Grantmac wrote: ↑
Dec 26 2018 1:23am
Where I am in Canada the Sur-Ron is treated the same as a scooter. So insurance is required and then you can't touch a bike lane/path. If I'm going to deal with that nonsense I'll just take a motorcycle (which I don't).
The motorcyclists who built all the trails locally are slowly being banned from them as the city expands (not where I am yet) while traffic in town is a gridlock. That's where a powerful ebike works great and the Sur-Ron is as useless as a motorcycle but without any of the power.
I'm glad you enjoy it, but I don't think you have enough perspective to call it a motorcycle substitute.
P.S. like ever other bike, the Alta is rated at the crank.
That seems to be the same deal in most places in USA. The Sur-Ron requires insurance and you shouldn't be using it in the bike lanes.
However, nobody follows that rule and they use the Sur-Ron illegally because nobody really makes a big deal about it because its not gas powered, loud, and large.
This is where the Sur-Run shines is that although it is pushing the limits in size, no pedals, and noise, for an ebike, it is still passable in most places to not cause too much trouble. This means you should be able to use the Sur-Ron on those bike trails without issue, although it may be illegal.
The next step up in an electric bike above a Sur-Ron would probably be the Alta. But that looks way too big and like a dirt bike. You would have lots of issues running this on the bike trails, but the Sur-Ron will be passable.
Now if you are in a rural area where most people run 250cc dirt bikes, then it would make sense to go with something larger. That is what Rix did. I actually always wondered why Rix ran ebikes in the desert, but he eventually moved to an Alta because it made more sense as I guess he wanted to stick with electric.
I don't know trials bike well enough to know if you can ride them in the bike lanes without causing trouble. I didn't know they were so quiet and small for a gas powered bike.
The picture is of an Alta electric bike.