I’ve been looking at fast eBikes, also known as Speed Pedelecs on the continent. These are eBikes which are ungoverned in speed and so can exceed the 15.5mph/25 kmh legal limit for an unlicensed uninsured bike. They include bikes which don’t require pedalling to go – be they “twist and go” or push button throttle.
Whilst it seems that this is just the governments being spoilsports, the risks of a pushbike-alike moped tearing through other bikes at 45 kmh or 30 mph+ is quite high. Imagine the carnage of a crash in the cycle lane. I know that some cyclists can well exceed 15 mph on pedal power but if bikes are to gain in popularity and broaden their appeal to more riders then a consideration of speed and other cyclists is a good thing. If you do fancy some illegal Speed Pedelec action check out youtube where there is a rich seam of homemade speed machines…)
Anyway if you want a Speed Pedelec, here from Cycling Industry News is a great article on how to get one and what you need to do to ride it not the road. The article refers to Riese & Muller who are a quality German manufacturer and do a great selection of real quality eBikes including cargo to commuter and leisure bikes. All have Bosch motors and are crank drive.
“Speed bikes, the process
1. Order the bike. (Riese & Müller’s HS bikes come with a Certificate of conformity. Dealers will have this shipped with the bike. For bikes manufactured this year they need to meet the new regulation – 168/2013/EU, as HS bikes do).
2. Order the forms at forms.dft.gov.uk/order-dvla-forms/. You need a “New vehicle import pack – Application to register a new imported vehicle for use in the United Kingdom” and “V55/4 -Application for a licence for a new motor vehicle and declaration for registration”. This takes five to ten days.
3. Bike arrives.
4. Complete the V267 & V55/4 (information taken from certificate of conformity). If done as a company you will need to include a bank statement and/or utility bill and copy of corporation document. If completed as an individual you’ll need to include a bank statement and/or utility bill and a copy of driving licence/passport.
5. Send completed forms, ID (as detailed in 4), a cheque for £55 made payable to DVLA & the original certificate of conformity to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BE.
6. Await the return of the V5C (approximately 2 weeks).
7. Check vehicle tax at vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/ (it is exempt, so free).
8. Order a number plate. Jones used demonplates.com. They require a copy of your driver’s licence & V5C registration document.
9. Purchase insurance. Bikesure quoted Jones £135 for third party only, while Quoterack quoted £200 for fully comprehensive.” (c) Cycling Industry News