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General Chat / Re: New Rad Model Coming 12/6
« on: December 06, 2022, 05:59:37 PM »
That's a lot of money for no racks, no front suspension.

Nice to see it has a reverse gear of some sort; for the intended audience that'll be very useful.

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RadMission / Re: How To Set Up Your Radmission To Carry A Handgun
« on: December 05, 2022, 02:05:05 PM »
God Bless America! 

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General Chat / Re: Bike rack indicator lights
« on: December 04, 2022, 10:21:47 AM »
I can't use the magnet mounts either because my hitch rack is aluminum, so I lash them on with velcro straps.  Isn't pretty but it's pretty solid. 

$209.... for what?  They're currently US$41 at the moment (I paid $33 plus sales tax) and there's a "wireless" option now that I'm not familiar with, but even that's just a little over US$100.

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General Chat / Re: Rad Bike for business Usage in Holland
« on: December 04, 2022, 10:05:44 AM »
Even though you say you use a backpack and don't need more capacity, I would suggest a cargo bike like the RadWagon or similar from other companies.  They're bigger and heavier, but are designed to carry loads around all day long, and if you're riding up to 150km/day I think it would be wise to start the day with 3 fully-charged batteries and you'll need someplace to carry two of them, secure from theft or damage. 

Additionally, a cargo bike would give you the option of adding baskets, panniers or other additional capacity - you never know when your business might grow to demand such things!  As for comfort, you'll need to try one out to see if the frame geometry works for you, then maybe consider changing the seat and seatpost if you want more suspension to absorb road bumps.

I'm assuming in Holland you're mostly riding on paved flat surfaces; the Wagon is definitely not a trail bike, and if on flatlands you should be able to provide pedal power to reduce the load on the battery without exhausting yourself at the end of a long work day.  With the weight of a cargo-bike frame and two additional batteries, plus you and your cargo, 250 watts isn't very much and would be useless in my hilly town (my MiniST2 now has about 1550 watt capacity after I hotrodded it a bit), but might work in your (flat, correct?) area - talk to other e-bike owners to see if that's true.

Good luck and let us know what you decide!

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General Chat / Re: cowboy hat instead of goggles
« on: December 03, 2022, 10:14:11 AM »
Instead, I decided not to fall on my head again. Since then, I haven't knocked my dome on pavement on a bicycle crash. My mumbo jumbo is related to avoiding head injuries by maintaining control.

I didn't know I could avoid injuries by just declaring that.  I suppose I should have done that years ago, but thanks for the tip!

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General Chat / Re: New Rad Model Coming 12/6
« on: December 01, 2022, 01:01:15 PM »
Looks like some sort of stepthru frame with pullback bars?  A MiniST 3, maybe?

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General Chat / Re: Multiple discount codes ?
« on: December 01, 2022, 12:49:52 PM »
Policies may vary depending on region; I think your best option is to just call your customer-service number and ask that question of a support rep.  Even better might be an email to their support team, so you have their answer in writing should you need it in the future.

In the USA, my experience with Rad support has been excellent in the past, so I'm betting you can combine your discount codes.  If you remember this thread, please let us know what they say!

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would suggest going straight to G062 series 1000w nominal motor (pref cassette type) with L10 motor connector.
I have modded this motor for higher power though. First to fail was the gluing of 20 neodymium magnets. I reglued them with highedt quality heat curable epoxy and no problem ever since.
I'm running it Peak 7000w at 60v battery. Peak current (battery DC) is 114A.
3.9 seconds from 0-30mph.

Geeezzzz, man, only 7 kilowatts and no front-wheel-drive???  Scaredycat.   ;)

Do you buy your replacement rear tires by the pallet?

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Well, after all that hassle and expense, that sucks.

I assume you still have your original motor core?  If so, Altema has written that he actually tried to burn out that OEM Rad motor core with the 35A controller running up to 1600w for very long periods of time and was unable to damage it.

So, rated "500w" or not, that original configuration should perform just fine with the power upgrade.  I've had zero issues with my upgrade, and have tweaked the settings to make it more manageable as well as more powerful. 

