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Richard230 replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" That is really interesting, Ted. I love stories that have connections like that. In many cases, when you dig down into a story, you run into interesting connections illustrating that it is really a small world - especially when it comes to the development of the electric motorcycle.

And since you mentioned KTM and the FreeRide E, I don't know about elsewhere, but here in California there is not exactly a big rush to buy that dual-sport electric motorcycle. The local KTM dealers don't seem to have any interest in selling the model. I guess I can understand that reluctance as this is a big place and the FreeRide E is not really up to traveling any distance on paved roads and in my area dirt roads are all privately or publicly owned and their use is restricted to hikers, bicyclists and hay-burners. Powered vehicles prohibited, even when they are bicycles that have an electric motor assist. "

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Ted Dillard replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" Wrapping it up for the weekend - (breaks added for clarity)

Here’s where the story of Schless and his Blade gets interesting.
Schless was deeply connected, and because of these connections was able to
establish placement of his bikes in some fairly diverse worldwide markets.

He had the bikes in a Scott Valley CA bike shop for a few months, a local
haunt of Zero founder Neal Saiki, shortly before Saiki built the first
Electricross Drift.

Allensandro Tiburon was the Blade European distributor,
and the cousin of one of Quantya’s founders: Claudio Dick. Dick,
apparently with the help of Tiburon and Max Modina, from Cagiva, put
together the first Quantya with very slight modification of the Blade design.

Schless had a building in Ashland, OR he was renting to a small car
fabrication start-up, and his former Denali frame designer, Brett Gober,
commuted to the place on his Blade. Apparently the start-up’s owner was
interested in the bike, and thought he could do better. The owner? Craig
Bramscher, and the company: Brammo.

One more. The Blade Austrian distributor, Georg Dernforffer, had a
roommate. The roommate worked for KTM, in Austria. Apparently
“…they (the roommate) took his Blade and played with it.” Years later, in
2014, KTM launched the FreeRide E, becoming the first established gasoline
motorcycle company to offer an electric powered bike, and a motocross bike
at that.

It’s obviously a stretch at best to claim the Denali and Blade had
confirmed, direct influence on the start and development of these four
companies with such circumstantial evidence. However, the fact that the
Denali had been in production for several years, and the Blade was in full
production for 4 years prior to the launch of Zero (2006), Brammo (2008),
Quantya (2005) and the FreeRide E (2014), amounting to nearly a decade of
successful production, performance and sales, it’s simply not reasonable to
assume it had no impact at all.

Schless undeniably set the stage for what would become a new paradigm
for two-wheeled motorsports.

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Lest you fear Ely Schless has withdrawn from the electric motorcycle
world, fear not. The photo above comes with this message: “I built this
frame for Victory Brammo this past year for the Isle of Man where we
finished second behind the Honda Mugen bike (119 versus 117 mph
average).”

See why I had to go back to the drawing board? Have a great weekend! "

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Functional Artist replied to the thread Motenergy ME1302.
" Here is a low cost alternative. I've used them on go karts before, they zip right along.
48V 1,800W brushless motor, controller & throttle ($135.00 delivered)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/PRO-48V-180...MAAOSwi0xaSuUR

Here is a very "shaky" video with some good info on this motor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffzQf7ppw5g "

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Richard230 replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
"
Quote Originally Posted by Ted Dillard View Post
Remind anybody of battery "breakthroughs"? ...or startup motorcycle companies, Richard?
It certainly does.

Another subject that has been on my mind lately is what are the proposed tariffs on just about everything imported from China into the U.S. going to do to electric motor parts, batteries, controllers and the occasional California electric motorcycle company prices? My guess is nothing good. Electric motorcycles and their parts are already too expensive for most of the general market to bear right now. Jacking up prices by 10%, or likely 25% (since the Chinese are not likely to want to "loose face" by caving into "our" demands any time soon) is really going to depress the electric motorcycle market - and likely related markets, too. "

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frodus replied to the thread Quiq charger fault?.
" Maybe take the cover off and make sure everything inside is seated correctly, especially the voltage leads. "

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zerous replied to the thread Quiq charger fault?.
" Hi Frodus, thank you for your answer.

