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Old 01-09-2010, 12:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I new here, but I have been modding for better mpg for a couple years now. I'm an ASE mechanic, for 18 years, working on cars & lt trucks. In April I built an electric minibike (old school frame) so I could get an idea on the operation & range of EV without spending alot on the first try. It turned out great, so maybe I'll do a street EV sometime in the future. Hopefully I can help with others getting better mpg out of their gas powered cars.

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Old 01-09-2010, 12:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site. Good to have another WIer around.

Got any pictures of your minibike? More info on it?
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Ok, I'm trying to learn how to up-load pictures off of Kodiak Easy(?) Share, I may have to recuit a niece or nephew to help me out, it says my images are to big.
Anyway about the minibike, I got a frame & fork from a swap meet, new wheels, tires, brakes, seat. I didn't know what to expect from the motor, my1020 1,000 watt 36v series, generic controller, throttle, charger. I geared it 5 to 1 chain drive, so it goes about 20 mph. Really fun to ride around, I used it on the weekends to get lunch & newspaper at the local gas station/McDs. I rode it all last summer til labor day until I got busted, oh well, the county has paved bike trails near too.
What I've learn from my little EV is that its heavy(120lbs), has a range of about 5 miles before it starts to slow down, power is not like a Briggs at all, very smooth power. I added a free wheel device to the back sprocket so I can coast now. It seems like there's a big price jump between cheap ev components that I used & the better ones, like motors that run over $1,000 easy. The minibike isn't the only economodder that I have, I'll start another post about that one soon.
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Hi & welcome to EM,

If you use PhotoBucket.com, they have an option to resize the photos for you. It then lets you post either a direct link, or a thumbnail link to the larger version.

There are a few threads here on electrifying motorcycles.

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