I spent the last week flogging the ZEV Electric 10 LRC with the 2nd variation motor. I am now spoiled. I never thought I would like a really big maxi scooter. I preferred to ride the hot rod ZEV T7100 or T10 naked bike with the really quick acceleration, and quick handling for screaming through the turns. But customers asked ZEV for a big commuter bike. So the 10 LRC was introduced. Now its been redone with a big windshield, power plugs for the heated riding gear,even brighter LED taillight, really bright 44 LEDs of daylight driving light, and a higher winding motor. The goal was to move the efficiency curve up higher for sustained Interstate running and to move top speed up.
What has spoiled me is the big fairing and windshield (especially since the weather got cold) and all of those compartments all over the bike front end. Now I do not have to put everything under the seat.
The bike has 28 units of 100 ah battery, 84 volt nominal system. I did not charge it for 3 days riding and it was down to 86 volts. Should have come off of the charger at 95. With this, I hit Interstate I-68 which runs through the mountains S of Morgantown, WV coming up out of a river gorge and climbing and diving across a series of high ridges. The LRC has a full digital speedo and just picks up magnet pulses from the wheel with the readout tied to the tire circumference. The GPS says its right on. Coming out of the ramp and running across the bridge over the lake it settled on 78 mph running up the 3 mile grade. At the top if flattened out for a short period and then the ups and downs set in. Speed dropped off to 78 on the grades, but I also was hitting +85 on some down grades. Full charged battery should help the speed a little more.
The motor is running on 120 amps at 95 volts when it is at max power.
Mostly what I was happy about is after a number of tries at making the windshield shape, the windshield worked right with no helmet shake and buffet.
The new LED taillight is fun. Pump the brakes and cars get off your butt. It is really big and really bright.
I think ZEV is going to have to keep the original motor with its high torque from 0 rpm as an option for some areas and heavier people until the 25 kw motor is proven out for next year production. But with my weight, the current motor is real good.
Going N on Interstate 79 the terrain still is up and down, but not so much altitude change. Running that from Morgantown to Washington Pa and back is 83 miles on the Interstate (+ 3 miles from the shop and 3 back to the Interstate)while trying to hold the bike steady around 70-75 mph (Pa section is 65 mph speed limit). No problem with 83 miles on the Interstate. I saw a Magellian model airplane GPS logging unit for about $125 that logs the route on Google Earth and the elevation changes. Need to get one of those and create a trip map. You can touch the map and it gives you speed and all the other details at that point. Then I can plot grades against speed.
This bike also has reverse. I never use it, but it there. The throttle has a really really soft first section that moves the bike slower than you could crawl to help keep someone from going zooming off backwards. Then it turns to higher power.
Its supposed to clear up again later this week. I am going to run the 65 miles to Cumberland up and over the Eastern Continental Devide on the Interstate. 2,000 ft of altitude gain and loss climbing out of Morgantown and Cumberland and over the Devide. I want to see if I can touch 90 coming off of Cheat Mountain. That will give me some good data to figure the handling and wind on the 25 kw motor model. We just put 94 mph speed rated tires on all of the ZEV bikes with 13 inch wheels. 94 would really make my day.