Minxy wrote:I believe the electric scooters WITH seats are technically "illegal" at the burn. If they have no seat, they are ok, unless the DMV rules have changed.
If it doesn't have pedals, it's banned.
The intent is actually about safe use though.
Minxy wrote:I did really enjoy my bike, but some things to watch out for are:
1. They don't really go eight miles. They go eight miles if you use them only to for "assisting" your ride, perhaps. The battery does not last eight miles of riding open playa. It was still awesome if I was exhausted or had to get to work in a hurry.
2. The engine basically only had one speed....well over 5MPH! Maybe it was 15-20MPH? It wasn't very practical on the playa to use it for assisted pedaling. You had to pulse the button a bit, then turn it off so you're not zooming at 15MPH across the playa. You must pulse the electric acceleration for 5-10-20 seconds then turn it off and pedal. You can't pedal while it's running on the very flat playa because it goes too fast to make pedaling practical.
It seems to be made for a person riding a relatively flat bike trail/street to be used to assist over hills, not to just cruise for eight miles and not pedaling. The battery annoyingly fast that way (I checked).
I refer you to the forums for these questions.
The cheaper motors actually have no controller, just an on/off switch.
Besides being very annoying, this is very power hungry.
You can often add a controller to a motor that came without one.
The best ones power in relation to your pedaling.
There are systems that drive through the gears, usually with a hubgear.
A hubmotor is adequate for the playa though, if geared correctly.
They are made in different gears.
If you weigh less than the average bear, the gearing may be well off from your needs.
If you are carrying cargo, passengers or over tough terrain, a lower geared model may be called for.
Don't expect much from cheap batteries.
are built for short urban trips.
are usually called for in usa cities.
Having more than one battery pack and/or better packs is worthwhile.
Don't forget to take into account any added lighting.
A good electric
bike can be useful year round, moreso in some cities.
It's a very good way to see a city when traveling.