Until recently, anyone who wanted to move quickly from A to B within a city without a car had only a bicycle to choose from. After e-bikes, e-scooters are now becoming increasingly popular and enjoy a high level of customer satisfaction, especially in urban city life – electromobility is in full swing. If you don’t want to use the regional sharing providers, you can get your own vehicle. In this review, we will focus on the new KUGOO Kirin S1 Pro e-scooter, which is quite interesting due to its low price.
The Kirin S1 Pro from KUGOO not only manages to attract attention visually, but also knows how to deliver with its performance data. The brushless DC motor offers a total of 350 watts and thus provides the necessary propulsion for a total of 30 kilometers. The maximum speed is 30 kilometers per hour, but this reduces the range in the long run – but that should be obvious. The two 8 inch solid rubber tires allow only little wear and are durable; however, driving becomes difficult on rough or gravel roads.
|KUGOO S1 Pro
|Black / White
|15km/h, 25km/h, 30km/h
|18650 Li-ion battery pack
|Front lamp, tail light
|Permissible Gradient(Depends on your weight):
|Brushless DC motor
|Motor Rated Power:
|Max. Motor Rotate Speed:
|8-inch solid honeycomb explosion-proof tire
|1050 x 450 x 930/1070/1160mm(Unfold)
|1030 x 210 x 405mm
|960 x 210 x 330mm
KUGOO Kirin S1 Pro as an all-rounder among electric scooters
While the most important facts have already been said, we would like to get into the actual test report. The KUGOO Kirin S1 Pro is delivered in stylish packaging with relevant imprints. The e-scooter itself is well packaged inside and is adequately padded. The brushed aluminum from which the scooter was made is immediately noticeable. The first impression after removing it from the packaging is that it is really high quality and turns out to be a full-fledged e-scooter from KUGOO. The package content also consists of the e-scooter, a power adapter for charging, the user manual and a hexagon wrench.
The KUGOO scooter is folded and must first be pulled into the operating state. Now you can attach the handlebars – of course only once before the first use. The Hexagon Wrench helps after merging the power connections between the handlebars and the e-scooter.
Four screws are necessary to then start driving immediately. But before we get on the scooter, we would like to go into the operation of the e-scooter – by the way, the scooter stand on the left side catches our eye at this point; a stable hold to let the Kirin S1 Pro stand freely for a short time. Incidentally, the scooter is designed for a maximum of 120 kilograms.
Operation of the scooter – display, button & charging port
The 13.65 kilograms scooter is classified as a middleweight in the e-scooter class. Not particularly light, but not a heavyweight either! The scooter is easy to fold in one step and can therefore easily be loaded into the car in one movement or provide company on the train. In our test, we never had any problems when opening and folding. With a proper kick on the lever at the right angle of the scooter, the folding mechanism is released.
There is a practical display on the top of the handlebars, on which you can read the speed, the selected mode and the battery level. While the former and latter indications on the display are probably self-explanatory, we would like to explain the three modes of the KUGOO Kirin S1 Pro.
Here you can select the maximum speed and let the scooter accelerate to either 12, 20 or even 30 kilometers per hour. The throttle is connected to the right lever, the left lever activates the electronic brake. Important at this point: You can also decelerate with your foot on the rear wheel – practical and in many everyday situations a little more pleasant than the very aggressive electronic brake.
One button for everything – this is how you turn on the lights!
If you want to drive the KUGOO Kirin S1 Pro electric scooter, it must first be switched on. This is done with a longer press on the button on the handlebars. The e-scooter is switched off in the same way. If you drive at dusk or even at night, it is advisable to switch on the lights. This happens with a double press of the button – on and off again. Quite simply and quickly memorized. In this way, the front lamp and the red rear light are switched on.
Driving in everyday life – that’s how the Kirin S1 Pro drives
The Kirin S1 Pro from KUGOO is really a great candidate to do your rounds every day – that’s in advance! What we still have to complain about, you will find out in the following sections. But first the positive. The operation of the scooter is really very intuitive and easy, if you feel safe quickly, you can switch to the highest mode after a few meters. Unfortunately, you can’t expect a range of 30 kilometers here, but only about 21-22, as we found out in our test, but that’s still within a good range. The built-in battery system does a good job. In the last few meters, however, you notice that the performance drops sharply – normal for electric motors.
We like the steering and the handling in corners is also pleasant – rubberized grip surfaces and the anti-slip pad for the feet support stability. The only negative point that we found while driving: The 8 inch solid rubber tires! Air-filled tires are much more comfortable to drive here; especially when it comes to “terrain” or you want to drive on gravel paths or similar roads. All in all, however, the driving comfort on normal roads is always convincing – a very soft rolling and driving. The volume when driving is also very restrained. The shock absorber on the front tire cushions hard impacts a little, but we would have liked an even softer damper when the hard solid rubber tires yield so little.
15-25 kilometers range – and then?
The 36V 7.5Ah battery is really the right choice for the KUGOO Kirin S1 Pro. Together with the 350 watt motor you get a decent range with an acceptable weight, because the folding mechanism obviously also wants the Kirin S1 Pro to be mobile and portable. As soon as the scooter no longer has its full performance and needs to be charged, the supplied power supply unit is used – after about five hours the e-scooter was fully charged again in the test.
Conclusion on the KUGOO Kirin S1 Pro
Overall, we really like the KUGOO Kirin S1 Pro. After a short period of getting used to it, it is actually very comfortable to drive and you always feel safer. Nevertheless, it must be mentioned again at this point that the scooter is not street legal in Europe. On private property or company premises, however, you can drive the scooter and use it in every respect. The driving experience is typically very pleasant with e-scooters, only on roads with gravel or scree does the driving comfort decrease. For the really very good price of around $300, the KUGOO Kirin S1 Pro can be bought on Geekbuying, Aliexpress or Alibaba. I hope this review of KUGOO Kirin S1 Pro was helpful, I also wanted to leave a video review and you can also watch it, it will be located a little lower.
Pros of KUGOO Kirin S1 Pro:
- Removable battery
- Good quality
- Easy to use
- Pump in the saddle tube
- Great brakes
- The shift is very good
Cons of KUGOO Kirin S1 Pro:
- A good basic concept is hampered by lame realization
- No unassisted mode (unless you turn it off)
- There is no bottom support, it is difficult to fold and remove the battery
- The range that the shift encompasses is not wide enough, so go up the hill with it
- If you fold it, it is impossible to grasp it meaningfully
- The range doesn’t even come close to what the factory promised