I made a few changes to the bike and I have one interesting item to point out.....
First, as you can see by the pictures, the bike looks different. I made an add-on pack to increase range and I added a splashguard.
The pack is easy to add or remove (as is the splashguard). I added the pack for a few reasons;
#1 I am moving toward longer rides. I am regularly going on 20 mile rides. This pouts my pack at a very low state when I return home. I do not like having no reserve.
#2 The pack will last longer using less capacity for each ride.
#3 I do not have to recharge after every ride. I can be confident that I always have some capacity left for a ride on the spur of the moment. Plus, I can remove the add-on pack at any time to reduce the weight.
#4 I had the two 6S-8AH packs lying around doing nothing anyway.
The splashguard was added not because I want to ride in inclement weather, but because I have had a couple occasions where I hit an unseen puddle and this bike has many nooks and crannies that are tough to clean. So, in keeping with the long range bike theme, I added a splashguard. The pack and splash guard can be removed in 10 minutes if I so desire for lighter weight rides not requiring long range.
It is interesting. The bike actually handles better with the added weight of the pack. I think 50 pounds is a bike light for a bike that hits 30mph top speed. Even with a relatively relaxed head-tube angle, it still feels a bit twitchy at full throttle, or it used to feel a tiny bit twitchy. Now, with the added 4 pounds or so, the bike is more stable, and a bit less wheelie prone. I like it.
Lastly, I had an interesting occurrance the other day...... I was jumping the bike and the motor wires unplugged and shorted out. They shorted so badly I had to cut off the motor wire commectors and solder on new ones because the copper was melted. It was quite the lightning show! Believe it or not, the controller survived! Or so I thought.....
I repaired the connectors, tried the bike for a coiuple short rides and the controller seemed fine. But, 6 miles from home, riding gentle, the controller burst into flames! Bummer.... So, I had to pedal this 55 pound bike home in a hilly area, against the wind. Not fun. I have seen this in the past with many different controllers. It is not a RC controller issue. It is a motor controller issue. If an extremely harsh situation occurs with the controller, it can damage it internally and it will seem fine, for the short run. But, in a few miles, it will blow completely. I had one contorller in stock. So, it was OK. But, new controllers are not cheap. So, protect those connectors!
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