VSETT 9+R Review
Meet the VSETT 9+R – or, as I like to call it, the Frankenstein of the scooter world. The 9+R takes the Zero 8X’s stocky frame, chunky tires, and dual disc brakes, and merges them with the long-range of the Zero 10X. It then doubles up on the Zero 9’s powerful 48V 600W motor and supercharges both with an extra 50 watts of power – adding 9 mph to its top speed (33 mph) – to deliver a ride with plenty of zip. Not to mention, it ranks highly based on our proprietary data of 100+ scooters when it comes to the ratios of both speed and range to weight. Plus, at a price point of just $1,624, it provides plenty of value, too. With explosive bubblegum blue accents complimenting a solid black frame and a dynamic swing arm suspension system that makes it a dream to ride, you won’t want to step foot off it until you’ve run the battery dry.
VSETT 9+R Review: 10 Things You Need to Know
Who is it Best For?
Will the VSETT 9+R Be a Good Fit For You?
When the VSETT range was born as a spin-off from the renowned Zero line, the VSETT’s look and identity were strong. But the brand’s goal was even stronger: to deliver a catalog of scooters that deliver blistering performance for an affordable price.
Now, while the VSETT 9+R doesn’t quite push the limitations of what an extreme performance scooter can achieve (it leaves this particular endeavor to the VSETT 10+R and 11+), it does improve the speed and specs of previous VSETT models, such as the 8, 8R, and 9R.
This makes the VSETT 9+R a superb entry-level performance scooter. It’ll best suit those looking to take a step up from velocity-limiting commuter brands (think Segway-Ninebot, GoTrax, Turboant, and Hiboy), and get their hands on something faster, more powerful, and with a lot more features.
I also recommend the 9+R as a great option for forest trails and dirt path rides – although, you’ll get the most out of it when traversing urban terrain. While the deep swingarm suspension and plush air-filled tires can handle light off-road riding, there are better options for more challenging, rock-strewn routes such as the Varla Eagle One, Wolf Warrior, and Wolf King – all with their optional off-road tires fitted.
Pros and Cons
- Compares favorably to similar scooters for speed and range
- Portable with foldable handlebars
- Equipped with turn signals
- Adjustable swingarm suspension
- Triple stem locking mechanism prevents stem wobble
- IP54 water-resistance rating
- Heavy for a commuter scooter
- Horn could be louder
Value for Money
Is the Price Tag Worth it?
At $1,624, the VSETT 9+R is about what you’d expect to pay for a scooter with its specs and stature. However, whether it’s worth the price tag will depend on what part of the ride experience is most important to you.
If that’s speed, you’re better off with the Mantis Base (2 x 1000W motors and 40 mph) or the Apollo Phantom (2 x 1200W motors and 38 mph).
If that’s mileage, you can save $225 by opting for the EMOVE Cruiser. Its 62-mile range is 55% greater than the 9+R and is unparalleled in its price bracket.
However, if you’re gunning for a scooter that has the pedigree of the Zero line behind it, combines dual motors with a reasonable range, a lightweight frame, excellent build quality, and a host of advanced features (including adjustable suspension, NFC key reader, triple stem locking mechanism, and many more) then the VSETT 9+R offers some of the best value around.
Plus, the best thing about the VSETT range is that there are so many scooters to choose from. If the 9+R isn’t the right for your budget, you can opt to sacrifice some power and battery life – but save some of your hard-earned cash – and drop down to the 9R, or even the 8R.
What Other Scooters Should You Consider?
The handlebars measure 25.5 inches – the same as those on the VSETT 9 and 10, as well as the ultra-wide handlebars of the Varla Eagle One, but still two inches shy of the VSETT 11+’s whopping 27.5-inch span.
However, the handlebars can do a couple of things those of the VSETT 11+ can’t. Firstly, they fold. While this, in reality, has more to do with storage than portability, it’s still a very handy (pardon the pun) feature to have.
The second way the handlebars put those of its high-spec successor to shame is its stability. The 9+R forgoes the woes of the collar clamps seen on many high-performance scooters, and instead introduces a secure triple stem locking mechanism. The result of which is to eliminate the annoyance of stem wobble which can be extremely unnerving when riding at top speeds. Ultimately, it gives you peace of mind knowing you have a stable, secure ride ahead of you.
