Could the Survival Bike be your Bug Out Vehicle of Choice?

TheSurvivalBike-620x400I was casually strolling around the internet today as most of us do at some point in time, looking for article ideas for the Prepper Journal. I do this whenever I don’t have something pushing into my thoughts as readily as I hope and it happens occasionally when writer’s block hits me. I was lucky enough to stumble on something that many of you, myself included might not have seen yet, but that could be an excellent bug out vehicle option in the right circumstances.

Introducing the Survival Bike.

What is the Survival Bike? Is it just a souped up Mountain Bike that has been painted OD green? No, the Survival Bikefrom MotoPed is actually a Moped. Remember when mopeds were all the rage for people who had too much money for a bike and didn’t really want to pedal? I thought they were a thing of the past replaced by the obnoxious scooters that I see more and more everywhere. The scooters are not obnoxious because I am against saving gas or anything like that; I would just like them to keep up with the flow of traffic. There are few things less annoying that getting behind some 300 pound guy on the back of a dinky scooter going up a hill with his Hitler helmet on. But I digress…

The Survival bike has a motor attached to a really beefy bicycle. You can pedal just like a regular bike, or you can use one of two options of engine to power you along at a top speed of 24 MPH. That sure beats the heck out of walking if you are forced to bug out and with the two included RotopaX 1 Gallon fuel tanks, your range is potentially 400 to 500 miles according to the MotoPed site.

The rear deck has a mounting rack that will hold up to 50 lbs and while that isn’t going to be enough to pack your entire house of survival supplies, it could take a nicely equipped bug out bag or a small child.

Is a Survival Bike a good option for bugging out?

I recently wrote a post that received a lot of interest in the comments section called “10 reasons why you do not want to bug out” where I basically said that for most scenarios, most people would be better off staying at home as opposed to bugging out. I also said that the circumstances of your life, the disaster or threat you are facing and your personal situation would dictate whether anything like this was possible. If you found yourself unable to stay in your home shelter, bugging out may become necessary and having a means of transportation, while there are some drawbacks, does have it’s advantages.

For a bug out vehicle, any bicycle type of device would not be my first choice for the following reasons.

  • They provide zero shelter. You can’t sleep in one and there is nothing to protect you from any projectiles.
  • More so than a car, are treacherous in slippery conditions. Would you want to bug out on a bike in the winter with the potential for snow or ice?
  • Minimal cargo capacity. 50 lbs. isn’t anything to sneeze at if you are using this to get to work and back, but doesn’t hold enough to live off for an extended time.
  • Too easily knocked off a bike. All someone needs to do really is to hit you with a big rock or a baseball bat when you motor by and I bet you will lose your balance and fall.

Now, there are some advantages to bikes and I can see conditions where a moped like this would be very useful.

  • Small size allows for great maneuverability. You could potentially weave through stranded cars and make your way out of a jam.
  • Noise Discipline – Unlike a car or a big diesel truck, this Survival Bike could be pedaled and virtually eliminate the very small amount of noise even the efficient Honda motor would be putting off.
  • Off road – Something like this could shine on trails through the woods if you lived somewhere with an expansive trail network, you could easily skirt major metropolitan areas although you would have to be wary of people who planned to bug out to the woods.

Black Ops from MotoPed comes with survival gear, including crossbow, already loaded.

I think the concept is brilliant and they even have an upcoming Black Ops model (pictured above) that adds a lot of the gear you are looking for to the package, including a crossbow, which is in keeping with the stealth theme. Is something like the Survival Bike right for you? With a price tag of $3,349 + $325 for shipping, it isn’t for me. What do you think?

Resources:

The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

Prepper’s Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary

Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival

The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse

The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals

 

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Originally published January 16th, 2015
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  • Rancher

    Without a well stocked and secured location to head to … bugging out is a fools errand at best. If travel is needed something able to go faster than 25 mph is much smarter. I keep my points and carb 175 Honda XL is perfect condition. Rear rack, gun rack and can go 60 or off road. EMP proof to boot. I have other classy EMP proof vehicles for different conditions but being I live where I will end up in the first place I have zero intention of leaving the country spread. Peddling just requires more water and food to drag along. I go for speed and get there then have that drink after I am inside the gates. I would swap that stringy stick shooter for a cut down pistol grip shotgun on a handle bar gun rack and a high capacity pistol on my side.

  • Ken Lowder

    This could serve as a great get home bike for me. It could fit in the trunk or bed of a truck with a get home bag and be ideal. Quite for night travel and power assist for that big bridge.

  • Frank

    The asking price requires evaluation before I would purchase one. I agree that the concept is sound and I like the idea and it not only looks cool, but like a capable ride. The question is what are the differences between a bicycle (Motorized), a moped, a scooter, other type of off road bike (mini bikes, kit bikes, etc), a Rokon or an actual motorcycle. Which one is cheaper/easier to buy or to maintain. In General, what can we do with any of them and how do we choose.

    I am more familiar with bicycles than the other vehicles. The bicycle would be easy to repair or modify, cheap brand new and even cheaper used. And it requires no license to own and operate. And there are 3 and 4 wheel bikes, so that shouldn’t stop anybody from buying, rebuilding or building one from parts. I think a sturdy bicycle with a motor would serve the same purpose without getting into a motorcycle or other $3000 plus vehicle.

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