With brands such as Harley-Davidson, BMW and Ducati launching e-bikes, maybe it’s time to include e-bikes not only in the official industry sales figures but also on motorcycle dealership showroom floors.
“It is an open secret that the aftermarket updating or fitment of more powerful motors is widespread as a direct result of the inadequacy of the licensing definition rammed through by bicycle interests,” Marcus says.
He believes e-bikes should be allowed up to 400W spec to appeal to more people and stop the “aftermarket black market”.
“The moment they tangle with the definition of an e-bike as motorcycle, there are problems with insurance, registration, ABS, linked brakes, etc that affect motorcycles.”
The growing number of powerful e-bikes will further blur the line between what is a bicycle and what is a powered two-wheeler.
It will also attract a lot more riders who will create a powerful political lobby group.
Wouldn’t we rather have them on our side than the cycling lobby?
Then governments might pay more attention to our needs for parking, rule exemptions, free tolls, etc.