At last, after a long wait and loads of jumping through hoops we can legally offer full throttle bikes again!
Anyone can apply for the Type Approval certificate by filling in an online application and paying a fee of £55.00. They must then take the bike to a designated MoT centre for testing and approval.
We will offer this service for £199.00 RRP including VAT.
Please note: There may be a wait of up to 8 weeks until we have enough bikes sold with an open throttle to make the trip to Southampton worthwhile.
For those interested in the detail, everything can be found in the 200+ page Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval (MSVA) Inspection Manual Amendment 5 2019. And the new category L1e category 250W LPM
The Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval Scheme applies to: Mopeds Low powered moped (L1e)
· a 2, 3 or 4 wheeled moped with pedals
· with auxiliary propulsion not exceeding 1kW
· with a maximum design speed not exceeding 25km/h (16mph)
· includes sub-category 250W LPM (see definition below)
250W LPM 250 Watt Low Powered Moped.
This is a sub-group of Low Powered Moped that meets the criteria laid down in the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle Regulations 1983 (SI 1983 No. 1168) as amended by SI 2015 No. 24. The requirements are that the vehicle:
· Be fitted with pedals by means of which it is capable of being propelled.
· Be fitted with no motor other than an electric motor, which has a maximum continuous rated power, which does not exceed 250 watts and cannot propel the vehicle when it is travelling at more than 15.5 mph. (Note: the official speed is 25 km/h, MSVA will accept declarations up to and including 16 mph as per low powered mopeds).
These vehicles will be required to meet the standards applied to Low Powered Mopeds except where specified.
To find all the allowances for 250W LPM you will need to trawl through all 200 pages of the above-mentioned document.
There you will find such information as below which applies to stands
Stands January 2019 1/1 1 Application
This examination applies to all 2 wheeled vehicles. Requirements 2b, 2c and 3b do not apply to any vehicle which is designed in such a way that it cannot be propelled by its engine when the stand is extended i.e. an inhibitor (interlock) is fitted.
Requirements 2b, 2c and 4a and 4b do not apply to a 250W LPM with a mass in running order of less than 35 kg
2. Check that the prop stand;
b) is able to swing back automatically into the retracted or travelling position when the vehicle returns to its normal (vertical) position, or
c) is able to swing back automatically into the retracted or travelling position following the first contact with the ground when the vehicle moves forward as a deliberate action of the rider
4. Where required, check an inhibitor is; Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval Manual Stands January 2019, 1/2 1
So……, the above rules DO NOT apply to the new 250W LPM category.
It goes on and on like this!
The DfT have kindly informed us through the BAGB that they have
**”Updated the Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval test to include a sub-category for “Twist and go” electric bikes, which require type approval before sale but which can otherwise be used like other ‘normal’ e-bikes.
Fewer modifications will now be needed for these machines to pass the test and gain type approval. The MSVA test costs £55 per individual vehicle.
It can be then used essentially as a normal bicycle (although the
rider must be aged 14 or over). But if such a bike has a motor which
can be operated without the rider pedalling, it has since Jan 2016
required type approval before sale (in accordance with EU regulation 168/2013) and is known as a Twist & Go (T&G) EAPC.”
FOR MORE DETAIL
** Peter Elland BAGB
All the best, David