Back in 2013 when this bike was new, I agree with you. Range, and ride time was too short because of the limited battery technology at that time. But that was then, and this is now. In 2021 it's no longer an issue. My butt can't out ride this battery. A fast 50 mile ride in the city takes hours, but typically when I ride off with nowhere to go I don't come back for over 6 hours. By the time I need to recharge, I'm ready to get off it. It's probably true though that for most eBikes lack of range is the biggest issue. This isn't most eBikes though.So you get an hour of ride time at 50 mph. Prices on electrics are still to high, ride time/range too short and recharge time too long for me; if it's good for you though I'm happy for you.
Uh, that would be nope.C’mon!. You know you miss gas bike stuff like mixing fuel and oil, clutch adjustments, wobbly rag joints, loose bolts from engine vibration, broken rear wheel spokes, exhaust burns, smelling like a landscaper, ......
Vibrations, that's why you get off those China girls and go 4 stroking lolUh, that would be nope.
I used to spend a fortune on expensive synthetic 2 stroke oil. I built about 6 china girls, and by the time I was satisfied, I had between $1500, and $2000 in each one of them. I put a lot of effort into making them dependable, and fast enough that I could ride them all over town, but no matter how good they were, vibration took it's toll, and none of them lasted very long the way I ride.
After 8 years the Stealth at $10,000 new, and even considering all the upgrades isn't out of line with what I was spending back then, but that's as close as the comparison gets. The Stealth is light years ahead of them in every other way. All things considered even if the costs were twice as much, which they're not, it would still be be worth it, because of the superior performance, ride quality, and dependability.
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Once you feel high power electric smooth, it's hard to go back. That applies to both the lack of vibration smooth, and the right now power delivery smooth. Silent running at the same time seals the deal.Vibrations, that's why you get off those China girls and go 4 stroking lol
The Cool Thing is, technology-wise, I'm satisfied with what's out there- but now it's gotta be affordable. My cheapie HubMotor Kit on my equally cheap Magna MTB would be perfect if it I could afford better range batteries for it. Right now, it goes great for the first 5 or 6 miles, and then it starts to get lethargic. Sad- because we're this close to perfection.If recharge time can be dramatically shorten a self charging bike could be made. You'll have 2 batteries and 2 hub motors. One hub only acts like a generator it charges the battery that isn't in use. The controller will switch batteries once the drive battery charge drops to a certain point.
I've often wanted to build an electric trail bike. One that has a high watt motor, a large AH battery but won't go any faster than 10 mph on level ground. This would be the ideal bike for disabled and older people who have issues hiking public trails.Of all electric vehicles available at this time, as far as I'm concerned eBikes are the ones that seem the most competitive with their gas competition. Cars, and motorcycles are getting closer, but not there yet. eBikes are there now, although some might argue the Stealth is more like a small motorcycle.
I have another eBike that I built to replace a typical china girl. I have about $2000 total in this bike including the bike. Roughly the same as my china girls. It's tops out 28 mph, and has more than 50 mile range. It started life as a factory eBike, but I went though another $1300 tossing almost every part in it, to make it competitive. It's 6 years old, and still going strong long after most china girls would be dust. The battery is 5 years old and cost $525. Now they're $625. It's 48v 30ah, with a 35 amp controller. That's expensive, but hardly more than $100 a year. Subtracting gasoline, and expensive synthetic 2 stroke oil, the difference isn't astronomical, especially considering I'll get at least another year out of this battery. The motor is 750w, and this one does require some maintenance. This motor is a geared motor that you're supposed to open up and grease the planetary gears every 5000 miles. This bike is more versatile than a china girl, because not only can you ride it across town, you can ride it on city bike trails, and it fits in well riding with regular bicycle groups too. View attachment 107703