I start to think there is something wrong with my charger.

Last time when it jumped the way i described as soon i tapped lightly on charger housing with a rubber hammer charging amperage go higher, as soon it goes down again after next tap ig go up again until it stayed there. For me it sounds like some component at PCB are not very well connected or start to loose connection. Today when i charging again, there was no no jumping at all. It still overcharge according to chosen program. "

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Ted Dillard replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" Remind anybody of battery "breakthroughs"? ...or startup motorcycle companies, Richard? "

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Ted Dillard replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" It's a little more convoluted than that, but yeah, mostly. I pulled this section out of Mark Twain's "Roughing It" - his account of his exploits in the Wild West around the late 1800s:

So the thousand wild cat shafts burrowed deeper and deeper into the earth day
by day, and all men were beside themselves with hope and happiness. How they
labored, prophesied, exulted! Surely nothing like it was ever seen before since the
world began.

Every one of these wild cat mines -- not mines, but holes in the ground over
imaginary mines -- was incorporated and had handsomely engraved "stock" and the
stock was salable, too. It was bought and sold with a feverish avidity in the boards
every day. You could go up on the mountain side, scratch around and find a ledge
(there was no lack of them), put up a "notice" with a grandiloquent name in it, start
a shaft, get your stock printed, and with nothing whatever to prove that your mine
was worth a straw, you could put your stock on the market and sell out for
hundreds and even thousands of dollars. To make money, and make it fast, was as
easy as it was to eat your dinner.

Every man owned "feet" in fifty different wild cat mines and considered his
fortune made. Think of a city with not one solitary poor man in it! One would
suppose that when month after month went by and still not a wild cat mine [by wild
cat I mean, in general terms, any claim not located on the mother vein, i.e., the
"Comstock") yielded a ton of rock worth crushing, the people would begin to
wonder if they were not putting too much faith in their prospective riches; but there
was not a thought of such a thing. They burrowed away, bought and sold, and were
happy.

There was nothing in the shape of a mining claim that was not salable. We
received presents of "feet" every day. If we needed a hundred dollars or so, we sold
some; if not, we hoarded it away, satisfied that it would ultimately be worth a
thousand dollars a foot. I had a trunk about half full of "stock." When a claim made
a stir in the market and went up to a high figure, I searched through my pile to see if
I had any of its stock -- and generally found it.
"

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Stevo replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" I know you are a history buff... the REAL winners of the gold rush were the suppliers to the miners... Levi and Strauss, and all the guys selling picks and shovels. Just sayin' LOL "

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Stevo replied to the thread Debate of the Day: Experimental Chain Tensioner.
" That Rollo-Ring is a pretty nifty invention, but I don't think applicable here. And gocart chain adjustment is not the same animal, without 6" suspension travel

What I really really need to find is a 520 sprocket adapter for the 7/8" keyed electric motor shaft. Nobody makes a solution AFAIK.
I was going to meet with my local machinist about prototyping one up. I ordered a JT sprocket for a BMW G450X... the inner diameter should fit over the shaft diameter no problem. They are available in 13, 14 and 15 tooth configs. "

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Stevo replied to the thread Motenergy ME1302.
" Thanks for throwing a wrench in my sales pitch, Ted!
45 minutes of ride time would need a big battery pack, even with the golden motor, IMO.
But Ted is right, the Golden will be much better than an old 0909 "

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Ted Dillard replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" I hear ya - I have a great memory, it's just short.

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Richard230 replied to the thread Power in Flux excerpt: The Blade.
" Thanks for reminding my Ted. I read every word in your book, but at my age my memory isn't what it used to be - and it was never very good to begin with. "

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