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I am certainly not advocating that we pretend these things don't have motors
nor that we classify them as bicycles. I have never said that and it's not
what I believe. Of course they are motorized and where that is the only
distinction to be made it's clear. All I am saying is that calling them
motorbikes is nonsensical. Those who are intellectually flexible enough to
admit that while there is a literal meaning of motor and a literal meaning of
bike, we understand that a motorbike means something specific. If you say "I
ride a motorbike" and you show up on a scooter or a moped you are going to be
called a liar. The industry would like to muddy the distinction between
pedelecs and mountain bikes but I have no desire to do so. Call them motorized
bicycles, e-bikes, pedelecs - whatever you want. And classify them as
motorized because obviously they have motors.
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