The handlebars’ ergonomic shape also makes controlling the scooter’s steering column and hand-operated front and rear disc brakes a breeze.
To the right, you can view your speed and mileage via the QS-S4 display, check on your battery life, and use the finger throttle to accelerate. On the left, you’ll find buttons to activate both motors and toot at unsuspecting pedestrians with the horn.
The 9+R’s frame is said to tout “aggressive styling” and it’s hard to disagree.
With explosive bubblegum blue accents complimenting a solid black frame, the VSETT 9+R is an assault on the eyes. That’s not entirely a bad thing, though – while I’m personally a fan of scooters with a more conventional look, I’m full of praise for those that prefer to push the style envelope in weird, wonderful directions.
The eye-watering bright accents adorn the scooter’s front and rear swingarms, its deck, the triple stem locking mechanism, and parts of the handlebars. While these aquatic trimmings don’t have a patch on the 10+R’s bold yellow and black color scheme, they’re still nicer to look at than the VSETT 11+’s cartoonish red and blue getup – bleurgh.
The motor hubs – which, if you look closely, are edged with chrome highlights – add a touch of class, and there are even three silver stripes adorning the scooter’s swingarms. I’m a sucker for this kind of attention to detail when it comes to design – so props to VSETT for going the extra mile here.
The deck – which measures up at 8 inches wide, and 28 long – is similar in size to the previous 8, 8R, 9, and 9R models. Like those scooters, the 9+R offers plenty of room to strike a wide, comfortable stance, while a reasonably generous six inches of clearance help prevent you from bottoming out.
As for the deck’s surface, it’s made of hard rubber, with a silicone strip that is emblazoned with a striking teal VSETT logo. As you’d expect, this rubber surface makes the 9+R’s deck a cinch to clean.
One another thing to note about the deck is where the charge ports are located. As I noted in my reviews of the 10+R and 11+, this can subject the ports to more potential damage from the elements, as water can pool up inside and cause them to malfunction.
However, this isn’t as much of a flaw with the 9+R – which utilizes seals, rather than sliding covers, to protect the ports – as it is with the 11+. Plus, you could probably argue that ports located on the side of the deck are more likely to become damaged – particularly from curb sideswiping – so having them located on top is a stroke of genius.
The wheels have a similar profile to the much-loved Mantis 8 (8 x 3.1 inches). There are many reasons why the Mantis 8 is a popular scooter, and its tires are one. The VSETT 9+R repeats this winning formula to deliver exceptional ride quality. While they share an almost exact width of 3 inches, they boast a slightly larger diameter of 8.5 inches. There are a few benefits to this.
First, the tires are pneumatic and engineered to help out the scooter’s swingarm suspension. Like all pneumatic tires – which, as you might know from my other reviews, I’m a big fan of – they are filled with air, allowing them to absorb uneven terrain.
Second, because these tires are diminutive in size – a whole 2.5 x 1 inches smaller than the VSETT 11+, for instance – they make for a more nimble ride; meaning you can pull off sharper turns, and enjoy greater agility at acute angles.
Third, when we look at the tire sizes of some of the VSETT 9+R’s competitors including the Apollo Ghost (10 x 3.25 inches), Apollo Phantom (10 x 3.25 inches), and Mantis Base (10 x 2.5 inches), it is clear to see that the 9+R tires have a stockier profile. The wide profile alongside the smaller diameter means that the tires have a large contact patch with the ground below. This increases the amount of traction the tires can generate, which improves grip and braking performance.
Sure, pneumatic tires do have one or two downsides – namely, that they’re more prone to punctures than their solid counterparts. This isn’t too much of an issue with the 9+R’s setup, though – because as we’re about to see, this scooter is made of tough stuff.
Build Quality & Durability
Anyone that’s done their homework on the VSETT line will know that the brand doesn’t even belong in the same conversation as words like ‘flimsy’ or ‘fragile’.
These scooters are built to last, and the 9+R is no different. Its frame is made of a hard-wearing aerospace-graded aluminum alloy known as 6082-T6. You can be forgiven if that seemingly random collection of numbers and letters doesn’t mean anything to you, just remember this:
- The metal is lightweight
- It’s the same material used by some of the biggest scooter brands in the industry, including Kaabo (the brand of the Manti models)
- It’s strong – in fact, it's used to build bridges and cranes because it can withstand extreme stress. Not bad, huh?
