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Old 06-17-2013, 06:49 PM   #12211
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Me Want!

If it meets mil-spec it's good enough for me to ride (and I'll be less likely to break it) but the the performance/protection enhancements that you can get stock with this bike totally make it. I'm drooling.



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Old 06-18-2013, 02:23 AM   #12212
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The Christini is neat. I've been up close and personal with it a few times. I just don't see myself ever needing 2WD on a bike like that. It is 278lbs. If I get stuck, I'll pick it up and carry it out of the mud.

We've actually been testing a Zero bike for a few months now. Yes, a mil-spec Zero. I've just got to figure out how to land one of these testing gigs one day.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:52 AM   #12213
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We've actually been testing a Zero bike for a few months now. Yes, a mil-spec Zero. I've just got to figure out how to land one of these testing gigs one day.
Very impressive tech and I relish the thought of riding a bike that is both quiet and powerful.

I'd buy a Zero (they are comparable in cost lines with a beemer) but they still have severely limited range (at least the civilian models do). 70-130 mile range on a charge might get me to a tag but what then?

I'd be interested to know how the mil-spec ones are handling power consumption issues.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:23 AM   #12214
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I'd be interested to know how the mil-spec ones are handling power consumption issues.
More fuel.

Well, really what they are doing is setting it up with modular battery compartments where the operator can expand the battery capacity when needed. It is based off their MX line, so it has the 2.8kWh battery, expandable up to the 5.7kWh battery. One of the guys testing it was telling me that they are trying to integrate a way to add/carry more beyond that too. The issue is that 150mi worth of liquid fuel weighs a lot less than a 30lb battery.

You have to wonder if there are solar cells actually capable of keeping up or even just slowly replenishing the battery on these things while you ride. That is a must for the civilian market. Not so much for the military market since we'd use them mostly at night.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:04 AM   #12215
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Thanks guys for all the support.
RD. I'll put my name on that list. I have a truck and trailer and like all of us on ADV am willing to help a rider in need if I can.
I am blessed to have such friends.
I also lucky.
I rode the Harley east to Oriental Fri after work to place a tag.
camped on river well off any roads and rode home sat morning with no problems. It would have been much worse if my breakdown had been Fri nite/ sat morn.
Bike starts normal. Runs 3 or 4 seconds and shuts down.
It will start right back up and shut right back down.
Pretty sure it isnt fuel flow related. My gut says computer.
My wife is a real trooper and was going to hook up my trailer to my truck and come get me but she has never had to before.
Easy took care of it. Made it look easy too.
I thought about calling you Chad but pittsboro to my place and back home for you would have been a haul. I also know you would have done it in a skinny minute. As would all you guys.
Thankyou. Kent.
You are not a normal Hardley rider Kent. You actually spend more time riding yours than polishing. Of course you DO polish any word on the issue yet?


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Old 06-18-2013, 01:28 PM   #12216
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Very impressive tech and I relish the thought of riding a bike that is both quiet and powerful.

I'd buy a Zero (they are comparable in cost lines with a beemer) but they still have severely limited range (at least the civilian models do). 70-130 mile range on a charge might get me to a tag but what then?

I'd be interested to know how the mil-spec ones are handling power consumption issues.
If I had spare cash, I'd have a zero in a heartbeat.
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:56 PM   #12217
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If I had spare cash, I'd have a zero in a heartbeat.
Huge grin factor. Having 100% of available torque on demand regardless of speed makes everything more fun.

However, I just can't justify the price for a motorcycle that ends my riding day at 130 miles, and that being a number that is going to steadily decline over the life of the bike.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:15 PM   #12218
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Grabbed! I hope.



Nice ride, not too much traffic this afternoon.

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Old 06-18-2013, 02:21 PM   #12219
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good day for a ride.... (thats most any day).
Nice work!
And whats your thoughts about the next tag?
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:27 PM   #12220
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New Tag

Hope this hasn't been tagged before. In Garner just down from I40 on 42.



Although its got Cleveland in its name, looks like a decent place to grab a pitcher and listen to a band on the weekend.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:32 PM   #12221
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I enjoy the food there as well. Nice choice
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:40 PM   #12222
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New Tag

Hope this hasn't been tagged before. In Garner just down from I40 on 42.



Although its got Cleveland in its name, looks like a decent place to grab a pitcher and listen to a band on the weekend.
Good tag Spaceman! Kills one of my file tags.



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Old 06-18-2013, 04:06 PM   #12223
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:37 PM   #12224
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It's really raining out there

And to the Duckett in the Tahoe or whatever the hell your shiny suv was, don't be an ass and karma won't put you into a ditch... (that or don't drive in the rain with bald low profile tires.. But I'm sticking with it was karma.)


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Old 06-18-2013, 05:03 PM   #12225
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Lonewolf, good grab. Didn't last very long. Any ideas for the next tag?

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