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Thread: First E-Moto project underway '10 Zero S rebuild

              
   
   
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    Looking forward to your project! Ask away and I can help where possible (Also emailed you).

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    Michael, I think you made a good choice to start off with. Ebikes are not quite "there" yet comparing to ICE range, but the acceleration and torque will have you smiling for sure! The thing to think of is future battery developments. I've tried to design my chassis to support future battery upgrades by "simply" switching out the battbox. I cut off the front down tubes and welded on front and rear battbox mounting points, making the battbox a stressed member of the frame. Now, whatever future batteries come our way, I just need to fab up a new battbox.
    Current rides: '96 Honda Ohlins VFR, '03 Cannondale C440R, '03 Cannondale Cannibal, '06 Yamaha 450 Wolverine 4x4
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    Stevo, quiet and smooth (with belt drive) is pretty appealing too. "Refueling" and range issues seem like a big negative so I think I'd want to load up with enough batteries to get me anywhere I might go in the Bay Area and back again without having to search out a charging station somewhere. I have an aversion to being stranded.

    Enough power is enough. I've raced 750 twins and 500 singles and ridden friends' literbikes. The latter don't appeal to me at all. Sure, the rush is cool, for about 2 seconds until you get into "lose my license/exhibition of speed" territory. I don't need to pay a premium for power I can very seldom use, and at this stage of the game I've got a good idea of my limitations as a rider and even modern 600s, docile as they can be if you watch the throttle, can get out of hand too quickly.

    Plus e-power is something different for me to learn about/think about. I started racing in 1971 and to be honest the motorcycle scene seems pretty stale to me these past years. There's been incremental improvements and all the electronics but there's been little that is actually "new" in the last 20-25 years. So I'll see about finishing off the two ICE projects and then use up some other stuff I've got sitting around on an e-project.

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    Michael

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    Thanks Michael for taking this over. I regret not being able to finish it, but I feel this is the best for me, my geography and battery technology (per $) at this time.

    Thanks all. My wife and I are still installing solar panels on our roof and continue to enjoy our Nissan Leaf 5+ days a week, so we're not stepping away from green-tech, just when it comes to the moto's.
    '10 Zero S project

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    I have been thinking about building my own solar emc charger from scratch, like a combo charger and bike port. I'll use my Nissan Leaf pack as a "power wall".
    That's down the road though.
    Current rides: '96 Honda Ohlins VFR, '03 Cannondale C440R, '03 Cannondale Cannibal, '06 Yamaha 450 Wolverine 4x4
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