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    Power in Flux book review

    Book review of Power in Flux

    I just finished reading Power in Flux, written by Ted Dillard, and would like to offer my comments regarding his book, which I helped to fund by contributing to his Kickstarter campaign: Frankly, it was quite an exciting and interesting struggle to read the entire book as I can't believe how much information Ted packed into 347 pages. I really learned a lot regarding many of the vehicles, manufacturers, universities, races, racers, personalities and innovations that made electric motorcycles possible, many of which I became familiar with during my years reading posts on the elmoto, Electric Motorcycle and Brammo forums.

    In his book Ted provides considerable detail about every subject you can think of regarding the recent history and development of both commercial-manufacturer and enthusiast-built electric motorcycles, including the development of the motors and batteries that made these vehicles practical and the racing teams that did their best to make all of the parts work in unison and push the envelope on the racetrack. I highly recommend Power in Flux to any electric motorcycle enthusiast who wants an in-depth look at the beginnings of the future of motorcycles.

    However, be aware that Power in Flux is not your typical large-format “coffee table” book with museum-quality photos of old classic British motorcycles. It is a 9” by 6” paperback book that takes you on a written trip from the beginnings of this century to 2016. It has lots of words and just enough slightly grainy photos to illustrate the discussion in the text. Ted's book is really directed at the enthusiast who wants an inside and detailed look at what has occurred during the past 15 or 20 years. It contains facts and quotes that you would never be able to dig up yourself and you will be amazed at how much work its author must have put into acquiring this information. What Power in Flux is not is a general history about electric motorcycles that will appeal to the non-enthusiast who is just wondering about the technology. Ted has dug down to the “nitty-gritty” and if you want the basics, head for an encyclopedia or Wikipedia.

    If you would like to order a copy of Power in Flux you can visit this website: https://powerinflux.wordpress.com/ I think you will be surprised at what you will learn and I am certain that you will not find another book about electric motorcycles that is anything like it. Ted's book is just plain unique. It is a book that you will want to read more than once and you will definitely want to keep it on your bookshelf for future reference.
    Richard - Current bikes: 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2011 Royal Enfield 500, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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    definitely worth the price. Good read, and indeed focused on the true innovators in this field. A lot of the text gets backed up by real quotes and stories from people who where part of it.

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    I just started on it, and yeah, it digs deep. Considering all that has happened in the last 10-15 years, it's pretty cool that he fit as much in as he did.

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    I think you will like this review of Power in Flux better than mine. http://reneweconomy.com.au/a-short-h...olution-69175/
    Richard - Current bikes: 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2011 Royal Enfield 500, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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    Electric Motorcycles News has just published a long and very complementary illustrated review of Power in Flux:
    https://electricmotorcycles.news/a-s...cle-evolution/
    Richard - Current bikes: 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2011 Royal Enfield 500, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2005 Triumph T-100 Bonneville, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior.

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    Not for nothin' but I'm going to tread very lightly on the bounds of "shameless self promotion". However, this is the deepest discount I've seen Lulu offer, so I thought I'd pass it on:

    Save 40% On Orders Of Print Books & Calendars
    Use Code: CYBER40
    Cannot be combined with other offers
    Does not apply to ebooks or services
    Ends November 30th at 11:59 PM

    Link's in the sig.

    Have a good one!
    Power in Flux: The History of Electric Motorcycles
    www.powerinflux.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Dillard View Post
    Not for nothin' but I'm going to tread very lightly on the bounds of "shameless self promotion". However, this is the deepest discount I've seen Lulu offer, so I thought I'd pass it on:

    Save 40% On Orders Of Print Books & Calendars
    Use Code: CYBER40
    Cannot be combined with other offers
    Does not apply to ebooks or services
    Ends November 30th at 11:59 PM

    Link's in the sig.

    Have a good one!
    Was enough for me to order one. Thanks!

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