Friday, October 23, 2015

2015 Model Year Haibike Ebike Sale On Now!

With over 40 models coming to the US in 2016, all of our 2015 Haibike units are on sale. Save 20-30% off standard retail and know that the 2015 and 2016 models are nearly identical in terms of BOSCH motor systems. Save thousands in the mean time.

Haibike 29er RX MTB for just $3300.
Haibike AMT Pro for just $6500!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Join Us On Our Next E-bike Meet-up Ride!

If you haven't yet checked in to our e-bike meet-up page and you like to ride e-bike with others around California, we invite you to join us.

Our San Francisco Bay Area Meet-up rides are set once or twice per month and we ride in groups as little as two and as much as 20. We ride on road and off-road, easy and hard, short and far.

We ride in groups and meet other e-bike riders just like you. Some are experimenting with borrowed or rented bikes. Others have bought bikes from e-bike stores like ours and like the company of others. On the ride we tend to do a lot of sharing of ideas, experiences with the e-bikes, and we also act as promoters in the field, talking to the public and other normal bike riders about how great e-bikes are.

Here's some recent footage of a ride around Tahoe Rim Trail and Flume Trail aboard Mountain Bikes

Here's some video:

Friday, October 16, 2015

YAMAHA Ebike Systems - What you Can Expect

On the heels of the popular BOSCH ebike system, YAMAHA is making their debut in the United States on the HAIBIKE ebike platform and brand and MOTOSTRANO is representing this package to riders in the California region. 
We've ridden the system. We like the system. It's main benefit, besides the promise of being extremely reliable and nearly as powerful as the BOSCH set-up is the reduced price. Where the standard price of a BOSCH system started at $4,000, the starting price for a YAMAHA equipped Haibike now pops in at $2500 for a basic hybrid or mountain bike. That's a lot of savings and you're still riding on 2 great brands: Yamaha and Haibike. 
About it. The Yamaha employs a mid-drive system like the BOSCH. There are two main advantages in center mount type units. First, the gears originally equipped to the bicycle can be utilized as a part of e-Bike systems, allowing for optimal motor performance. Second is weight distribution. Centralization of mass leads to a natural weight balance while riding and while stopped, retaining the superior weight distribution of a bicycle.
Yamaha says they have succeeded in developing one of the world's smallest and lightest drive units. This involves the direct transmission of the motor power to the crankshaft, providing for a minimal exterior design.
The high-power motor has ample amounts of low-down torque, making electrical assist on hills and gravel roads – under the hardest of conditions - extremely powerful.

The triple sensor system

The triple sensor system
A triple sensor system is used to check what power needs to be delivered and when. The "triple sensor" system is what holds the product concept of "smooth and powerful" in place. The three sensors are the: 1. a torque sensor that detects pedaling power, 2. a speed sensor that detects the bicycle's speed, and 3. a crank sensor that detects the number of rotations through pedaling. By equipping the three sensors to the unit, the rider is supported by continuous assistance under every riding condition. The constant assist is what allows the "smooth and powerful" concept to come alive during the ride. The torque sensor has great response, resulting in an optimal assist timing through fine-tuning the motor control.

Design and Ergonomics

There are two types of main display systems available. The LED 3-way digital display main switch and the LCD multi function Drive Controller.
The LCD multi function Drive Controller is designed for and has the specs to satisfy all forms of riding.
The newly adopted vertical display makes information such as remaining assist distance highly visible. Attachment is also ergonomically designed, with the display on the center of the handle bars and switches adjacent to the hands. The display can be controlled without taking your hands off the handle bars, resulting in a safer rode, and smoother control of the switch.

Easy to use in any scene

One of the design philosophies of the PWseries, in addition to the "smooth and powerful" concept, is "ease of use". This is reflected on the design of the main switch. The LCD multi function Drive Controller is equipped with the following functions.

By pressing the "Pushing assist switch", an appropriate level of assist for walking is available.
The display can be removed to prevent theft.For sport-riding oriented riders that monitor their cadence while riding, a cadence meter is available. The unit is designed to provide satisfaction to riders of all types, including those with a strong inclination towards "riding quality".

Selecting the Assist Modes

ModeAssistance pofile
HighProvides a constant and powerful assistance. Perfect for riding uphill.
STDSatisfies both power and cruising range. Recommended for daily use.
ECOSaves energy for an extended cruising range. Best used when cruising on a flat road.
+ECORange of +Eco mode will be approximately 30% longer than Eco mode.
OFF*Allows you to ride without power assist while switch functions remain enabled.
* The OFF mode is available only on the LCD display
Four assist modes (or five, including 0 assist) are available so that the optimum assist level can be selected according to use. The Assist Mode can be selected with ease by using the switch.

