The motorhome market alone in the UK is growing at a rate of over 15% per annum. Every year around 8,500 new motorhomes are registered with the DVLA, adding to the 135,000 already owned in Britain. Not to be left behind, the popularity of electric bikes is also moving up a gear or two. Western Europe is now the second largest electric bike market in the world with annual sales expected to top 3.3 million by 2023. Although relatively niche, motorhomes and electric bikes appeal to similar demographics. In fact, you could say, they’re a match made in recreational heaven.
Like the cherry on top of the proverbial cake, motorhome owners have been quick to spot that taking an electric bike along for the ride further adds to their sense of new-found freedom. Little wonder, then, that an electric bike is now the single most sought-after accessory for motorhomes across Europe.
Your ideal travelling companions
The reason for the surge in popularity of electric bikes among motorhome owners is easy to explain. While motorhomes are a fun, economic and relatively independent means of exploring the UK and Europe, they have their limits. Nipping out in your motorhome for a five-minute drive to pick up a few provisions is not always as simple as it sounds, particularly on small country lanes. While going off-track completely and getting up close and personal with the great outdoors is practically impossible in a motorhome.
Taking an electric bike with you on your travels means you can kiss those limitations goodbye.
For starters, you don’t have to pack up your motorhome every time you want to go sightseeing. Simply hop on your bike and you’re free to effortlessly explore remote regions confident in the knowledge that if you do start to get tired, flag or feel your age, you can get back to the comfort of your motorhome with the flick of a switch. Some of the more out-of-the-way attractions of an area may be inaccessible to anything but a bike, and an electric bike in particular. Wayside cafes, busy street markets, or spectacular beauty spots at the top of winding mountain roads. No sweat if you take the right electric bike with you.
More practically, an electric bike makes running a few errands in the nearest village a breeze, no more sitting in traffic, trying to find a parking space, or worrying about how safe your motorhome is in town. Steep hills, strong headwinds, not an issue. On an electric bike you can just zip in and out.
Giving motorhome owners a new lease of life
If giving you the freedom to explore parts your motorhome can’t reach wasn’t reason enough, let’s briefly touch on the health benefits an electric bike offers the 45 – 75-year-old demographic. By getting your legs kicking and your heart pumping, you can engage in a workout that’s high in healthy cardio and low in dangerous impact. And with an electric bike, you can pedal as hard and fast as you want, knowing that if you push yourself too hard, you can complete your workout by smoothly sailing back to your motorhome on the power of your electric motor alone.
Which bike ticks all the boxes?
So, motorhomes and electric bikes, the perfect match. Like strawberries and cream, fish and chips, or Bogart and Bacall, they were made to go together. You just need to find the one that’s right for you…as we’ve said, it’s a growing market and there are many contenders, but the range recently developed by MARK 2 appears to tick all the boxes.
Tarmac or trail, off road or on, MARK 2’s X-Cross and Scrambler electric bikes look ideal for adventurous motorhome owners who want to go further. Storage? Check. Anyone who owns a motorhome will tell you space is at a premium. The beauty of a MARK 2 electric bike is that it’s simple to store on a rack outside the motorhome itself, a space not usually needed for anything else. Power? Check. With nearly twice the battery capacity of its nearest competitor and a more than sufficient 30 – 60-mile range, a MARK 2 will keep you going from dawn to dusk. Reliability, ease of use, full two-year guarantee? Check, check and, indeed, check. Finally, price? Check. Taking a MARK 2 electric bike away with you to explore the world certainly won’t cost you the earth.
For more information about MARK 2 electric bikes, or to arrange a test ride, simply contact us on: 0800 471 4751 or email [email protected]