Sur-Ron Light Bee L1E Overview

So far I’ve published a number of reviews and articles on the Sur-Ron Light Bee L1E road legal electric bike and all have been positive and I can absolutely recommend the Light Bee for anyone looking for an affordable electric dirt bike for commuting and/or off-road fun.

But what makes the Light Bee L1E road legal and compliant to UK law and regulations? This article focuses on these important questions.

The Light Bee L1E is multi faceted; it’s an electric motorbike, eco-bike, dirt bike and all round fun machine! It has the ability to deliver bags of adrenaline and excitement, while also reassuring riders of its genuine eco-friendly prowess due to its electric motor. This eclectic electric bike has captured the attention of motorcyclists in urban settings and also off-road enthusiasts too.

This eclectic electric bike has captured the attention of motorcyclists in urban settings and also off-road enthusiasts too.

Like all good reviews, I’ve tried to offer a fair balance between the various features and benefits of this Light Bee L1E bike and have listed some of the pros and cons in the previously mentioned review. I will also be publishing some further insights on the Light Bee L1E performance and providing further insight into the Light Bee L1E riding experience. Any questions you have may be answered on our Sur-Ron FAQs page and for those looking for finance options, check out our Sur-Ron Finance page for full details.

Sur-Ron Light Bee L1E Legal Compliance & UK Regulations

Navigating the intricate web of road legality can be daunting, especially when it comes to electric bikes like the Sur-Ron Light Bee L1E. As a passionate cyclist with a meticulous eye for detail, I’ve delved into how this agile machine complies with UK street legal requirements. The quest for a road-legal e-bike is not just about enjoying the whirr of an electric motor; it’s about embracing innovation while adhering to regulation.

The Sur-Ron Light Bee L1E is road legal in the UK. But we need to be clear what we mean by road legal. The UK Law for electric bikes states the following;

  • cycle must be fitted with pedals that are capable of propelling it.
  • maximum continuous rated power of the electric motor must not exceed 250 Watts.
  • electrical assistance must cut-off when the vehicle reaches 15.5 mph

So whilst the Light Bee L1E is road legal, it exceeds these guidelines and so it is classed as a motorcycle or moped, rather than an EAPC electric bike, and so it must comply with motorcycle laws.

  • motorbike must be registered, insured and taxed (Vehicle Excise Duty) as a motor vehicle.
  • bike safety is required, to be road legal, so ensure regular servicing, maintenance and a valid MOT
  • rider will need an appropriate driving licence and will have to wear an approved motorcycle safety helmet.
  • brakes must comply with paragraph 4.6.8 of British / European / International standard BS EN ISO 4210-2:2014, or any equivalent European standard, and be maintained in efficient working order.
  • twist and go‘ vehicles approved in accordance with EU Regulation 168/2013 must continue to comply with the relevant approval standard.
  • motorcycles must adhere to road vehicle lighting regulations for lights and reflectors, which are the same as for ordinary pedal cycles – lights and reflectors must be fitted to any EAPC used on a public road between sunset and sunrise.
  • front and rear lights plus reflectors – a lamp displaying white light must be fitted to the front of the EAPC and a red light must be fitted to the rear.
  • lights may show a steady light or may flash – flashing lights must flash at a steady rate of between 60 and 240 times per minute and have a minimum intensity of 4 candela.
  • a red reflector must be fitted to the rear of the vehicle
  • amber pedal reflectors must be fitted to the front and rear edges of each pedal

The Sur-Ron Light Bee L1E complies to these regulations, making it road legal in the UK.

Restrictions or Limitations for riding the Sur-Ron Light Bee L1E on public roads

While owning a road legal Sur-Ron bike promises liberation on tarmac lanes and local byways, certain strings are attached governing electric bikes and motorbikes:

  • Restricted Usage: Once modified to exceed those crucial regulatory benchmarks – whether through enhanced battery packs or souped-up controllers – your trusty steed may morph into a moped or motorcycle in terms of legislation demanding registration and proper licensing. The Light Bee L1E already conforms to these regulations.
  • Pathway Prohibitions: Remember that e-bike utilisation is confined solely to roads unless specified otherwise; cycle paths are typically off-limits unless they’re distinctly marked as shared-use tracks wherein pedal bikes and e-bikes coexist peacefully, whereas dedicated off-road motocross tracks are permitted (with permission of course).

In essence, whilst navigating urban jungles or breath-taking countryside routes astride your Sur-Ron Light Bee L1E entails minimal bureaucratic hurdles regarding legitimacy on public thoroughfares, appreciation of local laws keeps unexpected pitfalls at bay. Ignorance of the law is no defence.

Swift as it is silent under acceleration – the Light Bee L1E dances deftly within legal boundaries without tempering its adventurous spirit; provided one respects its fundamental stipulations ensuring enjoyable yet conscientious exploration.

Sur-Ron Light Bee L1E Electric Motorbike
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Compare Sur-Ron Electric Bikes Specifications

Sur-Ron Bike SpecificationsLight Bee L1ELight Bee XLight Bee SUltra BeeStorm Bee
Peak Power (W)6,0006,0002,90012,50022,500
Torque (Nm)250250220440520
Top Speed (mph)4545305668
Weight (kg)50504085127
Max Load (kg)10010075100100
Wheel Size (inch)19"19"17"19"21"
Wheelbase (mm)12601260125013801430
Ground Clearance (mm)270270270318310
Seat Height (mm)880880760910940
Battery60v 32Ah60v 32Ah60v 32Ah74v 55Ah90v 55Ah
Battery Charging Time (hrs)3.53.544.54
Range (km)10010065140100
Motorcycle ClassL3e-A1L3e-A1L3e-A1L3e-A2L3e-A2
Price£3,995£3,795£3,295£5,995£8,495