Monday, 31 August 2009

Present 2009 - Fun2Ride Fun5 Review


So, this was my present to myself and DC. (Noticed the past tense?) What I got is a Scooter-like Electric-moped bicycle that supposed to have the specifications as below:
  • Wheel Size: 16"
  • Climbing Angle = 10 degree
  • Motor power = 200W
  • Top Speed = 15 mph
  • Top off road speed = 30 mph
  • Maximum Load = 135kg
  • Run distance = 40-50km
  • Charging period = 2-8hours
  • Charger = AC 220V/50Hz
  • 36V sealed maintenance free lead-free battery
  • Key and remote Start
  • Immobilizer, burglar alarm
  • Front and rear spring coil shocks
  • Low running noise-Low running costs
  • Front document holder, Under seat storage
  • Head Light, speedometer, indicators, charge level
  • Lockable rear motor for secure parking
  • Price GBP599

Outlook

Nothing to complain about the overall appearance for this Fun5 e-bike. The look is definitely cool with 2 side mirror, foot rest and an extra rear storage box that I did not put it on. The material of the (outer shell?) is not top class. It looks and sounds like normal plastic to me which I believe it will not survive single tidy accident. The metallic red paint does not has an extra top coating which makes it vulnerable to scratches. If you look closely, the document holder is actually a small storage space under the dash board, with lock. The thing is I managed to open it without the key, purely by hand. Minus points.


It comes with signal indicators, head lights, and rear lights which is a plus to rider.



Update:
Just noticed I got this photo to show another problem with this bike. The cables underneath the bike are all exposed. Thus it is potentially not able to ride under the rain. What I can say is it can’t run away from mud and sand, and it is a pain for you to clean it up :p



Functionalities
I like the idea of having burglar alarm for this bicycle though the one i had was broken. The alarm did not work when I armed the alarm and pushed the bike for several meters. Maybe it is due to my bad luck the other day.
The rear motor lock does its job and locks the motor very well. I did not force it to move though as I scared to break it apart :p
The main problem of this bike is the speed and load. I managed to get to the top on road speed of 15kmph instead of 15mph that stated in the specs. It's such a disgrace as it is 1.6 times slower than expected. Just imagine when you are on the road with scooter-like bike under you, people expecting to see you “whoosh” past them but what I got was a normal bicycle could  easily overtook me (literally).



You can definitely switch it to use the off road speed where it suppose to read 30mph but bare in mind that the UK government law only allows electric moped bicycle to has a maximum on road speed of 15mph. Even so, the Fun5 I got can only managed to get up to 27kmph which is equivalent to 16.78mph. All the speed mentioned above are tested on flat road. I tried it on a slope of approximately 10 degree and the speed dropped to around 16kmph with the off road setting. It got worse if you accelerate from idle in the middle of the slope. It took around 5 seconds to reach 10kmph.





The charge level shows on the dash board is not that accurate. After I used the bike for 2 hours with a full overnight-charge, it showed full when I did not turn the throttle, but showed half when I turned the throttle. This gives the rider a wrong impression of the power left in the battery.
Conclusion
I'm not quite sure if anyone suitable for this bike as younger generation who like the overall appearance might not like the speed, and those who does not care about the speed might find it too heavy (44-50 kg). It is definitely not suitable for me as I don't like people keep staring at me like this on the road.

23 comments:

  1. WaHaHa!! So this is wat you bought! It looks exactly like a scooter except for the paddles at the both side.
    Enjoy your rides!! ;-)

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  2. However I returned it already :p
    Not suitable for me. It looks cool though.

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  3. Thanks for review. I know not to buy that junk.

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  4. I was this.. close to buying my daughter one of these. Thanks so much for your review.
    You're a life saver!

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  5. god i nearly just spent 600 quid on one lol

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  6. i am disaggree with you guys, i recently bough a fun5 model from fun2ride for my doughter she loves it and i also think its great,..

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  7. hey who ever has one can you email me with everything you knw about it please ?

    i want to get one but im abit scared now because of this review..lol

    almost 14,can ride one soon :)

    pkkieribo@yahoo.com

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  8. go for a fun 10 its great does speed stated just put you hand under front indicator panel release black plug at its able to go 30 no problem i love my fun10 done loads of miles on it 40 per charge cost a bit more then a fun 5 but worth it and got a great resale price on them,,,,,hope this helps fun10 all the way

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  9. i have a fun 6 how do you make them do 30? please comment someone or email me at speedyrules@hotmail.co.uk thanks.

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  10. I'm not sure about other model. Fun5 can do almost 30kmph but speed stated is 30mph instead.

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  11. We bought a fun7 the other day and its amazing! We love it! Does the speed it says, off road it does about 28/30 mph, and on road 15mph. Defenately right about getting looks, but thats because you dont see a moped everyday which is so quiet & electric! It is worth the money, look on eBay for good prices. But dont buy cheap models, they wont work well, or models made in china, i heard they dont work well either, stick to ones made in europe! Hope this helps everyone, go and get one and save petrol!

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  12. but how do you access the off road function???

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  13. There should be a button on the right handle to activate it.

