Radrover.. Canada 500W Vs USA 750W Geared Motor.

NemoChitty

New Member
So I notice that RadPower's Canadian Website list the RadRover with a .....
"With 500W and 80 Nm of torque at your disposal, this Bafang geared hub motor "


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While RadPower's USA Website list the RadRover with a .....
"HUB MOTOR
750W
Brushless Bafang Geared Hub Motor with 80Nm of Torque and 5:1 Planetary Gear Reduction. "


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I called RadPower Bikes, and Olivia in sales confirmed, that is correct, due to Canada's laws & restrictions for public road use.

I learn something new every day!

tim
 
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mrgold35

Well-Known Member
I'm not sure how each version would feel since they both have 80 nm of torque. I usually stay 99% of the time in PAS 3 (375 watts) on paved roads and PAS 2 (175 watts) normally or PAS 3 if sandy for trail riding.
 

Chopperbill

Active Member
Wherever you live the upgraded controller from Bolton is a cheap and worthwhile upgrade.
Not about the OP but what year is that BSA you have there. I bought a new 68 650 lighting and it reminds me of it, same color. Too bad I wrapped it around a tree and it was sent to the junk yard. Sure did like that bike
 
So I notice that RadPower's Canadian Website list the RadRover with a .....
"With 500W and 80 Nm of torque at your disposal, this Bafang geared hub motor "


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While RadPower's USA Website list the RadRover with a .....
"HUB MOTOR
750W
Brushless Bafang Geared Hub Motor with 80Nm of Torque and 5:1 Planetary Gear Reduction. "


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I called RadPower Bikes, and Olivia in sales confirmed, that is correct, due to Canada's laws & restrictions for public road use.

I learn something new every day!

tim
The same motor juiced up to 750 by RadPower.

 

AHicks

Well-Known Member
The deal is there are several ways to rate a motor's wattage and not many rules governing which is used where. For instance, it's pretty easy to restrict a 750 watt motor to 500 watts by limiting the power available to it electronically. There's also the potential for a company to say that their testing suggests a 500 watt motor will actually handle 750 watts, leaving the part that says it will only do that for a few minutes located in the fine print.

Then, there's the real way, where testing shows a 750 watt motor can dissipate heat well enough where it will handle a constant diet of 750 watts.

In Rad's case, there are a lot of very happy owners very satisfied with the amount of power available while in stock form. It's only natural though (for many of us) to want more. With RAD, that's easily accomplished with several routes to go. Question is only how much faster you want to go (within reason of course), and how much money is in the budget....
 

Timpo

Well-Known Member
I think both 500W and 750W are nominal power, not the maximum power.

So my guess is the maximum power is still the same, which means in reality, you probably won't feel much of the difference.
 

thatdude902

Active Member
I think both of them are 500W motors. RPB just distinguish them by how much wattage they feed the motors from the controller. In the controller upgrade thread, there were at least 2 people who opened up the bare motor to upgrade to 750W Bafang motors. One is the American version (mine), and the other is the Canadian version (spmckinnon's). (Hard to tell from the pictures, but the Canadian version might even be 350W motors)

Btw, I have no issues with RPB rating the Radrover as 750w. They said it's 750w and they feed it 750w. The said it can go 20mph and it does.