my engine from Dax-But I probably won't be able to use it (B.C. laws)...

Discussion in 'Laws, Legislation & Emissions' started by Bigfoot, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. Bigfoot

    Bigfoot Guest

    Local laws (B.C. Canada) say that a motor assisted bicycle must have an ELECTRIC motor.But does this mean that gasoline engines are illegal, or that gasoline assisted electric motors are illegal?

    A motor is not the same as an engine.A motor is electric, no?
    do I see a loophole here, or is it just me?:p

    I don't have any motorized transportation at all.All I wan to do is see some local countryside, but I guess that I'm not allowed to.:cry:

    Do you think I should build it anyways? I don't want to end up like the guy in Arizona.

    Opinions, input,etc.:confused:

  2. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    Well, it takes electricity to make these motors run!
  3. beast775

    beast775 Guest

    bc laws

    well being from bc and riding a motored bike for almost thirteen years on the road ive had no tickets but,i stay invisible,icbc has a statute or act that states-amotored bike can ticketed if on the road wether the motor is running or not!ticket being no insurance no liscence no ownership trick being that its a statute or act?ive spent countless hrs searching and asking questions some say its legal others dont.i cant go into detail here but you can ask me through pm:cool:
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  4. Tell you what I'd do Bigfoot ... My 3rd build soon to come is to steal ideas and 'form' from the 2 50cc. scooters I sold ... what I mean is plastic paneling .... Plexiglas from the Ace hardware type stores is inferior but if you have sheeting suppliers like we have here in Ca. like TAP plastics, you can buy auto grade sheeting to make great side enclosures, louvered stepping panels that you paint from the rear giving a beautiful automotive finish and the ability to turn a bike into a cafe racer styled look that also hides gas tanks and engines ... lose a little power by silencing up the muffler as well and I don't think anyone would notice you. I can't remember who just displayed the electric bike with battery holders from ammo cans, but paneling used wisely could make (and it can be heated and curved as well) could even simulate an electric bike style.
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  5. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    I believe this is the bike Wizard was thinking of
    I one killed my motor without the kill switch by pulling the blue wire. I must have grabbed too close to the connector because I got the shock of my life. Yes our bikes do have some electric.
    Hopefully they (cops) won't bug you too much. Ride safe and folow traffic laws.
  6. Thanks,Scott ya thats the bike ... see how easily these happy times can be side enclosed , as long as cooling air for the engine is considered. Faux battery boxes, and hidden muffler too !
  7. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

  8. heh .. a bit more radical than I was thinking but it DOES get the point across how these bikes can be enclosed ... (how in thunder did he keep air coming in I wonder ?)
  9. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    Was going to say something like keep those doughnuts in your tool bag but I better not.
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  10. Bigfoot

    Bigfoot Guest

    That's a good idea about the donuts!:lol:

    "You didn't see nothin'! "
    *puts donut in cops shirt pocket*

    I'm thinking of just using what I have for now, & eventually maybe trying to get my hands on a Simpson model 08 boardtrack bike or something like that. Maybe I can have it modded to meet moped or limited speed motorcycle specs for dumb Canadian laws?

    that way I could cruise around in peace, not looking over my shoulder constantly:-/
  11. Haggard

    Haggard Guest


    I've considered camouflageing the engine also but the first officer that hears and sees you doing over 50kmh up a hill without pedaling ?? is going to realise you've an engine and is probably not going to enjoy the fact that your trying to"pull one over on him/her.
    IMHO, I think by trying to hide the engine, you're making it look worse than it is.
    In other words, from someone elses view, It must be illegal!! Why else would he be trying to hide it??!!!??
    This is just my opinion mind you.
    I do excactly the opposite I put the engine where you couldn't miss it if you wanted to and have for approx. 2 yrs now.
    , I've been pullled over numurous times and they appreciate the honesty aswell as the workmanship or so I'd like to think!!lol
    I'm in Surrey and have found that If you ride responsibly and aren't making a spectacle of youself, you'll be alright.
    Make it obvious that you're completely aware of your surroundings and that you are riding in a safe and mature fashion.
    Helmet , lights , reflectors , mirrors, hand signals , etc. all these will go along way towards you recieving a little leniency.
    This is just my opinion and this strategy might not work aswell for you as it does for me so do not be overly influenced. see what other fellas are doing to keep on keepin on
    good luck

    where in B.C. are you??

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  12. Bigfoot,
    I say build it anyways. Use your imagination to keep it low key. Ive started a new thread in the white zone called "Busted in BC", I hope to generate ideas and interest about concealing these bikes. Im sure it can be done even tho many think its impossible.
  13. fetor56

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  14. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    If canada laws are that strict, build an electric or buy a moped/scooter; being legal is the way to go. Breakin the law has it's own juju that'll come back atcha, usually hard. Other suggestion is to move south, with us...
  15. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    It's more a question of "challenge"....people don't like to be told what to do...what to think...what to say.
    We all have a bit of the rebel in us and this is just another way of expressing it,legally or illegally.
    Our Oz laws are VERY ambiguous about this engines/bicycle combination so my philosophy is "when in doubt test the cops out" :smile:

    PS...IF i get my first warning from the cops i'll start to rethink my whole approach.
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  16. stude13

    stude13 Active Member

    in the review area at gebe there are stories of riders in b.c.
  17. Instead of getting a ticket, why don't you write a letter to the traffic court? They would know what's legal, and they have an interest in keeping you out of court.