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Electric Cowboy replied to the thread We made an in-depth Harley Davidson Live wire review.
" OK, I'll see about setting up a quick chat about things with him. "

8 Hours Ago

ericreese20 replied to the thread KZ 550 Conversion.
" I ended up buying the Motenergy ME1008 motor for about 550 after shipping "

11 Hours Ago

Richard230 clicked Likes for this post: Empulse on cycle trader for $1795 by Spaceweasel

12 Hours Ago

ericreese20 replied to the thread KZ 550 Conversion.
" Thanks for the reply. I asked the company for a refund and will be returning them. Do you have a site where I can buy good batteries? Willing to spend around 1200 ish on them. Price isnít a worry for me. I havenít yet decided on a controller. Was working on battery, then motor, then controller. I just need to find a good battery link "

14 Hours Ago

Spaceweasel created the thread Empulse on cycle trader for $1795.
" Not mine- just saw this, seems like a screaming deal.
https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/...se-R-119595194 "

16 Hours Ago

Stevo replied to the thread KZ 550 Conversion.
" Welcome to the forum and the learning experience that you've started
I used these batteries early on in my learning curve: https://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Max-Ba...771925&sr=8-33

You will discover that although they will work to get the bike moving and pretty well too, but not very far. You will be less than impressed. I know the limiting factor of the expense of good batteries, but that part of your build is really the most important part. However, to learn all the other aspects of building your conversion, they will get you there. Just keep your expectations low.
Either motor will work well for you, and they can work up to 90 volts pretty safely, when you decide to upgrade your battery pack to some better Nissan Leaf modules, or Chevy volt batteries.

What controller are you thinking of using? "

17 Hours Ago

ericreese20 created the thread KZ 550 Conversion.
" Trying to convert my kz 550 and had some questions. Just wanted to make sure I was on the right track. This weekend I'm stripping the bike down so that only the wheels, and fork remain. Gonna make it bare.

I just bought 6 of these batteries (https://www.atbatt.com/amstron-ap12-...lose-out-item/). Going to wire them in series for 72V. Next, I was looking at motors. I found Motenergy ME1008 PMDC Electric Motor 72V. There was also a ME0709 motor as well. Does it matter which one I get? Seems the difference is in the kWh output. Am I on the right track? "

1 Day Ago

Stevo replied to the thread We made an in-depth Harley Davidson Live wire review.
" I d like to ask him his thoughts about electric motorcycles. His Fuel project looks to be a bike made for commuters, not really a sport influenced machine. He is so creative
and original with his designs, I'm curious to see where he goes with this blank canvas. Not to mention that the HD review is good Segway into an Eric Buell interview!
I'd also ask him about thoughts on a 2 wheel drive motorcycle using electrics, If he knows any of the design team over at Ohlins who worked on the 2 wheel drive Dakar Yamaha. I think pairing electric motors with a hydraulic drive train is an interesting idea to build on. I want to build an electric hydraulic 2 wheel drive sidehack! "

2 Days Ago

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Richard230 created the thread European electric scooter sales up.
" Electric scooter sales were up in Europe in 2019, compared with the previous year by 104%:
https://electricmotorcycles.news/sil...e-to-covid-19/ "

2 Days Ago

Richard230 replied to the thread We made an in-depth Harley Davidson Live wire review.
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Quote Originally Posted by Electric Cowboy View Post
So HD and those companies had some unfortunate business dealings where the smaller electric companies did not protect themselves, and ended up damaged to the point of death after trying to work with HD.

Morgan and I spoke to Erik about the Fuell last year. We could probably do a video chat with him about it if you guys were interested.
I would be interested in what Erik is up to with his Fuell project. "

3 Days Ago

Electric Cowboy replied to the thread We made an in-depth Harley Davidson Live wire review.
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Quote Originally Posted by Stevo View Post
How exactly is HD responsible for putting Mission and Alta out of business?
I'm not a HD fanboy, and will never be a Harley owner, but it seems to me that Alta and Mission put themselves out of business.

If you ever do a test of one of these https://electrek.co/2019/03/05/motor...e-brand-fuell/, please post here. Nice work.

So HD and those companies had some unfortunate business dealings where the smaller electric companies did not protect themselves, and ended up damaged to the point of death after trying to work with HD.

Morgan and I spoke to Erik about the Fuell last year. We could probably do a video chat with him about it if you guys were interested. "

3 Days Ago

Richard230 replied to the thread We made an in-depth Harley Davidson Live wire review.
" I now recall where I heard the latest information regarding H-D. It was from a CBS radio business news reporter. He said last week that H-D would be opening up one or more of their factories for limited production this week, but that 70% of their dealers would not be receiving new motorcycles this year. He also mentioned that H-D would be concentrating on the upper end of their product line, so that might include the Livewire if they get orders from their dealers, I assume. "

4 Days Ago

evguy created the thread Controller for 100 volt motorcycle.
" Looking for a controller for my 100 volt brushed dc motor. I was looking at the Kelly KDZ12400 but have heard bad things. The controller has to have 0-5K throttle input also. Thanks for any help! "

4 Days Ago

Stevo replied to the thread We made an in-depth Harley Davidson Live wire review.
" How exactly is HD responsible for putting Mission and Alta out of business?
I'm not a HD fanboy, and will never be a Harley owner, but it seems to me that Alta and Mission put themselves out of business.

