Got my C130 Deluxe delivered today. Ok, it's not all new. In fact, probably about 2/3rds of the bike is exactly the same as what was delivered about a year ago. But the changes to the other 1/3rd make a pretty significant difference.
For those who haven't been following the story, I was the first customer to get a Current Motor Company bike. I accepted a bike early and helped the guys test the product. My account is here: http://visforvoltage.org/forum/8371-first-cumoco-c130-delivered-customer
At the end of the story, I'd sent my bike back to Ann Arbor for some parts upgrades, most significantly a new 400A power controller. Unfortunately, Kelly Controls had recommended moving to a new model, but the new model just wasn't quite ready for use. We wasted a bit of time testing the new model, but eventually backed down to an existing model that was more stable. And with that issue resolved, my bike is returned to me.
Oh, they did make a few other tweaks as well: The battery pack was re-arranged, strapped down differently, and the interconnections improved. The DC/DC controller was replaced, as was the BMS, and some of the low power wiring was redone. I got an updated fusebox. The software in the BCU was updated with better error handling, adding an operating 'fuel' gauge, and regenerative braking was turned up. The failed hall sensors in the motor were replaced. And I got new shocks for a better tuned suspension. My seat was replaced due to a small tear, and my brake master cylinders also replaced due to a suspicious feel. In essence, I got my bike updated to a 2011 model after riding the 2010 model for most of a year.
Sorry folks, this was part of my testing agreement, not every bike is going to get a complimentary upgrade of parts every year. Though you might ask John for subscription pricing, since it does appear that new parts are going to be coming for a while, as they incrementally improve the product line.
So today, after waiting for the tornado watch to end and the torrential rain to pass, I took the bike for a test ride around the neighborhood. So far, everything is working correctly. I immediately notice significantly more acceleration than before, and the stronger regenerative braking is also rather noticeable. The suspension is a little softer, and the dashboard is giving me a little more information. The big test will be my daily commute, which starts tomorrow, including the steep (10% grade) hill at the end.
I'm going to do some more tests and re-evaluate the bike, but right now I think they've got a winner.