Select where you load your battery pack from 2 locations

The battery pack employs a large capacity cell (highest spec available) compared to prior models. Being a lithium-ion battery, it lasts long, and over-charging does not detract from the battery's recharging functions.
The battery pack can also be attached to the following places – on the down tube, or on the rear carrier. The battery pack can be recharged without being removed from the bicycle when placed on the down tube or rear carrier.
With these two variations, bicycle manufacturers have increased freedom of design, allowing more models to equip the assist system. The PWseries is designed to cater to a variety of bicycle types, from commuters, road bikes, mountain bikes, and small-wheeled bicycles.

MODEL YEAR 2016Battery Charger

High Speed Charger
  • Only for down tube and rear carrier battery pack
  • Input voltage: 220-240V
  • Frequency: 50/60Hz
  • 2016 model has 46% smaller volume than 2015 model.
Mode2015 Model2016 Model
High Speed Charger
High Speed Charger

Safety Information

This battery charger can be used by children aged from 8 years and above and persons with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities or lack of experience and knowledge if they have been given supervision or instruction concerning use of the battery charger in a safe way and understand the hazards involved.
Children shall not play with the battery charger.
Cleaning and user maintenance shall not be made by children without supervision.
If the power cable is damaged, stop using the battery charger and have it inspected at an authorized dealer.

Localization for the European Market

The PWseries is a new system that was developed for a perfect European market fit. With a strong focus on the "organic" bicycling feel, the end product is a natural ride for sport-riding bicycle enthusiasts and every-day riders alike.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

E-MTB RESOURCES: Drop Box Folder For Documents and Brochures

For the avid e-bike rider, we've accumulated a number of the most recent documents pertaining to e-bikes and off-road use, speed issues and licensing.

You'll find our collection of documents at this DROPBOX Folder:

We have had little but positive experiences on the off-road trails we've ridden on, but we've spoken to many customers who have experienced negative comments or have had conversations with rangers and land managers asking them to ride off the trails.

As always, we advise you speak with any one you talk to with extreme courtesy and politeness. As an e-bike rider on a trail or off, you represent all other e-bike riders when you are on the bike.

People For Bikes


October 07, 2015
Alex Logemann, state + local policy analyst + Morgan Lommele, e-bikes campaigns manager
On October 7, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1096, legislation that clarifies the regulation of electric bicycles (e-bikes) in California. This new law is the result of a coordinated campaign between PeopleForBikes, the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA), and the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) to refine how and where cyclists can ride electric bicycles. A.B. 1096 will encourage the safe use of e-bikes by providing clear rules with respect to how they must be equipped and operated. The bill passed the Legislature with unanimous support in both chambers and takes effect on January 1, 2016.
Aside from modernizing e-bike law, A.B. 1096 fills in many of the gaps left by existing federal law and California state law with respect to electric bicycles. Most importantly, e-bikes will no longer be regulated like mopeds and the same rules of the road will apply to both e-bikes and human-powered bicycles. E-bikes will not be subject to the registration, licensing, or insurance requirements that apply to motor vehicles.  
The bill designates three classes of e-bikes, and distinguishes lower speed electric bicycles that reach motor-assisted speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, from higher "speed pedelecs" which have motors that provide assistance up to 28 miles per hour. This class system allows the use of lower-speed e-bikes on bicycle paths, and also provides local municipalities the flexibility to regulate different types of e-bikes based on their local needs. The bill can serve as a model for progressive e-bike legislation in the rest of the country.  
While e-bikes have been extremely popular in Europe for some time, their use in the U.S. is just beginning to proliferate. Clarifying the confusing array of state laws that govern the use of e-bikes is an important step in making it easier for consumers to understand how and where they can be ridden. 
With an e-bike, bicyclists can ride more often, farther, and for more trips. Electric bicycles are designed to be as safe as traditional bicycles, do not compromise consumer safety, and benefit new bicyclists who may be discouraged from riding a traditional bicycle due to limited physical fitness, age, disability or convenience.
PeopleForBikes is grateful to Assemblymember David Chiu for sponsoring this legislation and his staff for successfully shepherding it through the legislature, as well as all of the stakeholders who came together in support of this bill. And thank you to the BPSA and CalBike for their significant contributions to this effort to get more people riding bicycles.
To learn more about electric bicycles, check out the PeopleForBikes e-bike page.

