Ok so it was brought to my attention that I have not updated this blog in a while. Looking back it is almost 2 years since the last post. I thought I would put up a quick overview of what has happened and what hasn’t.
The R1 Story
Firstly the R1 build as previously described has been scrapped. I went through a couple of ideas but in the end decided that a building the next big bike project from an existing frame was not going to cut it. So Damian and I have decided that it will be a full custom frame power cruiser. Original idea was to go stupid and put a Nissan Leaf car motor in it with a custom controller, however I will on sell the Leaf motor I have and pick up something special for this. This build is going to take time, and we want it to be show quality, so it will take time.
On second stage is a small lightweight power build build around a Megelli frame.
This frame is super light and very attractive but will still need som significant work to make it electric. Since this photo the front and rear brakes are on and sorted and the bike is a complete rolling chassis with all the goodies.
I have acquired a unused Brammo motorcycle motor that when paired with the right controller should be able to deliver around 80kw peak with an expected weight of this bike being less than 150kg. This will be a complicated build requiring liquid cooling for both the motor and controller.
OK so with all this building going on, I really felt that I needed a bike to ride, you know like now. So when a 2014 Zero came up for sale, one I personally know because of its racing history I jumped at the chance.
The previous owner with help from Danny Ripperton have performed some really nice mods for this bike to be both street and road ready. Changes in settings gives it more power and more consistent behavior at full and low battery charge levels, higher levels of regen and increased cooling for the motor. I was able to not only pick up the bike but many extras including a trailer, extra set of rims with wet weather race tires, several sets of track tires, multiple chargers, fairings, and much much more.
I am really enjoying riding this bike nearly every day. I have tidied up a few small things and it is going for ACT roadworthy and rego next week.