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Post by htial » Sat, 05 Dec 2009, 06:18

Hay all...

Came across this on YouTube...

FFR Trikes

He's doing about a little over 55mph...   ...So touching on 90kmh...   ...The trike he's on is a KMX Typhoon which weighs about 20kg...   ...And he looks about my size...   ...so I'm going to say around 80kg...   ...So total weight 100kg...

Any ideas on what I'd need to recreate something like that???...   ...Or even hit the big 100KMH!!!...

On one of his other vids he mentions that the rage is around 25 to 35 miles...

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Post by Johny » Sat, 05 Dec 2009, 19:26

Don't they normally go in the other direction? I.E. Toward the single wheel...

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Post by htial » Sat, 05 Dec 2009, 20:41

It depend...   ...With the reverse trike layout I've been told you can get lower to the ground...   ...That being said...   ...I have seen a few low normal trikes...

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Post by Richo » Sat, 05 Dec 2009, 21:41

most Iv'e seen are 2 in front 1 rear.

The picture of the black one on his web site looks like it is running the MARS PMAC.
But I'd dare say the 7kW RC motor would probably do it too.

The only down side is if you got caught you'd be up for:
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2. Driving an unregistered/unregisterable vehicle
3. reckless driving
4. Resisting arrest

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Post by htial » Sun, 06 Dec 2009, 05:50

I'm with you Richo...

I've always wondered if you could get a speeding ticket on the monash on a push-bike...

The crazy think is...   ...I'd really like to find out...

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Post by Squiggles » Sun, 06 Dec 2009, 15:02

I don't know what the monash is but technically if you are exceeding the speed limit while on a push bike you can be fined.

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Post by Johny » Sun, 06 Dec 2009, 16:30

The "Monash" refers to a freeway in Melbourne.
Speed limit mostly "Roadwork in progress".

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Post by Tritium_James » Sun, 06 Dec 2009, 17:21

I've been fined for speeding on a pushbike here in Qld - no electric assist either!

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Post by Richo » Mon, 07 Dec 2009, 16:24

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Post by Richo » Mon, 07 Dec 2009, 16:30

the trick is to make it nimble and small enough to evade down alleys and paths.
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Post by electriker » Mon, 08 Feb 2010, 23:46

Here's a blog article on my own electric recumbent trike.

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2008/09/solar-trikey-ma/

I've since bought another one, but haven't (as yet) fitted the photovoltaic panels.

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Although the motors in each trike are exactly the same (Heinzmann 200/400W), because it's turning a smaller wheel, the red one can almost climb Welshpool Road (for those who know Perth) without pedal assistance.

It can also tow the BoB trailer, so it's great for either local shopping or a trip to Perth and back.

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Post by antiscab » Mon, 08 Feb 2010, 23:59

looks pretty gud,

the red one with the yellow seat - thats a greenspeed isn't it?

my dad put 65'000km on his, only just had to get rid of it due to fatigue on the welds at the frame bottom.

the green one - is that a PV on the top?
it looks a bit warped :S

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Post by electriker » Tue, 09 Feb 2010, 00:06

They're both Greenspeed. The one with the "warped" PV array is a 1992 model (VERY ancient) GTR 20/26. It also had a break in the frame, but I sent it back and that was fixed in about 1993. Still goes like an old trouper.

I don't know how my km I've done, but at least 40,000. (It got stolen, but came back home after 5 years.)

The warp is simply a matter of me being a bit overenthusiastic with the heat gun when I was shaping the PVC struts underneath. The array and its mounting is now into its third year, so it's allowed to be all bitter and twisted. Image

The red one I received in December 2009, so it's still (sort of) shiny.

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Post by jennifer2 » Sun, 20 Jun 2010, 02:52

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Post by electriker » Sun, 20 Jun 2010, 03:44

Well, here's another update for you then. Image

The new trike has now got not only a "new" set of photovoltaic panels to keep the batteries charged (hard in wintertime without the sun)
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but also a (very rough) bikini fairing. I've also added an extra five teeth to my biggest chain ring, so I'm able to travel at a higher top speed (approaching 45 km/h on the flat, un-electrified.)

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Post by Gow864 » Sun, 20 Jun 2010, 16:21

htial wrote: Hay all...

Came across this on YouTube...

FFR Trikes

He's doing about a little over 55mph...   ...So touching on 90kmh...   ...The trike he's on is a KMX Typhoon which weighs about 20kg...   ...And he looks about my size...   ...so I'm going to say around 80kg...   ...So total weight 100kg...

Any ideas on what I'd need to recreate something like that???...   ...Or even hit the big 100KMH!!!...

On one of his other vids he mentions that the rage is around 25 to 35 miles...


htial, All the bits you'd need to recreate this can be found on the endless-shpere forum, VRDublove posts there, you could ask him directly. Also, there is a guy called "Recumpence" that builds electric KMX trikes, he uses Astro RC motors and lipo batts, and creates some truly sick vehicles. He can also be found on the endless-sphere forums.

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Post by photomac » Tue, 06 Jul 2010, 02:26

Yeah - speeding fine for sure - but hey - compare that to this skateboarder doing 100kph!!!!

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL336 ... ews&rpc=69
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