There used to be lots of motocross parks in Europe where you could ride your dirt bike around banked turns and over carefully crafted jumps to your heart's content. In recent years, though,the issue of noise pollution has really taken the air out of the knobby-tire fun. With the advent of clean and quiet electric bikes like those from Quantya, those days may be coming back. Hans Eder, businessman and motocross trainer, thinks that "Quantya Parks" are about to become really popular and has plans to open somewhere between 50 and 70 of the tracks in Germany and Austria. That's a lot of parks!

One of the first Quantya parks has already opened in the Bavarian town of Siegsdorf and because of the lack of noise, town officials allowed it to be built beside some tennis courts close to a residential area. Would-be riders don't need to bring their own wheels to take on the challenging track. They can be rented onsite for €15 ($22) per 15 minutes and if folks like them as much as we did when we took it for a test drive, you better bring some serious plastic. But you don't have to go all the way to Europe to enjoy a Quantya. According to Quantya's American website, the bikes are now shipping to the U.S. and Canada.

[Source: Spiegel Online]


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