The 9+R’s shaft, on the other hand, is made of SCM400 – a kind of carbon chromium alloy steel that’s made to withstand the elements (and used by the oil and gas industry for heavy-duty applications) – while you’ll find grippy silicone coating the deck, and rubberized handlebars for safety.
One thing that’s great about the VSETT 9+R is its kickplate. There are three reasons why:
- Placing one foot on the kick plate allows you to lean into the ride which makes you feel more confident when ripping top speeds.
- Being able to apply your weight over the rear tire further increases the traction of the already well-equipped wide tire.
- The hook on the rear of the handlebar post hooks into the kickplate meaning the scooter locks into place when folded, making it easier to carry.
Another thing I love about the 9+R’s build – and something you don’t get with other performance scooters – is its wobble-proof triple stem locking mechanism. I’ll address this neat feature in the ‘Extra Features’ section further down the page – but for now, let me just say that if you’re not a fan of collar clamps, you’ll find plenty to love here.
Weight & Load
The 9+R weighs in at 55 lbs. This ranks favorably against scooters in a similar bracket when it comes to price and specs, and – as we’ll soon see – it is almost top of the standings when it comes to ratios of both speed and range to weight.
Not only does the 9+R punch above its weight, its lightness – combined with its folding frame and handlebars – means that it’s more portable than other performance scooters.
However, I can’t in good faith recommend it as a commuter scooter. I’ve reviewed plenty of scooters and find that the maximum weight of this type of scooter is around 42 lbs. The 9+R’s 55 lbs tip the scales a little too much to be considered a true commuter scooter. However, if you need a scooter to get you door-to-door and don’t have much folding or carrying to do in between then it’ll be perfectly fine.
As for load, it supports a maximum rider weight of 265 lbs. This is about standard for scooters in the 9+R’s niche and is matched by models such as the Mantis Base, Zero 8X & 10, INOKIM Ox Hero, and a few EVOLV models.
Putting the load-bearing capabilities under scrutiny, there are a bunch of scooters in the same performance bracket that beat the 9+R including the EMOVE Cruiser (352 lbs), Apollo Phantom (300 lbs), and Apollo Ghost (300 lbs).
Folding & Portability
Although it weighs 55 lbs, it is – when it comes to performance scooters – lightweight and portable.
The 9+R folds in half at the stem, with a hook – located at the top of the stem – that locks into the kickplate, making the scooter easier to carry as opposed to models that don’t lock into place (like the Varla Eagle One, Zero 8X and 10X, for instance).
It also has foldable handlebars, which adds an extra layer of portability and makes storage more convenient.
Like the rest of the scooters in the VSETT lineup, you’ll struggle to find a manual online. Rest easy, though – the scooter comes pretty much fully assembled.
Your main duties will be to unbox, unfold it, and follow the paper manual to tighten up a few nuts and bolts here and there. While you’re at it, you’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the triple stem folding mechanism and get to grips with the QS-S4 display.
You won’t require any other equipment to get your 9+R road-ready – it comes with a multi-tool for assembly, and a single standard charger. You’ll want to check the pressure of the tires before you hit the streets, though – there’s nothing like a flat tire to kill the joy of a new purchase. And, if you’re riding at night, I’d advise strapping on a couple of additional lights for safety.
Is the VSETT 9+R Comfortable to Ride?
Absolutely. This thing is a dream to ride.
The 9+R achieves this through a combination of fat, pneumatic tires, and adjustable front and rear swingarm suspension. You can also adjust the springs at both the front and back to ensure that your scooter is fully customized to the type of terrain you’re going to be traversing.
On top of this, the 9+R’s design – like that of the rest of the VSETT range – is one oriented specifically towards comfort. VSETT’s scooters are built with ample-sized decks that offer plenty of clearance, while their handlebars, across the board, are amongst the widest on the market for increased control over the steering column.
The 9+R’s triple stem locking mechanism also helps prevent stem wobble, while the lock on its range of stem turning motion means you won’t ever have to run the gauntlet of being forcibly ejected from your scooter. Comfortable, indeed.
