Mantis Mopeds, based in Alberton Gauteng, has added a 49cc unleaded petrol 2-stroke engine to traditional bicycle.
MOTORISED BICYCLE: It's a 49cc engine, reaches 50km/h and uses only two litres of fuel/100km. Is that good or not? Image: SUPPLIED
Before you start investigating whether or not two-strokes engines are legal in South Africa the owner of Mantis Mopeds, Luke Pieterse, said "anything under 50cc is legal and because the 66cc is a bicycle with pedals it is legal."
The bikes can be branded for promotions, events, advertising campaigns, marketing and used for deliveries. In rural communities they would be inexpensive transport or carry water.
Pieterse said:“The aim is to address the need for alternative cheaper transportation due to rising fuel costs and the general increased cost of living. The bikes also provide a viable option for rural use, especially in helping children get to school."
The 49cc use two litres of fuel/100km and the overall weight is 11.5kg. The bike can reach a top speed 50km/h and it has a two-litre fuel tank.
The benefit of the bike, other than the cost-saving, is that no licence or registration is required and a normal open cycling helmet can be used for protection.
Companies can buy bikes in quantities for upliftment projects, schools or communities as part of a BEE or CSI project. There is an alternative with a 66cc engine with a fuel consumption of 2,5 litres/100km and a top speed of 65km/h. Retail price: 49cc - R3800, 66cc - R4200.
Contact Owner: Luke Pieterse
076 5353 777
Alternative Number - 076 439 4447