Motor Kits

All our trikes can be outfitted with a motor kit -at time of sale or after years of use.  We offer Bosch Active Line Plus (250w) and Bafang (500w) motor kits.  We have demo motor kits on our floor, so you can enjoy a leisurely test ride with a partner or friend!

Motor Basics

Motor kits should be appropriate for the purpose, the trike and the user.  Your motor kit must be

  1. Safe
  2. Reliable 
  3. Enjoyable 
  4. Functional
 
Our motor kit offerings meet both Federal and Oregon legal standards.  State laws can vary, so know your local laws.  Trikes are designed to be powered by people, so the motors we offer are additive, not substitutive.  We don’t install motors so powerful that they replace the rider’s own engine (legs!).  
 
We also don’t install motors so powerful that they put excess strain on trike frames or drivetrains. Often, we’re asked about larger 750 -1000 watt motors.  We answer that we don’t offer them.  While trikes are sturdy and robust, they aren’t designed for forces many times greater than what the strongest rider can produce.  By way of comparison, Tour De France riders produce about 350 watts summiting the 8% grades of the 6939 foot Col du Tourmalet. A 250w motor alone adds almost the power of a pro rider! A 250 or 500 watt motor is enough to get you where you’re going! 
 

Motor kits are very reliable, so you should enjoy years of trouble-free operation. Our motor kits include a two year warranty against defects in workmanship or material. 

Motor kits

  • Are fun
  • Extend your ride -so you can see more
  • Allow you to enjoy cycling with partners faster than you
  • Eliminate the barrier of steep hills
  • Provide assurance that you can throttle home if you become fatigued
 

For those whose cycling is limited -due to stroke, Parkinson’s, Ataxia, ALS, MS, CP or amputation- motor kits can replace lost functionality.   We often pair adaptive accessories with a motor kit -and we’re happy to configure an adaptive pedal-assist e-trike for your test ride.. 

Battery Life

Bosch’s stock battery is 400Wh (with an optional 500Wh).  Bafang’s is 504 Wh.  Both are easily removed from the the trike and can be fully charged in under 8 hours, on or off the trike, with an included 110v charger.  Range is one those “your results may vary” things, but we generally advise that on flat ground, the lowest level of assist should provide 5-7 miles-per-hour of boost for roughly 40 miles.  Obviously, the higher the level of boost, the shorter the range.   

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