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Ted Dillard replied to the thread Proper Forum Etiquette.
" Attachment 7970

Welcome back, Functional Artist! "

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Ted Dillard replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" Here are a few more breadcrumbs...

In the meantime, John Fiorenza, working at Briggs and Stratton, had
picked up a Lynch motor, tested it and torn it down, convinced Briggs and
Stratton to buy limited rights to the design and redesigned it to yield a
motor that was easier and cheaper to manufacture, yet nearly as powerful
and every bit as efficient as the Lynch: the ETEK. B&S intended to use these
motors for lawn and garden applications, as well as recreational products
(an outboard motor, for one example), but the license was fairly restrictive
on the use for vehicles.

The first ETEKs became available in 2001 and Schless got his hands on
a few: “We built prototypes with both motors. Cedric’s motor was better
and he was clearly 'da man', no doubt, but the ETEK was awesome and
inspiring because it was cheap, light and really more engineered for
production than the Lynch. Not much was sacrificed versus the Lynch,
provided you watched the thermal rise. I love the design of the first ETEK
even today. I have about 7 new ones in the box, the originals.”

With the boost in power from the ETEK as well as a significant increase
in weight, (from around 115lbs for the Denali, to about 150lbs for the new
design), Schless designed a bigger, more robust chassis with stronger forks
and wheels, a wheelbase and stance matcing a Honda CLF150, and nearly
250cc class performance: the Blade. The Blade, in 2001, was still running
lead-acid batteries yet arguably the first full-on electric motocross bike.

..tbc "

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Ted Dillard replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" I know Ely spends (used to spend?) a lot of time on Endless Sphere - haven't seen him here though. "

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Stevo replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" THAT'S what I'm talkin' about!! Very cool Ted! Maybe others on here can add to this thread as well, (Maybe Ely himself!)
Carry on! "

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Stevo replied to the thread Debate of the Day: Experimental Chain Tensioner.
" So I got to thinking about chain derailers on mountain bikes/street bicycles and how the "double-ider" is utilized to remove/control all of the required chain slack in those drive systems. The wheels are spinning (in my head). "

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Stevo replied to the thread Hello, everyone!.
" Not sure if I'm any help, because I'm still bein' schooled myself! "

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Ted Dillard replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.

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Ted Dillard replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" Oh lordy. But I DID put in ONE photo! lol

No, I don't have much more in the way of photography than what's in the book, but if I have some time I'll try to scare some up. "

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Stevo replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" I was actually requesting the pics for this write-up that your doing here.... since you are using this media. I mean, internet story telling without pics IS kinda boring! "

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Ted Dillard replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" LOL

I had to decide if this was going to be a picture book or, well, not, and went with not. As it is, it was over 300 pages...

...maybe there's interest? "

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Electro Flyers replied to the thread Proper Forum Etiquette.
" I accept his apology. Let's hope lessons have been learned and we can move on. "

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Stevo replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" More pics please! Any pics of Ely? (for this forum write-up, not necessarily for the book, as I'm sure adding pics increases the costs) "

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