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My first ride
Submitted by Gendronw on Sat, 11/01/2008 - 07:17
I managed to mount the motor on the bike so I was ready to get key in and try it ! So I went outside, put the batteries in and then it worked ! But only for a few feet. After 1 second or two the power would cut off. I was not sure at that time what was the problem, so instead of dismantling the bike again, I just plugged in the charger. After about an hour charging the bike, I went outside for a second test...and it worked ! I was able to ride a bit around the house. So I plugged it in again, for about another hour.
After that hour, I was hungry so I decided to go to my friend's restaurant which is about 3km from where I was repairing the bike. Everything went well for 2.5km, but after that distance, the batteries were too low and I was experimenting cutoff again. Anyway, I was able to get there and my friend found me a plug so I could recharge my bike while eating my "shishtaouk" !
After 1h30 waiting for the charger to do his job, I tried to return home. Just when I got out of the parking lot, I hit a bump and the motor stopped working. I had to push the damn beast back home for 3km !! damn it is heavy !
Back home, I realized that the axle spun in the dropout and cut the wires of the motor. I was so sad !! 5 months of work just to be able to do 3km !
I did not had enough money to buy a new motor, and since winter was at our door, I could not have waited for the parts anyway if I wanted to ride before there would be snow outside.
The next day I was still on vacation so after a lot of thinking I decided to try to do the repair myself. I thought only the wires were cut and the rest was ok...all the 12v(head lamp, flashers, horn) and the keyswitch were working so maybe If i changed only the wires coming out of the motor everything would be fine again.
See how I did my repair on the next post !