What is the difference between electric bicycle and electric motorcycle?
It must be admitted, electric bicycles are experiencing an extraordinary boom on the market.
Fast, efficient, practical and reliable, this 26*3.0 inch fat tire two wheels electric bicycle is changing the world of transport.
Due to the presence of the engine, some even think that pedelecs will gradually replace gas powered 2 wheelers in the future. And yet, these 2 modes of travel are indeed different both in terms of their performance and their operation.
Is an e-bike a motorcycle?
E-Bikes are surely different with motorcycles. To lift the veil on the differences between them, we makes a point-by-point comparison between the electric bike and the motorcycle .
Electric bike and motorcycle: very different modes of driving
The very first difference between these 2 means of locomotion is without a shadow of a doubt the mode of driving. Although they are both motorized, their operation is vastly different.
Indeed, with an electric bicycle it is essential to pedal to be able to move forward. The motor in place only provides assistance when needed, so you can keep going without stopping. Thus, e- bike riders must always provide a minimum of effort because the motorized aid only engages if the sensors detect a decrease in pedaling frequency.
On the other hand, with a motorcycle, whether electric or gas powered, drivers do not have to make any particular effort. Apart from getting on their bike and controlling the trajectory of the bike , there is nothing to do.
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Electric bicycle and motorcycle: separate legal requirements
Beyond the differences in operation, motorcycles and e- bikes are also distinct in the eyes of the law.
Indeed, to drive a motorcycle it is essential to follow some mandatory rules:
– First of all, concerning insurance:
Indeed, having insurance is mandatory for an electric motorcycle. For example, motorcycle owners must at least take out third-party insurance or liability insurance. The latter allows drivers to benefit from relevant and constant coverage in the event of accidents or damage caused to others.
– Then concerning the registration and the gray card:
In Europe, it is compulsory to register your motorcycle with the competent authorities. This initiative makes it easier to identify two-wheelers during roadside checks.
– Finally, concerning the driving licence:
Can you ride an electric bike on the road?
Having a driving license is essential for all motorcycle drivers . This document acts as proof of safety both for the driver and for all other road users. Indeed, the latter is only validated if the Highway Code and driving on the road are acquired.
The reason for this document is simple: the power of this machine requires great mastery. Having a driving license can significantly reduce the risk of accidents.
All of these legal requirements for motorcycles , however, do not apply to e-bikes. Indeed, the insurance and the driving license remain completely optional for the owners of electric bicycles.
Finally, regarding essential safety clothing, it should be noted that wearing a helmet is compulsory for motorcycle drivers.
On the other hand, for pedelecs , it should be noted that the requirements for safety clothing are non-existent because the speed is limited to 25km/h.
Electric bike and motorcycle: different speeds
The speed offered by these 2 electric vehicles are very different. Indeed, electric bikes do not have the same power as motorcycles in terms of speed. A regulation also imposes a speed limit when activating pedal assistance. Indeed, the Ebike should automatically stop providing pedaling assistance when the bike reaches 25 km/h.
For their part, motorcycles are not subject to this type of limitation.
Indeed, the latter are authorized to drive at higher speeds within regulatory limits. Thus, motorcycles will be able to easily exceed the 20 KM/h of an e bike. Also, thrill seekers will undoubtedly prefer a motorcycle over an e-bike due to their greater power.
The duration of the journeys
Although they are not restrained like pedelecs , motorcycles are less effective for travel in urban areas!
Indeed, being lighter and less bulky, electric bikes can slip easily between vehicles, which avoids traffic jams!
In addition, it should be noted that pedelecs can circulate more freely than motorcycles , which are only allowed to drive on road.
Cycle paths, sidewalks, paths… the shortest options and routes will be within your reach if you have one of our bikes. So, even if they are much more powerful, motorcycles are not necessarily faster for making your commuter journey every day.
Finally, electric bikes require less space for parking. For example, our foldable ebike models such as the Snow fatbike or the mountain fat ebike are very easy to store.
In fact, they can arch in just a few seconds to fit into a closet or fit under a table. Thus, you will no longer need to spend time attaching your machine to a barrier using a padlock.
