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Electric Hunting Bike

Just test drove one of the slickest bikes to hit the market. Front wheel drive electric that can be pedaled like a normal bike. I am wondering when they do shut the roads down in the grasslands if this wouldn't work to get where you wanted to set up camp. A buddy of mine took it through a harvested bean field to get to his stand and back last night and it worked great.

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Pretty slick looking bike, get a solar charger and you are set for days in the badlands.
Price?

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Uhh, I suspect that since this thing has an electric motor this is a "motorized" bike, it would not be legal to drive off trail in the badlands with one. 

Saw this referenced on a map of the Sheyenne National Grasslands.

http://cfr.vlex.com/vid/261-13-motor-vehicle-use-19770658

On the flip side, some of my in-laws have had street versions of these electric bikes for a few years and from what I can tell they really like them.

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I was thinking about the closed roads, just to get to the campsite on those roads. I know it is "motorized", it probably wouldn't be allowed on the Ma Ha Dey trail either. The website for it is www.channelcatoutdoors.com  They are assembled in Grand Forks. They are spendy- $997.00 complete or $697.00 for the electric add-on to your mountain bike.

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That thing is awesome!! Would save me alot of miles walking. Just did a little research and I think this law says its considered a bike and not a motorized vehical.

http://www.x-tremescooters.com/techdocs/adobe/e-bicycle-fed-regulation.pdf

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The specs on their web site fall in line with the Fed. law that says its a bike. I'm ordering. Just gonna take a copy of that law with me just in case.

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Id rather see it 'trike' style with a shooting rest on the handlebars... Would work great for stalking prairie goats in pea fields!

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Lycanthrope Said:
Id rather see it 'trike' style with a shooting rest on the handlebars... Would work great for stalking prairie goats in pea fields!

with a big cow decoy strapped to all 4 sides!!! that would be a critter getter for sure

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How long does the battery last?


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Off Road low speed electric bicycle road hunting, who would have thunk it. Shorts is going to have a coronary over this one.

It's not that bad.

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How long does the battery last?

running at 15-20mph it is suppose to get about 20 miles. It's a 36 volt lithium-ion battery

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8x8,  Interesting read you had there.  I note it is directed at limiting state regulations of these though.  That particular passage doesn't seem to define motorized vehicles under federal laws.

I think I would call the Forest Service and try to get a clarification from them before I dropped $900 on this.  It would really suck to be wrong and end up spending a fortune on lawyers only to eventually be found guilty and have a steep fine heeped on top of an already expensive adventure.

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I don't plan on using this on restricted land anyway, just running down field edges and some prarie trails that i need to get navigate quietly on the way out to my stands.

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Test rode the bike last night and its no joke. Good power for a electiric motor and nothing is gonna hear you coming.  No more sweating hauling my backpack and at 16-17mph on my way out of the stand I should be able to keep the skeeters off my back.

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I've used a regular bicycle to get to my stand before. Just down a prairie trail that I normally would have walked but saved some time and energy.

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bowhunter_24 Said:
I've used a regular bicycle to get to my stand before. Just down a prairie trail that I normally would have walked but saved some time and energy.

Umkay... Do you want a cookie? Maybe a fig-newton?

Big J

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bullheadmaster Said:

bowhunter_24 Said:
I've used a regular bicycle to get to my stand before. Just down a prairie trail that I normally would have walked but saved some time and energy.

Umkay... Do you want a cookie? Maybe a fig-newton?

Big J

How about a York peppermint patty? 

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Captain Ahab Said:

bullheadmaster Said:

bowhunter_24 Said:
I've used a regular bicycle to get to my stand before. Just down a prairie trail that I normally would have walked but saved some time and energy.

Umkay... Do you want a cookie? Maybe a fig-newton?

Big J

How about a York peppermint patty? 

a fig newton would be good. I don't think I have personally ever bought them. Back in highschool I would eat them but haven't had one for a long time.
I am not sure I have ever eaten a York peppermint patty.

so to answer your questions: YES, I would love a fig newtown and a York peppermint patty.

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I guess utilizing technology up to the limit of the law is lawful...but probably not for long.


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8x8 Said:
I don't plan on using this on restricted land anyway, just running down field edges and some prarie trails that i need to get navigate quietly on the way out to my stands.

Ive been wondering for a couple days if it is legal to drive off trail during bow season?

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If I can use one in place of a horse out west, I will write the check yesterday.  I am curious to find out the verdict on this. 

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I am not sure I have ever eaten a York peppermint patty.

  They are very refreshing!

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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Has anyone found or has any idea where to look to see if it can go on some of these restricted areas.

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I suggest you check with the US Forest Service directly in there Dickinson/Bismarck offices to get it straight from their mouth, and with NDG&F for state managed lands. Although they are considered a "bicycle", I bet that is regarding motor vehicle registration purposes. They would still be illegal on paved trails made for non-motorized vehicles (I was just at a meeting this morning and the Federal Highway Administration rep clarified that one..."motorized" wheelchairs are allowed on non-motorized trails for people that need mobility assistance under new US Dept of Justice rulings)...

I can just hear it...."I would have had a buck if my battery wouldn't have gone dead while bow hunting"...why not just get a good mt bike? ...they work for me without a motor.

And a mt. bike and the electric mt. bike are both not allowed in wilderness areas (which in NoDak only exist in the National Park)

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I e-mailed the Forest Service this afternoon for a clarification. I was told by a friend that the motor would have to be 1/2 hp. or bigger to be classified as "motorized", this thing is around a 1/3hp.

