Gas-Electric Combo

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by dougsr.874, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. dougsr.874

    dougsr.874 Active Member

    I've been toying with the idea of installing a front hub drive electric along with a HT engine....when the batteries die you could start the HT....will it damage the electric motor to be used if off.

  2. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    It should pose no potential damage unless you have regenerative braking, and then only in certain cases. A geared hub motor will turn more freely than a direct drive motor (when unpowered).
    I had considered adding a 24v front hub motor on my HT just for acceleration (away from traffic stops and such) and hills. The Honda CRZ hybrid does something similar, using electric power only to supplement acceleration.
    It could also help you pedal start the motor. It could help your clutch last longer.
  3. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    The idea comes up from time to time. Though I don't know if anyone has done it. I considered doing it for my wife, who claimed that she "couldn't" pedal start her bike.

    The only downside that comes to mind immediately, though, is that it will be a very heavy bike. Especially after you load cargo on.

    Better use a high quality bike.