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BURN-E 2 - $3399
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Paul Somerville
April 15, 2022

Rider Guide’s Editor-in-Chief is a seasoned expert in the electric scooter industry. With a wide-ranging background that includes managing scooter warehouses, selling thousands of motorcycles, and restoring high value (+1M) European sports cars, his expertise is unmatched. Having personally tested more than 100 electric scooters, he offers invaluable insights and recommendations to our readers. We are fortunate to have him as part of our team, as his diverse skill set and extensive experience ensure top-notch reviews.

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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.

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PROS
Amazing Performance per Dollar
Cool Factor and Iconic Unique Design
Unbeatable Ride Quality Thanks to the Adjustable Shocks
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CONS
Dead Space in Throttle
Short Brake Cable Makes Folding Awkward
Finger Pinch Point to Watch Out For When Lifting Scooter

NAMI BURN E 2 Technical Specifications

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Tested Top Speed:
43.8 mph**
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Water Resistance:
IP55**
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Max Rider Weight:
330 lb**
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Weight:
101.3 lb**
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Tested Range:
49.1 mi**
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Acceleration:
1.8 s**
**Based on our independent performance tests which may differ from manufacturer’s claims.

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 has taken their outstanding flagship, BURN E scooter, and cost reduced it, but they seem to have made a critical mistake: they forgot to make it worse than the expensive version in any meaningful way. I’m joking here, but only a little. 

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 Apollo Phantom, Vsett 10+, or Mantis V2 is going to serve you better.

But if 100 lbs isn’t a deal-breaker, and you have $3500 to spend, just buy it. The ride quality is exquisite and, honestly, slightly better than the original NAMI BURN-E scooter due to improved brake-feel. You will not find better ride quality than this at any price.

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!

It’s not just good for bigger riders; the BURN-E 2 electric scooter is one of the best scooters for bigger riders. Its 330 lb rider weight limit feels like a conservative spec. This may be the most substantial scooter frame ever made. 

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 Suspension
Adjustable Suspension
Taller riders will love the wide handlebars and the 42.5 in handlebar-height from the deck, the tallest we’ve ever seen. It’s not just the ergonomics; the BURN-E 2 electric scooter also has all of the hill-climbing power you could ever need. Not quite as much as the original, which scaled San Francisco’s steepest hill and launched off of the top of it, but still enough to tie for 4th fastest ever in our hill climb test.
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NAMI BURN-E 2 Review

Performance Summary

Top Speed

43.8 mph

Range

49.1 mi

Braking Distance (15 to 0 mph)

10.3 ft

Hill Climb

6.8s

Acceleration

0 to 15 mph

1.8 s

0 to 20 mph

2.5 s

0 to 25 mph

3.3 s

0 to 30 mph

4.3 s

0 to 35 mph

5.5 s

0 to 40 mph

7.5 s
The acceleration of the NAMI BURN-E 2 scooter completely exceeded our expectations keeping up with the world’s biggest and fastest electric scooters from zero to 35 mph. It’s only at speeds of 40 mph and above that the bigger scooters pull away.

Hill Climb

The NAMI BURN E 2 scooter can sustain 35 mph or more, climbing just about any hill. On our 10% grade hill-climb test, the BURN-E 2 was the 4th quickest production scooter we’ve ever tested, arriving just ½ a second behind our all-time champ, the original BURN E electric scooter.

Top Speed

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Top speed is where the reduced performance spec becomes clear. With an RG-certified top speed of 43.8 mph, the BURN-E 2 electric scooter is a full 15 mph slower than the original.

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.

Range

The BURN-E 2 scooter surprised us, covering 49.1 mi on our range test course in top performance mode. Only 4.2 mi short of the original BURN-E electric scooter under identical conditions. Not bad, considering the BURN-E 2’s 20% smaller battery.

Braking

The NAMI BURN-E 2’s braking performance was basically unchanged, stopping from 15 miles per hour in 10.3 ft vs. the NAMI BURN E scooter 10.2 ft. The new Logan 2-piston Hydraulic brakes on the BURN-E 2 feel noticeably better than the Nutt brakes on the original BURN-E electric scooter. The more expensive NAMI BURN-E 2 Max will come with four-piston Logan calipers with even larger brake pads, so we expect its brakes to feel even better. 
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The new Logan 2-piston Hydraulic brakes on the BURN-E 2 feel noticeably better than the Nutt brakes on the original BURN-E

Ride Quality

NAMI is the Ferrari of the electric scooter world. The hand-welded frame, carbon fiber stem, adjustable shocks, Logan brakes, and new TUOVTT tires give the BURN-E 2 scooter better ride quality than literally any other scooter I’ve ridden, including the original BURN E scooter.

