Another new 2008 Vectrix Owner! Won on Ebay!
I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Lou and just won a new 2008 Vectrix on ebay. I should be receiving it some time this week. I am not new to electric vehicles, built an electric bicycle in 1980 and own several electric vehicles; used 1980 commuta car (not running at the moment, but used it for 5 years until batteries died), Sola electric scooter (just redesigned battery bay for 3 16AH sla and installed powercheqs, my wife uses it for commuting), electric 2 person recumbent bicycle (this is based on a highly modified buddycycle and runs on 36V 26 ah sla and uses a salvaged floor sweeper brush motor I rebuilt), and an el cheapo ebay 36 volt scooter (trying to figure where to mount larger sla batteries).
I have been reading this forum with interest for some time. Especially you folks that roll your own electric vehicles (love them all, from bicycles to cars). My trade is electronics, worked in the TV and electronics service business from the mid 70's until the late 80's (owned my own TV business for 5 years until the late 80's). Started shifting my focus to more RF oriented repairs. Have been working in the 2 way industry since 1988 (trunking radio, microwave,fiber optics, etc. My Wife helps out with the EV projects, she is a Ham radio operator as well as myself (N2GUU and KA2PFL). She can solder and understands electronics (we worked together when we owned the TV shop).
As such, I enjoy the electronics side of EV's. I cannot weld, so when I designed the drive train for the buddycycle, had to have a welder fabricate what was needed. This is what has precluded me for rolling my own EV. Have been looking at all the available motor scooters and the Vectrix seems to have the most mature technology. I considered many times purchasing another china based scooter, but just do not have the time to rework all the issues they come with. I actually figured out by the time I got one "right", buying the Vectrix for $5,500 will be cheaper in the long run. Especially when you figure all the time you will be spending on it, time away from family is not cheap, lol! I wanted a vehicle that can drive on the highway (unlike the 38 MPH commuta car). It sucked having to pull over the side of the road in 45 MPH areas to let traffic by. Folks with "smokers" have no patience for EV's and I have no patience for their road rage that erupts.
Nothing man builds is perfect, and I see even the Vectrix could use some improvement. I have to say I am amazed the way Mr. Mik has modified his. I honestly have to say his posts on this forum is part of the reason I purchased the Vectrix. I do not like purchasing a product without any documentation. I want to know how everything I own works. I guess that is what got me interested in electronics in the first place. Picking up discarded electronics in the trash and seeing how they worked as a child, lol! So like Mr. Mik, I will be doing my own repairs to the Vectrix after the warranty runs out (if the company survives that long). Mr. Mik and others have posted enough information that I feel very confident I could keep the Vectrix running if they fold. 5 grand is a lot of money to me, and would not normally drop that kind of money on a mfg that may not be here in the future. Thanks to all the folks who share their knowledge and to the forum operators for allowing us to have a nice place to post. I hope I can add helpful information as many of you have done.
Welcome to the forums and congratulations on your purchase! You'll love the bike.
Welcome to the forum Louie and congratulations to your purchase. I am sure you will enjoy your new toy!
Welcome Louie to the Vectrix Adventure. Hope together we can all together overcome the problems that lie ahead!
Welcome to the kewlest club on the planet!! :-) I can see that you are already hopelessly hooked on the Vectrix. Your Vulcan ain't gonna like that too much! HAHA!! :-)
As for the range indicator, you really should not get too attached to that bit of information. It is a calculation based on the last half mile or so of riding and your current voltage level. There's no way for it to predict your upcoming terrain or your agressiveness with the throttle control. Kind of neat to have, but pretty much useless unless you're running it down to the wire, then at least it gives you a little sense of false hope! HAHA!! ;-)
We do hear occasionally a few complaints about the build quality, especially with regards to parts coming loose, or the use of cardboard washers, but I've been very impressed with the engineering, and I believe that waxed cardboard is an excellent vibration isolator without the inherent deterioration of rubber parts. Works fine for me! I LOVE this bike!! And yes, my Harley is highly POed for being left sitting in the garage. But hey, $50 tires, no gas, no gears and no noise is just dang hard to pass up!! :-)
Congratulations to you for the bargain and thanks to Scott for offering the bikes at such a great price!
Congrats on your purchase, you made a good deal there!
Welcome to the club!
It's an amazing machine indeed, enjoy it to the fullest (you don't have to feel guilty doing miles just for the sheer fun of it:-)
And we're looking forward to profit from your knowledge of electronics combined with your future knowledge of Vectrix electronics :-))