Bill to Improve Access for Electric Bicycles Signed by Governor Brown AB 1096 Updates Regulations for Healthy and Environmentally-Friendly Transportation Option

Hot off the presses!
Contact: Judson True, Office of Assemblymember David Chiu; (415) 606-3524

Bill to Improve Access for Electric Bicycles Signed by Governor Brown

AB 1096 Updates Regulations for Healthy and Environmentally-Friendly Transportation Option
(Sacramento, CA) – Governor Brown today signed Assembly Bill 1096 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco), which will help foster the use of electric bicycles while ensuring public safety and simplifying enforcement.

“Electric bicycles are poised to become another healthy, environmentally-friendly way to get around for Californians,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “Modernizing laws around e-bikes will help us encourage their safe use by new and experienced bicyclists. We appreciate Governor Brown’s signature on this bill.”

AB 1096 updates California regulations regarding electric bicycles to reflect advances in technology that make modern electric bicycles operate just like regular bicycles, except that they are easier to pedal. Current regulations treat these bikes like mopeds, presenting a barrier to their wider adoption by the public.

Electric bicycles are an important tool to help Californians turn to bicycling for some of their trips; they are becoming increasingly popular around the world and in California. Electric bikes benefit people new to cycling who may be discouraged from riding a traditional bicycle due to limited physical fitness, age, disability or convenience. They are especially important for senior citizens, parents with children, people with disabilities, and people whose trips involve steep hills or whose work commutes are within the 5-20 mile range and who traditionally drive.

“Bicycling is great for our state’s economy, for our residents’ health, and for our communities’ prosperity. E-bikes make bicycling more accessible to Californians so they’re an important part of that solution,” said Dave Snyder, executive director of the California Bicycle Coalition, the bill’s sponsor.

Electric bikes use green battery technology and can be an important addition to California’s growing energy-efficient transportation system. These quiet and low-speed transportation devices also benefit small business owners by providing a cost-effective alternative to cars and trucks when used for equipment transport and deliveries.

AB 1096 clarifies the definition of electric motor-assisted bicycles by defining three specific classes of e-bikes: bikes with a top assisted speed of 20 mph that must be pedaled to operate; those with a top assisted speed of 20 mph that can be operated without pedaling; and bikes with a top assisted speed of 28 mph. By regulating these bikes differently than mopeds, AB 1096 will enable a reexamination of the access restrictions imposed on users of these bikes in order to permit more access to bicycle paths, where appropriate and safe.

By eliminating ambiguity in the regulations, AB 1096 will support the fast-growing electric bike industry in California, where the headquarters of the largest national companies are located. Clarifying the definition of and updating the regulations around low-speed electric bicycles is critical to the expansion of their use, and therefore helps further the goals of enabling more bicycling for the health, safety, and prosperity of all Californians.

Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) is the Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore of the California State Assembly and represents the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Some Great Commuter Ebikes Under $3000

For most people, the idea of spending $3,000 or $2,000 or even $1,000 for a bicycle is little more than an impossibility. But, if you've put yourself in the market for an electric bike, you know that anything under $1000 is not worth your time and that all the highest quality bikes start at around $4,000. 

But this does not mean you have to settle for POS ebike that you can't ride around with a sound mind on, knowing it won't break down on you and knowing you can you can expect lots of miles on it in the future. 

Some shops will flat out tell you that you need to buy the "highest quality" or most "high end" bike you can get or not buy anything at all. We disagree and we're not bike snobs and that's one of the many reasons customers come to our store vs other stores around the Bay Area- we offer a wide selection of bikes in various price points and quality ranges all over the spectrum. 

For new riders of an electric bike, a price point ebike may be the right bike to get to start with. Also, if the bike is going to be ridden and parked in a high-theft area, you'd only be doing the thief a great favor by parking your "high quality" bike on the street only for it to get stolen. 

We think, a price-point bike can be some thing worth your money and time if you just don't need a high performance ebike to do the job. For this, there's a long list of price oriented ebikes that pack a lot of punch. Here's some of our favorites:

A2B KUO+ Electric Folding Bike - this little folding ebike packs a lot of punch for just $1699.00. A true Swiss Army knife of the ebike world. It folds. It climbs. It goes. It saves you time and money. 