Performance & Safety
Speed & Acceleration
Okay, so the 33 mph top speed – particularly for those well-versed in exactly just how fast high-performance scooters can go – isn’t much to write home about.
However, when we take a more methodical approach – applying a $500 price range to compare the 9+R with scooters in a similar cost bracket – its top speed and overall level of performance become clear as day.
From a comparable 17 models – with the Varla Eagle One, Evolv Pro, and Mantis Base topping the charts at 40 mph, and the INOKIM Quick 4 Super bringing up the rear with a paltry 25 mph – the 9+R is comfortably ensconced in the middle ground.
However, when we dig deeper and bring the metric of weight into the equation, the 9+R almost emerges on top. Taking into account the weight of the 9+R (55 lbs), we assessed the speed to weight ratio of all models that sit within the 50-60 lbs bracket.
Whilst the 9+R boasts the highest top speed alongside the Mantis 8 Pro (33 mph and 60 lbs), it has a speed to weight ratio of 0.60 (meaning that for every pound of the scooter’s weight, there’s 0.60 mph of power).
Based on the speed to weight ratio, the 9+R sits joint second in the charts here – tied with the Apollo Explore and Zero 10 – beaten only by the EVOLV Tour XL-R (0.61).
What does this all mean for you? Well, I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t judge a book by its cover – though that 33 mph may immediately seem lower than comparable models, the VSETT 9+R packs a surprisingly (yet demonstrably) powerful punch for its lightweight frame. This makes it among the top scooters in the 50-60 lbs bracket. Plus, in an analysis of 100+ models, it places joint 14th in the speed stakes – so it’s certainly not one to be sniffed at.
Powered by a 48V 21Ah Li-on LG battery, it has a maximum range of 40 miles which is enough to earn it a spot in the top 20 of our 100-strong database of electric scooters.
To be more precise, the 9+R places joint 18th, tied with similar performance scooters including the Varla Eagle One, the Apollo Phantom series, the Mantis 8 Pro, and a couple of others.
Now, let’s utilize a similar logic as we did with speed to add more context.
Again applying that $500 range – with the 9+R’s $1,624 price tag in the middle – the best value for money scooter when it comes to range is the EMOVE Cruiser. At $1,399, it costs less than the 9+R but delivers a whopping 22 extra miles (62 miles in total). So, if range is important to you and you want to save a couple hundred bucks, then the EMOVE Cruiser is your best bet.
Don’t write the 9+R off just yet, though. Just as it shined with its impressive speed to weight ratio, its range to weight ratio – which I make to be 0.73 (where for every pound of scooter weight there are 0.73 miles) – is excellent. With this key metric, the 9+R takes second place, losing out only to the phenomenal 1.13 ratio of (you guessed it) the EMOVE Cruiser.
The bottom line? If range is at the top of your priority list, you can’t do much better than the 9+R – unless you opt for the 62-mile range of the EMOVE Cruiser.
Side note: I know you may be asking why we use weight as the fixed factor and then apply variables such as speed and range to it. The reason for this is simple – based on our proprietary data of 100+ scooters we see a direct correlation between weight and speed/range. As weight increases, so do speed and range. This is mainly a result of bigger motors, batteries, and so on. Using our methodical appr
Okay, so the 9+R doesn’t come close to sporting the kind of insane mountain-munching qualities as its bigger brothers. However, the dual motors are still capable of putting out an impressive amount of torque, allowing the scooter to boss inclines of up to an impressive 25 degrees with ease.
This is on a par with some of the models from renowned scooter makers MiniMotors – such as the Eagle Pro – and outperforms the 20 degree capability of the Dualtron Mini, Spider, and Compact.
It also matches that of the similarly-priced Apollo Ghost and Phantom (both 25 degrees), whilst outperforming the EMOVE Cruiser (20 degrees).
In summary, the 9+R is never going to compete with the big players in the hill-climbing category – its motors simply aren’t powerful enough. However, when looked at in the light of its immediate competition it still packs a punch and has the pedigree to tackle even the most menacing of urban undulations (think San Francisco’s steepest street, Filbert street, which clocks in at 17.5-degrees – the 9+R can handle this).