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  14. HI I RECENTLY BROUGHT THE FUN 10 DUE TO BEING ON A DRIVING BANNED WHEN IT ARRIVED I PUT IT ALL TOGETHER RODE IT AROUND FOR A FEW HOURS AND GOT STOPPED BY POLICE AND GOT ARRESTED FOR 1.DRIVING WHIST ON A BANNED 2.NO INSURANCE . 3.NO TAX. 4.NO CRASH HELMET .5.DRIVING ON A PUBLIC ROAD. 6.DRIVING WITH NO NUMBER PLATE .7DRIVING ON A PUBLIC FOOTPATH
    ..I GOT KEPT IN THE POLICE STATION FOR 48 HRS AND THEN WENT TO COART AND GOT BAIL PLEASE CAN SOME 1 HELP ME I THOUGHT U DIDNT NEED INSURANCE AND THAT STUFF, IT SAIS U DONT ON THE WEBSITE

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  15. the button on the right hand side: if u press it in it limits to 10km/h if out then 32 km/h please can you try and help me thanks

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  16. Anonymous said...

    HI I RECENTLY BROUGHT THE FUN 10 DUE TO BEING ON A DRIVING BANNED WHEN IT ARRIVED I PUT IT ALL TOGETHER RODE IT AROUND FOR A FEW HOURS AND GOT STOPPED BY POLICE AND GOT ARRESTED FOR 1.DRIVING WHIST ON A BANNED 2.NO INSURANCE . 3.NO TAX. 4.NO CRASH HELMET .5.DRIVING ON A PUBLIC ROAD. 6.DRIVING WITH NO NUMBER PLATE .7DRIVING ON A PUBLIC FOOTPATH
    ..I GOT KEPT IN THE POLICE STATION FOR 48 HRS AND THEN WENT TO COART AND GOT BAIL PLEASE CAN SOME 1 HELP ME I THOUGHT U DIDNT NEED INSURANCE AND THAT STUFF, IT SAIS U DONT ON THE WEBSITE
    29 May 2010 16:22

    Ok, Firstly, the fun10 has a boost/off road button, this means that it no longer meets the requirements of being a EAPC ( electrically assisted pedal cycle ).
    That means, you require, To be 16 or over, Tax, Insurance, A Helmet, Type Approval ( MOT Type ), Reg with the DVLA ( Number Plate ).
    As for driving on a Public Footpath, well that was stupid.
    Second, it says that its legal to drive on the website, so therefor its true.
    www.fun2ride.co.uk like other sites that sell china imported scooters quote 1983/1988 regs, these regs where updated in June 2009, making the use of Boost/Off Road Function Buttons illegal as far as EAPC regs go.
    It is up to the buyer to check the current regulations before buying.
    Ok, so i purchased one of these via Ebay for under £400, after spending another £100 ( new controller, extra battery ( 48v, the motor will handle it ) new 48v charger, new throttle, new switch ( boost/off road button - now hidden behind the Doc panel ) now it runs at 33/34mph on a flat road ( with no wind ) rather than the 20/22mph before the upgrades.
    Thats my rant over, feel free to add to it.

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  17. Hi

    I am 14 and i would like to buy a Fun4. I do not want to get stopped by the police for: .NO INSURANCE ,NO TAX ,NO CRASH HELMET,DRIVING ON A PUBLIC ROAD AND DRIVING WITH NO NUMBER PLATE.
    So what do I have to do so I dont get nicked for any of the above.

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  18. I am afraid now to drive it on the road as I ve' got fun5 bid from ebay from the last year. which says 300watts and 48 volts on the motor wheel which says on EAPC should be 200watts and 36 volts.
    could someone knows about it?

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  19. I have same problem with you webmaster, I am afraid to drive it now which says 300watts and 48 volts on the motor wheel which says on EAPC.

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  21. Hi i a bought a fun5 bike from ebay for 350£ two days ago.The battery indicater seems to give me the wrong directions. It showed me that it was fully charged when i was at home and by the time i reached my office it was empty. My office is only 4 miles away from my home. I do not know if this is a problem with the battery or with the battery indicator. I turned off the engine for few minutes, turned it back on and it shows it has some charge left on it. I got this for second hand so i do not know if its really a problem with the battery or battery indicator

    I put it on charge again at the office and the batter indicator shows the charing was full after 2 hours.What could be the problem?Any ideas ?

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  22. I'm thinking of buying a Fun10 to commute to work on, but want to check:
    If I use the bike but DONT turn on Off-road mode (therefore stay at 15mph) am I allowed to ride it on the road and cyclepath (I understand if I turn the offroad function on and put it up to 30mph I need a licence, insurance, tax, registration etc.)
    Just wanted to be sure that the difference is between HAVING the function and USING the function? Presumably if I'm doing 15mph the police arent going to care if Im in offroad or not?

    From the comments above about Banned "anonymous", my guess is that he was banned for something like Drink Driving and was spotted doing 30mph (off-road mode) on the pavement and then on a road (cyclepath perhaps?) The fact he/she went over 15mph with no numberplate would have got the police watching anyway, but if they also knew this person from previous conviction, would have jumped on him/her anyway for more illegal activity (please note, this is purely speculation - I neither know the person or circumstance).

    Therefore, anyone riding a Fun10 on a road or cycle path at 15mph or below (not in Off-road mode) should be safe.

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  23. Ok, so lets try and answer a few questions reguarding the Fun2Ride EAPC's.
    If a EAPC is FITTED with a Boost/Off-road mode button it is no longer classed as a EAPC, so if you have a little red button next to the throttle Get Rid Of IT, buy a new throttle via ebay etc, connect the boost/off-road mode button to a switch and hide the switch.
    Motor Power :-
    Under current regulations you can have upto 250w, how is that so, well how many people can sit on the scooter ?, answer 2 so therefore its a tandem, why ? because Tandem refers to the seating position not to the amount of peddles you have.
    Now if your motor is more than 250w a simple fix would be to buy a set of metal letter and number punches from ebay etc and redo the wording on the wheel, fill the original wording with p38, add a coat of silver paint to cover it up, job done.
    Hope that clears up a few questions.

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