ReFuel Races!

5 07 2013

this is a collection of video clips from 3 of the 4 races that we ran.

The ReFuel races, run by SpeedVentures is a chance for anyone with an EV to get on the famed Laguna Seca racetrack for some friendly races.  I was lucky enough to be able to take my bike on the track.  This was my first time on any racetrack, and Laguna Seca is a great track for motorcycles.  I knew when i showed up that i’m a newbie so my skills wouldn’t be very good, and that my motorcycle would possibly be as good as other home built conversions, but not as powerful as any of the current crop of production electric motorcycles.

As it turned out, most of the bikes were production Brammo Empulses, or production Zero S/DS/FX bikes.  There were two other home built motorcycles, both of which were quite a bit faster than mine flat out.  Also, Brammo had their race team out with Eric Bostrom and Shelina Moreda. Needless to say, i was a little worried about being a traffic cone out there.

Thankfully, everyone was great.  All of the other racers (including the pros), were nice and gave each other helping hands.

As expected, I was one of the slowest bikes out there.  I know my skills are newbie by comparison, but i think i could have fared ok against a couple of the other newbies if my bike had more power.

All in all, it was a fantastic day, and I can’t wait to go back.  :)





Water Cooling!

5 07 2013

So, for a while, i’ve been having overheating issues with my motor. Mainly, the bike + rider are about 680 lbs. The awesome EnerTrac motor is really meant for a smaller load than this. This means that I have to put more current (power) into the motor for everyday driving. More current means more heat, and eventually the motor overheats.

Mark at EnerTrac has been working on a water cooled version of the hub motor. How does one water cool a hub motor you ask? Well, the water flows in and out of the axle, which is where the stator is anyway. Mark also graciously helped me by changing the axle out for a water cooled version, and i worked on installing a water cooling system for a couple of weeks.

This is a video of me just before i turned the water cooling on as Mark had asked me for pictures of the setup so that he could tell me if everything was ok.

We think the radiator is small, so the cooling may not be as great as we need. I’m still riding it with the new system, so i’m not sure. I think he’s right, but it’ll probably take a few more rides to see for sure.





Richard230 at National Plugin Day

23 09 2012

Today was National Plugin Day (http://www.facebook.com/nationalpluginday), and i got the bike put back together to take it to our local EAA’s EV Rally.  I was able to meet Richard230 from Elmoto.net.  It was fun to finally meet him.🙂

Richard230 at National Plugin Day

I was also able to hand out a bunch of cards, so if you’re checking out the site for the first time and have questions, feel free to leave a comment or email me.

Thanks!





1000 Miles!

11 04 2012

WOO!!!

That’s not bad considering my commute to work is only 3 miles each way, and i don’t do any highway riding (more ‘cuz of me than the bike).  :)

BTW, i actually hit 1000 all-electric miles on the bike about 2 months ago, but i forgot to blog about it.  Oops.🙂





Shelina Moreda Pics

16 01 2012

So, during the TTXGP/e-Power race at Laguna Seca in 2011, I took a bunch of photos of the various teams and riders.  I’m going to put some of them up here.  First up is Shelina Moreda from the eCRP team.  She is a local (from northern california) racer who performed well, and is just as hot as her bike.





Speed Test!

27 09 2011

Hey folks, i did a max speed test on the bike about a month ago.  Here’s a pic from it:

Speed Test!

And also a video:

72 mph on the GPS! 75 on the spedometer!





Talk to EAASV

22 08 2011

At last month’s Electric Automobile Association of Silicon Valley (http://www.eaasv.org) meeting, I offered to give a talk about my build at some point.  They asked me to give a talk at this month’s meeting which was this past weekend.  I wasn’t sure how long it’d go, and was somewhat scared that i’d get up there and have nothing to talk about.  Well, i was a little bit wrong as the talk went almost 55 minutes.  The group is great since they’re obviously of like minds, and some are very technical so there were lots of good questions.

Also in attendance was Mr. Lightning Motorcycles: Richard Hatfield, just 3 days off of his team’s record breaking land speed record for an elmoto at 218 mph! (Video here of a run that’s only 216 mph).

I recorded the talk and put it up on youtube:








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