So you can take your motorized bicycle with you to the office and save valuable minutes on departure and arrival!
Moreover, you will even be able to take your folding ebike with you on the bus or the metro. This way you can go home without getting wet, for example, if the weather turns bad during the day.
Obviously, it is impossible to enjoy such flexibility with a motorcycle!
Electric bike and motorcycle: completely different maintenance and operating costs
Although they have a motor, electric bikes do not require much maintenance. Moreover, professionals simply advise that owners to plan a review every year. To check the various components of the cycle and also make certain corrections. No emptying will therefore be required and no control of the cooling system. In addition, the number of parts to maintain is much less numerous compared to a motorcycle which has several parts.
In addition, the cost of operation is also significantly reduced on an electric bicycle . Indeed, you will not need to constantly fill up with gas, since by recharging the battery at full level, you will be able to enjoy a range of between 25 to 50 miles.
Investing in an ebike therefore allows you to optimize your expenses over the long term while circulating with ease! In fact, several studies have shown that owners of electric bikes save a lot of money over several years in terms of travel costs. And this even considering the total cost of the overhaul to be expected each year.
The diversity of the electric bike
Another parameter that distinguishes pedelecs from motorcycles is their diversity. Able to be ridden in many places, e-bikes allow their riders to traverse all types of terrain. Forests, uneven terrain, sloping paths, dizzying climbs, etc. the pedaling assistance grants the possibility of borrowing all kinds of routes, even the most difficult. Although the power of a motorcycle will give you a good boost, this force will not be able to take you everywhere!
In addition, pedelec riders can also enjoy a major health benefit. Indeed, they will be obliged to carry out, each time, a gentle physical activity. however, the driver of a motorcycle remains motionless throughout his journey and relies solely on the throttle to move forward. On the other hand, a bicycle driver will have to show more dynamism because pedaling remains a compulsory action to operate and move forward.
Secutronic also has a selection of ebike models that meet different expectations and needs. Electric mountain bikes, electric dirt bikes, electric city bikes, compact pedelecs ,… there is no shortage of models and they all have great qualities.
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From an ecological point of view
Finally, for those who feel responsible for environment protection , ebikes will undoubtedly be the ideal means of transport to be preferred.
Indeed, as it is exclusively electric, these new generation bikes allow you to move around without polluting the atmosphere with C02.
No gas emissions and even less noise pollution are the two benefits of cycling for Nature.
Being completely silent, electrically assisted bicycles therefore offer the advantage of considerably preserving the planet, but not only! Indeed, the neighborhood will no longer be disturbed by the roar of the engine produced by a motorcycle .
Indeed, the electric bicycle consumes 5.5 Wh per kilometer on average against 8 Wh/km for a motorcycle. Thus, electric bikes are much less energy intensive than the majority of other means of transport.
We agree, this calculation may vary widely depending on the vehicle model. However, it is undoubt that the ebike remains a much more ecological solution than a petrol motorcycle .
THE ST-EBMR26 Electric Bicycle That Looks Like A Motorcycle
Very cool but still: not a motorcycle
The future is an extension of what we already know and where we have been. We use the natural comfort of an old-fashioned leather bicycle seat and an old-fashioned riding position to stimulate all of your senses.
ALL IS FOR YOU
Your electric bike reflects your tastes. Those who find inspiration in our modern world but won’t sacrifice old-school sound design.
The vintage feel of our e-bikes is for those with an older soul, and only tradition and memories allow us to understand the world.
This ebike is for those who must have it and for those who have a story behind them.
How much does a electric motorcycle bike cost?
There is a huge range of pricing in the electric bike market. Well-known eBike manufacturers such as SWAGTRON®, Ecotric, NAKTO and Wallke have models ranging from around $499 to well over $2,500. Please check the price on Rad power bikes as well.
A motorcycle such as Harley Davidson may cost US $10,000 to $30,000 .
The motorcycle styled Secutronic ST-EBMR26 vintage Electric Bike featuring a 400W electric motor, a Lithium 48V 11Ah Samsung cell battery, and 4″ fat tires, has a price of US $1,999 only.