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Old 06-04-2014, 05:48 PM   #31
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:31 PM   #32
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Well done!

A shocking result. I was electrified by this race.









Watt? Too soon?
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:05 PM   #33
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Any idea why MotoCzysz didn't compete?
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:51 AM   #34
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Any idea why MotoCzysz didn't compete?
Michael Czysz is battling cancer and it sounds like the team is without funds.
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:08 AM   #35
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Michael Czysz is battling cancer and it sounds like the team is without funds.
Oh wow sorry to hear that.
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:44 PM   #36
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Wow, Buckeye, it sounds like you guys worked hard for that podium finish. I love to hear about perseverance paying off.
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:54 PM   #37
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Big congrats to Buckeye and his team!!

Love hearing about the work(stress, mayhem and challenges) behind the scene.
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Old 06-05-2014, 11:02 PM   #38
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We are still winding down from the high of yesterday's dramatic finish in the TT Zero event. We wheeled RW-2.x back over to the winners circle for team photos and basically relaxed. Given the hectic pace the first week and a half it didn't seem right to not be busy working on the bike!

The team had been invited to give a technical presentation to the Institute of Engineering and Technology at the Salmon Lake Centre. Julia Cline, Nathan Lord, Polina Brodsky and Aaron Bonnell-Kangas each spoke on an aspect of the project and did a fine job. It was a very nice event with a large and interested audience including the Lieutenant Governor for the Isle of Man. It was nice to see so much interest in the work the students have been doing and I know they really appreciated it as well.

Friday we have to repack all the stuff into boxes and make sure it matches the original manifest paperwork. The bike will be on display at a technical conference in Liverpool next week. Three of the team members will be there to talk to folks about the project. Then RW-2.x will begin the long trip back to Columbus. If last year is any indication, we won't see it again until August.

It is a little hard to believe that we are finished with the preparation for the TT. Even so, it is not like we are all at loose ends. Work has already begun for what we hope will be a return in 2015 and an even better result! For me, one of the best parts of helping the team is getting to know so many amazing, bright young engineers. But it is a bitter-sweet experience since their time at Ohio State is relatively short. I have been lucky to make so many wonderful friends.

OK, as the Brits say, it is time to get cracking on next year's bike!
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Old 06-06-2014, 01:02 AM   #39
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Fantastic!

Thanks so much for your commentary over the TT. I'm sure there are other people here that would welcome any updates on the development process in the future.
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(Looking at the claims of Lightning Motorcycles, I can't figure why they don't show us their product, here, in the ultimate test........?)
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:37 AM   #40
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I would love to see an electric bike manufacturer do demo rides at some of the race events around the USA. There is always at least one manufacturer offering them at Laguna Seca each year, which I think would be a perfect place to find riders open to new(ish) technologies.

I remember when they first raced the electric class at Laguna. Nobody new what to do with their ear plugs. They thought it was just a short term trend that would never catch on. Seeing the times at the TT, I would say e-bike technology is catching up fast, and surely will be a huge segment of the market in the near future.

My Aprilia only has a range of about 130 miles. The e-bike probably already matches that. Any chance they will piggy back onto the same quick charging technology being rolled out nationwide by Tesla? That would be awesome!
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:50 AM   #41
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When I say 'looking at the claims', I guess, performance wise it's already been well proved now. Pikes Peak + IoM......now we just need the practicalities sorted.
Charging facilities, initial cost, maintenance, etc..

Oh yeah, and maybe a soundtrack option.
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:33 AM   #42
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Oh yeah, and maybe a soundtrack option.
That would be pretty cool.

1. should be able to turn on/off and adjust volume.
2. maybe a bluetooth option so only the rider hears it in helmet speakers?
3. pick your sound, like a video game: v-twin, v-8, or v-12.
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:18 AM   #43
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Congratulations! That was a great race and a great effort. Nice to hear the riders comments about the bikes - they loved racing them!

Coverage of the TT on Velocity network has been great!
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:19 AM   #44
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So after months of design, fabrication and fighting with multiple battery and equipment failures, today we battled Team Sarolea the entire 37.73 miles of the famed Mountain Course. They started 10 seconds before us and Rob chased them the whole race and in the end we pulled out third place by a scant .037 seconds! The winners circle was kind of awkward as the stewards waved Sarolea in instead of us.it took about 5 minutes for race control to correct the finishing order. The problem was Sarolea's transponder was intermittent and no one was sure who was third until they reviewed the finish. Once again we were drinking champaign in the late morning, hugging, taking turns wearing the wreath and feeling relived that we were able to back up our podium finish in 2013. Props to Rob Barber for riding the wheels off RW2.x and bringing home another trophy! We ran the race in 24 minutes 12.23 seconds with an average speed of 93.531 mph. That is a little ore than 2 mph faster than what we ran last year.

Now we begin planning on next year's bike. We would love to come back to the TT to see if we can improve on the results we archived this year.
congrats ... any chance we can get details on what battery pack/BMS are used?
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Old 06-06-2014, 02:24 PM   #45
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congrats ... any chance we can get details on what battery pack/BMS are used?
BMS was made in house.The students designed the PCBs and did all of the soldering of the components. Batteries are from AE Energy,, 40 amp hours, 2s2p.

FYI, I am a tool maker so all this electric stuff is foreign to me!

P.S. Thanks for your interest. These folks have busted their collective butts to get where they are today. It is nice to know people care.
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