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When does an e-bike become a motorcycle? (EU regulations)
EurActiv ^ | 21 November 2012 | Marc Hall

Posted on 11/21/2012 9:20:53 AM PST by Olog-hai

The European Parliament has voted to separate regulation on motorized and non-motorized bicycles, a move two-wheeler associations say will safeguard investment in cycling.

In the plenary session, European lawmakers decided on Tuesday (20 November) that any electronically power assisted cycle (EPAC) under 250 watts (0.335 hp) and a maximum speed of 25 kilometers per hour (15.5 mph) would remain a bicycle.

Anything more powerful is considered a motorbike, in line with the European Commission’s original proposal. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: ebike; eussr; mopeds; motorcycles

1 posted on 11/21/2012 9:21:01 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

This could create a cottage industry for “hot-rodding” electric bicycles. I could see myself juicing up such a bike for a blistering top speed of 20mph!


2 posted on 11/21/2012 9:28:50 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Electric Motorcycle Hits World Record Speed for Electric Vehicles at Over 200 MPH
http://www.geekosystem.com/electric-motorcycle-speed-record/
lack of range and greedy gumbint not geting some gas taxes are the main issues.


3 posted on 11/21/2012 9:35:10 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

I’ve seen electric motorcycles race as a support series for AMA. None of them carry enough juice to run for more than thirty minutes (good for eleven laps at Sears Point), and they just don’t thrill me. For a lot of them, you don’t hear much in the way of sound unless the rider scrapes one of his knee pucks.

Needless to say, a 1000cc internal combustion engine wound up to 14k sounds much racier. :)


4 posted on 11/21/2012 9:40:02 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: Olog-hai

I don’t know but my 1850 watt scooter is moped class.


5 posted on 11/21/2012 9:42:29 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I know a guy who souped up a Puch moped. It was pretty impresive.


6 posted on 11/21/2012 9:45:07 AM PST by real saxophonist (Stay In The Fight)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Check the MissionR. 14.7 Kwh battery pack, 0-60 3.0 seconds or less.


7 posted on 11/21/2012 9:47:04 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

There is already a cottage industry hot rodding electric bikes. I have 3 such bikes and really enjoy the tinkering and riding them. 20-25 mph on a bike is plenty fast and above that it is pretty scary for most folks. Check out http://endless-sphere.com/forums/ , just be warned though, keep your politics here on FR.


8 posted on 11/21/2012 10:00:36 AM PST by BRK
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To: TurboZamboni
There is a recall on the ZeroS bikes. Seems they were stalling on the freeway leaving riders in harm's way. No thanks. I'll keep my gas powered bikes.
9 posted on 11/21/2012 11:44:18 AM PST by Myrddin
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