A2B Ferber Ebike - this standard town commuter is priced at $2299, features a 350W motor and scoots around town or paths reliably and efficiently. 

iZIP PEAK - The latest iZIP Peak is a competent on and off road ebike with a mid-drive motor and a long lasting LI battery for just $3,000.

iZIP ZUMA - Rear hub motor and cruiser comfort for just $2550. 500Watts of power with both a throttle and pedal assist mode. 

BLIX KOMFORT - this 3 speed town cruiser is designed in Sweden and looks sweet. It's priced great too at $1990. 

Magnum Ui5 - a step thru model bike with big battery and lots of features for just $1800. 

These are just some of price point ebikes we sell here at Motostrano. Our stores are stocked to the ceiling with the largest variety of ebikes in California. Come see for your self. 

Motostrano DEMO Event October 10, Saturday

One of the best ways to do this is to get out and ride a bike and Saturday October 10, we're having another EBIKE demo featuring some of the best e-bikes in the business. This is where you get to explore the bikes up close and get them on the trail and get them dirty. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face while you learn about ebikes, talk to other riders and vendors.
WHEN: Saturday October 10 from 10AM to 5PM
WHERE: 926 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA 9406
Ample parking around our store

ALERT: Haibike, Felt, A2B have kicked in give-away items like t-shirts and hats for all who attend. 

24 Hour Fitness is also giving away one 30 day free membership to one lucky attendee.
What's it like to ride a real mountain bike with a low center of gravity electric motor mounted to the crank with a long range battery system mounted to the battery? It's causing a revolution in e-biking and it just might cause you to trade in your dirt bike. 

Climb any hill with ease, silently. Enjoy a battery assisted range up to 90 miles. 

Ride with pedal assist up any hill and still get a great work-out!


We currently offer performance mountain e-bikes from the following brands: FELT, HaibikeLapierre, KTM, iZIP and more brands are on the way. These are real mountain bikes that any pro-level MTB rider will feel right at home on. 

It will change the way you ride and view mountain biking. 

Speaking of BOSCH, they are interested in your opinion and have a survey going on currently and any one who completes the survey is eligible to win a new ebike! CLICK here for more information and enter to win!

If you like riding in groups and don't have friends with an e-bike, check into one of our group rides coming up over at Rides of all types and for all rider skills! Rides are set for places like Tahoe, Pacifica and Big Sur!

RSVP to the EBIKE DEMO so we know you're coming! Just reply to this email with questions or call us at 650-918-6259

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Felt Bruhaul Electric Cargo Arrives - It's ELECTRIC!

If you've been holding out for the perfect electric cargo bike to come served up to your door on a platter of wonderful perfection- the Felt BrĂ¼haul electric cargo bike has been served.

Arriving to our stores in Redwood City and San Francisco THIS WEEK (we found out all by oursleves), the Felt BrĂ¼haul is what we'll be dropping the kids off at school with this semester, complete with our rad-dad eco friendly can't-stand traffic jams attitude. Fresh from a morning run with the whole family, we'll blow a kiss to our techno-wife and pick up our happy-go-lucky kids from the front porch and they will climb aboard the big bronze bullet with B52s Love Shack playing out of the iPHONE speaker amp and the kids will hop on all care-free and blow bubbles all through the neighborhood to their totally rad COOP alternative brainiac school on this ever so sleek eco-alternative traffic-cruncher. Once there, we'll sit in with our kids in class for a few minutes, maybe install a new driver on the clunky old desktop computers there and then play some hoops with the janitor. Then it's back on the Bruhaul (which by now has attracted a crowd other parents from the neighborhood all wondering where they can get one) for some early morning grocery shopping to stock up for the weekend: wholesome stuff, non-GMO, farm fresh, gluten free, paleo diet, local grown, fresh squeezed, craft....will all fit perfectly on to the back of the Felt Bruhaul and we know it because we've done it. 

Bypass all that angst-ridden morning drop-off get-to-work commute traffic with this high quality, high performance electric e-cargo bike and enjoy life a little more, a little better and a litter faster.

Commute in your flip-flops. 

Powered by the latest and greated BOSCH system to the US soil, you know it will always start up when you need it to and never let you down when you don't need it to. Climb up any hill. Carry any load. Don't look like a dweeb doing it. 

Beautiful to ride and wonderful to behold. Visit our San Francisco and Redwood City locations to enjoy this bike and integrate it into your lifestyle today. 

This bike is available in our store only and may not be shipped.

Felt Bruhaul

We're huge fans of electric cargo bikes. They extend the usefulness of the bike, while replicating and improving on much of the effectiveness of the car. A cargo bike can change your life in a great way. Try one.