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SUPER SOCO TC MAX (2019-on) Review

Published: 19 July 2019

Updated: 22 July 2019

The Super Soco TC Max is close to being a game-changer

SUPER SOCO TC MAX  (2019-on)

The Super Soco TC Max is close to being a game-changer

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  6.7 bhp
  • 60 miles range
  • Insurance group: 9 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (770mm)
  • New: £4,045

Overall Rating 2 out of 5

The Super Soco TC Max electric motorbike makes a convincing case that a lighter, simpler, short-range commuter is a better use of today’s battery tech than a big roadster, especially for just £4k. As a commuter there’s a lot to be said for its near-zero running costs and the convenience of refuelling while you sleep.

Does it spell the end of petrol? Not yet. A Honda CBR125R is cheaper, twice as powerful, has four times the range and refuels in minutes. Still, for just £4000 the TC Max comes closer to replacing a 125 than an electric superbike comes to replacing a Fireblade.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

A single charge of the battery lasts for around 60 miles of steady town riding, or 30 at full throttle. The remaining range is displayed both as a percentage and in bar chart form on the LCD dash, which is handy. The bike works okay around town, although a slight surge from the motor when holding the throttle steady suggests a lack of development. On open roads its meagre power and very modest top speed means you can find yourself being hassled by lorries. Better to stick to quieter, bendier backroads than trunk routes.

Engine 2 out of 5

The TC Max is the fastest, sportiest and most powerful bike in Super Soco’s range, though that’s not saying much. It’s powered by a 6.7bhp electric motor, half the power of a learner 125, driving the back wheel through a toothed belt. The motor only needs to propel 100kg, which is less than the weight of a Honda MSX125.

Even so, there are three power modes: ‘1’ limits top speed to 30mph, ‘2’ restricts it to 40ph and ‘3’ releases the full package. That full package relates to a claimed top speed of 58mph, although our datalogger recorded a less-than-impressive 49mph.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

In short: who knows? Super Soco is such a new brand that both reliability and battery durability remain unproven – more time and miles are needed. The overall sense of component quality (tyres, suspension, pegs and grips) is best described as in-keeping with its budget price, although nothing went wrong during our fairly brief test ride. The TC Max comes with a two-year warranty, extended to three years for the battery. A service is needed every 2000 miles.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

With BMW’s C-evolution costing £10k, Harley-Davidson’s new Livewire a hefty £28,750 and Zero’s SR\F almost £20k, the £4045 Super Soco TC Max represents incredible value for an electric motorcycle. Ok, so it lacks the power of the aforementioned, but still offers a very affordable way to get around town or to work and back. That value for money makes this electric machine a very viable alternative to its petrol-powered rivals; Yamaha’s YZF-R125 costs £4574, for example. A full charge costs around 50p, meaning the TC Max’s ‘fuel’ bill is minimal – just a penny per mile. And the belt final drive means no lube or cleaning is required.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

There are neat touches like keyless ignition, linked brakes (no ABS), and an alarm which locks the rear wheel when activated. The TC Max also comes with spoked wheels for an extra £100. You can charge the bike by plugging the external charger into the side of the bike, or you can remove the 3.24kWh lithium-ion battery and take it into your house or office to charge it up. But it weighs a whopping 21.6kg, so a few sessions at the gym might be needed before tackling this task. 

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2019
Year discontinued -
New price £4,045
Used price -
Warranty term 2 years, 3 for battery
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax -
Annual service cost £80
Performance
Max power 6.7 bhp
Max torque 133 ft-lb
Top speed 49 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range 60 miles
Specification
Engine size 125cc
Engine type Electric
Frame type Steel cradle
Fuel capacity -
Seat height 770mm
Bike weight 100kg
Front suspension 35mm, telescopic forks, no adjustment
Rear suspension Monoshock with adjustable pre-load
Front brake 240mm disc with three-piston caliper
Rear brake 240mm disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 90/80 x 17
Rear tyre size 120/70 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

New model.

Other versions

2017: Super Soco TC is a slightly cheaper version with less power and lower top speed (claimed 45mph).

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their SUPER SOCO TC MAX (2019-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your SUPER SOCO TC MAX (2019-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
3 out of 5

Great commuter, useless otherwise

25 October 2019 by DaveBerg

Great for what it's good at (city commuting) but nothing else. The low running costs and 0 tax make it a value proposition compared to other 125s even though it's slightly more to buy - but only if your use-case matches its capabilities.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
For short commutes it's fine but the seat is fairly hard which you feel over rougher areas. The brakes are effective, but lack ABS.
Engine
2 out of 5
The motor is a mixed bag. The instant response is lovely, and the acceleration from lights is fine despite the tiny HP rating (Similar to the KTM Duke 125 that my commuting partner rode as a learner bike despite a large power difference) However, the throttle control is not as smooth as it should be, with noticeable step changes in power output that can be annoying at some speeds where you're bouncing from one to the other. Acceleration falls off dramatically at speed, past 40mph it's pretty gutless and I've never got much faster than 50mph on the flat with my 100kg self on it. Again, for town commutes I don't find this problematic at all, but would not choose to ride it on a 60mph+ limit road, where a normal 125 is fine.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Had a few error codes and one loose connection that resulted in loss of power while riding that I fixed myself - still a scary moment.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Running costs are fantastic - I'm looking at 60 miles a week and that costs me less than 50p
Equipment
2 out of 5
Lacking ABS is a shame. The tyres seem passable. The alarm is very quiet so will not have much use. However, the immobiliser is nice - if you try to roll the bike away it locks the rear wheel using the motor. Granted, at 100kg it's pretty steal-able anyway but certainly a nice touch. Sadly while the bike comes with tracking in some markets, in the UK this does not seem to work.
Buying experience

Long delay to get the bike (I ordered right before the first units were due to arrive in the UK) but otherwise the delivery experience was fine and the bike cost just under 4k including fees as expected.

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