24 September 2011:
Our scooters arrive!! I got a red one and my wife bought a blue one. We have been waiting a LONG time and had trouble with the batteries in the loan scooter. Our scooters were delivered with a full charge and only 1 bit of cosmetic damage. Accidents happen. But all in all, Beautiful.
Off to Belconnen in CANBERRA to get a road worthy inspection. No problem, riding into town was only 6km and the digital fuel gauge still showed 8 of 8 bars remaining when we got there. But after turning off and on again we both only had 4 bars remaining?? Apparently it is still "learning" the size of the battery.
The scooters are the same chassis as an XM-5000 but that's it. eRider in Melbourne has built the scooters up from scratch. Using 24 Golden power 50Ah LiFePo4 cells with a custom BMS all going into a sevcon 350Amp controller. The bike sits on 87v nicely. The acceleration is like nothing I had been expecting! I have ridden farm quad bikes (350cc) and 250cc dirt bikes and this scooter has more torque than both. This sevcon controller is DEAD SILENT compared to the Chinese controller! Even without a helmet there is ZERO electric groan from the bike from 0km/h up to 110km/h. I was told the bike has been speed limited to about 100km/h but around 105-110 (1cm past 100 on the speedo) there is a vibrating feel from the motor stopping you from going any faster.
But there is a 28 degree hill near our house and the loan scooter with a 90Amp controller could only manage 25-30km/h up this hill, this scooter, with me on it (120kg) max's out at 70km/h. That's ok because it's a 60 zone. But my wife (55kg) stopped accelerating once she hit 80km/h!! I was so jealous. She just FLEW up that hill!
Riding the bike there is absolutely NO motor or controller noise so be careful with cars.
But 2 problems have arisen...the blinker module on my bike gets stuck after a right hand turn and won't click off when pushed, gotta fiddle with it. And the headlights have stopped working on amandas bike. But the dealer is in Canberra for the electric vehicle show today and he has a spare blinker module and probably just a fuse for the headlights.
We both rode around 60km with a charge in between rides. Our last ride I was down to 2 flashing bars after just 29.2km so I hope that gets better, Amanda was still on 4 bars. So weight makes a big difference.....that and trying not to open the throttle to 100% all the time.
We are going to the electric vehicle festival today which is 26km away. Hopefully it gets there ok. I will post some pics from the festival up soon.
But so far after day 1, I am very happy