New 50cycles Newsletter – Demonstrator Scheme Launched, Zero Motorcycles test rides and new Casco Eyewear

Kalkhoff Demonstrator Scheme Launched Kalkhoff DemonstratorsThere are now Kalkhoff electric bikes available for demonstration in around 50 locations across the UK. All models are represented and you can find the nearest bike to you using our clever search facility.
If you’d like to find out where you can go for a test ride in your area, all we need is a postcode and we’ll present a list of the nearest demonstrators. And if you decide to order, your demonstrator will give you a code that saves £5 when you order your bike.

Find your nearest demonstrator now
Already own a Kalkhoff? Then join the Demonstrator Club Kalkhoff Demonstrator RewardsIf you’re already a Kalkhoff electric bike owner, we’d be honoured if you decided to register as a demonstrator.
Every sale made as a result of your demonstration is added to your total (we track this through you unique demonstrator code, which saves the customer £5 when they order) and the higher the total, the bigger the reward you can claim. The picture shows some of the items on offer. Interested? Intrigued? Read more at 50cycles Kalkhoff Availability Pro Connect with crossbarThanks to a recent arrival from Germany, we now have the following models available for immediate delivery:
Pro Connect with crossbar in Small 49cm, Medium 53cm and Large 57cm frame sizes.

This is the latest model with 8-speed Alfine gears, B&M LED lights. Price held at £1795. Tasman CrossbarTasman with Crossbar 49cm, 53cm and 57cm frame sizes

The new 2009 model Tasman is available with a crossbar for the first time. Hydraulic brakes, upgraded wheel locking system, suspension and a stylish finish. £1795 These are our among our most popular models and sizes and will fly out of the door in the coming weeks – as a subscriber you’re the first to hear about this delivery. Zero Motorcycle Test Rides Zero S electric motorcycle launch in LondonWe now have a Zero X electric motorcycle available for test rides here in the UK. It’s an amazing machine, as those who witnessed it take to the race track and demonstration area at Presteigne would agree. Maybe it’s our superior British electricity, but the Zero X seems faster and more thrilling now than when we first raced it over in San Jose. Going from 0 to 60mph in less than 2 seconds, it runs off the most energy-dense Lithium power pack in the world and is built around an incredibly light aviation-grade alloy frame. It’s a world class machine that you can test ride and order through 50cycles now. The Zero X will soon be joined in our showroom by the road-legal Zero S Supermoto bike (pictured left), which debuted for the media in London last week. You can book a test ride for either machine on our website or by calling 0844 800 5979. Casco Eyewear & Helmets

Casco E.motion Black and Gold pedelec cycle helmet
E.motion Black & Gold

Casco’s E.motion helmets are brilliant and sales have been brisk. Specially-designed for Electric Bike riders, they’ve also proved popular with regular cyclists, including the Lee Peyton and Garry McKay who are just about to complete their 15 isle, 300 mile charity challenge Casco also offer a range of eyewear for cyclists. As someone who’s had a bumblebee bounce off my eyeball while tearing along on an electric bike, I know how important it is to keep my precious peepers protected against airborne debris. We’ll be posting more details soon, but here’s a sneak preview of some of the styles we’ll be offering. Prices range from £49.99 to £59.99, including UK delivery of course. If you’d like to hear when these are available to order online, please send an email and we will notify you the moment they appear.

Casco SX-20 Competition
Casco SX-40

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That’s it for now – thank you for reading… The 50cycles Team

Zero Motorcycles Sets World Record This Weekend at 24 Hours of Electricross

Zero Motorcycles Sets World Record This Weekend at 24 Hours of Electricross 1Santa Cruz Company Makes History With All-Electric Vehicle Endurance Race

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ — Zero Motorcycles made history today, after hosting their 24 Hours of Electricross this past weekend. The event was the first international endurance competition for off-road all-electric vehicles and included teams from around the world. Setting several world records including a Guinness World Record, over 50 competitors raced for 24 hours straight, only stopping to change out batteries and riders. In total, more than 4000 miles were completed by the field of 10 teams. The winning team was HotChalks MDV and completed more than a 1000 laps and 500 miles.

“This event proved that electric technology can endure the same level of competition as their gas-powered counterparts, however, the power resources to compete are drastically different. The total cost to power all 10 motorcycles for 24 hours was approximately $100,” said Neal Saiki, inventor and founder, Zero Motorcycles. “From New Mexico to Canada to the UK, teams traveled from across the globe to participate in this record-setting race and to be a part of history.”

“The 24 Hours of Electricross, hosted by Zero Motorcycles, was the perfect event to showcase what electric motorcycle technology can accomplish. Our team worked very hard to win this race and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome,” said Edward Fields and Bryan Stolle, co-captains, Team HotChalks MDV.

