Simon Cowell’s $20K e-bike banned on open roads in UK
Simon Cowell broke his back while testing out a $20,000 electric bike billed as “the world’s most powerful” — and banned from the open road in the UK because of its speed, Page Six has learned.
The “America’s Got Talent” judge was riding the Swind EB-01 — advertised as ”the world’s most powerful and most advanced electric bicycle in the market” — when it did a “giant wheelie” and he flew up into the air, friends said.
The bike, which carries a hefty price tag of $20,400, has a hybrid aluminum frame covered in a carbon shell. The frame’s design is similar to a dirtbike.
In the UK, the model is banned from the open road — as it exceeds the legal speed limit and has more than 250W of power. It’s only allowed to be used on private, closed areas, for sporting activities and on designated routes. Riders are told to be careful and use protective clothing.
Cowell was in surgery for six hours Saturday night as surgeons insert eda rod into his back, which he broke in three places.
Doctors told him he was lucky not to be paralyzed as he narrowly missed severing his spinal cord.
“He did a turn in his courtyard, changed gear, and then the bike went into a wheelie and threw him off the back,” a source said. “Simon was in complete agony and was stretchered out of his home and taken in an ambulance to hospital.
Source : Sara Nathan Link