This electric bicycle can go up to forty miles per hour

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 5:11 PM

I've never been the type of guy to ride a motorcycle. I'm more of the play-it-safe type.

This electric bicycle can go up to forty miles per hour

I've never been the type of guy to ride a motorcycle. I'm more of the play-it-safe type. Plus, I don't own a black leather jacket.

Now, I'm shedding my good-boy image for an electric bike called Bolt.

It looks, feels and acts love a motorcycle with one large difference: It'south not.

The Bolt has pedals and can limit its speed to twenty miles per hour, so most states consider it an "electric bicycle."

That means you don't necessity a license, registration or insurance, plus you don't necessity to fill it up with any gas.

The bike costs $5.500 -- shipping and handling will set you back another few hundred dollars.

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Since it'south an e-bike, you can ride it in the bike lane, and you don't necessity to look -- or pay -- for a parking spot.

"I park mine anywhere I park a bicycle," Josh Rasmussen, Bolt Motorbikes CEO, tells me. "Following to a standard sign, I keep a U-lock around it. Plus this has GPS. So if your bike is even moved, you obtain a notification right to your cellphone."

There'south number keyhole on the Bolt. You power it up with an app on your smartphone or a code on the bike'south dashboard.

"Keys are so two thousand fifteen," Rasmussen says.

And when you're exterior the city, you can switch the bike from economy mode to sport mode and crank up the speed to forty mph. The battery lasts around thirty miles in hilly San Francisco, where the company is based, but they estimate it can go further in flatter places.

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Charging the bike on the go is a bit of a challenge. Even though it uses a standard plug, there aren't many bike racks with outlets following to them. So you can draw out the batteries from the bike and charge them inside, but that requires a separate $250 adapter.

Bolt is available online, but you probably won't be able to obtain your hands on one anytime soon. Demand for these seemingly niche bikes is so high that they're already sold out for the year.

Riding the Bolt gave me a taste of life on the edge. And it made the environmentalist in me perceive beautiful excellent about driving an electric vehicle.

With gas prices so low though, the incentive to purchase non-gas guzzlers has taken a back seat ... for now.

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