Under 10kg Lightweight Folding Electric Bike Vlec Pocket + From Batribike

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  1. Wombles

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    At the recent NEC Show Vlec Pocket + Electric Folding Bike was on the Batribike http://www.batribike.com/ stand as a model from France http://www.vlec-cycles.eu/#!product/prd1/4195099341/pocket-+ that they are considering stocking so not on their website yet. At £999 it is definitely a luxury item but it was impressive in its build quality, size & its light weight at just 9.9kg so half the weight of some electric bikes! They did point out that this is designed for short trips not long bike rides but may be ideal for popping out to the shops when away with the motorhome.
    We also picked up some vouchers for £50 off new Batribike electric bike until 1st November & £300 off the Batribike Storm electric bike until 31st October- please PM me if you want one of these.
     
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    With 160W motor it's a kids scooter with big wheels:).
     
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    All new electric bikes are now :) as have to be assist only after change in UK law.
     
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    We have 2 Batribikes good quality bikes mines done 1200 miles pricey but good quality.
     
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    And 24 volt..laughable. Will end up in the garage unloved once the novelty wears of from that impulse purchase
     
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    Would be a big impulse purchase at £999! Ideal Xmas toy for the person who has everything?!
    Way out of our budget but know that there are a lot of wealthy Funsters out there who love a new gadget...:imoutahere::)
     
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    It was only a few days ago I was looking in to legal crap regarding scoots and the like..

    Drivers of electric scooters are in breach of section 87 and section 143 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. As such drivers require a driving licence and third party insurance. Because these vehicles cannot be licensed for use on a road, they do not come within the categories of vehicle covered by a driving licence. Therefore, any person using an electric scooter on a road, even with the best of intentions, will be violating their driving licence.

    Talk about a catch 22 !! ( this also goes for Segways, a whole range of mobility scooters and a few other more oddball modes of transport )

    This situation can be traced back to 1835 ( among other legislative land marks ) and is so out of date it should be put with the requirement of taxi drivers to carry a bale of hay !
     
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    Follow up..
    I have just this minute ( spooky or what ! ) received an email pointing me at a DfT statement concerning such things..

    This makes a mockery of other rulings where it was decided that 'only special case' uses such as racing and or organised events pertaining to off road use of powered vehicles' all vehicles are subject to the same laws when used off road as on.
    That ruling was specifically brought about due to the popularity of motorcycles being used on wasteland and common land

    In other words, DfT once again demonstrates it has no idea what is legal and what is not.. The situation has been brought about by the constant flood of new 'mini-laws' being passed by govt to support almost any members whims

    As yet I can find no mention of the 'new laws in the UK' that are related to assisted pedal power only usage.. I have found mention of it to bring us in line with certain other EU countries but as yet it seems to be nothing more than a tabled motion ..
    Perhaps it has now passed in to law and I am simply unable to find reference.
    If you have a link I would appreciate it :)
    ( Not a link to a newspaper article but to a proper source )
     
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    Scratch that request.
    Found the info...

    As I suspected, you will be able to use twist and go still as well as assisted type bikes.
    here is the bit that is of concern:

    Throttle control

    ‘Twist and gos’ – electric bikes capable of being powered by a throttle alone – will require type approval from January 2016. While ‘twist and gos’ can be type approved by individuals, It is considered likely that larger manufacturers will type approve ‘’twist and gos’ before retailing. Where the power of ‘twist and gos’ cuts out at 15.5mph, they will not be considered motor vehicles in the eyes of the law and will not therefore require registration, tax, insurance and rider licensing.The new law will NOT be backdated so any bikes bought prior to January 2016 will not be affected as ‘grandfather rights’ apply. (This is entirely separate to ‘walk assist mode’ throttles that power the bike to a 6kmh top limit i.e. walking speed, to help you push the bike along, which are not affected by this law update.)
     
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    I love chasing and racing those on leccy bikes. Great sport.
     
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    We are pottering along enjoying life, the universe and soberano and the kids just go blasting past oblivious to the nicer things in life.
     
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    No - it's still 250W.
     
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    What are you chasing them with?
     
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    Max motor power was reduced from 300w to 250w and pedal assist only with a max speed under assistance of 15.5mph when the law changed.

    160w motor is a cheap option, not law.
    The motor is small and the range is short pointing to a small battery to keep the weight down.
     
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