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I am just excited about the fact that this is the first thing I've ever bought for hunting that serves more than one purpose.Can ride it to work and my wife likes it because she thinks I'm gonna go for bike rides with her.

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Post a pic, I might go for a ride with her, if you are too lazy...

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This would be a great tool to maximize the number of sets a person could do for calling coyotes.  At least it would be great to use beforethe snow hits.  You could cut off a ton of time off of those long walks away from the vehicle so you don't spook the dogs.

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Here's another one for you 8X8.   You could chain it up or put on studded tires for winter!  Use it icefishing!    Has about 27 or 30 gears on it. 
No motor except the nerdy one sitting in the seat, but you might be able to add an electric.  Work up too much of a sweat getting out there and the deer might smell you - or you might smell like a sweaty deer! 

http://www.lightfootcycles.com/handcrankatc.php

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That thing is pretty slick Bobkat. I wonder how much effort it takes with the 4 wheels on the ground instead of 2. The width of it would be the only thing that limits it some I go in through some pretty tight cattle trails on some areas.

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Yes, the width would kill it quick!  There's a video on U Tube or somwhere showing this thing climbing some pretty steep stuff and crawling over some pretty good logs and even fording a stream, though any deeper and the gyy would have got his butt wet!. 
It might be practical for areas with a lot of old logging roads (like where I used to live in BC) but for single track trails in the Badlands it wouldn't be any good, IMO.  You couldn't go through tight places, sidehill without rolling it  or go anywhere that a regular pickup couldn't go.   
  Heck, if you are restricted to two lane trails, you'd find it a lot easier peddling a regular  bike and cutting in your electric motor for the hills and the way back when you are beat.  
Even to try ride that thing along a regular paved road would make the rumble strips intolerable for you.  One side of it  would rumble and vibrate and rattle your teeth and eyeballs out, and you'd be too wide to avoid them.  
Nope, your 2 wheeler looks best. I rode one of those in Wisconsin on a gravel road. Big question is how long the battery works, despite their claims.   Let us know how it works out. 

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Electric bikes are fabulous for off road riding.  I have an electric bike business in Oregon and we have sold several bikes to hunters and even lightweight folders for fisherman.  There are certain bikes that definitely will perform better than others off road.  Look for a higher voltage motor (36-48 volts) and a wide profile tire.  

The Ultra Motor A2B Metro is my favorite for off roading and we have several hunter friends that would say the same.  Check it out at http://www.electricpeddler.com  

Best to all of you.  Be safe and have fun.  

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Actually, if an electric travels less than 25 miles per hour on it's own power it is considered a bicycle.  This is federal law and all states I have researched follow the same guidelines.  It is legal off road.  

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I know the guys who manufacture the bikes, I actually store my motorcycle in the same shop all winter .  I have rode them a handful of different times and they work really slick.  You can easily get up to 20 MPH with them by just pushing a button.  If you pedal along with it you can easily get close to 30 MPH.  Great for going up hills too and the batteries last a long time.  There are two different batteries, but the lithium ion is the best.  There are also different size motors, and I have seen them put on almost every style bike, trike, etc.  The assembly is really minimal, you can just order the correct rim size to fit your bike, and the battery and wiring is sent with.  The company's name is Clean Republic LLC, check them out.  They also have an office out in Seattle.

That's my two cents.....

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fish-head Said:
Just test drove one of the slickest bikes to hit the market. Front wheel drive electric that can be pedaled like a normal bike. I am wondering when they do shut the roads down in the grasslands if this wouldn't work to get where you wanted to set up camp. A buddy of mine took it through a harvested bean field to get to his stand and back last night and it worked great.

Did this company go out of business?  I was going to check them out recently and there web site didn't work.

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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I will know early next week, the company is doing a little re-organizing.

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fish-head Said:
I will know early next week, the company is doing a little re-organizing.

You figure this out yet.  Could you ask them if they have any bikes for sale?

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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Captain Ahab Said:

fish-head Said:
I will know early next week, the company is doing a little re-organizing.

You figure this out yet.  Could you ask them if they have any bikes for sale?

I know huffy seels bikes, and you could prolly buy some camo spray paint. just a thought, don't be so lazy haha


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Captain Ahab Said:

fish-head Said:
I will know early next week, the company is doing a little re-organizing.

You figure this out yet.  Could you ask them if they have any bikes for sale?

I know huffy seels bikes, and you could prolly buy some camo spray paint. just a thought, don't be so lazy haha

Swanny, just get in shape enough to give me piggy back rides over butte trails come this fall.  It would save me a bundle and you would get beer.

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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I can just see it now "Swanny's Guide Service. Patience grasshoppa , we're in stealth mode"

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Have we as hunters really gotten this lazy? 


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yes

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Captain Ahab Said:

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Captain Ahab Said:

fish-head Said:
I will know early next week, the company is doing a little re-organizing.

You figure this out yet.  Could you ask them if they have any bikes for sale?

I know huffy seels bikes, and you could prolly buy some camo spray paint. just a thought, don't be so lazy haha

Swanny, just get in shape enough to give me piggy back rides over butte trails come this fall.  It would save me a bundle and you would get beer.

well this fall is coming way to wuick to cut this, plus I have been stockin up for winter atleast thats what I tell the lady


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Believe the Grasslands/Wilderness restrictions reads: motorized or mechanical. I'd do some checking on this one before spending too many $'s and getting disappointed and/or fined.