A British Columbia company is selling a range of electric scooters based on the premise that a motorcycle licence is not required by the operator.
The little bikes are powered by a 500 W electric motor and can be recharged in four to seven hours, or more quickly with a rapid charger.
E-Ride Langley offers five models, all battery-powered, with 10-inch wheels front and rear drum "regenerative" brakes, and a range of 50 to 60 km.
They come with the usual motorcycle appliances, like mirrors, headlights, and a speedometer — though with a mandated 32 km/h top speed, that won’t be of much use. Some of the models use scooter-like "tangential" front suspension, while two of them use actual forks. Underseat storage is standard.
This kind of bike is called a motor assisted cycle in some provinces, meaning it’s a moped, and such niceties as driver’s licence and insurance may not be required. Best to check local regs before heading out on your world tour, however.
See them at www.eridelangley.ca. There is also a store in Ontario, at Ridgeway, near Niagara Falls and Fort Erie.