Archive for the ‘Piaggio’ Category

30

Mar

2016

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By Charlotte Davis

 

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23

Mar

2016

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By Charlotte Davis

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16

Mar

2016

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By Charlotte Davis

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3

Mar

2016

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) and the Bicycle Association of Great Britain (BA) have become concerned that some sellers are unaware of, or ignoring, the rules surrounding high powered electric bicycles. Both associations are fielding enquiries regarding the exploitation of a perceived ‘grey area’ – whereby high powered bikes are bought for ‘off-road use’, in the mistaken belief that this makes them exempt from existing rules.

“The vast majority of the industry understands its obligations and is highly professional in the way it sells electric bicycles, but it’s vital all sellers understand there is really no ‘grey area’ when it comes to when an electric bicycle must be treated as a moped.

‘Speed pedelecs’ for example, a category of faster e-bike becoming popular in Germany and other countries, are categorised as mopeds in the UK. They have motors more powerful than 250W and offer power assist to a higher speed than 25km/h (15.5mph). Unlike in Germany, there are no regulations which exempt speed pedelecs from any of the standard moped requirements in the UK, so the machine must be type approved, registered, taxed and insured; the rider must have a suitable licence and wear a full motorbike helmet, and be over 16.

Steve Garidis, Operations Director of the BA

KTM Freeride Electric MX bike

KTM Freeride E Electric Motocross bike

At Fowlers we take our responsibilities very seriously, so for the benefit of our customers we’re keen to help the MCIA and BA clarify the exact regulations regarding these three distinct classifications. They stipulate:

  • In order for an Electric Bike to enjoy the same rights as an ordinary pedal cycle, it should have working pedals, not exceed 250 Watts and the electrical assistance should cut out when the bike reaches 15.5mph.
  • In the UK, an electric bike over 250W is legally classified as a moped if it is to be ridden on the road. Mopeds must be ‘type approved’*, registered, taxed, insured and have an MOT. The rider must have the appropriate licence/training and wear a helmet.
  • If an electric bike over 250W is intended for off-road use in the UK, then it must comply with the same rules which apply to off-road motorcycles. That means riders are barred from using public roads, common land, paths or tracks intended for cyclists and must be registered on an agreed list for off-road competition bikes, known as the FIM competition list.
  • MCIA and BA would also remind anyone who owns or is selling an e-bike that it makes no difference if the machine has a switch to flick between a higher and lower power setting. The higher power rating is the rating by which the bike is classified.
Piaggio Wi bike

The Piaggio Wi Bike is classified as an electric bicycle: sub 250W, pedals and no power assist over 25 kph

Dave Luscombe, MCIA’s Project Manager for Alternative Powered Vehicles, explains the situation for off-road use:
“Telling someone they are ‘okay on private land’ is seriously misleading, unless you make them understand they probably need to own the land themselves. High powered off-road electric bikes currently fall within rules meant for off-road motorcycle sport. That means they can’t access areas where, for example, motocross machines are barred. They can’t use public roads, common land or any trails or paths intended for bicycles and the bike must be registered on the FIM competition list, which is a list agreed by all EU manufacturers for bikes used in off-road sport. Dealers must make the restricted access very clear to people who may believe they can use cycle trails.”

To recap, for an e-bike to be treated legally as a bicycle in the UK

  1. it must be 250W or less
  2. it must have working pedals
  3. the power assistance must cut out at 15.5mph.

Anything else is treated in law as a moped. ‘Speed pedelecs’ are currently treated in UK law as mopeds, with no exemptions from moped requirements. Anything over 250W and intended for off-road use only is classified as a motocross machine, must be on the FIM competition list and can only go where regular motocross bikes are legally permitted to go.

Electric mopeds

When intended for road use, an electric bicycle or ‘speed pedelec’ over 250W and not over 4kW is classified as a moped (L1e-A or L1e-B) – speed pedelecs fall into the L1e-B category. Any such vehicles must meet all the requirements that a moped and moped rider need to comply with, namely that the owner/rider must:

  • Be 16 years of age or over
  • Have a moped entitlement on car license or a valid CBT
  • Wear a helmet
  • Fix ”L’ plates if appropriate
  • Have insurance, road tax and an MOT

E-bikes over 4kW intended for road use are motorcycles and must comply with the rules which apply to motorcycles of a similar output.