Shock Absorption / Suspension
This is evidenced in the 9+R’s front and rear swing arms. These are fully adjustable, and – in cahoots with the 9R’s pneumatic tires – soak up what urban roads and forest trails can throw at you.
I should also note here that – while you can tinker with the springs to enjoy a more forgiving ride over rougher surfaces – the 9+R’s suspension isn’t made for extreme off-road rides. Sticking to smoother terrain delivers a buttery-smooth riding experience.
It derives its considerable stopping power from a pair of hand-operated dual mechanical disc brakes.
While these aren’t always my preferred option when it comes to brakes – that particular spot in my heart is reserved for those of the hydraulic variety – they’re well-suited to the 9+R.
For comparison, out of the three scooters we recommend as alternatives (Apollo Ghost, Apollo Phantom, and Mantis Base), all of them come equipped with similar disc brakes. But, you can choose to upgrade the Apollo Phantom to feature hydraulic discs – we have the hydraulic version of this scooter and have been very impressed with the braking power. To widen the net even further and paint a bigger picture, the cheaper EMOVE Cruiser sports a dual hydraulic braking system.
While there are cheaper scooters with superior brakes, the lightweight frame and moderate top speed mean that there will rarely be too many forces acting against its disc brake setup. Plus, they are highly responsive, so you should have no worries about being able to stop quickly – even while pushing the 9+R to its limits.
With a single charger, it takes around 14 hours to reach full charge.
When you add another charger into the mix (the 9+R has a couple of ports), you can have your scooter juiced up and back on the road in around 7 hours.
As previously mentioned, the charge ports are located on top of the deck below the neck. While there’s some contention around their placement, I think they’ve been well-designed – especially when you compare them to the ports on the VSETT 11, which are also located on the top of the deck but have port covers that can easily slide off.
As long as you keep your scooter well-maintained and check that the rubber charging port seals are in place, then you’ll be fine. Plus, you no longer have to worry about the ports grinding down and becoming malformed as a result of scraping them against curbs and other treacherous obstacles.
QS-S4 Display & Throttle for Customized Performance Configuration
The VSETT 9+R may not boast quite the same range, power, or full scope of features as the likes of the 10+R or 11+, but it does have the same QS-S4 display. This is a kind of two-in-one device, that doubles as both an LCD screen and a finger throttle.
For those new to the world of high-performance scooters, the QS-S4 is a standardized device. It’s not specific to the VSETT range, but also appears on a bunch of scooters from Fluid Free Ride’s entry-level scooter, the Horizon, to performance models like Kaboo’s Mantis 8 Base.
The QS-S4 has plenty of pedigree, and it’s not hard to see why. Easy-to-read and backlit for night-time riding, the QS-S4 offers up digestible, at a glance, insights into your speed, battery life, and riding mode. Handily, it also functions as an odometer, allowing you to see how far you’ve traveled on your current trip, as well as overall.
Sure, the most discerning scooter enthusiasts out there will be quick to point out that the QS-S4 display isn’t quite as customizable or feature-rich as the EY3 display you’ll see on scooters in the Dualtron and Speedway lines – although, it has been encased in a molded plastic that could be mistaken as a doppelganger.
However, the QS-S4 still offers a whole bunch of settings to keep you occupied. By flicking through an enormous amount of P-settings, you can play with the scooter’s auto-turn off modes, set the strength of its acceleration and regenerative brake settings, and even enable/disable cruise control.
DDM Button to Control Dual Motors
Ever wondered what that ‘+’ sign means when you see it in the name of a VSETT scooter?
The ‘+’ indicates that the scooter has dual motors. Indeed, one of the key ways in which the 9+R improves on its predecessor, the 9R – in addition to boasting a bigger battery – is by doubling down on the latter’s 650W motor.
But, of course, you won’t want (or need) to have both those motors engaged every time you leave the house – particularly if you’re in no rush to get to your destination, or are just out for a casual cruise. After all, by utilizing just one motor, you’ll extract the most distance out of the maximum 40-mile range.
Here’s where the DDM button comes in. Pushing it allows you to toggle between either using one or both of the motors. It’s located next to the horn, to the left side of the handlebars, but don’t mistake it for its neighbor – you might frighten an innocent passerby.
