Greetings to all, and to all greetings.
I have been lurking around for about 2-3 weeks as I was searching for recommendations on EVs. This site is a wealth of information...
Just received my XB-700li - delivered in perfect condition - easy to put together (big thanks to rossasaurus). Up-and-running in an hour or so (not including the 3 hour charge for the battery - which brings me to my question....
...after charging the battery - off bike - when reattaching the battery I hear an 'arc' of electricity when the power is reconnected. Is this usual? I expect a wisp of smoke after a pop like that.
So that is my question.. and this is my thoughts on the bike - definately removing the flame-faster-stripes... those high-school kids really can be mean :-(. Was able to attain a 45-50kmh (on the speedo) on a level ground (I weigh a tiny 200lbs). Climbing an incline dropped me to 35kmh (expected) but that was with a dead start from the base of the hill.
Forget using the pedals - badly positioned and one can tell they are only there for legal purposes. Following the instruction manual was pretty straight forward - using the pedals to get the bike going before using power really is not easy to do... I mean bike+me=350lbs... and with little-to no-torque on the pedals at all... pedal-assist really is not something you were meant to do.
Overall - I am, so far, really impressed with the handling and speed of this unit.. My friend and I were joking about the windshield really is not going to cut any wind. We could probably blow harder than the head-wind.. but the bike has put us in our place. You get a good bit of wind in the face.. and in 4 degree weather it get's a little chilly.
Many thanks to those who have made their reviews of the bike and those who have given deep play-by-play of their construction, issues and anything else with this unit... you really are a wealth of information.