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Old 01-09-2008, 02:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hey Ben - welcome!

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Read through and find that somebody has actually referenced my crappy web page for my cycle build.
Hey I've seen your site and would hardly call it crappy. Cool design, good pics & info.

Feel like posting a dedicated thread about your bike here? You don't have to reproduce your blog - but give us a quick 'n' dirty run down? & post a link to the blog, of course.

I'd be curious to find out more about your riding impressions. How many miles so far? When's the last time you rode it? Did you create an EV Album entry for it yet?

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And, yeah, that Craigslist listing was mine too. I did find a guy with a junked out forklift in his garage. It is about 10" diameter 48 Volt.
A 10 inch motor is pretty big for a small car. If it's cheap, that's another matter altogether. But you need to make sure its diameter isn't so large that it will create clearance problems for the right side driveshaft on a Metro conversion.

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Old 01-09-2008, 02:55 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I am on Austin EV, although I do still need to update my vehicle profile a bit.

http://www.evalbum.com/1133


The Austin EV album was the first place I really got to learn some good overall info on EVs from. I pretty much just looked to see what components everyone else was using, bought a copy of "Secrets of El Ninja" and went from there.

Thanks for the complements on the web page. It is fun to work on projects like these, but it is sometimes hard to find good information on strange projects. Setting up a blog or web page helps other people try new things, maybe even inspiring them to do so.

A couple years ago I built a little camping trailer from scratch. I had no idea what I was doing, but there was a great web community of people building them. Very inspirational and supportive.
Here are some photos of my camper:
http://web.mac.com/benhdvideoguy/iWe.../Teardrop.html
and this is the web forum for all that sort of thing:
http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/

I don't think I ever would have tackled a weird project like an electric motorcycle if I had not first done the trailer. (Good experience builder)

I built the motorcycle for a lot of reasons, but one of the main ones was just to "DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT". So many people complain about the price of gas, or the trouble with government, or whatever.

If you do something about it, ANYTHING, instead of just complaining, it really puts a positive spin on things and does make you feel a little more in control of your life.

Right after I got the cycle going, gas prices going up actually made me smile a little knowing that my fuel economy based on price of electricity vs gas, also just went up!
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:16 PM   #13 (permalink)
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A series of forkenswifts - nice
I just got that. I'm glad there are all these EV projects going on in parallel.
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I just got that. I'm glad there are all these EV projects going on in parallel.
OooOoOooooo, I get it now,
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Old 01-23-2008, 07:43 PM   #15 (permalink)
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New forklift lead!

I just heard about a 36V electric forklift for sale locally. It is supposed to be in working condition, but has no batteries.

It is a "stand-on" style. I am hoping that means it has just the right sized engine for what I am looking for.

I am planning to look at it on Friday.

I will post more info then.

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Old 01-23-2008, 07:56 PM   #16 (permalink)
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It is supposed to be in working condition, but has no batteries.
I thought you said it was "New forklift lead!" looks like you'll have to supply your own lead (Pb)
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Old 01-23-2008, 08:19 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Silverwings is Der Punmeister!!!

Where is the "we are not worthy" emoticon?
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Old 01-23-2008, 08:35 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I am planning to look at it on Friday.

I will post more info then.
Fun stuff. Looking forward to the update.
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Old 01-23-2008, 08:46 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Old 01-23-2008, 08:49 PM   #20 (permalink)
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So do I! Learn from our experience, for sure.

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