xyster wrote:Not pleased with the range. I only got 8 miles on the level, no wind and no pedal, WOT @ ~15mph, and with 12 stop/starts. I've read somewhere here a similar Currie getting 11 or 12 miles (wasn't that your review, knightmb?). Anyway, I hope the disappointing range is a function of new SLA's, and not sulfated SLA's. I'd planned to parallel two 10ah SLAs from my scooter anyways, so because of the poor range I went ahead and did that today. As seen in the last pic, two 10ah SLAs just barely fit end-to-end upright in the triangle -- I had to sand one edge of the top battery.
Later, I'll probably replace the SLA's with something better, maybe do the overvolt/forced-air cooling routine. But I've already got one hot rod, and I don't want to overdo the mods since this is supposed to be my "won't freak if it gets stolen" bike that I can leave locked but unattended in public places. It's also supposed to be the girlfriend's ride for when we're out together -- for some silly reason my other ebike scares her. My mod options are pretty limited anyway since she's banned me from putting duct tape anywhere on this new bike (note the duct tape only on the scooter's batteries now on the ebike ) .
Does the bike hub have freewheels on both sides?
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I too hate the fact having a very nice ebike that I can't leave anywhere which is why I'm leaning towards getting an I-Zip.
Knight Rider wrote:Yes, if you add another 12 @ 12AH SLA (36 volts), it will increase the range to 18 miles and the top speed to 30 MPH on level ground, no wind, etc. Real speeds given real world conditions you hit about 28 MPH tops.
On the air cooling, ours is still stock motor, no mods on it so far. The 36 volts does warm it up, especially with some of the hills around here. I put a temperature sensory on it during some testing, the motor gets hot, too hot for me to tough, but according to the sensor it's never really over 130 F that often. Which is hot enough to burn human skin, but hasn't been hot enough to melt the inside.
His Fechellency wrote:We were about to call the RCMP to go looking for you. Hope you had a good vacation. Now you have to read 400 posts to catch up.
Does the bike hub have freewheels on both sides?
Do you know if the motor has rare earth magnets?
xyster wrote:The maiden voyage around the neighborhood was great, except for a rattling/grinding sound from the rear, but only on hard left turns (any ideas? I'm hoping it's not something in the already over-amped 250W motor's gearbox).
fechter wrote:Do you know if the motor has rare earth magnets?
Beagle123 wrote:Hey, you're not supposed to be riding anything that looks that cool. I thought you only rode things that look like a hefty bag.
fechter wrote:I see the silver duct tape matches the frame
fechter wrote:Bigger holes would help the cooling, so would a blower. If it's not overheating, then you don't need to worry about it.
xyster wrote:fechter wrote:I see the silver duct tape matches the frame
Duct tape is the poor man's metallurgy.
Whew, xter. I'm glad to see that you solved the "cool" problem on that bike. You did a great job uglifying your bike. Your girlfriend can rest easy knowing that you're not out picking up on women.
If you'll allow me to make a suggestion, I'd suggest covering the remaining areas that aren't covered in duct tape with more duct tape. You could make it look like something you'd see on the show "lost in space."
Personally, I've taken a different approach: My bike LOOKS cool, but it will only go about 15mph right now. Last time I rode by a Burger King, a bunch of kids were laughing at me.
Sometimes it's hard to be ahead of your time.
P.S. They also sell this tape called "Gorilla Tape" which is similar to duct tape, and waterproof, strong etc. However, it is black. If you ever feel the need to build black into your color scheme, you might consider it. It holds my batteries together.
xyster wrote:From the looks of that moped, I surmise you've solved your chick-ring surveillance problem too. I take bikes and crap them up. You take crappy bikes and keep them crappy. What a stroke of genius, my friend! The real lazy-man's method to anonymity via obscurity.
kisshu wrote:wow i'm glad to meet you ... i just returned one to the store. did i do the wrong thing?
kisshu wrote:you mention the motor being 250 watts i thought it was a 450 watt motor?
kisshu wrote:also if the motor dies why not switch to a 600 bmc watt or higher instead of a hub motor?
kisshu wrote:now the important stuff.... modifications
i live on a long hill about 1 mile with various grades 10 to 25 maybe and want to be able to travel to the next town over and back about 7 miles each way the trip from the botom has a lot flat road and some 1 to 5 degree grades.
i too found i could only go a short distance before the batteries indicated red etc. right now i would only be able to go to the store at the botom of the hill - about two miles and back with pedaling before it runs low - and the power is not great for climing the hill i live on.
is it a good bike for modification so i could make the 15 mile round trip and beable to do 20 - 25 some times? its way to slow and powerless
kisshu wrote:also, ive been looking into other setups like a crank drive set up to take advantage of gearing
why not put the motor where the controller sits and run it off the crank with free wheel?
kisshu wrote:i noticed everything it welded - the controller and kick stand - how feesable is this for modification like using a cyclone system
or other type crank driven system? given the kickstand would have to be removed with a torch etc.
kisshu wrote:or can i get away with converting it to a higher voltage with same motor or using a higher watt motor? i really would like to use the gearing though
is it worth the bike frame or is it better to find a lighter used frame?
kisshu wrote:its really unusable without modification and you have given me some hope
i really appreciate your expertise and advice
let me know what you recommend
also i weigh about 180 lbs
thanks alot xyster !!!!
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