For maximum torque, acceleration, and speed, engage both motors.
Battery Voltage Display
A mainstay of the VSETT line and pretty much all performance scooters, the 9+R sports a battery voltage display. You’ll find it tucked under the QS-S4 display.
Designed to give you a more accurate reading than the QS-S4’s battery bars, voltage displays always come in handy – particularly when it comes to long rides.
Another feature you’ll want under your belt for those longer adventures is cruise control.
It’ll allow you to maintain a constant speed while riding, simultaneously relieving your finger of the burden of keeping the trigger throttle pulled down.
You can activate cruise control by navigating to the P17 setting on the QS-S4 display.
NFC Key-Lock Immobilizer (Anti-Theft Function)
One thing I love about the VSETT range is that it comes equipped with a pretty neat anti-theft function.
Chief among these is the key-lock immobilizer. Powered by slick NFC technology (near-field communication – the same stuff that makes contactless bank cards work), a small reader to the right side of the handlebars allows you to unlock your scooter simply by waving your scooter’s card in front of it.
This doesn’t just bring the benefit of style (how many people can say they unlock their scooters with a card, after all?), but also security. Unlike traditional key-ignitions – which sticky fingers can pick the lock of, or clone the key for – the NFC reader is one of the more robust anti-theft features. Handily, you can store the card in your wallet, too, so there’s less chance of losing it.
LED Lights and Turn Signals
With a front headlight, responsive rear taillights, and button lights, the 9+R’s LED light setup is one of the most comprehensive in the performance scooter bracket.
There are even turn signals – a rarity on scooters of this ilk – which are ideal for when you’re navigating traffic-clogged roads. What’s more, these are located on the front and back of the scooter – rather than the sides, as is the case with the VSETT 11+. As you can imagine, side-located turn signals are extremely difficult to see, so this is a big bonus, and just one of the things VSETT’s earlier scooters get right that its later models don’t.
The headlight, conversely, suffers from the same issue that afflicts pretty much all scooters across the board – it isn’t bright enough to give you the visibility needed for nighttime rides. Sure, it shines a beam in front of you but because of its low mounted placement on the front fender, its ability to cast light is hindered. I recommend purchasing an additional headlight to attach to the handlebars.
However, credit where credit is due, we should be applauding the 9+R for even having a headlight in the first place. It’s rare to see both button lights and a headlight, after all – most similar models, like the Apollo Ghost and Mantis models, just stick to button lights. On the other hand, the Apollo Phantom, one of our recommended alternative scooters, has a powerful 1000-lumen headlight mounted on the handlebars with front and rear deck lights alongside a brake light on the kickplate and turn signals – this is fully equipped for night time riding.
While adjustable suspension is fast becoming a must-have – rather than a nice to have – in the world of performance electric scooters, I still love to point out when a brand gets it right.
VSETT does – and, while the swing arms aren’t quite as gnarly as the hydraulic suspension of the later models (VSETT 10+R and VSETT 11+) – you can still customize them to fit the terrain you’re taking on.
Wave Goodbye to Collar Clamps, Say Hello to a Secure Triple Stem Locking Mechanism
There’s nothing worse than when you’re out riding – wind whipping through your hair and sidewalks passing by in a blur – than when your handlebar stem starts to wobble.
Sadly, it’s a fun-sapping quality that – here’s the bad news – far too many electric scooters have, and it’s down to a rather unreliable little invention called a collar clamp.
Thankfully, the good news is that, for the most part (the 11+ isn’t included here) the VSETT range scraps the collar clamp, replacing it with a savvy, secure triple stem locking mechanism.
The locking mechanism is as solid as they come. There’s no stem wobble whatsoever, so you can forget about unnerving rides and focus on enjoying your new ride (and that cool breeze, of course).
Range of Stem Turning Motion is Locked to Prevent Accidents
If you’ve ever experienced turning too tightly causing your scooter’s handlebars to rotate at a 90-degree angle, it’s unlikely you’ll ever want to face it again.
Having your handlebars and front wheel facing a different way from the rest of your scooter isn’t exactly ideal for keeping you on the road, which is why it can cause accidents when it happens.
