Weird YikeBike Gets Extender Battery

New Zealand YikeBike has released a replacement, or additional, battery pack for their unique, pedal-less electric bicycle. We’ve reported on the strange vehicle in the past, once when it was previewed, and again when it was available in the United States.

The odd bike is more like an adult tricycle than a bike. We’re previously compared the product to a Segway, but with a higher, and possibly unstable, center of gravity since riders sit on what are the handlebars. Users lean back, much in the same way Segway users pitch forward. The electric vehicle is powered by a 1 kilowatt motor that can travel up to about six miles on a full charge of a single battery, with a top speed of 12 miles per hour.

Image via YikeBike

The newly released replacement, or additional, batteries retail for $209 and are identical to the battery pack found in the original unit. Each of the batteries weigh a little over four pounds, and up to three can be carried at once, extending the range of the YikeBike to almost 25 miles. For an additional $20, the company will include the black backpack seen in the photo above. YikeBike notes the batteries have to be carried externally for use, so the backpack might not be a bad idea.

The bike itself retails for around $3,600, and if you want to get the increase range, the price is over $4,200, which is still cheaper than a Segway. As we’ve previously noted, the desire for innovation is to be applauded, but we’re skeptical of the item finding broad appeal.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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