Could bicycles with motors offer a cheap and convenient form of transport?

While the new bicycle takes a bit of getting used to, it can reach a top speed of about 25 miles per hour with petrol consumption at about 300 miles to the gallon.

We're told it's virtually trouble free.

Karen who is more used to the traditional pedal pushing bike tries out the bicycle fitted with a motor..

At present, the engine is being manufactured in the United States and is being bought in Ireland at a price of £250.

Ballina businessman David Burns is currently importing the engines but has plans to establish a new business manufacturing the engine in Ireland for both the domestic and export markets.

It's the cheapest form of motorised transportation available.

David Burns says that anyone who qualifies for a driving licence can have a motorised bicycle. There is however a requirement for registration plate for the bicycle as well as tax and insurance.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 4 November 1981. The reporter is Jim Fahy.