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Used Electric Bikes -
The Sakura S50 electric bike needs no petrol and is emission
free. Simply plug in to recharge. The Sakura electric bike is quiet and powerful
thanks to its high efficiency brushless hub motor.
The S50 requires no servicing and low running
costs. You can travel around 1000 miles on just £5 of electricity.
No road tax and no congestion charge.
CO2 emissions: Zero
Batteries: 48v sealed lead acid
Top Speed: 30 mph
Range: 20 miles
Charge time: 8 hours (full)
Reviewed by Wookay from Cambridge on 19
I've had one of these
for 5 months, and have done 1700 miles on it, doing a 19km (12 miles)
commute each way. Short version: It's very good and excellent value for
money - I'd heartily recommend it to anyone doing a commute of that
length (if you can charge at work).
I bought it new (but stored for 18months) for GBP 850, with a
certificate of conformity and spent another 90 quid getting it
registered in the UK - which is a bit of a faff).
It has a 48V 20Ah SLA battery. It does 32mph, and nips through
traffic. The 300W charger seems to work well. I have now put noticeable
wear on the battery. It can get quite close to the bottom of the dial on
really cold mornings (it's always fine on the way home after charging
the warm). I suspect I'll need new batteries after about a year/4000
miles. A shorter commute would be less hard on them. A new set are GBP
200. The power control works well and there is almost no need to use
bottom gear. If you slam the anchors on it can shift the selector to 'in
between' and you wonder why you aren't going anywhere for a minute or so
the first time this happens.
The criticisms I have are all fairly minor. The build quality isn't
great and I had to rearrange a few bits of trim and wiring that had been
put together wrong/badly. The rear suspension is rather bouncy over
road-humps (no rebound-damping). The headlight is not great (some of my
commute is properly-dark countryside), and it came adjusted too high. My
rear brake starting sticking after 1600miles and needed greasing. The
full-beam indicator lamp is annoyingly bright. The
ignition/mode/feedback LED is mostly just confusing.
But all said I'm very pleased with it, and at 1.5kWh to recharge (about
20p), running costs are low, even after allowing for insurance (GBP 160
and battery replacements on an annual basis). Spares are available
from the importers.
Reviewed by Brian from West London on 07
What a great machine, gets me from my home
to my office in the west end quicker than i used to do it by bus and
underground, on a normal day I am saving at least 40 minutes on my old
journey time (round trip). I have calculated that i will save the
complete cost of moped within less than 18 months. I travel a total of
15 miles everyday which is well within the range quoted by the supplier.
Reviewed by Simon from London on
10 April 2008
I received my S50 5
days ago. It's AMAZING! It has exceeded my expectations in many ways. I
travel to work (11.9 miles) and back again every day on it. The roads
are mainly flat from mine to the West End of London where I work with
only a couple of hill climbs. I ride it fairly defensively and am as
conservative as I can be on the throttle.
I have managed on a
full battery charge to do the return journey without even touching the
yellow on the battery indicator. Apparently when it hits the yellow I
should place the bike into the lower speed setting to ensure I get an
additional 5 miles out of the journey. By my reckoning I should be able
to get around 30 miles out of a full charge!! Of course, I suppose there
are many factors to consider; I am 10 stone and not constantly on the
breaks or fiercely hitting the throttle. I can also get it up to 40mph
on flat roads which is the greatest bonus as itís advertised as having
atop speed of 30mph. So all is good so far!
Last night I
travelled to work then charged the battery for 3 hours which was enough
to bring the battery back to a full charge. I did my return journey and
arrived at home still with the needle indicating a full battery!!!
Itís very easy to
operate although when I received it I slightly damaged it. I was
stationary and off the bike, holding it upright when I lost my grip. The
bike rolled onto its side. Itís heavier than I expected and it scuffed
the side panel which was protecting the speed changer. This in turn
snapped the mechanism to change from lower speed to higher speed.
However, thanks to the amazing service offered by my supplier, I was
talked through how to temporarily fix the problem over the phone. In
minutes I was riding it again with no problems and itís being fixed
today at no extra charge Ė even though it was my fault. I bought the
bike directly from the importers the Sakura Battery Company
they couldnít be more helpful.
Everyone I have
shown has been amazed at it. It looks just like a regular sporty moped
but without an exhaust. Itís silent so you need to ride it very
defensively and watch out for pedestrians stepping out into the road. No
tax, no congestion charge, no charge for parking and Westminster Council
run a scheme for electric vehicles so I can charge it on their streets
for no cost! I would recommend this bike to anyone. Itís cute, cheap to
buy and to run and I even pull away from lights faster than most small
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