Simon Cowell suffers head injury, broken arm after e-bike crash
World renowned music mogul, television host and apparent electric bike aficionado Simon Cowell is recovering after a e-bike crash outside his West London home.
Cowell reportedly suffered a broken arm and a harrowingly bloody head injury from this most recent incident, which took place last Thursday. Several news outlets have reported the 62-year-old “America’s Got Talent” judge was not wearing a helmet.
A source told British tabloid The Sun that Cowell was “lucky to be alive” after this most recent crash. That source also told the publication the incident happened after Cowell hit a wet patch going about 20 mph and the bike’s wheels came out from under him, propelling him over the handlebars. Passerbys stopped to help Cowell, who reportedly had blood pouring from his head.
It’s the second time in two years that Cowell has hit the deck on an electric-powered bike, but the first time he’s publicly crashed an apparently street-legal e-bike. In August 2020, he suffered a broken back after crashing an ultra-powerful Swind EB-01, which with a 15kW motor and speeds up to 60 mph, lies somewhere in the un-regulated grey area between electric motorcycle and e-bike.
Cowell’s first crash was reported as an ‘e-bike crash,’ but it wasn’t
This time, the bike Cowell crashed appears to be a bonafide e-bike. Reports say Cowell was riding a Das Spitzing Evolution S-Pedelec, a full suspension eMTB with a 500W mid-drive motor and 1050Wh battery.
With a top pedal assisted speed of 27 mph, the Das Spitzing is street legal in the UK, where this crash happened, but only if it’s taxed, insured and if the rider is licensed to ride them, In the U.S., the Das Spitzing is street legal in most states without any restrictions.
Though this time on an apparently street-legal e-bike, Cowell’s crash is a reminder of the importance of wearing a helmet and careful e-bike use. There’s little that’s exceptional about riding an e-bike at 20 mph on wet roads — it’s a legal speed achievable by most e-bikes sold in the U.S. and likely something many e-bike riders and traditional cyclists do on a regular basis — but it doesn’t take an exceptional situation for a rider to go down.
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While Cowell’s August 2020 crash resulted in a hospital stay and extensive recovery, this time the star was seen leaving the hospital the same day with his arm wrapped in a bright yellow cast. His spokesperson told The Sun this latest crash hasn’t scared him off e-bikes, “but he will start wearing a helmet.”
Glen Aldridge says
SImon should consider riding a Recumbent Trike with E assist since it takes at least 6 beers before you can fall off.
Get this joker off e-bikes, electric motorcycles, and even pedelecs. He gives all of us a bad name, and leads to legislation banning E-bikes from otherwise safe use.
(And the sensational press is no better!)
Steven Reyes says
No man is above the Law of Physics, the Law is another story…
Seven time Formula One world champion Michale Schumacher suffered a head injury skiing while wearing a helmet and has never been seen in public in the years since. This case has to filed under freak accident.
I went over the bars 25 years ago and broke a helmet in half and my collar bone and a finger. My IQ did not suffer….I was born slightly off…
You should see the graphics removed from the front of one of my helmets from a 30mph off at 65 years old. 5 years later my shins still kind of hurt.
Always wear a helmet.
Mullion Stuart Robertson says
Unfortunate for Simon to sustain another bike injury but absolutely no simpathy for not wearing a helmet. Safely is more important than looks.
Jerry Metz says
Simon is an idiot for not wearing a helmet he would be better off with a regular bike more exercise and in his case much safer
Jamie Masterman says
500W is illegal in UK ! max is 250 so he was illegal again
Griffin Hales says
It depends if he had it registered though. Note this part of the story:
“With a top pedal assisted speed of 27 mph, the Das Spitzing is street legal in the UK, where this crash happened, but only if it’s taxed, insured and if the rider is licensed to ride them, In the U.S., the Das Spitzing is street legal in most states without any restrictions.”
True, and I would hope that the Insurance agency has taken note, and refused to insure him. And, his license should be suspended. This would render his range to private property only, where he will eventually qualify for the Darwin Award.
Ride safely everyone, and helmet-up!