Well, it’s clear there’s a lot of software involved in you little beloved NIU scooter… and where’s software, there is (often) an easteregg hidden somewhere.
As far as we know, at least the Chinese Firmware contains two “hidden features”, both very handy.
Of course I’ve intensively tested both on my 2017 N1s – with no success.
|A stern word of warning and disclaimer:
Whatever you do to your scooter with these ‘hacks’, you might void your guarantee – you might even break your scooter and/or end up with a confused firmware and therefore non-working scooter.
If you own a 2016 model and did not get your BMS or any other firmware updated by your dealer or distributor, it’s definitely worth a try (again: at your own risk!).
And don’t forget to post your results in the comments below!
Unlock speed limit
Woooohoooo… did you say unlocking?!?!?
Yes I did… and even it’s the #1 FAQ Question, don’t wet your pants right away. This easteregg is primarily useful for N1/M1 owners who have their scooter limited to 20 or 25km/h.
After doing so, the N1 (no “s” here) should run at ~48km/h – some sources report that a N1s would speed up to 56km/h… but that’s all hear-say until we have a real prove here.
Ok, so here’s the step-by-step procedure:
- Make sure the side-stand is folded in. Switch your NIUs ‘ignition’ on with the key, put it into 2nd “gear”.
- Switch power off again (using the key)
- Press and hold(!) the START button as well as the handbrake (left or right – doesn’t matter)
- Now switch power on again (using the key) while still holding START and brake and wait 2 seconds.
- Release START and brake the same time.
- Now press the START button an brake again and hold them for 10 seconds (or more)
- Release START while holding the brake for another second before releasing it, too.
- Power your NIU off and on again
As seen in the video below, your NIU should now accelerate well above 25km/h… or even 50 😉
To reverse the effect, just do the same steps again…
Some firmware releases seem to offer a feature to have the indicators doing some sounds (As for the M1, it’s officially documented!) .
The procedure for this easteregg is quite simple and I actually see no risk in trying it:
- Push the indicator button inwards and hold it being pushed in
- push it to the right for 2 seconds
- and to the left (2s)
- and to the right again
Also this trick is not working with my 2017 firmware 🙁 Because I found another description which inverted the procedure (left-right-left) I tried that, too. Again no success.
Here’s a video demonstrating all available sounds on an N1(s)…
For completeness, here’s the procedure done on an M1:
Did it work for you? Leave a comment! (Model, year and county would be helpful…)