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Old 08-17-09, 09:10 PM
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They won't be street legal in any state unless they meet the safety standards for mopeds and motorcycles and even then, they won't be legal at all in some states, like New York, which has a flat prohibition on riding any e-bike on public streets. The more limited bicycle safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Administration only apply to "power assisted bicycles" (speed under 20MPH and motor under 750W). If your e-bike can go over 20MPH or has a motor over 750W, you have to comply with more stringent federal safety standards set for mopeds and motorcycles by the National Highway Transportation Safety Board. Most states will also require it to be registered and insured and the operator to have a motorcycle license.
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