A Funky Electric Scooter Extraordinaire

SSR Motorsports has dipped a toe in the EV market with a handful of products, but the iTank scooter by Doohan takes the cake. Marketed under various names in different markets, the iTank rocks a Delta-trike configuration with a moderate range and plug-and-play, easy to use drivetrain. A leaning front end provides extra traction without sacrificing the sensation of flight, and the factory offers bags and a top case to convert it to a nice little campus commuter.

Continue reading to see our look at the Doohan iTank at SSR Motorsports.

iTank Design

2016 - 2018 SSR Motorsports' Doohan iTank
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Exposed components lend it a naked or roadster vibe.

The overall looks fall somewhere between post-modern and utilitarian. It doesn’t exactly conform to the norm as far as scooters are concerned either. A narrow front fairing houses the headlight and turn signals, but the area that would normally form the legguards is cut down to the bone so you can definitely expect to get some weather on your shins. Not sayin’ it’s a bad thing, just sayin’ it is.

The sheet metal of the narrow front end continues down to cover the central pivots that make the leaning front end work. Little else is left to the imagination with the upper and lower control arms exposed along with the steering rods, and I gotta’ say I like that; it gives the front end a very roadster-tastic look. Angular and blocky, the iTank almost looks like something BMW would put out.

The battery compartment forms the equivalent of a tunnel that interrupts the step-through, but it’s still easy enough to snake a leg through or use the flat on top for some between-the-knees storage. A modern-looking, 30-inch tall saddle sprouts from the main fuselage, and due to the nature of the drivetrain and the lack of a rear enclosure, the seat kinda hangs out in thin air over the rear wheel. A subframe-mount plateholder/turn signal assembly forms a mudguard with a wheelhugger to complete the coverage. Not only does this give ample spray containment, but it also lends the rear end a particularly sporty finish.

iTank Chassis

2016 - 2018 SSR Motorsports' Doohan iTank
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The entire machine leans and carves like a two-wheeler but with the static stability of a trike.

A monocoque, stressed-skin assembly forms the structure sans underframe support in an effort to save weight. Further weight savings can be found in the clever aluminum front suspension system that makes the magic happen with its parallelogram arrangement that allows the entire machine to lean and carve like a two-wheeler but with the static stability of a trike.

An automotive-style set of control arms and hydraulic, coil-over shocks manage the front end with a horizontally mounted shock in back to control the swingarm. That’s right, unlike most scooters in the world, the iTank has a proper swingarm due to its clever electric propulsion system, but more on that later.

A pair of 160 mm hydraulic disc brakes slow the front wheels with a 190 mm disc to haul down the rear; no fancy ABS or combined brakes, just good old-fashioned control. The hoops are what you’d expect with a pair of 80/100s up front and a 120/70 out back on 12-inch rims.

Front Suspension: Shock w/ Oil Damping
Rear Suspension: Shock w/ Oil Damping
Front Brakes: Dual Disc, Ø 160 mm
Rear Brake: Disc, Ø 190 mm
Front Tire: 80/100-12 x 2
Rear Tire: 120/70-12

iTank Drivetrain

2016 - 2018 SSR Motorsports' Doohan iTank
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Unlike most scooters in the world, the iTank has a proper swingarm due to its clever electric propulsion system.

The real star of the show has to be the drive system. Set within the rear wheel, the brushless, 1490 Watt Bosch Electric Hub Motor does its thing to push the iTank to speeds up to 25 mph with a range up to 40 miles. Yeah, that is a bit limited, but I can see it being sufficient for knocking around campus or a planned community, maybe even a particularly scooter-friendly urban environment, but that’s about it.

Power storage is handled by a lithium-ion battery that boasts a 60 Volt, 26 Amp-hour rating. The charging system can have the battery at max capacity in around 6-to-7 hours, so even if you burn up most of your juice on the outbound trip, you can plug up to a 110 Volt receptacle and be ready to go before the end of the work/school/whatever day.

Naturally, ranges and speeds will be limited by terrain, weather and how much of the 353-pound capacity you take up. The power-storage system comes with the expected fail-safes to include over-charge/discharge/current/thermal/short-circuit protection and cell-balancing to help extend the life of the battery.

Motor: BOSCH® Electric Hub Motor, Brushless
Power: 1490 Watt
Motor Controller: FOC Sine Wave Controller

iTank Pricing

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MSRP on the iTank is affordable, but perhaps a bit ambitious for its limited application.

At $3,299 MSRP, the iTank is affordable, but perhaps a bit ambitious as it pushes up against smokerbike territory. I guess if you wanted the novelty of an electric scooter that leans and looks so cool, the price would be right up your alley.

Warranty: 12-Month Factory Limited Warranty Coverage (learn more)
Colors: Black, White, Red
Price: $3,299

iTank Competitors

2019 Yamaha Niken
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2016 - 2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport
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2016 - 2018 SSR Motorsports' Doohan iTank
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The iTank has the floor all to itself at the moment once we rule out the smoker Deltas and big-displacement scooters.

Right now, the Doohan iTank is something of a curiosity. Sure, there are plenty of electric scooters that claim to be for adults, but I find that to be an arguable point considering their small size and limited performance envelope. What makes the iTank different? Well, the leaning-Delta function puts it into an exciting — if a bit niche — category that is still rather experimental in the motorcycle field. In short, SSR has the floor all to itself at the moment in our market once we rule out the smoker Deltas and big-displacement scooters.

He Said

My husband and fellow motorcycle writer, TJ Hinton, says, “Right, so the iTank itself is rather underwhelming. It’s small, it’s too slow for any real work and the range limitations are a real problem. However, you gotta’ crawl before you can walk, and the iTank seems to be a good start. Increase the power storage/range, speed and size, and you’ll have a serious contender for a slice of the EV scooter market.”

She Said

“First, let me say that I really like this funky little scooter that also goes by the Goodyear eGo2, the E-Tran iTank, and others. A few notable things I’ve found is that the turning radius is bigger than my car, so no tight little maneuvers with this and you feel every irregularity on the road. Deal-breaker? I don’t think so. If the range and top speed fit into your intended usage, stuff like that probably isn’t a concern. It’s fun even if a bit expensive, but it’s electric and that still comes with a higher price.”

iTank Specifications

Motor:
Motor Type: BOSCH® Electric Hub Motor, Brushless
Power: 1490 Watt
Motor Controller: FOC Sine Wave Controller
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Shock w/ Oil Damping
Rear Suspension: Shock w/ Oil Damping
Front Brakes: Dual Disc, Ø 160 mm
Rear Brake: Disc, Ø 190 mm
Front Tire: 80/100-12 x 2
Rear Tire: 120/70-12
Dimensions & Capacities:
Wheelbase: 49.2 inches
Seat Height: 30 inches
Ground Clearance: 6 inches
Battery: LG® or Panasonic® Lithium Ion, 60V 26Ah
Range Per Charge: 40 miles
Maximum Speed: 25 mph
Weight: 218 pounds
Weight Capacity: 353 pounds
L x W x H: 70.1 x 28.7 x 40.6 inches
Details:
Warranty: 12-Month Factory Limited Warranty Coverage
Colors: Black, White, Red
Price: $3,299

References

Yamaha Niken

2019 Yamaha Niken
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See our look at the Yamaha Niken.

Piaggio MP3

2016 - 2018 Piaggio MP3 500 Sport
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See our review of the Piaggio MP3 Sport.

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