We started with a simple design prerogative to build a well-balanced scooter with an attention to a minimal aesthetic. The balance of the scooter is both in the industrial design of the object and also the interfaces, like switches and dashboards, that create an exceptional riding experience.
We set out to build a modern scooter while paying respect to the origins of scooter design – a scooter built to perform while maintaining a simple aesthetic.
For nearly one year we tested materials, forms, and the latest technologies to create the architecture that became the base of the N1S. At the heart of our design goals rests the desire to create a comfortable riding experience while maintaining a simple design.
When you begin to look closely at the N1S you can see a symmetry and a repetition of shape and form across a variety of elements in the scooter – from the saddle mounts, to the passenger foot rests, to the body panels, all work in unison with one another.
The iconic N1S headlamp is more than just a statement. The all-new unibody lamp integrates a daytime running light and standard light that takes advantage of the unique 360 degree CCFL structure combined with our LED “bead” lamps--providing an ultra-wide arc of light for improved vision and safety at night.
Additionally, we have employed a TechnoLED lamp structure that seamlessly integrates a rear light, turning indicators, brake light, and license plate lamp. The structure is both unique to NIU, and more importantly provides an added visibility for night driving.
The NIU Smart Dash provides the basic diagnostics in a quick-view form so a rider can see at a glance their speed, remaining battery capacity and their real-time amperage (or more simply how much strain they are putting on the battery).
Under the seat you will find 18.9 litres of storage capacity, making it easy to stow your helmet, small bags, and basic items for when you are on the go.
When designing the final seat height we took a number of considerations into play, not the least of which was the rider comfort while in the “idle” mode waiting at a traffic light. At 740mm above the road surface riders feel safe while zipping by other vehicles, and comfortable to place their foot on the ground while waiting for the light to turn green.
At 1285mm the N1S wheelbase creates a perfect balance between comfort and maneuverability for both a single and double rider experience.
Mode 1: Energy saving to extend driving range
Mode 2: Optimized for speed and driving range
Mode 3: For drivers who are seeking speed over range
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