Created by company founder, entrepreneur and former NASA engineer Neal Saiki, the 24 Hours of Electricross took place in the heart of the Silicon Valley at the 408MX Motocross Track in San Jose, California. This grueling 24-hour endurance race tested the limits of both the competitor’s skills and their electric vehicles as they battled it out to set a Guinness World Record.

Collaborative efforts between Zero Motorcycles, Blue Ribbon Coalition, California State and Private Parks and numerous industry sponsors have made this seminal event possible.

Event Sponsors: Hi-Ball Energy Drink, Fox Racing Shox, Alpinestars, We All Ride Motorcycle Shop, Scotts Valley RV, Custom Culinary Concepts, Watchwear.com, Acerbis, Bell Helmets, Tiger Balm, Akeena Solar

For post event coverage, please visit http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/electricross/.

We’re also covering on our own site at http://www.50cycles.com/zero

Zero Motorcycles 24hr Electricross endurance race starts in San Jose

Zero Motorcycles 24hr Electricross endurance race starts in San Jose 2
The 50cycles team is out on the track in the bright sunshine and dust of San Jose’s 408mx motocross track. Ten teams are competing right now for the bragging rights of winning the world’s first all-electric 24-hour endurance race. Pictured are Lloyd and Dan from 50cycles, the only team to join the event from outside North America.

We’re posting regular updates from the race at

And here’s the view from the 50cycles.com team’s Zero X as 2009 Zero Motorcycles 24-hour Electricross Endurance Race starts in San Jose, California 4th April 2009. Watch the initial hair-raising laps of the first race of its type in the world. Hear that? No motor noise at all – that’s just the wind and the sound of the chain.

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UK TEAM FLIES OUT FOR WORLD RECORD ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE CHALLENGE 50cycles to Ride Revolutionary Zero X Electric Motorcycle British electric bike specialist 50cycles sends a team to compete in the world’s first 24-hour electric dirt bike endurance race on 2nd April. 50cycles will compete against 10 other teams, all from North America, and World records will be set at San Jose’s 408MX Motocross Track on 4th and 5th April. The 50cycles team (including founding brothers Scott and Tim Snaith plus sales manager and all-round Eco Knievel, Lloyd Clarkson), will also meet the people behind Zero Motorcycles, the Californian manufacturer who built their bike and will run the 24-hour Electricross event. One of the most popular bikes on the grid will be Zero’s own ‘X’ – a 150-pound (68 kilogram), 23 horsepower, 50 foot-pound motocrosser with an advanced lithium battery pack that can deliver up to 2 hours of thrills. The bike itself costs USD$7,450 and additional battery packs, which charge in less than two hours, are just under USD$3,000. 50cycles will be bringing their bike back to the UK for demos and test rides this Spring, see www.50cycles.com/zero for more information.
Granted, the Zero X is a bit more expensive than a regular petrol-powered 250cc but basically requires no servicing, and can be upgraded with new batteries and software as they become available. It’s also virtually silent, which addresses a huge complaint that people often have when it comes to dirt bikes, and it looks like a hell of a fun ride. Customers should use the 50cycles promotion code MSR-UK-0101 when ordering their bike to earn a $50 saving. The first Zero Xs will be shipped to UK customers later this month, with the road legal Zero S street bike due later in Summer Follow the action online at
www.50cycles.com/zero
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Contact:
Scott or Tim Snaith 50cycles@50cycles.com 9 Prince William Road
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 5GU
United Kingdom Tel: 0844 800 5979 / +44 203 355 8850
Mobile: +44 7779 266953
Skype: fiftycycles

Electric Street Scoota launched on 50cycles.com

Electric Street Scoota launched on 50cycles.com 5
We were offered a demonstration of an exciting new electric scooter recently. We have a lot of these approaches and mostly turn them down because for one reason or other they don’t quite fit in with the 50cycles ethos.

So what was so exciting? Well, the new Street Scoota electric motor scooter offers the performance, build quality and looks of electric scooters twice the price or more. The importers tell us that they tested and refined their scooters for a long time before deciding they were ready for launch in the UK. The result is neat little machine that can cover up to 40 miles on a charge, with a top speed of 30mph and simple throttle operation, all for £995*.

Being a fully-fledged motor vehicle (no pedals on this baby), it requires registration plates (which is taken care of for you after purchase) and insurance. But other than that, it’s very, very cheap to run. As little as 0.2p per mile for a very capable electric vehicle. As for road tax, being electric it’s zero-rated and there is of course no congestion charge to pay, should you ever find yourself in the zone. No special licence or training is required for anyone who passed their test before 1 Feb 2001, so there’s little to stop you hopping on and having fun.

We’ll have a Street Scoota available for demonstration at 50cycles Loughborough headquarters shortly.

* plus delivery and registration