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Old 03-23-2008, 07:56 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Any plans to shoot a vid showing off the bike this spring? Hmm? :P

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Old 03-23-2008, 08:15 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Where is your speedo getting its reading from?
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:40 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I am planning on taking the cycle to the Milwaukee Hybrid Group meeting in April.

That might be a great place to shoot video. Otherwise at least if we get some good weather first, then I can shoot some video.

The cycle is using the original speedometer. It has a cable that runs to a connection directly on the front wheel hub.
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:13 PM   #34 (permalink)
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often times the speedo does what you are talking about simply because it's sticking, if you can find some spray graphite, you should be able to fix it by pulling the speedometers apart just enough to get the spray can straw in there, spray around a bit, and close it up, they are of course designed to keep it sealed so people can role it back to reduce the number of logged miles, but spray graphite is amazing stuff, it's mixed with alcohol so it dries to a nice slippery film as you don't want anything that will attract dust.

I had my scooter out Thursday for a while, filled it up with .41 gallons and put a wire basket on the rear rack, looks much better then a milk crate and holds stuff nearly as well.
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Another good way to lube your cables is to unhook the top end of the cable, poke it through a ziplock bag, tape up around the hole for no leaks, put some oil into the bag, set it & forget it!
The oil will slowly seep through the line. When doing your brake lines you can pump the brake a bit too.
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Old 03-26-2008, 06:51 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Here ya go. First video. Nothing much, just shows how the contactor I added works.

Someday I will get around to making a real video

[YOUTUBE]
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Your odometer should be working as it is connected directly to the speedo cable by gears. The speed needle can stick - typically the only thing dragging it forward is a magnet at the end of the cable that 'pulls' a metal cup attached to the needle inside the case. Sometimes they stick due to old grease that builds up a small speed bump. Should be easy to clean/relube if you can get the case open.
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Nice video, Ben...thanks! I'm a real "how it's made" fan, so I like vids that show contactors and other such mechanical niceties.

I'm also hearing impaired, so can't "hear" the bike because of the music (perennial problem for me...). Would really like to see some video without music so I could come closer to appreciating how quiet your bike is.

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Another article on the cycle



Hey Everyone,

There is an article on HellForLeather about my motorcycle.

See it here:

http://hellforleathermagazine.com/20...tric-bike.html





Stan - note taken about sound. I will be sure to do a "no background music" section when I do a real video about the cycle.
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:47 AM   #40 (permalink)
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That's an awesome writeup! Congrats.

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