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2 Days to go.

August 31, 2015

I managed to get some more work on the cycle today! After finally finishing off the last few pieces of aluminum, I built a wood framework around the trunk, based on the coroplast piece I had already cut. I was using a very light-weight plywood. It’s sturdy enough to be a shelf, without adding much […]

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4 Days to Go…

August 29, 2015

It’s only four days to go before leaving on the Loop the Lake tour, and I still have WAY too much to do! After two very full days of some unexpected work I had to do, I got a chance to continue working on the cycle. To start with, I picked up a lock from […]

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Progress and Setbacks

August 27, 2015

It’s only one week until I leave for the LOOP THE LAKE trip. Am I ready yet? Well….. I HAVE made some good advances on my aero/cargo tail. After seeing how much gear I needed to bring with me, I decided that I really needed something better than a passenger seat to carry it all. […]

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Loop The Lake Official Route and Timeline!

August 18, 2015

  It’s official, I have a route. After a number of range tests, I’ve decided that 150 miles per day is what is going to work for this trip. The longest I’ve traveled on the Vectrix so far on a single continuous charge is 75 miles. Traveling at faster speeds, about 60 miles is what […]

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Please help support LOOP THE LAKE!

August 14, 2015

LOOP THE LAKE is a do it yourself road rally, to take place in the first half of September, 2015, where electric motorcycles will travel over 1,000 miles circumnavigating Lake Michigan, without using a single drop of gasoline. Rider and film-maker Ben Nelson will be making the complete journey, joined in sections by other riders, […]

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Triple-Charger Real World Testing

August 12, 2015

Yesterday, I got to take the bike out for a ride and test out how it would work in more or less “Real-World” conditions, charging with ALL THREE CHARGERS. To start with, where do I put the second two chargers!? While I could make them fit in the trunk, it would be a tight squeeze, […]

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Road-Trip Testing & Charging Adventure!

August 4, 2015

Yesterday morning, I decided the head out on the Vectrix to start determining how far I could ride on my 9KWH Nissan Leaf battery pack in real-world riding conditions. Because there are so few public EV charging stations in my area, I decided to head up to a particular state park. If needed, I could […]

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First Charging with Power Supplies

July 26, 2015

Yesterday morning, I got my first chance to charge my cycle with the Mean Well power supplies. First, I wired the output of the three in series, connecting black to red, black to red with automotive butt connectors with built-in heat shrink. The metal cases of the power supplies are isolated from the DC outputs, […]

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Getting Bent

June 2, 2015

So, I MAY have just started tearing apart the Vectrix again… To get bent. Make a recumbent that is… After my first taste of long-distance riding, I want MORE! So far, the furthest I’ve gone on one charge is 91 miles. But that’s so close to 100, that it’s just BEGGING to be broken! However, […]

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1st Mini-Road Trip on the Vectrix

May 29, 2015

Yesterday, I clocked 72.3 miles on the Vectrix. One of the two people that I sold the rest of the Nissan LEAF cell modules to is Nick. He lives in the greater Milwaukee, WI area, and has the same Vectrix as I do. I mean the SAME! It is also a 2007 VX-1 and it’s […]

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