy design from the company that invented the dual motor electric scooter.
Put simply — this is the fastest scooter you can fit in your trunk. But it's also got two features that no other Dualtron has, one of which makes it the best handling, and in my opinion, the most fun Dualtron ever.
Our Take: A stand-out scooter in an ocean of Dualtrons
But during testing, it quickly became apparent why: there is a lot to love.
The Victor isn't "middle" like the middle finger. It's middle like the porridge that's "just right."
It's better than just right. I'd call it "strangely good."
What's to love?
When you're done riding, and it's time to put it away, the Victor is easy to fit into the trunk because it's up to 5 in shorter than other popular light-heavyweights.
The Victor's portability comes with a cost, though.
At just over 20 in long, some riders find the deck space to be a little short. The handlebars encroach another 2 in into the stance area making the bars feel close.
An aftermarket footrest or grab handle would definitely help.
Now that the testing is done, we can say "buzz worthiness confirmed".
It's got Dualtron build quality, best in class top speed, best in class handling, outstanding range and while not ultra-portable, it's going to fit in the trunk.
But to me, it's the fun factor that sets the Victor apart.
Is It Good for Bigger, Heavier Riders? -Yes.
Ramier, our resident Big Dawg, loves the Victor's speed, hill-climbing ability, as well as handling.
*That said, riders taller than 6 ft will want to take advantage of aftermarket handlebar risers. The stock bar height of 37.8 in is on the low side even for riders shorter than 70 in tall. Fortunately, the cables leave plenty of extra length built-in, so installing the bar riser is relatively easy.
Dualtron Victor Summary
Overall, it is fast and smooth but not arm-yanking quick like the Vsett 10+.
Its less intense initial acceleration will still give you an adrenaline rush on-command. However, it's smooth enough to make it easy to apply throttle mid-corner without spinning the front tire.
Overall, the Victor is above average among its peers for hill-climbing ability, but more importantly, it will conquer any neighborhood hill at faster than neighborly speeds.
Not only is it fast, but it's also surprisingly stable at speed. Abruptly cutting the throttle at top speed didn't induce any wiggle from the front end. However, if you intentionally wiggle the handlebars above 40 mph, it takes a second for the wiggling to resolve — not something you want to try more than once.
Though we don't recommend ever riding a Dualtron Victor at 45.5 mph, it's fun knowing you could.
But, getting to cut loose for literally an hour or two before range anxiety kicks-in, definitely adds to the fun.
The Victor crushes range anxiety with a stratospheric 39.3 mi of real-world range. No dual-motor scooter we've ever tested goes further at this weight.
What's the secret?
The Victor is the first Dualtron to use LG's 21700 battery cells. These cells are physically larger and have 20% more energy density than the 18650 cells typically used.
So they've got both more energy per cell and more energy per pound.
The only scooter that covers more miles than this and weighs less, is the single motor EMOVE Cruiser, which uses the very same LG cells.
As happy as I was with the range, I wasn't thrilled with the way the range test ended.
During the last mile, the scooter would cut out abruptly any time I applied more than 30% throttle. However, unless you're squeezing the very last mile out of the battery, you won't ever encounter this behavior.
We recorded a 15 mph stopping distance of just 9.7 ft — beating 88% of the world’s best scooters.
The regen brakes feel a little abrupt, even when turned all the way down to the minimum (PA = 1), so I prefer turning them off entirely (PA = 0). Regardless of whether regen is on or off, though, the braking performance is still outstanding.
It's the first Dualtron to use 10 in x 3 in TUOVT tires. These tires are some of the very best you can get (especially since PMT doesn't make 10 in tires).
The huge contact patch makes them feel more stable when leaned over.
The elastomeric suspension has just the right stiffness for riders from 50 lb to 200 lbs. If you weigh more or less, you can easily swap them for something stiffer or softer.
There is something about the light-heavyweight scooters like the Victor. They're better balanced in terms of braking, turning, and throttle than any other class of scooter.
The very best heavyweights, like the Burn-E and Wolf King GT are more of a point-and-shoot affair. Acceleration feels like the hand of God shoving you forward on straight sections of road. But, when you arrive at the next corner, you'll feel like you need to slow way down and tip-toe through it.
With the Victor is a non-stop dance of go-brake-turn-go-brake-turn.
For raw acceleration maxing out all of the P-settings is the way to go. Set P7 = 0 for maximum initial acceleration, and P9 = 3 (energy save mode off).
For a mixture of cornering and straight-line acceleration, I preferred reducing initial acceleration by one (P7 = 1), while Chuck prefers the default setting for initial acceleration (P7 = 2), which I have to admit is probably the sweet spot for most riders.
Manufacturers are really good at picking the best default settings these days.
The handlebars are easy to unfold. In fact, with a little lubrication and possibly just a touch with a hand-file, you should be able to make both handlebars snap into place at the same time by pushing them upward with your palms.
Then it's just a matter of latching the two handlebar clamps and the two stem clamps and you're off.
When the scooter isn't folded, it can be a challenge to lift. There really isn't a comfortable handhold at the rear of the scooter. But there are optional grab handles available from a couple of sources that solve this problem.
As aesthetically pleasing as it is, there are a few disappointments here.
The dual motor and eco buttons don't indicate which mode is active. Most puzzling of all, there is no bell or horn.
Here again, Dualtron excels at the hard stuff: fully integrated swag lights with remote control and seemingly endless bling modes.
But then misses the basics: high-mounted headlight please!
Fortunately, the easy stuff is … easy to fix. For those who ride at night, an aftermarket headlight will take care of business.
Other than PMTs they may be the best feeling tires out there.
The way they're mounted is also pretty great. The latest Dualtrons have rims that can be separated from the motor without removing the motor from the scooter. So tire changes really couldn't be easier.
Important to remember: with split rims you absolutely must remember to deflate the tires first!
The same bolts hold both the rim to the motor and the two halves of the rims together.
If you forget to deflate the tire first, the rim will split itself with one of the bolts still in place and break the mounting ear right off the rim.
(I'm here to break things, so you don't have to.)
But no scooter is perfect.
All Dualtron scooters we've tested had the same annoying but easily remedied stem squeak.
Altogether it should take about five minutes.
The most surprising weak spot in Dualtron build quality is the lack of an IP rating.
If you think there is any chance you'll get caught in the rain, spend some time looking over your scooter.
An hour of inspection, grease, and maybe a little silicone should at least make it splash-resistant.
Overall build quality is still outstanding, though.
No matter what angle you view it from, the Victor is just plain gorgeous — and that's before you even turn on the remote-controlled lights!
The 21700 battery cells give it other-worldly range and performance for its weight. The tires and suspension deliver bigly on fun-factor.
Despite a couple of quirks, it's got that gorgeous Dualtron build quality that even your Mom will be able to recognize.
So the Victor is pulling into the winner's circle even before we get to the part where it's the fastest production scooter in the world that still fits in the trunk.
All of this aside. The raw fun factor is what keeps bringing me back to ride it after the testing is done.