Discussion in 'Electric Bicycles' started by lowracer, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. lowracer

    lowracer Member

    This bike has been with me for quite a few years and has undergone many gas powered transformations.
    Its been front drive, rear drive, mid drive & even dual engine drive. This is the 1st time its been electric & I gotta say I really like it.
    I recently installed a Bafang BBSHD mid-drive kit onto my KMX Venom trike and was blown away by the performance and silence of this drive. I went and bought another kit from Luna Cycles to convert 'The Beast' from gas to electric. 'The Beast' was driven by a Tanaka 47R mounted on top of the top tube via some angle aluminum & a DIY shift kit.
    In its current form, with the 42T chainring it'll do 35 mph and the battery lasts throughout my normal spirited neighborhood romps usually within 40 miles (I may install a 52T just to see what kind of speed it can pull).
    It charges back up quickly, or slowly depending on the amp setting I choose on my Luna smart charger (1-5 amp settings). I also chose to use the 80% instead of 100% charge setting to hopefully get more cycles out of the $500 battery pack (52V Panasonic GA cells).
    I think I'm sold on electrics, and can imagine building an even more powerful 72V setup in the future.
    Pics below
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2016

  2. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    I like electric. they're so stealth and maintenance free.
    what was the total cost?
  3. bakaneko

    bakaneko Active Member

    The Panasonic battery is probably key. Chinese batteries are sometimes suspect as I heard. How long does it take to recharge on 5A? I just wish Tesla is able to sell their batteries/technology. They have really revolutionized the range, discharge rate, and recharging in Lithium-ion batteries.
  4. lowracer

    lowracer Member

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