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E bikes power assitance cut off?

Discussion in 'Electric Bikes' started by RideLikeTheStig, 23 Oct 2016.

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  1. Salad Dodger

    Salad Dodger Veteran

    Location:
    Kent Coast
    Oldbadger is correct about the tendency of some bikes to zoom off as soon as you start to pedal. Which in traffic or maybe in a mixed use zone can be a bit unwelcome......
     
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  2. PhilDawson8270

    PhilDawson8270 Über Member

    Dropping those rules would mean places like private car parks are no longer covered by the Road Traffic Act. The fact that it is difficult to have powered transport without licensing and insurance is a good thing over all.
     
  3. andrew_s

    andrew_s Veteran

    Location:
    Gloucester
    If you do that, you are riding an electric motorcycle, and could get a fairly thick book thrown at you if you get caught, possibly including loss of car licence.
    In fact, the Dept of Transport will probably say that you are riding an electric motorcycle even if you haven't changed the wheel size, because the app exists and you could. They have said this about e-MTBs with an "off-road" setting that turns off the 15 mph limit.
     
  4. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    Location:
    Gosport
    Take a look at the "Anarchy" of mobility Scooters


    This at 4 mph is legal for use in shops and on pavements

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    However many ride much larger scooters and these should be registered with the DVLA

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    However less than half of the users of the larger vehicles were aware of this and riding them illegally
     

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  5. oldbadger

    oldbadger Regular

    Sure......
    But........ Multitudes of very elderly and very infirm folks are still driving cars, or riding these larger scooters because if they lost them, then their homes would be untenable and they would need warden accomodation, in which case the system would go way past 'overload'. I can see why the authorities are relaxing some rules at this time, because they just don't know what to do. In 2014 an old gent in a Citroen smashed into my vehicle, scraped free and continued on down the road...... he didn't even know he had hit anything! The Police/Courts let him keep his licence, and he does live waty out in the sticks....... wrong but ............. :shrug:

    I would buy a new-rule electric-bike because the pedal assist range is brilliant, and off-road, that 4mph button might be very useful, but that's me....... I just try tro be positive in a World which could easily drive me nuts! :smile:
     

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  6. when i considered one a few years back (I didn't take up the idea and went for a road bike instead) the very well know bike shop in Richmond offered to change the cassette...or chainring to achieve 22 mph...without batting an eyelid. his only concern was that the battery wouldn't then be able to make it the 22 miles that I was commuting at the time, at the increased speed
     
  7. voyager

    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    the pedelec forum has a section on off road e-bikes
    it is simple to get a controller that can be set for higher speed but I point out that it is illegal if the cutout speed exceeds 16.5 mph .
    that is 15 mph plus/minus 10%.
    other ways to get more power is to add an extra battery in series to increase the speed of a derestricted bike even further .
    but current drain and the possibility of burning out the motor exists if the internal current shunt un the controller is soldered to lower its resistance. All these modifications , voids the warranty and will leave the rider open to prosecution in the event of the modification being discovered.