This is just awesome. Finally 5 months of hard work and dedication are paying me back. I've had a whole 2 days of riding - I've found out more about the bike in this last period than I ever have during the build process.
I've ridden everywhere - skate park, woods, jump spots, MX trails...
My initial thoughts:
Throttle : Most people who've ridden it agree that the throttle is too hard to control and end up wheelieing or almost flipping it. They're not used to the way it goes (speed throttle is like setting a cruise control, which uses 100% power to get to that speed). A current throttle will make a huge difference.
Also - tiny body movements (standing etc.) make throttle changes. Thumb throttle would be ideal.
Power : The power is awesome. I spent alot of time riding backwards, UP downhill courses at 20-30 mph! It's bizarre.
I can also get up 30% hills at almost full speed, starting ON the hill from standstill. I was worried about exploding the controller (low revs, high current) but it is taking it like a champ. Hardest thing is to get body weight positioning to fight wheelies under power!
Everyone loves the bike. It looks so gangster. Even strangers were interested, and rude boys were shouting "man that is SICK!"
Big problem with continued usage is the heat. I have to take 5 min breaks after a continued run as the motor gets to 45deg C / 110deg F (on the CASING, not the windings). I'm running it very hard.
Matt's DaVinci shell is taking alot of the heat, it's almost as hot as the motor. Brilliant design.
I hit a few jumps on it, it's a scary bike to handle as it's heavy. I wouldn't want to wrap it round a tree, even as a 'light' eBike it's still alot of weight.
Managed to do a downhill run and bottom out the suspension on the batt. box.
Raced a 50CC scooter - I have more power but need to work on my starts, it's really hard to get going immediately. Have ~70KPH top speed, it'll wheelie all the way there.
Controller is still on minimum throttle and very sensitive limiting, minimum motor startup power, and low timing advance (less power, less heat). Plenty of room for performance tweaks.
I have all the parts to run it through gears, but it's running so well at the moment I think I'll just enjoy the fun of riding.
Riding on the road is really boring.
Go Pro in 1080p cuts off half the picture. 720p much better.
Lots of videos - I'll upload some more soon.
I am trying to give back to the community in terms of fun videos and useful information - I've learnt so much from here so hoping any of this helps.