Today was the day. My dealer called and told me my Vectrix was ready to pick up.
My plan all along was to ride my Vectrix home. My wife was a bit skeptical, but I told here the dealer is 23 miles from the house. Even with an unconditioned battery, traveling at moderate speeds I should be able to go 23 miles no problem.
So today we drove down after work and signed my name numerous times. We went over the bike and all it functions, I checked out all the lights and fit of things. About half an hour later I was ready to roll. My wife was going to follow behind just in case.
After waving goodbye to the dealer I was off. A short run down the freeway in commute traffic then off to the back roads. I really enjoyed the low center of gravity. I did not fight the bike through the twisty roads. The closest I can compare is it seemed like a hammock, gently swinging back and forth. When I made it past the first leg of my trip I noticed my battery was about half empty.
Back at the dealership, when I turned the bike on, it showed a range of 25 miles. I attributed this to an unconditioned battery. The battery level was full. I noticed during the ride that the estimated miles did not jump around as much as when I took the test ride. This new version of software does a fair bit more averaging.
So there I am sitting at the intersection. I have a way to go and I have only half a battery. I wave to the wife confidently and start down the road. I noticed that I had already driven 16 miles and it dawns on me that I have grossly underestimated the length of the backroad path home.
Luckily the speed limit ranges from 35 to 55, so I travel at a moderate pace and as the estimated miles updates I think I can make it. I should be enjoying the ride through the gently turning road and cool evening breeze. But all I can think is I've got a headwind and the car behind me it a little close.
After 25 miles, about 5 bars left on the battery, I think if I can make it up the one last big hill it is down hill the rest of the way to town, I could make it. I see the hill ahead of me and it is looking pretty steep. Remembering Mik's experience on his hills, I am prepared to push if I have to. But the bike charges up the hill at a good pace with power to spare, I make it to the top with no problem and start down the other side. Here I get to do a little regenerative braking as I go around the sharp turns.
Once again I should be enjoying myself, but I am looking at my 4 bars left and think they are going to drop suddenly to nothing and I will be crawling to town.
I coast a good way doen the hill and only need a little power on the flats. I was about a mile from town when I got my first battery warning, 3 bars left. Speed limit was 35mph here so I still was okay. The warning light went out and I continued on.
A few miles and several battery warnings later I am down town. I can't quite get up to speed any more. 35 is doable but it takes a bit to get there. I look back and my wife is no longer following me (she apparently needed to stop for gas) I have no bars left, range is showing zero, I have a few miles left to go. One little hill slowed me down to a crawl but I didn't have to push. One more mile at 25 and I made it home.
34.8 total miles, first deep discharge complete