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Orders are via internet only, at www.yikebike.com. “Considering the size and weight of the YikeBike, it is sent by post. Delivery will be made between three and four months after the order”, says Grant Ryan, the inventor. Once you receive your YikeBike, the Office fédéral des routes (OFROU) stipulates that you should request authorisation from the highway authorities of your canton to be able to use it on the road as the manufacturer has not, as yet, applied for the necessary national authorisations. You will need to have a driving licence for light motorcycles (with a power output of up to 4kW and a maximum speed of up to 45kph). Any takers?

THE LOW DOWN AT A GLANCE Total weight: Approximately 10kg. Electric motor power: 1.2 kW. Maximum speed: 25 km/h. Range: 10 km. Recharge time: 40 minutes to full charge, 20 minutes to recharge to 80%. Battery life: 1000 recharges. Price: Around €3500, including taxes and shipping charges.

The YikeBike has brake lights, indicators and LED headlamps.

of it: “Easy to ride...surprisingly stable”. Surprising indeed. First impressions can be deceptive... The handlebars look like they’ve been put on backwards. They’re just underneath the saddle and go behind your back and then stick out on each side just at hand height and house the controls for the brake lights, indicators, LED headlamps and the brakes themselves. According to the people who have tested the bike, the 30cm wide front wheel provides sufficient stability. As for the unconventional upright position used on the YikeBike, you apparently get used to it after a few tries. Much attention has been paid to safety and the anti-skid electronic braking system means the braking distance is shorter than on a traditional bicycle. WATCH OUT FOR MANHOLES! Compared to a traditional bicycle, the 1.2kw motor with the latest Lithium/Phosphate battery means pedalling is not necessary, so there’s just a footrest. Gone are the days when you arrived at work all sweaty. And you’ll no longer get grease stains on your trousers. Watch out for manhole covers though, as the back wheel can get stuck in them. The other sticking point is the size of the rider. The bike can take a weight of up to 100kg, and riders should be between 163cm and 193cm tall. What’s more, you’ll need a well-endowed wallet, as this little gem costs €2635 plus shipping and customs charges which will be around €865! Nearly €3500 to be one of the privileged few lucky enough to be able to ride astride this eco-chic machine. “In the future, we hope to be able to offer a cheaper model although it will be slightly heavier”, says the New Zealand-based company. In a while though, the wheel will certainly turn, the price will decrease and the image will go from exclusive chic to run of the mill.

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Taking less than 15 seconds to fold up, the YikeBike fits into a bag just 15cm wide, 60cm long and 60cm high.

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HOW TO GET A YIKEBIKE?

N° 32 – Autumn 2010  

30 ° degrees, the Swiss magazine of sports and recreation, 10 years of reporting, news, interviews, in 3 languages ​​F / D / E, also avaliab...

N° 32 – Autumn 2010  

30 ° degrees, the Swiss magazine of sports and recreation, 10 years of reporting, news, interviews, in 3 languages ​​F / D / E, also avaliab...

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