Sparky the electric sidecar

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by whitham_wannabe, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. whitham_wannabe

    whitham_wannabe Long timer

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    Followed this intriguing rig yesterday in Woodinville, WA ...Big old power cables going from the chair to the bike, no smoky motor and a fancy E sticker. And ... a manufacturer plate? Ural building e-Bikes now, or is this someone's home build?

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  2. TurTal

    TurTal Been here awhile

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    Very interesting

    The little shark gill looks like it's being used to vent the batteries

    Not sure what the Mfg car plate is about ?

    Borrowed from automotive E vehicle ?

    If you see him again try to catch him and find out wth is going on

    Maybe he works at FedEx and it's in the parking lot

    Tell him we want to know what's up and that we made you do it






    Cheers!



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  3. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    I'm guessing it's a home build. Lots of room for batteries and the weight in the sidecar is not a bad thing. I've been talking to a friend who has been racing a Zero in short track about building a electric sidecar.

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  4. DRONE

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    Can't believe you didn't pass him, cut him off, and demand some answers! :arg

    Don't know where you were in Woodinville, but parts of Woodinville are less than 5 miles from the IMZ/Ural North American Headquarters in Redmond. Probably something those guys are cooking up?
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  5. whitham_wannabe

    whitham_wannabe Long timer

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    How didn't I know that Ural USA were based in Redmond? I used to work literally two blocks away from their location, and now we're only 3 miles away. I should pay more attention.

    Maybe I should take a casual drive by and see if it's parked out front ....
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  6. tassiefubar

    tassiefubar Been here awhile

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    Hey
    Greetings from the Antipodes
    Haven’t posted for yonks, but this is too interesting to pass up. Could someone see if they can track this one down and find out more about it?
    Years ago I made the suggestion that one could use an electric motor to set up a 2 wheel drive system on a hack.
    Most appropriate I thought, especially for those of us on the southern side of the planet who drive on the correct side of the road.
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  7. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Please do. But probably best to leave the BMW/DMC rig at home. :-)
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  8. windmill

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    Washington state issued manufacturers plate. Not a great pict, but here's one on the prototype solo from when they let me take it on a road trip to Ca.
    [​IMG]
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  9. Wolfgang55

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    It could have at least been painted green
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  10. davet2

    davet2 Been here awhile

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    That's a Ural I might be tempted to buy after all the engine repair discussions I've read on here and elsewhere.:D
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  11. RetiredandRiding

    RetiredandRiding Retired to Ride

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    Maybe do what I and many others do and learn to fix it yourself...
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    Metamorphicgneiss n00b

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  13. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    Not too many people want to buy a new machine and fix it.
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    Kruzof independently poor

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    At least not until they find out what dealers charge to service their new pride & joy.
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  15. TurTal

    TurTal Been here awhile

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    JustKip,

    "Not too many people want to buy a new machine and fix it."

    After years of observation it saddens me to realize the so called men we use to look up to as young men have been reduced to whining old women

    Can't be bothered to get their hands dirty or face any adversity in their boring everday existence

    bitch and moan bitch and moan

    Go check into the nursing home already

    Jeezus


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  16. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    There's a word for people who buy new shit, already broken. "Men" doesn't immediately spring to mind.

    There's probably also a word for those who don't know the difference between maintenance and repair, and are smug about it.
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  17. TurTal

    TurTal Been here awhile

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    Go take a nap
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  18. S/W

    S/W Been here awhile

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    I have thought of an electric side car drive for a long time, how about with a synchronous motor that would keep the same speed as the drive wheel, or maybe even speed up or slow down according to the turn radius.
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    :photog
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    Dealership customer?
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