a few updates
Completed battery pack ( 24S, 2P, 30C, 16Ah Lipo, 23.4 lbs)
I'm using 2mm foam around all battery.
The battery is removable as an assembly and come with the balance cable as shown below:
Battery straped with velcro inside the box. Centered and constrained.
Charging area in the garage:
Home made charger with 4 x Turnigy 200W unit. They are conected in serie and each is powered by an isolated individual power supply. This allow me to charge without disconecting anything.
Not having a stand is anoying, so I made a hanging support to stabilise the bike. It allow me also to remove the front wheel easily as the wheel is 1/4" above ground.
So far, I did 935km total on my initial battery pack ( 41 cycles ) and it costed me a total of 2$ for the charging.
I was able to do my 1 st ride with this new bike finaly
Steering at low speed is odd although I get used to it quickly. As soon as you go above 30kph, the feeling is awesome. As Oatnet said, steering is realy quick, I would compare it as driving a 400 lbs motorcycle. Prety stable at high speed and in curves. The weight at the front prevent any chance for me to make wheeling even if I didnt increase my wheel base distance. ( controller is limited at 45 A though )
I took some mesures:
Battery pack weight : 23.4 lbs
Bike weight with battery pack : 96.4 lbs
Bike + driver ( me @ 175 lbs ): 271.4 lbs
max speed according to CA : 88 kph ( 55 mph ) I need a longer road to test the real maximum ( Controler is limited at 45 A )
Negative point :
I bought a 9 Speed Freewheel 11-34T from Ebay, and this thing is noisy as hell even if lubricated. ( grinding sound )http://www.ebay.ca/itm/180826901365?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
No space to carry anything. I need to look for a solution.
My fenders could protect me a bit more.
My rear break disk is also very noisy... ( anything I could do to improve that ? )
Anyway, , so far, I am realy pleased with this new bike, the "plush" and stability at high speed is just awesome. Huge improvement compared to the last one.