If you’d like any advice or assistance in choosing the right electric bike for your needs, or need to know how these regulations apply to you, our sales teams are fully conversant with all the rules, as well as having up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of the best electric machines in each classification, available from leading manufacturers.

For expert, personal advice call us on 0117 9770466 and ask to speak to our specialist electric bicycle department for road bikes, our Scooter department for electric mopeds, or Fowlers Off-Road Centre for off-road and motocross E-MX machines.

The most recent guidance notes from the Department for Transport on electric bikes are available at: http://tinyurl.com/zxvka5p

Useful websites:

www.mcia.co.uk

 www.bicycleassociation.org.uk

*Type approval

Machines over 250W intended for on road use need to be ‘type approved’ and registered for the road. It doesn’t matter how briefly a rider will be on the public road, an e-bike over 250W is a moped and needs to be registered as such.

Type approval is now also required for the sale of new e-bikes with a ‘Twist and Go’ throttle (i.e. the motor can operate up to 15.5mph without the rider pedalling) but which are otherwise below the 250W rated power and 15.5mph assist speed limits. Like other e-bikes in use, these machines are still treated in UK law as bicycles, except that the rider must be 14 or over.

14

Jan

2016

Bristol Evening Post January 14th 2016:

Sales of commuter bikes in 2015 highest for more than 30 years

FIGURES released by the Motorcycle Industry Association show that more commuter sized motorcycles and scooters were sold during 2015 than for any other year since comparative records began in 1983. During 2015 a total of 43,759 new motorcycles and scooters between 101-125cc were sold, an increase of 15% on the previous year.

Machines of this engine capacity are particularly popular for commuting. Total registrations for 2015 for all sized motorcycles and mopeds exceeded 114,000 – the highest annual total since 2008.

Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA, says news about sales of new motorcycles between 101-125cc is consistent with anecdotal evidence that commuting via motorcycle is becoming more popular.

“We’re seeing an increase in sales of new motorcycles of all sizes, but our records show that we’ve never seen as many bikes of this size sold before,” he said. “We think it is likely that they are being used for commuting, as they are economical to run and easy to park.”

Fowlers Scooter Story - Woman on Vespa

Motorcycle dealers have been reporting an increase in families swapping a second car for a motorcycle, to beat the misery of sitting in traffic during rush hour. Motorcycles and scooters can filter through slow moving traffic and are tremendous fun, with riders tending to rate their commute more enjoyable than other transport users.

“We opened a Scooter/Commuter department specifically to cope with demand from local people looking for an alternative to sitting in traffic in their car or on the bus.”

Fowlers showroom manager Rod Veck

The Office for National Statistics conducted a one-off survey examining the impact of commuting patterns on peoples levels of anxiety, happiness and satisfaction. In contrast to those who walk, cycle, drive a car or take the bus, who all experience an adverse effect on levels of happiness or anxiety for journeys between 15 and 30 minutes, motorcyclists and scooter riders arrive unaffected.

This trend towards commuter bikes and scooters is apparent in Bristol, according Fowlers, the city’s longest-established dealer. Showroom manager Rod Veck said:

“Department for Transport research shows that commuters move more slowly at peak times in Bristol than in any other city, including London. We opened a Scooter/Commuter department specifically to cope with demand from local people looking for an alternative to sitting in traffic in their car or on the bus.

“Our Honda showroom is doing really well with the PCX-125, a scooter that is capable of doing 133mpg and it is the UK’s best-selling motorcycle. Meanwhile, our Suzuki department sold more Address 110 scooters than anyone else in the country. So you can see what type of machine people in the city are choosing.”

● Fowlers Motorcycles is located on Bristol’s A38 inner ring road and within a 5-minute walk from Temple Meads mainline railway station – www.fowlers.co.uk.

 

Article reproduced with the kind permission of Bristol Evening Post

9

Jul

2015

Latest Offers 09/07/15

By Fowlers News

 

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2

Jul

2015

Latest Offers 02/07/15

By Fowlers News

 

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