I’m trying to decide between the Apollo Explore or the Ghost, and I also have some questions about the Ghost.
I live on the top of a big hill, the slope varies but it’s at least 20 degrees. No matter which direction I go, the way home is up a long incline, at least a kilometer. There are steeper hills in the area as well. So I need a scooter with power to handle the long hills. Also, I weigh 195 lbs so it will have to be good for a heavier rider.
The roads here are poorly maintained, especially near the curbs. There are plenty of cracks, potholes and humps. From riding a moped scooter, then a pedelec ebike, I know which roads to avoid. But I need a scooter with suspension that can handle the bumps.
I’ve been going over the reviews and information for both models of scooter. If it weren’t for the hills it wouldn’t be a difficult choice - since I’m not experienced with scooters I’d have chosen the Explore. Or, I might have ordered an Emove Cruiser (rather pricey since I’d be ordering it from Canada and paying shipping fees).
I was thinking of the Ghost because it has two motors and more power. However, I’ve read that it has stiff suspension (it can be adjusted but not by much) and sometimes it bottoms out. I’ve also read that when braking, the rear end lifts up and/or twists sideways. Apollo is now taking pre-orders for the Ghost with hydraulic suspension, would this help the braking?
Portability isn’t a consideration for me. I have good Abus locks if I have to park it somewhere, and I only need for it to fit in an apartment building elevator.
I like both models, but I want to make sure I end up with the scooter that best meets my particular needs.
By the way, if you’re from Canada, Apollo is having a sale on their website, $300 off the Explore and the Ghost (but that’s not why I’m considering them).