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.
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Adjustable Suspension
Right out of the box, handling is exceptional, but if you want it to handle like the race bike I used to win a road racing championship, check out our NAMI setup video to help you get the most out of your BURN-E electric scooter, no matter which version you have.
In terms of raw power, it’s hard to tell the two versions apart below 35 mph.

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 setup video covers how to use that too.
The wider bars are also ½ an inch taller, making this the tallest scooter in our database and a good fit for riders from 5 ft 7 in to well over 6 ft tall

The enormous deck is also suitable for larger feet and lets you change your stance during long rides.

NAMI BURN E 2 Features

Portability

The NAMI BURN E 2 scooter weighs in at just 4.5 lbs less than the original, but it’s still a 100 lb beast. It’s not going to fit in your trunk or under your desk, and you’re not going to want to carry it anywhere by yourself. You can fit it into an SUV, though

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.
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Finger Trap Warning!
! NOTE: Be careful not to lift the front of the scooter by grabbing the frame closer to the stem (big finger trap there! We recommend taking a moment to clearly see what we’re talking about to keep yourself safe) Grab closer to the deck instead as shown in the photo above. It’s important to make this distinction because due to the scooter’s center of gravity, you will naturally want to hold closer to the stem.

Cockpit

NAMI BURN-E 2 cockpit view
The gorgeous display appears to be slightly brighter than our original NAMI BURN E scooter, and, as always includes a USB charging port for your phone. It also has cruise control that lets you dial in your speed, but we’re unsure how useful that is on a beast scooter. We love thumb throttles, but this one isn’t our favorite. We’d love to see NAMI scooters switch to something more like the vertically rotating throttles used on rental scooters than the big paddle-style one they’re using here. 

Lights

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A fast scooter needs a strong headlight to see far enough ahead at night, and the NAMI BURN E 2 scooter has it. It’s not as strong as the all-time champions: the Wolf Warrior series, but still very good. 

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.

Tires

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Our BURN-E 2 e-scooter arrived equipped with TUOVTT 11 in x 3.5 in tires rather than the 11 in CST brand tires we’ve seen on every 11 in scooter. They have better feel when cornering than the CSTs but felt slightly less stable in a straight line than the CST tires on our original NAMI BURN-E. Most people won’t feel the difference, and almost no one will see the difference because the TUOVTT tires and CST tires use an identical tread pattern.

Build Quality

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We’ve covered the steering damper, wider bars, and Logan brakes, but here’s a breakdown of some other significant differences between the NAMI BURN E scooter and BURN-E 2.

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.
The motors can now be unplugged from the main harness, which comes in handy during tire changes.

It now has a steering stop that’s more resistant to bending, though the damper is now acting as the steering stop, when installed.
Minor improvements are everywhere! Fasteners have been upgraded with larger heads on rotor bolts, deck bolts, and fender bolts. This may not seem like a big deal, but trust me, this will prevent many stripped screw heads. 
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And then there’s the welding of the belly pan. It doesn’t ride, but it looks much better.

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

The NAMI BURN-E scooter range features several distinct models, each with its own pricing:
  1. NAMI BURN-E (NAMI Burn-E Viper) (1st Generation)
    • Description: This is the pioneer model in the series.
    • Price:$4499

  2. NAMI BURN-E 2
    • Description: This is the second version in the series.
    • Price: $3399

  3. NAMI BURN-E 2 MAX
    • Description: This is a boosted version of the NAMI BURN-E 2, offering greater features and power.
    • Price: $4890
Additionally, according to the official NAMI website, there is a NAMI BURN-E 3 MAX currently in production. Details and pricing for this upcoming model will be available upon its release.

NAMI BURN E 2 Review Conclusion

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So who is this scooter for? To be honest, the NAMI BURN-E 2 scooter and all 100 lb beast scooters are for hard-core scooter enthusiasts. No one needs the performance of a 100 lb scooter for their commute, and you need to be a bit of a scooter nerd to appreciate the full tunability of this scooter.

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.”

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