Any Easteregg hidden in my NIU?

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.
I cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in this post. Use it at your own risk. 

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:

  1. Make sure the side-stand is folded in. Switch your NIUs ‘ignition’ on with the key, put it into 2nd “gear”.
  2. Switch power off again (using the key)
  3. Press and hold(!) the START button as well as the handbrake (left or right – doesn’t matter)
  4. Now switch power on again (using the key) while still holding START and brake and wait 2 seconds.
  5. Release START and brake the same time.
  6. Now press the START button an brake again and hold them for 10 seconds (or more)
  7. Release START while holding the brake for another second before releasing it, too.
  8. 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…

Indicator Sound

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…)

56 thoughts on “Any Easteregg hidden in my NIU?

  1. Changing the sound works on my N1S. To go to the next sound, Just keep the button pressed in and blink twice right and twice left. When you go right again the sound changes. I guess there are about 10 different but rather special sounds.

  2. I got my Niu N1S two weeks ago and after 250km I can say „I love this little e-scooter“, but I definitely want more speed and acceleration. I‘m sure its 2500W Bosch motor would provide more of these, but software is limiting, because of energy-saving or because of the law (here in Austria max. 45 km/h) or just because the firmware is somewhat buggy. For example rolling downhill reaching over 55km/h and going uphill after that the power is coming back very slow. I think it takes beetween 5 to 10 seconds till full power is on and so the speed is falling down to 35 km/h (or less) before it‘s gaining speed again. It would be very nice if I could control from zero power to max power all the time with my right hand.

    1. I haven’t seen a 2500W bosch motor. I’ve seen 1500W & 3000W. 2500W Bosch motor for N1s not yet.

    1. Yes you tweak your scooter, but if you change 8000w, you also need to change your foc controller, instead of 60v, you need to increase to 72v, and upgrade your battery too👌 Lastly but it’s up to you upgrade your brakes and tires 👍🏻. If you lived in China then this is very easy upgrade 😁✌️

      1. Very easy but as far as I can see requires buying new high voltage battery, new controller which totals at about the same price of a total scooter ? Or you have better Source? I have an M+ Sport

  3. I could not unlock speed limit as presented above on my NIU m1 sport (25km/h). Anyone else that succeeded?

    1. Been looking around all over internet to find ways to unlock the speed limit (25km/h). But these things seems to be harder to find than I also thought. Anyone?

      1. As written in this post, older (Chinese) models were unlockable, European and newer ones aren’t anymore. A 2nd controller currently seems to be the only way to get around the limit… Which again doesn’t work out of the box with international models.

        1. Bonjour j’aimerais savoir ci en peut débrider le NIU M+SPORT 25km/h pour qui monte a 45km/h et changer le bruit des clignotants, ainsi je voudrais savoir pourquoi mon autonomie de 120km et actuellement a 100km pour toutes niu m+sport?

          1. Hey Royale Racing!
            I bet you will get more answers, when you stick to English. This is an international user-page and I’m sure, not everybody is fluent in French.

    2. I managed to unlock the speed for my M+ 2018 model but can’t seem to do so with the sound

          1. If your comment should say something along the line “is that 2nd controller also working in my M+ sport?” the answer is “dunno.”

      1. M+ sport speed unlocked! I have a china model which i bought last 2019. At first i was bum of the 19km/h speed limit. But after trial and error, i was able to unleash the beast! Thanks for posting!!! Now i can truly enjoy riding it!

        1. Hey Carl!
          Nice to hear you got it working… I think you’re the first positive feedback. Probably because you have a Chinese model 😉

  4. Is it also possible to change the sound of the horn of the NIU M1? To make it less loud and less aggressive?

  5. I got a U1 PRO (25 km/h) and really would like to unlook the speed limit. Anyone know´s how to do it? Except the slow speed i really like it!

    1. 25 km/h? That weird – I have the basic model here in China and it does 35 km/h (more with a fully charged battery)

    2. Please try to switch to the other speed mode. The button is a “+” sign on the right handle.
      On “1” it only goes max 25km/h and on “2” it goes to 45km/h or a little more.

  6. Someone know if i buy NIU U-Pro 45 km/h control box and put it in
    NIU M+ Lite 25km/h will it work ?
    If it works then you can unlock your speed simple 😉

  7. Anyone tried to unlock speed on U model?
    I got a max speed of 47km/h so far downhill.
    It has 45km/h homologated speed for public roads, but I want to go faster on private roads.

    1. Well technically, there shouldn’t be any difference in the way of doing it. You’d just have to find the correct 2nd controller… Not sure if there are any changes in the cable harness.

  8. Is there a way to make your Niu M1 a bit faster?
    At the moment my Niu M1 pro will reach 48 kmh on the display (with a full battery). But max GPS speed is 5km/h lower so topspeed of my scooter is 43km/h. With an battery below 40% the GPS topspeed is 38km/h. Very disapointing!

    1. Well, given the M1 uses a comparable setup, I’d say theoretically it’s possible to make it faster. You just have to find the right supplier in China 😉
      Generally 43km/h is very near the official specs (45)… loosing 15% of top-speed at just 40% charge is actually disappointing and it would be interesting to hear what NIU has to say about this…

  9. Hi. I have a niu civic that sometimes doesn’t allow me to go at full speed, being 37kmh on full throttle,but if I press the hooter it goes up for a while before coming down again. Any suggestions please?

    1. Mmh, sounds like a short/loose connection to the hall sensor. See my diy video about Error 140 for more details…

    2. Hello, i have a N-pro and i tried both. It worked for the sound, but for the speed it lock it at 20 km/h in all „gear“ . Looks like we can find an another trick to unlock it at 70 km/h.
      Sorry for my english, it isn’t my first language.

  10. Hi there,
    I have to change my meter.
    Do you know where i can find one. The official way is around 300€, so 10% of the scooter price.
    If you have an idea for spare parts.
    Julien Paris, France

  11. Do you maybe know if this 25 to 45 km/h “hack” also works on the niu u1 pro 2019 ?
    Mine is set to 25 but im wondering if i can unlock the 3. mode that goes 45 km/h ?

  12. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it. It’s quite frustrating to see that it can go faster without being able to do anything about it.

  13. Just wanted to let you know guys, I successfully unlocked my 20 kmh/h speed limit on my chinese 2018 N1S with the above procedure.
    It reaches 60 km/h after that and it never had an update and i dont want to risk an update anymore.

  14. Just out of interest. Why does the niu 25 km model in Europe not run 30 or so. I think here in Netherlands it is allowed to drive 30 on this model. Why don’t they make it so that Dutch owners located in NL can speed just those 4 or 5 km more. It really makes a difference and should be possible in software by Geo Fencing.

    1. This can only answered by NIU or their official importer. My guess is a “one size fits all” approach is much cheaper than adjust to each countrys regulations.

      1. I hope the official importer will respond sometime and also he considers this nice idea 🙂

  15. yeah.
    it is by law approved to get a (gps) speed of 34 kmph (if they test your speed on a “rollerbank” if you get lasered the speed is 29kmph

    i can even say that a speed of 25 kmph is even dangerous here in the netherland because al the bike AND ebikes go atleast 25kmph of faster

  16. I have a 25kmph version. I will upgrade the software to the 45 version.
    En between the hall sensor i will place a potentiometer.
    So when i get caught i switch this meter on and so the speed will be almost the half of 45. about 25 maybe less and will be safe for the police check 😅

  17. Niu U Pro is great here in Sweden, but with only 25 krm/hr its slow.
    I like to go 35 km/hr, not so fast but faster than a e-bike.
    Any advice?

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