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Old 09-20-2011, 10:02 AM   #251 (permalink)
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Any chance of doing a boxed set of the two DVD's? either way it looks like I'll be getting some early Christmas shopping done.

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Old 09-20-2011, 10:42 AM   #252 (permalink)
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Yes, part of my evil master plan is to have a package deal that contains BOTH the Motorcycle two-disc set AND the Car two-disc set.

I'll be selling each of the DVD sets for $29.99 USD (including shipping and handling), so I thought maybe $49.99 USD for the whole shebang?

I am by no means any master marketer or salesman. I really am just trying to make a little profit off all the work I put into these while providing some good information that I just haven't seen anywhere else!

I really believe that we need to learn how to do things for ourselves, and spread the word. If I can make just a little money off all this, it frees up more time for me to continue this type of work in the future.

I already have plans for additional "Build Your Own" series titles, including one for building your own Electric Riding Lawn Mower, and a DVD that would be all interviews with EV builders, picking their brains for all their secret conversion techniques and experiences.

If anyone has great marketing skills they would like to contribute to the cause, please private message me!
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:19 AM   #253 (permalink)
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Cycle DVDs now available for sale over at my blog!!!!!

I'm sitting in a hotel room right now in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania. It's the Monday morning following the two action-packed days of the Mother Earth Fair.

I gave a presentation on my electric motorcycle, one on my non-transportation eco-projects (ecorenovator type projects) and heard that they SOLD OUT of all my instructional DVDs at the Mother Earth Bookstore!

Both my presentations were PACKED at a large, outdoor, tented stage.

Friday night, I had dinner with a few other guys, and realized I was sitting between TWO X-Prize CONTENDERS!

I got to go for a ride in the MAX car, and I drove a Toyota RAV4 EV!

Checking out the 100MPG+ diesel Geo Metro was pretty sweet as well! The engine compartment looked like it was stock. (It was even a 3-cylinder!)

I only wish I actually HAD the motorcycle AT the event, but it doesn't fit well in the airplane's overhead compartment.....

Anyways, I am very excited about the release of BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE! So, please head over to 300MPG.org and order a copy!
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:27 AM   #254 (permalink)
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That is sooooooooooo cool Ben! And the DVDs look absolutely awesome!
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Here's some more motorcycle video for you.

One is just a little joy-ride with some cool camera angles.

The other is a segment called "Designing with CAD" which didn't fit on the BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE instructional DVD.



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Old 10-03-2011, 01:22 PM   #257 (permalink)
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Great project & vids! After hearing so much rumble & thunder of Yoshimura exhuasts and V & H shortshot exhausts, that is like an eery ghost.
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What kind of range are you getting out of it, Ben ?
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:22 AM   #259 (permalink)
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RANGE:
In real-world riding, I have gotten a minimum of 22 miles and a maximum of just over 30 miles.

Of course this really does depend on speed, terrain, weather, etc. (Your mileage may vary!)

One thing I have found though, is that the actual number of miles per charge DOESN'T MATTER AT ALL!

The only thing that does is; can you get to where you want to go, or can't you?

I simply know that there are places that are within riding range or NOT within riding range.

In other words, does it work for you, or not!?

Where I live, I am about two miles outside a town of 11,000 people. There are stores, restaurants, the library, and pretty much all the civilization a person could possibly be on a daily basis.

This city is on the far outskirts of a metropolitan area of about a million people. But for me to make it to the big city, it ends up being about 80 miles round trip. (And I do have to do that on a fairly regular basis for work. Gotta earn a living!)

For me, an electric vehicle makes sense for all my local commuting. To design an EV with the range I would need to go to the city and back would be expensive and challenging. A Nissan Leaf could do it, but I would rather spend $36,000 on solar panels than on a car.

Heck, I could build a $16,000 electric car, and get $20,000 worth of solar panels for the cost of a commercially-built electric vehicle.

So, until I do that, I am perfectly happy driving my 30mpg pickup truck when the EV's don't have the range for where I'm going.

I also like the concept of the Plug-In Hybrid. In experiments with the Geo Metro, I've seen that it's completely possible for someone to build one themselves, with good results, but only if the system is really integrated. I may at some point build a plug-in hybrid as a replacement for a long distance vehicle.

I do have to say that an electric motorcycle is a handy vehicle. Doesn't take up much space in the garage, quiet, quick, just hop-on-and-go!
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Another question I get a lot about the cycle is "What's its 0-60 time?"

Well, to start with, I never DESIGNED it to even GO 60 mph. I'm on the corner of a 45 and 25 mph zones.

So, I instead just slapped a video camera on the handlebars so you can see how it accelerates.


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