Now that I ripped a huge portion of the dead weight on My XB700LI, it is much faster to accelerate now, although top speed remains about the same. The whole thing seems much less bulky, and once I figure out a better way to mount the lights and cluster I will determinately be able to go off road with this no problem. Braking is dramatically improved.
Unfortunately it still seems to only go 20, but it gets up to that speed very quickly, and at least it is street legal. The battery is now under the seat, it fits nicely in the lower bay of the seat if you remove the door, and you can run the power cable right from the controller to it. I am considering also putting the controller under the seat, I just didn't feel like messing with it today.
I'm pretty sure this will make people go "what the hell?". Wait till I break out the angle grinder tomorrow to remove even more weight. No passenger foot pegs anymore though, the weld broke off on one side when I stood on them to do a wheelie, which kind of worked which is more then I ever thought I'd get out of it. I will be removing the portion of the frame for the passenger's "sissy bar" as well. Nobody wanted to buy it from me so I made lemonade from my lemons. :]
I need solutions on what to do with the chain drive sprocket, we all know the pedals are garbage. I was thinking of putting something else like a gas or electric motor to feed the chain sprocket or even just to pedal right in between the supports where the batteries used to be, but I don't know where to start. I have a currie s500 motor and controller I just need to get a new throttle for that, but it's 24 volt so I'm not so sure if it would really even work with the battery, but if it was geared right I think it would help the top speed once the hub maxes out. The only other way I could think of is to get a 48v brushed motor controller and hook up the motor to the chain with a sprocket that matches it. The gear reduction will be lower then on the scooter because the sprocket is about an inch wide going to a sprocket that is like 8 inches and if it's on one that's like 2 or 3 inches like on the XB700li, I think the gearing would be high enough to get a higher top speed. Let me know what you think.