2021 - Volume #45, Issue #5, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Electric Off-Road Bike Geared To Farm, Ranch Use
Ryan Barber of Biktrix says the electric bikes are solidly built and would fit in well on a farm or ranch. The bikes are rugged enough to go off-road but with a smooth ride for touring the countryside.
“They’re pedal-assist bikes, so you can pedal them like a traditional bike,” he says. “They will be heavier than a traditional bike, ranging from 50 lbs. to as much as 80.”
The batteries have a lot of power and last a long time. Barber says some of their customers are farmers who ride an electric bike while checking fencelines on their operations.
“In Canada, we’re only allowed to ship engines tuned to 500 watts,” Barber says, “even though they’re capable of 750 to 1,000. Once it’s on their property, farmers can unlock them up to their top performance.”
The top speed the bikes go is 19 mph. They do go faster than that, but they stop helping assist the rider when you go past that mark unless it’s been unlocked by the owner.
He says farmers love their bikes because “they’re quiet, they don’t scare the livestock, and they don’t go deaf listening to a loud engine.”
The bikes typically take between 4 to 6 hrs. to get to a full charge. Biktrix even has models that will fold up and fit in small storage places, including trunks, if you want to take them on a trip.
Farmers who’ve been in the business a long time are finding these units especially useful. “Anyone who doesn’t walk as well as they used to, had a hip or knee replaced, will find that step-through option makes it much easier to ride one of our bikes,” he said.
Bikes range in price from around $2,500 to $4,000 U.S.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ryan Barber, Biktrix, 640 Broadway Ave. #1A, Saskatoon, SK, Canada (ph 866-BIKTRIX (245-8743); www.biktrix.com).
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