Different jurisdictions have taken different approaches to defining the difference between power assisted bicycles and motorbikes. In New Zealand it’s the law that the motor is under 300WFrankFrank wrote:I have a German ebike which is heavy but would probably get me to Leningrad.
The thing I discovered, after I bought it, is that it is speed limited to 30kmh. Which means that I am too slow for cars and too fast for the footpath. Where I live in Whangarei, on some of the down slope roads I can easy get to 50kmh but the bike offers real drag as soon as I go over 30kmh.
My understanding is that this is an EU requirement. It does not apply to Chinese or US bikes.
You can get a device that clips on your ebike to bypass this impediment but it voids your warranty and I am told that the later European bikes can actually sense when you are using one and record that fact.
You may be thinking that you'll never go over 30kmh buy you'd be surprised how often you will. So when you are in the bike shop make sure you ask if any of the bikes you are looking at are speed limited. If I had known then what I know now I would not have bought it, quality of not.
Hope this helps
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