Fortunately, when the VSETT line emerged, phoenix-like, from plans to extend the Zero range, its focus wasn’t just on performance – it was on safety, too. The 9+R’s steering column has been designed to prevent it from over-rotating, making sure that you get a smooth, safe ride.
It comes equipped with a loud electric horn, which you can access by pressing a button to the left side of the handlebars (it’s next to the DDM motor system selection button).
Sadly, the horn doesn’t feature the same earth-shaking, 105 decibels, motorcycle-grade honk you’ll find on the VSETT 11+, but it’s still plenty loud enough to be heard by pedestrians.
Foldable Handlebars for Enhanced Portability
Just like the rest of the VSETT models that came before the 9+R, and the 10+R that came after, the handlebars fold down neatly for convenient storage and make the scooter easier to maneuver when being carried.
What makes the 9+R’s foldable handlebars so interesting, though, is that this ability isn’t something I’m accustomed to seeing on the curvy, ergonomic handlebars of the 9+R. Foldable handlebars typically have to be straight, so to see them here is a refreshing twist on the classic formula.
When locked into place, they perform the same as any solid, one-piece handlebar would – kudos to the designers.
IP54 Water-Resistance Rating
The VSETT 9+R isn’t just one of the few performance scooters you can buy on a budget – it’s also one of the few you can ride in the rain.
With an IP54 water resistance rating, it has the credentials to withstand splashes of water from all angles, making it a reliable ride – even when the weather isn’t.
And, as I implied, the world of high-functioning scooters is surprisingly devoid of water resistance ratings. IKOKIM, Dualtron, and Kaabo, for instance, are all renowned brands producing scooters that aren’t water-resistant – and who, quite frankly, should know better.
With the 9+R, you’ll get basic protection from the elements. However, I still wouldn’t hit the streets too gung ho the next time it’s wet out. If you're unlucky, and your scooter does pick up water damage, it won’t be covered under warranty and you won’t be riding it at all – rain or shine.
Specification: VSETT 9+R Review
Warranty & Post-Purchase Support
When you buy your 9+R from REV Rides – VSETT’s official distributor in the U.S. – it’ll come with a 12-month warranty. It’s not exactly a thrilling read (though certainly one I’d recommend at least flicking through before making a purchase), so I’ve summed up your main need-to-knows below.
This warranty doesn’t cover any damage caused by yourself. That includes – but isn’t limited to – collisions, accidents, abuse, or anything that results from unauthorized modifications. The warranty also won’t cover water damage, nor will it cover wear and tear.
All in all, it’s pretty standard, but it does have its limitations. Labor, for instance, isn’t covered. So, even if the damage itself can be repaired, or the parts are replaced at no cost, you may still end up getting stung with a check to pay the mechanic. In comparison, Fluid Free Ride, another well-known and respected electric scooter retailer handles all the costs of labor meaning you don’t have to pay – however, their warranty lasts for just 6 months (side note: Fluid Free Ride don’t sell VSETT scooters – this was just to give an example of what you can expect when it comes to warranties for electric scooters).
REV Rides does, however, allow you to extend your warranty through ‘Extend’, a third-party product protection company. One year’s worth of extra warranty costs $299, two years is $449, and three years will set you back $599.
REV Rides’ commitment to customer service is something I’ve witnessed.
Early in 2021, I spoke with Nathan – the Founder and CEO – who shared with me the elaborate quality checks that take place before these scooters get anywhere close to your doorstep.
As a result, their customer support is fantastic.
In addition to a handful of online resources – such as FAQs, video tutorials, advice, and an online form through which you can submit service requests – you can also get in touch with REVRides’s Washington-based phone-based support. It’s available between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm PST, Monday to Friday, on 1-360-8887433.
For email-based support, drop a line at email@example.com.
Of course, there’s always room for improvement – and in REV Rides’ case, I’d like to see a few more videos and guides addressing how to use and maintain the 9+R. There’s also no way to view the manual online, which is a little irritating – so make sure to keep yours in a safe place.
Discover What the VSETT 9+R Has to Offer
With explosive bubblegum blue accents complimenting a solid black frame and a dynamic swing arm suspension system that makes it a dream to ride, discover why you won’t want to step foot off the VSETT 9+R until you’ve run the battery dry.
Specification: VSETT 9+R Review