chopper_elec wrote:I'm really curious of the stories of fellow ebikers that may have been picked up and questioned. What was the main
If the person investigating knew what they were talking about, how was it handled from there?
If someone was technically running something with a bit too much power how would it be handled.
I haven't read any stories in Australia about any ebikes being picked up for power levels and there is no way to actually detect the values without a dyno.
I just want to enjoy the same speeds that i'm able to do by cycling which is only 5km or so more. I feel somewhat tempted to settle for a 200-250w specced motor so I know I can just enjoy it without the hassle.
I'm in Melbourne Victoria and I ride a 36 Volt 500 Watt front wheel mounted e-bike every day (unless it's really wet) to work and have for the last 3 years or so. The bike itself is good for 40-45 kmph on the straight so by no means the fastest thing on the bike track but at the same time well above our Nanny State laws.
I stick to the bike tracks mostly and am a very sensible rider, I share your sentiment that I just want to be able to go the same speeds I can if I rode a flashy road bike, for me it's just economics all up my bike probably cost about $1,000 I could have spent this on an average road bike, all the lycra and that instead and while this would be healthier for me I know myself and I'm lazy. I'd probably only actually ride it once a week the rest of the time I'd be reaching for the car keys, with the E-Bike there's no excuse so it's every day, you still do get some exercise too.
I've ridden past the police many times, some days I actually ride directly past the Camberwell police station, once I was going down a side street and a divvy van waited to let me go past so I gave him a wave and everything. I've never been pulled over or questioned at all.
In my travels I've run into quite a few other E-Bikers in the area, most of them were slightly higher powered than 200/250 Watts. This question has always come up and and most people also haven't been questioned. The only one person who had been pulled up (twice actually) that I've run into was doing about 20km's per day on the road in an electric tricycle. Both times the cops were basically just curious that it was actually also a bike (ie:// that the pedals worked, so not just a motorbike). The actual power wasn't tested or called into question (and his was definitely higher than legal), I guess from your police officers point of view it's just too hard to test and not worth the paperwork.
I've actually got a 200 watt model also because I was worried about the legality and I just never ride it, it's too slow... If you do get tempted to settle for the legal model let me know and I'll sell you mine because I'm never using it again... I strongly suggest you don't though.