I think the best reason to upgrade to a more-robust motor design would be if one was completely ripping out and replacing the entire power system with higher-voltage and larger capacity batteries as well.  "Citizen Cycle" on YouTube has pretty much done this, with an absurdly-modified Rover that's now a hyperpowerful 2-wheel-drive beast - his entire saga and build is documented there in his vids, including his first try tearing the newly-powered front wheel right off the bike with too much torque.  I think what's left of his "Rover" would scare me if I tried it, but I'm getting old and my high-speed motorcycle days are in the rearview mirror now; I'm cool with putting along up to about 33mph (downhill) on my Mini and mostly around 22-25mph.




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Altema and DickB here on the forum are among the resident experts; you might try searching their names for the threads they've posted on motor upgrades if you don't get any direct replies here in this thread.

Have you already upgraded your Rover's controller/display to the 35A version available from Area 13 and elsewhere?  If not, I suggest that as your first step, and unless you're really into tuning and fiddling (like Altema, DickB and others here, but not me), I think just the controller upgrade alone would make you very happy - the stock Rad motors can easily handle the doubled current.  That's what I installed into my 2021 MiniST2 (along with hybrid-hydraulic brake calipers) and my little ol' bike turned into a hill-leveling monster without touching the rear wheel or motor.

If you have an option to return that motor and put your money into a new controller instead, I'd recommend that to save money and a fair amount of labor.

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General Chat / Re: Occasional click/tick sound in 7th gear. Anyone?
« on: November 18, 2022, 02:04:02 PM »
I think click/tick sounds are usually related to one or more loose spokes, but I doubt it would be related to the chosen gear - my MiniST2's rear wheel ticks a little bit now and then, but it's related to the weight loading - haven't yet found a spoke that actually feels loose, and keep meaning to poke around with it.  Winter gives me a good excuse to wait until the garage isn't so cold anymore......

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General Chat / Re: cowboy hat instead of goggles
« on: November 18, 2022, 01:57:27 PM »
I dunno, man.  That wide brim would be a problem if falling off a bike, I think, as it would contact first and possibly shift or remove the helmet, or your head, depending on speed.  And where do the shards go if it shatters?

Additionally, it's not super-great, but I think my noggin is still worth more than twenty bucks.

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General Chat / Re: $999 RadCity 4 - Is this a good deal?
« on: November 18, 2022, 01:45:31 PM »
I ordered a Bolton controller. Radpower warned me that this would void my warranty on electrical parts. In view of their EBR video, that was the height of hypocrisy. It may have more than twice the power of the OEM controller. Starting torque was the first difference I noticed. A couple of times I popped wheelies. The remedy was simple. Start with one foot on a pedal at 6 o'clock, the other on the ground, and no weight on the seat. The Radpower controller probably made startup torque very low to prevent dangerous wheelies.

Above 5 mph, my Radmission accelerates nicely, but it's very slow from a stop sign, which can be dangerous on a busy road. Although the motor is narrower than that on the Radrunner, it feels heavier. With another controller, it might start off fast. Are better controllers available?

I think the Bolton 35A controller is a good one for our Rad bikes - maybe you just need to do a little tweaking to settings.  Here's a pretty good video on how to program them and what they do:  https://youtu.be/y_NEXdUCOiY and I've attached a chart of my various setting tests (mine is a 2021 MiniST2, so your preferred settings may differ) - the "Jim4" column are the ones I've been running for some time.

Hope this helps.

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Pride & Joy / Re: It's a Long Way to Tipperary
« on: November 01, 2022, 11:53:35 AM »
30 Oct 2022 Just over 2900 K on the bike now, so here's my first bridge pic... not sure am I supposed to be on the bridge or beside it!

Beautiful location, beautiful pics Fionn!

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RadRover / Re: Seat upgrade suggestions for Rad Rover 6 Plus?
« on: October 26, 2022, 03:16:03 PM »
Which Cloud-9 seat model is the group referencing...there are multiple choices.

Finding the right seat is like finding the right shoes; you'll just have to try one or two or ten and maybe you'll get lucky right away.  I went through five seats, including two different Cloud-9 models, and settled on this one, but I can almost guarantee a different seat will fit you differently and make you happier:  https://amzn.to/3tby5Bj

The nose on this design is too long during dismount, and I can find no design advantage to that, but I got used to it and otherwise it's the best I've tried so far.  Give them a bit of time before deciding to try a different one; your butt needs to "break in".  Fortunately, Amazon is really good about returns, although I passed off the other C-9 to my sister as a gift rather than returning it.

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