Ok folks, the moment we've all been waiting for: the first Current Motor Company (CuMoCo) bike has been shipped to a customer, and I'm that customer. Ok, probably this is more exciting for the CuMoCo crew and me than it is for the rest of you, but it's still a nice step forward. You can get excited when your own bike arrives. :)
Here's the catch: this isn't quite a production bike. I guess it's best identified as a Customer Acceptance Test. There's a few items incomplete, and a few items that aren't working quite right, and a few items that just need more testing and some customer abuse. The CuMoCo crew is going to keep working on the design, and we'll update my software and probably swap out some parts before we're done. But it's close enough to complete that they were willing to ship one to a customer, and get some additional testing miles on the bike. Full FTC mandated disclosure: I paid full price for my bike, CuMoCo covered shipping costs, they're going to update my bike to production parts when the time comes, and I'm not getting paid for this. I do want the company to succeed, but they'll do better if everybody knows my honest opinion than if I try to conceal any problems.
I ordered the C130 model, in green. It's listed on the CuMoCo website as the 'Deluxe', but the website is a little out of date and they're going to a numbered model system. Mine has 30 Thundersky LiFePO4 batteries, 60ah each, so it's running 96v and has a total of 5.76kWh of battery capacity. All the main components are present: BMS, Regen, BCU, even Reverse. It's based on a Chinese gas scooter body, which leaves a few oddities around, but the assembly is done in Ann Arbor, MI, and the important electronics (BCU & BMS) are built by CuMoCo.
The bike arrived yesterday, but failed my pre-ride inspection: the brake lights didn't come on. I got excellent tech support, by phone and email. I was about to do a wiring harness splice this afternoon, when a double-check revealed the problem to apparently be a loose connector plug. So first ride was this evening, and the bike is now recharging.
The bike handles well, and it's comfortable to sit on. The windshield is at a good height, just below my eye level, so it provides significant shelter from the wind. I can put my feet forward comfortably. The seat is also low, so putting feet on the ground is very easy. I had some problems getting the rear view mirrors to adjust right, but I'm going to play with them some more. I did scrape the centerstand in a turn, twice, so the bike is pretty nimble. Speed was good, probably spent much of the ride in the mid 40s around my neighborhood. I didn't check that with a GPS, and the accuracy of the speedo is one of the pending issues. There were some oddities with acceleration, which may be a software issue, so I'm going to check with the CuMoCo crew about that.
I've got some pictures to upload, and more thoughts will be posted shortly.