28,000 miles/45,000 kms in 31 countries with a Riese & Müller Supercharger

steve mercier

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Very cool trip!

Does anyone know what this would cost if it weren't under warranty, to replace the motor? I'm trying to get a sense of e-bike costs per mile. $500-1,000? Presumably the vast majority of Bosch motor failures will be out of the two year warranty.
About a thousand dollars ..ballpark.
 
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steve mercier

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Yes, I had my rear rack broke while still in Europe. But it was probably my fault: I had about 30 pounds in each of my 2 Ortlieb panniers. This is more than the 20 kg maximum weight of the rear rack. in addition, the 2 Ortliieb panniers were not attached at both ends of the paniers but towards the center. It created an oscillating movement that ended up breaking the aluminum of the rack where it is fixed just behind the saddle. I got a new rack, changed the attachments of the paniers towards the end and reduced the weight. I now have 20 pounds in each of my 2 paniers. I could temporarily fixed the rear rack myself until I got a new rear rack. I don't have any issue anymore. I know that Riese und Muller introduced a new stronger rear rack in their 2020 Supercharger ebike.
That happened to me too. The fix was a new connector plate of steel instead of aluminium. They sent me a whole new rack and bungee so now I have free spare parts for my original RackTime setup.
 

steve mercier

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Marci jo:
I left the batteries at the hotel as it is not possible to carry them on an airplane.

Steve Mercier:
No problem at all with the Nuvinci the entire journey.
The language is an issue as my journey takes me to very remote places most of the time.
The language issue has been a problem since I left Europe. The 3 languages I know are not spoken in the remote areas I have been too.
Ordering a tea in a small roadside cafe isn't a problem. India is actually not so bad as most educated Indians know at least a little bit of English. In Central Asia, Iran, Caucasus very few people know English.

Norm Harris:
Regarding Security, I haven't encountered any hostile behavior and haven't had anything stolen. People are often curious and happy to meet a foreigner. In Western China and Pakistan, I had the police escorting me sometimes.
Regarding safety, my main concern is the road traffic. There is not really any rules on the roads in these countries and anything goes. India was a challenge but although my Supercharger can ride to 45 km per hour, for security reasons, I usually don't ride faster than 30 km per hour and even less in cities.
Now that you have had such success with the Nuvinci I will strongly consider it on my next bike. Wow, and you are still using the original Gates carbon belt?. And are you planning to go to Australia also ? When will you end your journey?
 
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Ebiker01

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In Central Asia, Iran, Caucasus very few people know English.
Assuming you have phone reception in those remote places couldn't you use one of the many translation apps or maybe images/drawings for communicating your intent ?

With that medical issue going around in chi na , any changes to the route plans ?
 

Asher

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Now that you have had such success with the Nuvinci I will strongly consider it on my next bike. Wow, and you are still using the original Gates carbon belt?. And are you planning to go to Australia also ? When will you end your journey?
Re Nuvinci, Priority Bicycles told me they switched from Nexus to Nuvinci because the latter offered superior durability/weatherproofing. I know some bikeshares like in Boston use them as well, presumably for that reason.
 

Marcparis

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Steve Mercier:
Yes, I am still using the original carbon belt and it shows no sign of wear.
I have no date for the end of my journey.
I am considering Australia but there is no ferry between Asia and Australia and airlines companies do not carry the lithium batteries.
There is cargo ship offering passenger services, I will have to look into that.

Ebiker01:
No problem with the Coronavirus yet. I am getting informed every day about this issue.
I use those translation applications sometimes. They are good for simple sentences. They are known to create funny results when the sentences and vocabulary is too elaborate.