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Inmotion l9 Summary
Our Take: Comically Tall Handlebars With Some Innovative Features
The L9 has some interesting innovations, including built-in turn signals that activate when you lean and a safety system that prevents the accelerator from activating when you are folding it.
The L9 is available from an IndieGoGo campaign that is promising an August 2020 shipment date. We always advise caution when investing in a campaign like this, as many have gone badly for the backers. If you are interested, we always recommend you wait till it is available to the general public (you may even end up getting your scooter sooner than backers).
Inmotion L9 Electric Scooter Review
We tested the 0 to 15 mph acceleration during our standard battery of performance tests, and it was 4.2 seconds -- quite quick for such a large, tame-looking scooter.
For comparison, the Segway Ninebot Max reached 15 mph in 5.4 seconds, and the Xiaomi M365 took 6.3 seconds. The M365 represents the older typical shared scooter, and the Ninebot Max is representative of newer ones.
You can see all our independent, real-world electric scooter performance tests here.
A typical shared electric scooter would take between 16 and 20 seconds to complete this climb and average between 9 to 6 mph.
We perform this test on an urban loop that has hills, stops, and rough terrain. We ride the scooter as quickly as is safe in its least energy-conserving (fastest mode) with a 165 lb rider.
Despite this sizeable battery, charging is a quick 3.6-hours when you use a second charger and the additional charging port. With a single charger, the charging time is 7.2 hours.
Compare the Inmotion L9 with real-world tests from other scooters on our performance comparison page.
Braking feels good when riding at speed, and initial braking is quite strong due to activation of the regenerative brake.
Though we would prefer to see an additional mechanical brake for redundancy, this braking configuration is relatively good and performs as well as other scooters with regenerative + disc brake.
In fact, the L9 ranks very well in ride quality, compared to other scooters we've tested. In the front, you have what looks like a suspension fork pulled off of a bicycle. In the rear, a spring suspension is hidden under the deck.
The suspension is very smooth on good quality roads and also does well at eating potholes up. The suspension is a little too slow to respond to smaller bumps, so on poorly finished roads, many of these vibrations will be transmitted to the rider.
The handlebar-to-deck height (aka stem length) is 43.2-inches -- 2.5-inches taller than any scooter we've tested. This length puts the handlebars in an awkwardly high position for many riders. If you're considering this scooter, you might want to measure out this distance and see if it will be comfortable for you.
Inmotion L9 Features
The Inmotion L9 weighs 53 lbs and has folded dimensions of 51-inches (length) by 20-inches (width) by 22-inches (height).
The LED display shows speed, battery, gear, and turn signal indicator. The display is bright and easy to see in daylight. There is a single power/mode button that controls everything.
The L9 is supposed to have Bluetooth connectivity for more configuration, but we could not get it working.
The turn signals are hard to see during the day, but very visible at night. A unique feature is that the turn signals are activated when you lean -- a useful feature. However, it would be nice to be able to activate them manually so you can start signaling sooner rather than in the middle of a turn. We do applaud Inmotion for this attempted innovation.
Read our complete guide to staying visible at night.
However, air-filled tires are still prone to flats and that is their main disadvantage. We think their benefits outweigh this and many flats can be prevented or easily repair.
Read more about preventing and repairing tire flats.
Parts feel strong, and the scooter is well-made, but it doesn't have the fit-and-finish and refinement that an ultra mass-produced scooter like the Xiaomi M365 or Segway Ninebot scooters has.
The folding mechanism feels very solid and doesn't feel loose or wobble.
The charging port covers wouldn't snap into place on the model we received and just sort of flopped in the wind.
Inmotion L9: Review Conclusions
The main benefits of the L9 are its excellent range, ultra-torquey motor, and excellent suspension. If you're adventurous, it's currently available as a preorder through an Indiegogo campaign. We do advise caution as there is no guarantee that you will receive anything. You will also have to wait until August 2020 for delivery.
If the Inmotion L9 doesn't fit your needs, see our alternatives. You can also check out our Editor's pick of best electric scooters.