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How to buy the Motrike 320E-Solar trike

May 19, 2023 — BarryK

I posted about the 320E-Solar solar-powered electric recumbent trike here:

I have ordered one, and have received an email asking how I bought it. You will find the contact email at their website:

Also at their Facebook page:

Your enquiry will be answered by "Monica", a very helpful lass. Mention my name "Barry"; I don't get a commission but Monica will be pleased that I am publicizing their bike -- I want to establish a good relationship with the company as likely to be providing feedback to them in the future.

They do sell through retailers in Aliexpress, but not currently the 320E-Solar, as currently no stock. A production run is scheduled for June.  

One thing to be aware of is that it has a 48V 500W Bafang mid-motor, which is not legal in many countries. I'm a retired electronic engineer and I know various ways to make it legal -- in theory anyway. The last resort will be that I replace the motor. I can buy a motor rated at 250W, prices on Aliexpress are reasonable.

So be warned, if you want to be legal in your country.

EDIT 2023-05-22:
I contacted Monica about the motor power problem, and she has agreed to build the trike with a 36V/250W motor and battery. That's great, problem solved.

Electric-assisted bikes have a power limit for an unregistered bike, that varies greatly around the world:

In Australia, NSW allows up to 500W, but all other six States are 250W. Many countries in Europe have the 250W limit, as well as some others, such as Israel, India and Russia.

At least here in Australia, our vast inland is very flat, making touring with only 250W easier.  

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