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Joe EE

Active Member
#3
Hey Jeff. No disc. The bike is 48 V 1000 Watts and has a rear coaster brake and regen braking up front. I was concerned about that until I rode it. The bike is heavy and so am I but you hit that regen and she just dies.
The bike actually came with a front disc brake but is setup for it on the right side. That motor will only take a left sided disc so I had to decide if I wanted to modify the frame to accommodate that. It took one ride to realize I don’t need to. Lots of stopping power. I think the regen is better than the coaster.
 

Joe EE

Active Member
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here is a dream: super hip black leather saddle bags for that chopper, with the batter(its) stored in them. could that work?

LUSCIOUS BIKE MAN!!!!!!!
Thank you Charles, I considered that. The bike is very narrow, and I don’t like the idea of the battery being somewhat “loose” back there. I think I’m going to add another battery and double the range. I am presently hunting for some narrow hi gloss black hard bags that will hold both batteries snugly. I think then the rear will be done. I will be posting lots more pics.
 

Joe EE

Active Member
#10
Curious if the front tire spins out when stating out? Looks like 75% of the weight will be on the back tire.
Hey Rich. The funny thing is this bike was “front heavy” before I touched it. Those forks up front were most of the bikes weight. And then I added the 25+ pound wheel/motor combo. One of the cool features on the Cycle Analyst is that you can control the acceleration rate. It can be programmed to slowly go from a crawl to full throttle at whatever pace the rider desires, preventing any skidding at the front. With my weight in back and all that steel up front she is nicely balanced. Thanks for asking.
 

Ann M.

Administrator
#11
The Golden Motor kits are very reliable and the regen when programmed has exceptional braking power. Very nice setup @Joe EE! Wondering why the battery is loose? It comes with a mount that you can put on that rack; might require a little of drilling on your rack and perhaps removing the tail end of the rack so that it is level, then you could slide the battery on and off. The battery mount comes attached to the bottom of the battery; just unlock the battery, then slide it off the mount and determine what mods you need to do to make this work. Hacksaws or a grinder are very handy tools for this :D

Keep us updated with your rides and pics, please.
 

Joe EE

Active Member
#12
The Golden Motor kits are very reliable and the regen when programmed has exceptional braking power. Very nice setup @Joe EE! Wondering why the battery is loose? It comes with a mount that you can put on that rack; might require a little of drilling on your rack and perhaps removing the tail end of the rack so that it is level, then you could slide the battery on and off. The battery mount comes attached to the bottom of the battery; just unlock the battery, then slide it off the mount and determine what mods you need to do to make this work. Hacksaws or a grinder are very handy tools for this :D

Keep us updated with your rides and pics, please.
Hi Ann and thanks for the kudos on the bike. I have been frothing over the idea for the past 10 months or so, so it’s nice to see it come together. The regen is better than any disc I have used. The drag is almost startling even though you are expecting it. I was very concerned about the battery mounting because this is an odd bike. It’s very narrow, 100 mm at the rear which is why I went with the front hub motor. Because of the low seat and the overall layout of the bike, finding the right rack was tricky. Gary Salo at Golden Motor, who has nearly the identical bike and was my inspiration, was instrumental in helping me realize this little dream of mine. A great guy! I used the Golden Motor rack and I bolted that battery and the whole assembly down tight and used the red loctite to cinch it in. Not even a hint of a rattle. Very solid.
While I am satisfied momentarily that I successfully installed everything and wired her up correctly, the appearance of the tail leaves me wanting a more stealthy and sleek appearance. When Charles mentioned the leather saddlebags the other day, I mentioned that a soft setup like that would make me nervous with the battery shifting if I did it that way.
I have since located some very high gloss, very reasonably priced black hard bags that will hopefully accommodate both batteries, as I plan on adding another. She is going to look slammin’ from nose to tail when I am done with her. Independent turn signals and all.
Glad you like her so far and stay tuned :)
 

Joe EE

Active Member
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Beautiful day on the trail today. First actual ride aside from neighborhood testing. This is a great ride. By dialing my pedal assist down to about 50 Watts (eco mode?) I was able to double my expected range. I was getting around 4 miles per AH. Throttling around my neighborhood I was getting half that. It is lots of fun to tweak settings and have so much info and control over the bike. It is making my ready made bikes kind of ho hum at the moment. The power from this motor is a little overwhelming on the flat. I was hesitant to let the throttle all the way out as I was sailing at over 28 MPH and she had more to give. Very happy with this project and still working on it. Hard bag install is next and tidying up the wires. Can any anyone share their miles/ Amp hour statistics? Are my results fairly common?
 

Joe EE

Active Member
#17
Upgrades completed... for now. Fork bag, front and rear directionals operational, hard bags permanently mounted, new Tailbones more streamlined saddle, Shenkey hi output headlamp (with seizure inducing strobe mode),
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ElectraBlade logo on the downtube and battery blind with a “broken glass” finish along with upgraded Axiom MK3 Journey Uni-Fit Rear Rack and a brass single stroke bell from Serfas.
 

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