VMoto’s Super Soco brand is clearly planning some expansion in 2021 and has already started teasing one of its upcoming models—the TS Street Hunter—on social media. But while we wait for the official unveiling, the company’s upcoming designs have emerged via IP filings that show both the Street Hunter as well as a new, retro-styled TC model in full.
Super Soco’s Chinese-made electric machines are already one of the more tempting ways into battery-powered motorcycling, and the TS and TC released a few years back were its first offerings. It’s not clear whether the new machines are replacements for those bikes or additional models, but they’re definitely a step forward compared to the originals.
We’ll start with the Street Hunter since it’s already being teased and Super Soco is clearly planning to unveil the final version of the bike imminently. The shape is an evolution of the original TS and TSx models, but with a sleeker overall look and some significant upgrades on the mechanical side.
Starting at the front we can see that the single brake gains a radial-mount caliper, while the disc itself appears bigger. Moving back, the bike’s bodywork appears more enveloping, with “floating” side panels at the front edges—who would have thought 20 years ago that the Ducati 999′s most unusual styling feature would be getting a revival in 2021?
Further back still, the wimpy-looking swingarm of the current TS is replaced with a much stronger-looking design that appears to be cast aluminum instead of steel. The overall impression is that of a more mature, higher-performance bike.
That higher-performance look seen here is likely to be carried through to reality. The current TS and TC both top out at 45 kph (28 mph), but Super Soco’s teaser video for the Street Hunter shows its digital dash reading 75 kph (47 mph). That makes for a significantly different proposition and suggests a machine that will have some scope for use outside metropolitan areas in addition to working as a city runabout. However, these drawings show the Street Hunter still with a hub-mounted electric motor, hinting that it’s not as high-performance as Super Soco’s 95 kph TC Max, which uses a completely different chassis with a frame-mounted motor and belt drive to the rear wheel.
The second new design from Super Soco has all the same mechanical parts seen on the Street Hunter, including the same suspension, frame, brakes, and hub motor, but with a more retro look in line with the existing TC model. A large round single headlight and simplified flat seat replace the Street Hunter’s sportier-looking equivalents, while the license plate bracket is swingarm-mounted rather than dangling from the tail. There doesn’t appear to be any difference in the bike’s stance or riding position, so the choice between the two models will be driven by aesthetic preferences rather than any performance differences or practicalities.
With Super Soco promising to unveil its 2021 model range soon, it shouldn’t be long before we get a clear look at both these machines along with anything else the company has in store for the coming year.