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Electric bicycle?!

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by PeteN95, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Moderator Staff Member

    What does this have to do with motorcycles? Take a look:


    This is the new Hanebrink Hustler electric bicycle. Yes, you can pedal it if you remove the belly pan. But it is really an electric motorcycle with some impressive specs, 80+mph, 200+ mile range, 120lbs!?! I would personally ditch the pedals and ATVish rear tire because I don't think there are any advantages to calling it a bicycle in WA.

  2. Plus, who wants to pedal a 120 lb bicycle :)

  3. Because if you can peddle it, it can be ridden on bike paths with no plate.
  4. Holly shit that's a lot for a moded dirtbike frame with a wheelhub motor (chain driven) and a fairing! Suspect this will turn out to be a Merlinesk startup scheme.

    From ubergizmo:
    The Hustler X5 is powered by a Crystalyte 5303 Mid Motor and it has a 14 speed transmission. Tipping the scales at 120lbs, the electric bike features a 6061- T6 aircraft seamless aluminum tubing frame, inverted coil hydraulic forks, Brembo four piston hydraulic disc brakes, 120/80×14 front and 20x8x8 rear wheels, and tubeless 50cm x 20cm tires. Hanebrink is now selling the bike for $16,940 and shipments are expected to commence in March next year. If you’re interested, you can learn more about the Hustler X5 through its official product page.

    complete article
  5. I don't think so. Most states (not sure about WA) now have rules that if it goes more than 25mph on level ground without pedal assist, or makes over 700w of power (the number varies a little by state), it will have to be licensed.

    There is one guy here at Boeing that rides an E-bike that's a motorcycle, and I think it's licensed.
  6. Well this is one of those cases where asking a cop might get you in trouble. I ride bicycles a LOT and have seen many of the electric bikes from Giant, etc on the paths. I've asked the owners about them and they seemed clueless.

    I got my kid a GoPed on time and he got a talking to by SPD. Seems they were busting gas powered but not electric.

    So I asked a retiring SPD cop what the law was. At first he said that gas was a no no, but when I pointed out that, other than smelling one, the conveyance was the same he took another look at it. Eventually he returned with the part about "if you can peddle (or scoot it in the case of the GoPed) it, you can use it on the trail at under 18 mph" and without radar that can be tough to prove.
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