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The original NAMI BURN-E electric scooter broke nearly every performance record RG has when it debuted back in 2021 and blew us away with its outstanding ride quality. But with a price of $4500, the original BURN-E’s high performance also came with a high price.
The New 2022 NAMI BURN-E electric scooter looks, rides, and feels like the original but costs about $1500 less, making this “reduced performance” version basically the iPhone SE of premium electric scooters.
It not only keeps much of what we love about the NAMI BURN E scooter but also adds a few noticeable improvements.
In this review: we dive into the five new features and compare the NAMI BURN E 2’s tested performance against comparable scooters, including the original NAMI BURN-E scooter. We’ll also reveal the two features they took away and whether we think you’ll miss them.
NAMI BURN E 2 Technical Specifications
Our Take: NAMI Made a Critical Mistake - The BURN-E 2 is Actually Way Too Good (Joking Here, But Only a Little)
NAMI BURN-E 2 Summary
NAMI scooters are very special. They feel special to ride and have enough hand-built exotic scooter-presence that you feel it even standing next to one. So it’s incredible to me that the entry-level BURN-E scooter, with its carbon fiber stem, hand-welded aluminum frame, and acceleration that seems to shove the earth backward underneath you, now costs around $3500.
I’m not saying that everyone should go out and buy one. This is still a 100 lb beast, so if you’re looking for a >40 mph commute-scooter and have two flights of stairs at either end of your ride, a light heavyweight like the
Ok, before you pull the trigger, NAMI did hold two things back: The NAMI BURN-E 2 electric scooter has a much lower top speed, at an RG certified 43.8 mph vs. 48.8 mph for the original NAMI BURN E scooter , and has a smaller, generic, battery.
Some folks will miss the eye-watering top speed, but I doubt many will notice the difference in the battery, as we were able to cover 49.1 mi on this NAMI scooter vs. 53.3 mi on the original NAMI BURN E.
For me, the trade-offs are more than worth it. Take my money, NAMI!
Is it Good for Bigger, Heavier Riders? - Contender for #1!
Adjustable springs and damping mean you can optimize the suspension for just about any weight. The BURN E 2 scooter has the same dance-floor-sized deck as the original NAMI BURN E, so no matter what size feet you have, you will find a comfortable stance.
NAMI BURN-E 2 Review
Braking Distance (15 to 0 mph)
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0 to 40 mph
I love going fast on electric scooters, but I rarely want to go faster than 40 mph unless I'm out testing. So 99% of the time, I wouldn’t feel held back by “only” being able to go 43.8 mph.
So for me, giving up some top speed and saving fourteen hundred dollars feels worth it.
The shocks let you dial in rebound-damping from bouncy to super smooth. The NAMI BURN-E scooter is the only high-power scooter that combines adjustable suspension with a welded tubular frame, and that’s why the handling feels so good.
The sine-wave motor controllers give you ultra-smooth throttle control, even in “X” mode, but it also has five customizable riding modes if you want to tame it even further.
The scooter does have its quirks: the dead space in the throttle is still there but still easy to avoid. Anchor your thumb on the housing and rock your thumb into the lever.
The throttle begins to engage when your thumb is even with the housing. Anchoring also prevents accidental throttle when you hit a bump.
High-speed stability has been improved in two ways: the bars are now 27 in wide vs. 24 in and a half, and more importantly, the BURN E scooter now comes with an adjustable steering damper, and our
The enormous deck is also suitable for larger feet and lets you change your stance during long rides.
NAMI BURN E 2 Features
Some will criticize the non-folding handlebars and slow stem folding, but since this scooter isn’t about portability, we appreciate that they optimized for excellent handlebar and stem-feel instead. Putting folding handlebars on this thing would have as much impact as putting folding mirrors on a semi-truck.
The stem latch mechanism itself is unique, well made, and ends up perfectly snug every time.
In our previous review, we called out the short brake cable, and it’s still a little too short, so be careful pulling upward on the stem when folding.
We called out the original NAMI BURN E scooter for the turn signals not being visible from behind. So we were happy to see them not wrapping around the back. Unfortunately, the new connector for the rear motor obscures the view of the right turn signal and brake light, but we think other drivers will still get the point.
Aside from using a smaller battery, one of the places the BURN E scooter saves money is by using generic battery cells. In the long term, generic cells probably lose 5% more charging capacity over the course of 500 charges, but that adds up to about 25,000 miles, which is a lot for a scooter.
When it’s time to recharge, the NAMI BURN E 2 Scooter now comes with a single 5A charger that will take it from zero to 100% in 6 hours. I like that the fan lets you know when it’s charging, but the sound can get old if you have to be in the same room.
Waterproofing has clearly been improved, though IP rating remains at IP55, and fenders are as good as ever.
It now has a steering stop that’s more resistant to bending, though the damper is now acting as the steering stop, when installed.
Turn Signals now wrap all the way around the back; and look amazing, though the new motor plug partially blocks them.
We don’t usually review the box itself, but let's just say the original box was not the most successful design. So we were happy to see the BURN-E 2 scooter arrive double boxed and in excellent condition.
NAMI BURN-E Price and Variations
- NAMI BURN-E (NAMI Burn-E Viper) (1st Generation)
- Description: This is the pioneer model in the series.
- NAMI BURN-E 2
- Description: This is the second version in the series.
- Price: $3399
- NAMI BURN-E 2 MAX
- Description: This is a boosted version of the NAMI BURN-E 2, offering greater features and power.
- Price: $4890
NAMI BURN E 2 Review Conclusion
The NAMI BURN E 2 scooter is for riders who enjoy the rarity, long-range, and the ride quality of a hand-built, premium-scooter but are willing to forego a name-brand battery and eye-watering top speed to save fourteen hundred bucks.
I’m honestly shocked at how good this scooter is for the price.
This is the coolest scooter you can buy for about thirty-five hundred dollars.
Basically, it’s the Ferrari of scooters at a Lexus price.
Maybe they should have called it the NAMI BURN-E “SE.”