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    Electric Scooters legal?

    Apart from the danger of being arrested for beging too cool for school what are the legalities of electric scooters like this?




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    Do I need a licence plate?

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    Location, location, location. Out in the sticks the cops wouldn't bother but just keep it off the highways. The amount of mish mash bikes you get around here tells you the police don't really care.

    Just found this.

    Toyotron is Thailand's only Electric Motorbike Factory which produces road registered vehicles. In Thailand, 500 watts is the legal power output before registration & insurance is required.
    E-Scooter — E-Revolution Co.Ltd

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    In the UK they're not legal on the road as the DVLA doesn't recognise them as road worthy, and they're not legal on the pavement as they're classed as a carriage...

    In Singapore I saw people zipping about on them all over the place on the (nice and level) pavements...

    Would you really want to ride one on Thai roads... you'd have to be suicidal... and good luck finding a pavement flat enough in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    I read there:
    In Thailand, 500 watts is the legal power output before registration & insurance is required.
    500 W = 0.5 kW = 0.7 HP Is it true?

    BTW, anybody tried the electric 3-wheeler sold in Big C? (ca. 30,000 Baht).
    Not so bad for grandmothers for their daily market trip.

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    Just get yourself down south for a couple of days of skateboarding on the beach, armstrong.

    Order some KFC from Grab and get this mid life crisis out of your system.

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    Hey dont ride that thing outside of your muban. You dont even come up to window height on a car when driving one. Just saw one whizzing around my village and it looked super dangerous seeing how small it was even next to a Nissan March..
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    I know a few expats with those toys, cost 14-20k, love it, no license/registration/insurance, never stopped by cops, waved through t-money points, top bragging speed around 18kph, bit faster downhill but 10-12 is fine on Pty roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Would you really want to ride one on Thai roads... you'd have to be suicidal... and good luck finding a pavement flat enough in Thailand.
    I quite do not agree with you. Pavement of the roads and sois are relatively well paved by concrete or asphalt up to the last Thai village, what is not always the case of more developed countries. (Perhaps thanks to easy willing local officials who benefit from that investment somehow).

    And I see many scooters of the same construction with small wheels but with benzine engines driving around the cities by young people to schools.

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    Had something similar in Mandalay:

    It was great for zipping around town and no licence was needed, now in Myanmar is licence for most bikes is just a suggestion, so I would recommend finding out for sure what the laws are in Thailand. I'd want something with a little more height than the one you posted from a safety point of view.

    You mention midlife crises, Cy! Spent some this morning mulling quitting and leaving to to find myself in India with a girl I have never met in person haha

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    I doubt Dill would even fit on one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    I doubt Dill would even fit on one.
    Get over to the workout thread and get your belly out for the lads

    I saw a guy on a stand up leccy scooter weaving through traffic with mocys on Sukhumvit road. Looks super dangerous to me. Just buy a second hand scoopy.

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    Years ago for some time I was driving daily this electric scooter (the head borrowed from a famous hockey player) within a range 10 - 20 km daily. Very convenient handling with charging not even necessary every day. Simple cheap 3 pcs battery, could even place one more pack in parallel for a double range.

    Even if the battery will be replaced within 2 years, that's not so big deal. Comparison with the usual care at the classic bike - oil, chain, dirty carburetor, starting, etc.

    Just be careful when touching first time the "gas" handle: Surprisingly it runs away under your ass - such powerful torque moment of the DC series motor...


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    In the past couple of months in our Isan town I have spotted maybe a dozen electric scooters and tricycles. Nothing too fancy but all new and shiny, various brands. A year ago I saw none. The trikes seem particularly popular with the elderly going to market. I'd say not suitable for the highway, ideal for getting about town.
    I certainly have not seen a registration plate on any of them. Although that doesn't answer the OP's question as to whether or not they are street legal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    I read there:


    500 W = 0.5 kW = 0.7 HP Is it true?

    Actually 0.67 hp.

    0.7 hp is 522 watts

    If Thai Bill wants to be pedantic.

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    ^Of course I know that 1 HP = 0.75 kW.
    My query was whether those motors are really of such low HP (0.66666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666 66666666666666666666667 HP)

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    ^ The smaller kids scooter looking ones might be. The large faux motorbike one will be bigger.

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    It's Thailand, so no doubt it's complicated. They're everywhere in suburban Manila- and few seemed to have number plates.

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    Armstrong...

    Check out Edison Electric. It's on Rama 9 near Srinakarin...

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    ^ Seems they claim 120 kph so would need around 11hp or 8200 watts. The amount of energy produce by ICE to get drags numbers is independent of energy consumed in petrol. Ie.11hp on a dyno.

    If it only has a 500W motor you may get 30 mph or 48 kph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    If it only has a 500W motor you may get 30 mph or 48 kph.
    30 kph for me, as I'm a fat fuck, Armstrong would probably get 55 kph.

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    As cyrille has quite rightly pointed out, I've fallen into a midlife crisis and moved on from that little electric toy.

    Instead, I've found one of these for 45k. I don't need it to go fast because I'll only use it around Bearing, and apparently it can't be registered so I'm guessing I'll get fined if stopped on the road, but really, the chances of that are slim. But I want one. A lot.







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    These are the specs. Can anyone more intelligent explain these to me?
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    Being over 500w makes it even more illegal, I believe.

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    Armstrong, i thought you were sizing up a Honda Steed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Armstrong, i thought you were sizing up a Honda Steed?

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