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Old 04-30-2010, 12:32 AM
Catfisher Catfisher is offline
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Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Heart of Illinois
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Default Re: Important Choices - Please Give Me Your Opinion

Actually, up until this January 1st only electric assisted bikes up to 750 watts were allowed - no gas motors. And you did have to have a valid drivers license. Starting this year they added gas engines with a supposed limit of 20 mph with a 170 lb rider. Equally important - for me - they dropped the requirement of a valid license. Now it's just 16 & older.

I stated in an earlier post that Illinois law restricts the bike to 1 HP or less, the equivalent of the 750 watt electric motor. Most guys have only heard about the limit of 20 mph on level ground with a 170 lb rider. So here is the amended paragraph of the new law; it's too lengthy to print it all.

(625 ILCS 5/1-140.15 new)
Sec. 1-140.15. Low-speed gas bicycle. A 2 or 3-wheeled
device with fully operable pedals and a gasoline motor of less
than one horsepower, whose maximum speed on a paved level
surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an
operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 miles per hour.

Of course, no gas engines are really rated at <1 HP, so I want to be careful and unobtrusive. If they hadn't dropped the drivers license requirement I would be unable to build a bike because I got the DUI. At least the state did something good for me, haha.
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