Thanks!chill4x4saph wrote:really nice bike!!!, love the engineering!!
I think I've found a name for the bike: "The Ambassador". I've had so many people stop and ask about it, and everyone is positive and complimentary. Something happened today that goes to the top of the list.
I was taking the bike on a check ride. With my lower gear reduction, I noticed I needed to change the CAv3 from low power to high power in order to exceed 99 amps max. I also needed to gather data about how hot my Castle HV-160 is getting under aggressive riding. So on my way home from a nice 5-6 mile run, I went to make one last loop on "the big hill" near my house. I blasted down the main road near my place, did a "U" turn, then up the hill on the main road and onto the bigger hill on the residential street around the corner. During this run I got the feeling someone was following me and wanted to say hello (there was a friendly 'tot' to the horn, but whatever - I was testing!
So I got to the top of the big hill and circled around - "Maybe another run... get a good torture test for the motor and controller" I thought. As I looked down the hill, the white car that was following me started up the hill. The driver tooted and waved. I thought about escape routes (onto the sidewalk and down the hill at 35mph) and defense plans (turned the GPS tracker on... checked that yes, I have my motorcycle gloves on, the ones with the titanium knuckle guards). Yes it looked like it would be a friendly encounter, but I'd be a fool not to consider the full range of possibilities.
So the car pulled up to me, and two 25ish year old men jumped out, gushing over the bike. We chatted there awhile, but after a bit one of the men wanted to get back home - "I left the tools in the driveway". They seemed pretty cool - and clearly they were torn between leaving to secure their stuff and carrying on the chat. So I said what the hell - I'll follow you.
It was pretty awesome. These guys live right around the corner from me. Turns out, they were troubleshooting a late '90s F-150 when I zoomed by, and (I'm picturing a Dukes of Hazard style entry into their car) wanted to take a closer look at what the hell just screamed by the main road at 35mph. They actually dropped what they were doing to chase me down and find out more.
I spent awhile there - learned a bit or two about the fuel injection system on an diesel Ford truck, got my hands dirty, turned a couple wrenches, and had a great chat. One of the guys got to ride the bike (a safe risk, since I know where he lives) but actually declined riding it under e-power... he just wanted to pedal it (poor bastard!) Again it was pretty cool. These guys are just like us - the truck is being readied for a life of burning bio diesel, and in the scrap pile out back they had a couple electric motors - a 1KW brushed motor from a dryer and one of those Fisher & Paykel style BLDC washing machine motors. I think once they learn the difference between a hall wire and a phase wire they'll be converting that Ford pickup from bio diesel to LiPo...