If you ever do a test of one of these https://electrek.co/2019/03/05/motor...e-brand-fuell/, please post here. Nice work. "

4 Days Ago

Richard230 replied to the thread We made an in-depth Harley Davidson Live wire review.
" Here is an entertaining video blog regarding Harley Davidson's troubles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOwxxsPaogY

I have seen one or two financial H-D report articles recently and they were not too positive regarding their sales this year. I think I might have seen something recently on motorcycle.com. "

4 Days Ago

flo replied to the thread We made an in-depth Harley Davidson Live wire review.
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Quote Originally Posted by Electric Cowboy View Post


....., just lots of little knit picks.


....This is enough for me to cut them some slack and wait and watch .....


!

Hi,
i agree with you that in times like these (at the start of transformation to electric transportation) its a step forward and is to be honored. So one can and should cut them some slack.

That said though, i would not call understeer knit picking, especially on a premium priced product. Maybe i am not a brilliant rider, but within my 30 years of biking i have yet to ride a japanese
bike, at half/third price understeers notably.
To me this sounds like a design flaw within frame/rake, .../geometry which shows their design/test team clearly not being worth their wages.

UNLESS this is so little, that only a very eperienced rider will notice it in extreme conditions (aka on track). IN this case it was not comunicated well in the video and i am to apologise.

Inconsitant charging on the other hand is a complete NO-GO on any comercial battery powered product and , at least i would call that laughable for a premium product after 6 years r&d.
Heck even my 19Euro electric tooth brush charges reliably after 3 years of use.

greets

flo "

5 Days Ago

Electric Cowboy replied to the thread We made an in-depth Harley Davidson Live wire review.
" It is possible. I don't have any insider information right now. What I have gleaned through Morgan's research though, is that HDs EV team looks like it will be sticking around.

Also, I believe the interim CEO may have accepted the position, not 100% on that. I hate speculation, but I don't have all the real data yet. Also, IF I remember correctly, that interim CEO was head of HDs sustainability and greener departments... I'm not 100% on this info though, so research it before regurgitating to anyone Incase I am mistaken.

If I am mistaken, and you have a desire to research, please also share here so I and others know the data. Links so we can each also read with our own unique perspectives would be awesome.

Thank you. "

5 Days Ago

Richard230 replied to the thread We made an in-depth Harley Davidson Live wire review.
" What with Harley's financial situation this year, I wonder if they will continue to produce the Livewire and market it this year? A recent report that I read said that their motorcycle production would be way down this year and 70% of their dealers would not be receiving any new bikes. The report also said that they would only be producing premium (and expensive) models this year, so that might include the Livewire if they get any orders for it from their dealers.

I should add that I really enjoyed your Livewire review Electric Cowboy. I look forward to any future reviews on whatever electric motorcycles that you can get your hands on. "

5 Days Ago

Electric Cowboy replied to the thread We made an in-depth Harley Davidson Live wire review.
" Everyone will have their own cake, I enjoy very powerful bikes. The Harley qualifies as a very powerful bike. I unfortunately qualify as a poor person, so I can't have it.

It is a good bike and acceptable. I wouldn't fault anyone for buying it if they had the money.

all that said I do think the energica is a way better value proposition for price, not to mention it does have more power, more top speed, and even faster charging on the 13.4 kilowatt hour battery model which is the one that I have.

Nonetheless though, this Harley might be the right bike for someone. It isn't bad, just lots of little knit picks.

If you check out the channel and watch the lightning videos, where we review the lightning strike, that is a bad bike, that is a bike I would fault people for buying after I have made the review on it. That is a bike that I think the manufacturer should go to jail for making, as well as for lying about. So the Harley after reviewing the lightning seems like a wonderful bike, even if I don't like the company because they put mission motors and Alta out of business.

As I am performing this voice to text response, I have realized the Harley really is a mixed bag. It's not a terrible bike it's actually a pretty good bike, but the company making it is a bit questionable at this point. since they are actually making a real motorcycle that people can buy and ride today, that gives them a step in the right direction. This is enough for me to cut them some slack and wait and watch to see if they turn into a a reasonable electric motorcycle provider. Perhaps they are turning a new leaf with this, who knows, I am not a patient person, but I will wait and watch this because I think it is good enough to be worth it.

Apologies of some of this doesn't make sense it was just stream of thought that I spoke into my phone.

Thank you so much for your reply, I hope you enjoy more of our content! "

5 Days Ago