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Old 05-21-2013, 07:43 PM   #136
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3,000 Mile Mark

Passed the 3,000 mile mark today.

Still the bike is perfect. No charging issues, no startup failures, perfect throttle response.
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:46 PM   #137
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What is the longest distance you've traveled on a single charge?

Does running the battery to empty (or near empty) before recharge shorten the battery life in the long run?

Does partial recharge shorten battery life?
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:21 PM   #138
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What is the longest distance you've traveled on a single charge?

Does running the battery to empty (or near empty) before recharge shorten the battery life in the long run?

Does partial recharge shorten battery life?
The longest that I have made is 69 miles. That was mostly 2 lane highway. I will start riding some more dirt rides and I should see some rides with 100 mile ranges when the average speeds are much lower based on some mixed rides that I have done.

The BMS (Battery Management System) protects the battery bank from deep discharge and from overcharge. So there is no problem running the bike to empty. Once empty, it should be recharged quickly. LiIon batteries should not be left deep discharged for long periods of time so it is not a good idea to run it to empty and leave it uncharged if there is power near by.

There is no problem with partial recharge.

Zero recommends to simply plug in the bike whenever it is not being ridden. The BMS does all of the logic to maximize battery life and to let it do it's work just plug it in.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:36 AM   #139
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What kind of charger is it? And, can you plug the charger into an EZ watt meter to see how much it costs to charge it? EZ Watt
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:44 AM   #140
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My fear would be returning to ICE with all the noise and maintenance
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:06 AM   #141
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Thanks to Wind_Rider for these reports. They were very much a factor in my decision yesterday to purchase a Zero XU.

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Old 05-22-2013, 09:56 AM   #142
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my decidion yesterday to purchase a zero xu.
nice!

got pics?
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:16 PM   #143
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nice!

got pics?
When the bike arrives from California, should be within the next two weeks.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:00 PM   #144
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What kind of charger is it? And, can you plug the charger into an EZ watt meter to see how much it costs to charge it? EZ Watt
Zero Motorcycles use Delta Q chargers. They are custom programmed with a battery pack profile for the motorcycle but they are also used in a lot of other industrial charging applications. More here: http://delta-q.com/product

Yes, you could use any kind of WattMeter to measure the cost of a charge as long as it can support 1KW load.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:05 PM   #145
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My fear would be returning to ICE with all the noise and maintenance
Yes, I was thinking the same thing the other day.

I am committed to ZeroDS only for this season but I am planning on getting a Honda CRF250L next year so that I can take on some longer rides and weekend expeditions. I was thinking the other day about what a pain it will be to have to adjust valves and clutches again.

If you want to cover some long distances in a short amount of time though I think the ICE is still the way to roll.

The Zero is the best commuting motorcycle and also the most fun to ride if the range of your ride falls within a charge but if you want to do a 500 mile day or ride to Alaska burning gas will get you there.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:07 PM   #146
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Thanks to Wind_Rider for these reports. They were very much a factor in my decision yesterday to purchase a Zero XU.
You are welcome redge! Congratulations on your new Zero XU. Please post some pics here and share some of your riding thoughts once you get the bike and put a few miles on it.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:06 AM   #147
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Most of my riding is commuting Short distances. This is very interesting to me.
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:06 AM   #148
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Zero Motorcycles use Delta Q chargers. They are custom programmed with a battery pack profile for the motorcycle but they are also used in a lot of other industrial charging applications. More here: http://delta-q.com/product

Yes, you could use any kind of WattMeter to measure the cost of a charge as long as it can support 1KW load.
I have had it hook up to my ceramic heater and that draws 1600 on startup and 1475 constant. after startup it was good. I would love to know what the cost is to charge it. The EZwatt model has setting to calculate the hourly, daily, monthly and yearly cost, plus cost to date. A very cool tool!
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:56 AM   #149
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Great thread, ive thought about electric bikes before but didnt want to be a guinea pig. Ill be tracking this, and hopefully the bike will be reliable and make us all want electric bikes.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:08 AM   #150
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yes, that is an electron circling my beleaguered brain...

Was long about a year ago that caging in a WRX that got 23 mpg and waiting in NorCal traffic made me vomit and finally think of two wheeling.

My commute is ~18 mi each way. About 14 of which is 101, so 50-70mph,
often into a stiff headwind...

Started out getting my feet wet with training wheels ( Piaggio mp3 500) for about 5k
then leapt onto a BMW 650 X Challenge.

But the truth is, I dont use the off road as I am such a noob and know no one to point me to some decent little beginner off road rides hereabouts...

anyway...I found this thread and I am quite hypnotized. So much so that I am gonna test ride a 2013 DS tomorrow afternoon... I will be following along ...as I saw someone earlier post...

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