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Daox 12-16-2011 01:23 PM

An ev/bicycle for Frank Lee
 
I remember Frank posted about that Honda motorcycle not too long ago and figured he'd appreciate this.

Juicer 48 motorized bicycle gets its gumption from V-Twin battery banks

http://www.blogcdn.com/green.autoblo...cer-ii-628.jpg

MetroMPG 12-16-2011 01:41 PM

Very cool looking bike.

But uncomfortable as heck?

Frank Lee wouldn't put up with that kind of riding position. (Neither would I - forget vanity over comfort!) Recumbents rule!!!

Jay Leno just looked at some retro, custom built, ICE-powered bikes on his site ( Phantom Bikes - Phantom - Jay Leno's Garage ) . The "cafe" style one that looked sort of like that EV was a pain in the nads to ride for more than about 10 seconds.

spacer 12-16-2011 01:57 PM

Certainly looks cool. I'm an upright "wedgie" rider, myself, and thinking that would look neat in a more standard cruiser frame... might take some fitting and a different battery size though.

Frank Lee 12-16-2011 02:50 PM

The aesthetics on it are genius! It looks a lot like my '15 Indian, which is just about the sweetest thing on wheels.

I guess I wouldn't condemn the riding position without... riding it. I've made my own seat for my Songi that is far lower and further back than stock... makes the pedalling ergos bad but the stupid thing was never made for serious pedalling anyway. So what I got out of it was much better comfort, better handling, lower weight, and the aero has to be better too, simply due to a good reduction in frontal area.

My Dear Santa letter requesting one of these is in the mail! I haven't been all that good but Santa forgives right? Or do I have him confused with someone else? :confused:

spacer 12-16-2011 04:23 PM

We live a few miles out of town, but only about 3 or 4 from a couple truck stops and a few local general stores... and a McDonalds. If I need to run out for a quick something I can get at those places, it isn't even enough to properly warm up an engine.
That's where I'd like a bike like this, or a scooter/motorcycle conversion.

By the way, the speed limit between here and there is 45, so it wouldn't even have to be super fast, and there *is* a back way. :)

euromodder 12-18-2011 05:05 PM

Love it !

Clean up the electrical wiring, (optionally) do something about the out-of-place blue-anodized color of the battery packs, and start selling them !

Rokeby 12-18-2011 07:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Frank Lee (Post 275061)
The aesthetics on it are genius! It looks a lot like
my '15 Indian, which is just about the sweetest thing on wheels...

+1, way cool.

It's hard to see in the OP picture but the ebike has pedals too!
The cure for range anxiety? :p

Quite possibly you might need them rather than push it as at
reasonable urban speeds speeds anyway --30-35 mph, range
appears to be on the limited side.

" ...it's pretty quick and can hit speeds of 46 miles per hour.
At a more reasonable 20 mph, the 16 LiFePo4 cells hold enough
energy to carry the 110-lb bike and rider about 13 miles.

Wonder what the charging time is on 120 and 240 VAC?

Frank Lee 12-18-2011 07:51 PM

If there's room in the "tank" I'd consider stuffing more battery capacity in there...

Rokeby 12-18-2011 08:45 PM

Oh, jeez! Looking more closely at the OP pix, the brakes appear
to be standard bicycle disk in front and caliper in the rear. :eek:

I expect they'd be a little sketchy when stopping from 35+
MPH.

Pack a extra set of skivvies; briefs or boxers your choice. :D

Frank Lee 12-18-2011 08:50 PM

I think the mountain bikers, who see 50 mph going down steep hills, have proven the brakes already.


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