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Old 02-13-2008, 12:21 AM   #11
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Thanks. Like I said, there are things I would do different if I had another one built.

I like that electric motorcycle. I wish they shared a few more of the technical specs on the web site though. I think it would take quite a few solar panels to get a good charge on it in a reasonable amount of time (plus taking care of the SMB electrical needs). Cool idea though.

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Old 02-13-2008, 12:37 AM   #12
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electric motorbike

There are some specs here:

http://zeromotorcycles.com/specifications.php

I found these using Google -- otherwise, it wasn't obvious how to find this page on their web site.

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Old 02-13-2008, 11:30 AM   #13
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We're doing a little work with them, but can't talk much more about the specs. But damn, those things have POWER.

While it wouldn't be appropriate for the battery they're using, an interesting concept would be plugging it in to the van to recharge it, but also tapping into the 12V out in their electrical system and utilizing it as a super extended house battery.

Not the most cost effective way to use a high end Li-Ion motorcycle battery, but an interesting option none-the-less.


My other recent thought would be to get one of these:
http://www.pacific-cycles.com/
Specifically, the Reach Racing and Reach Offroad

Not the BEST bike per se, but for an extended road trip, you could hang two off the back easily next to the spare, and use them for whatever. The reviews seem to really like them.
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Old 02-13-2008, 12:06 PM   #14
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I too have been wishing hard for those electricross bikes. I could also go on lots of trails that are closed gas bikes now. Ideally I'd prefer something like the honda ruckus scooter so I wouldn't have to sweat it if my girlfriend needed to ride it somewhere, and we don't really need to get mad agro air or anything
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:31 PM   #15
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Thule Revolver 4-Bike Rear Hitch Rack

Does anyone use the Thule Revolver 4-Bike Rear Hitch Rack? While I need to get an extension to get it behind my spare tire, this seems to swing nicely away from the rear doors allowing access to open both doors and unload stuff easily.

I like the Softride but it seems like it would still be in the way when we are trying to set up camp.

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Old 06-11-2008, 10:03 PM   #16
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On a related note, any thoughts on keeping the bikes clean on the back of the van. Dirt roads and rain storms would seem to make a mess out of high dollar bikes. I am currently keeping ours inside the van, but they take up lots of room. I was thinking about a zipper or drawstring road cover or perhaps if you used a tray mounted rack you could enclose the entire thing with aluminum treadplate or something. The box would be about 2' deep, by 5' wide and 3' tall.

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Old 08-17-2008, 10:11 PM   #17
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We researched and shopped and decided on the Hollywood Sport SE 2+2.

We have lots of Yakima Rack equipment, so I called and talke to them about their racks, and they actually told me that they thought their hitch mount racks that carry the bikes from under the tires would not hold up. I had decided to call because of something I read where they warned against off road use or use with an extension.

Yakima recommended Hollywood.

After doing more research and looking, that is the rack we ended up with.

We are going to need about 7 inches of extension to clear the spare tire and the bumper box. We will probably look for between 8 and 11 inches.

The rack itself looks plenty rugged to be able to handle off road work, and is angeld up to help with departure angles. It will fold up flat against the back of the van also.

It can carry two bikes and reduce the size/weight by removing a piece, or you can leave it on and carry 4 bikes.

All the pieces that move also lock down and in some case have tensioning screws. There is also a nice setup to tension the rack against the pin in the receiver.

I will get some photos next time we have it on the van and after we get an extension.
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Here is the rack that we acquired.... and it seems rugged enough to take the cantilever and the offroading.











more later after it is taken on the road....
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:25 PM   #19
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Looks pretty rugged. We went with the Saris Pro. It is similar but nothing touches the bicycle frame. The "hold down" part of the bike rack holds down on the tire instead of the top tube. I am going to experiment with a two bike cover this weekend to see if it keeps the dust/dirt/grime off the bikes while on the bike rack behind the van. oclv
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:55 PM   #20
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"Skinz" makes a cover designed for 2 or 4 bikes on rear reciever racks. Looked at getting one this spring but I still haven't gotten around to it for my Thule T2 rack. I will one of these days......

looky....

http://www.skinzprotectivegear.com/bicyclegear.html


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