oatnet wrote: The new 7.4kwh LiFePO4 pack is configured 45s5p, 50ah and 164v off the charger, roughly double the capacity of the 3.7kwh NiMh pack the bike came with. I travelled 46.5 aggressive miles on an '80% DOD test ride' that pulled 40ah/5700wh from the pack. Resting voltage only dropped to 144.7v, or 3.21v/cell, so there was enough juice left in the pack to accomodate an out-of-balance condition on future 80%DOD cycles. The range of 46.5 miles would be enough to do my work commute for (3) days (although I keep the battery topped up), or to do 30+ miles of errands after work. Frankly, my old body was exhausted by the 46.5 mile test, so I think I will run out of energy long before the moto does.
The Vectrix 2.0 pulls low amps (40-50) on launch, increasing with speed to a maximum of about 220 amps. I noted cruising up a steep hill at 50mph only pulled 60a. The Old pack was only 136v after charging, and after a few miles easily sagged under load to <108v to trigger the 'reduced performance' mode. This means the old pack was getting 24kw peaks into the motor, but the new one gets about 32kw into it, 33% more power. 70mph comes up very very fast now. The moto pulls MUCH harder from 30mph to the 72mph speed-limiting cutoff, and it is pulling so strong at cutoff that my helmet bounced off the windscreen the first time it kicked in.
I've been riding it for a few weeks now, range anxiety is a thing of the past, and I still haven't gotten used to all the new power, so I am thrilled. With the upgrade, my Vectrix has become exactly the bike I fantisized it was before I bought it.
Seems like just yesterday I was reading your posts about getting this bike & being licensed to ride a motorcycle for the 1st time...
How safe do you feel riding this as far as handling for any emergency "defensive driving" to avoid an accident with automobiles? Do you think it's safe enough with your skills & dealing with traffic to ride defensively to avoid auto accidents long-term?
Would your setup be able to ride 65mph on the highway for 20 miles then 60mph for 15 miles?
Could you recharge enough for 6-hours & repeat above? Then overnight charge to do it again.
I have a friend that is interested in doing this.
Well, you've been riding this setup for awhile now. How do you like it so far? Anything you would change at this point if you had to do it over again?
I read somewhere you have a pre-order in for the Brammo Empulse...
What is the sticker shock on these?