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  1. buell1203

    Quantya Electic Motorcycles

    I knew a Quantya 76V Motard was coming (at least to Europe) by the end of the year, but I didn't know Quantya would be offering a Motard kit for the Strada. I found it on Quantya's Italian site a few days ago. Pricing looks to be 490 Euros ($720 US) and includes wheels, tires, 52T sprocket and wave rotors. Now if I could just get my hands on the Motard's 76V pack. http://quantya.com/IMG/quantya_strad...rmotard_02.jpg http://quantya.com/IMG/quantya_strad...rmotard_01.jpg NEW Da gennaio 2009 sarà disponibile un kit di trasformazione in "SuperMotard" 785.-- Sfr 490.00 € (IVA esclusa) Kit: - ruota ant. completa - ruota post. completa - disco ant. margherita - disco post. margherita - corona 52 denti
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    Quantya Electic Motorcycles

    Jimrazz, Thanks for showing me the Redwood Riders track this afternoon. We'll have to do that again soon. I think that track is what Strada's were meant for. A nice little hillside 1/8 mile track in the middle of the redwoods with a couple singles, a double and lots of turns. The only sounds were from the chain and the uncleared branches cracking. There were people 200 ft way that had no idea we were there. Definitely could turn into the midweek ride of choice for me. Next week: Rakes and a six pack. Thanks, Eric
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    Quantya Electic Motorcycles

    I found my max range today. 24.5 miles before hitting the red LED. The motor cuts out to let you know it's time to head home. I came to a stop and turned it off for 15 seconds. I was then able to "limp" home for the final 2 miles. Limp mode seems to be anywhere under 25 mph. I went over 25 a few times and the motor warned me again to slow down by cutting out again. This didn't come as a surprise. At delivery, Dario and David explained that this was by design to prevent the LiPo from becoming overly discharged. I think I would have been more worried and called a friend to pick me up if I didn't know about the 15 second trick. So including the limp home I covered 26.5 miles. Keep in mind most of this was between 38-42 mph. I'd expect mixed trail riding to give a bit more range. I'm learning how to use the "fuel" gauge as it's not 100% linear. I believe the gauge is measuring voltage. As you may know when a battery is under load it will measure lower than with no load. So today while riding, when I hit three yellow LED's left, I decided to complete the rest of the ride closer to home. Four miles later after stopping briefly at a park I noticed I then had 5 yellow LED's glowing. I'm not sure if it was the cool off period or not being on a load, but I'll have to learn to watch the trip meter in addition to the fuel gauge to get a good estimate of my remaining range. During the ride I backtracked to check on a cyclist who looked broken down. Turns out he broke a spoke and was waiting for his wife to pick him up. We spoke about the Quantya for a bit and it turns out he follows this forum, has a KTM 950 and a plated WR450. He promised to show me a local trail he cut near his house soon. More soon.
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    Quantya Electic Motorcycles

    Drivethruecp, Yes, an onboard charger would be great, but for it to put out enough amps to charge the bike in a reasonable amount of time it wouldn't be worth the weight in my opinion. I talked to Dario about the feasibility of charging from my Tacoma's built in inverter while driving to or from the trail and he said they already tried that. Tacoma's inverter is rated at 400W idle or 200W driving (you'd think that would be the other way around) and it just doesn't put out enough juice to make it worth plugging in. I've wall mounted the charger (about the size of a shoe box), but I guess you could carry it in a side bag or tank bag if your commute demanded charging at both ends. For my 12mi round trip, it's not an issue. I still don't have an accurate range because I haven't run it all the way down and I'm still getting on the throttle hard from every stop. But after 15 miles of hard accelerating in town use I still had more than half a charge left. I highly recommend test riding when Dario get's back to NY. However, he may not be there until Sept. I had thought he flew out to CA for a few personal deliveries, but he drove out here in a very tricked out FJ doing personal deliveries and he named off 5-6 more states he plans to visit after he leaves CA in 2 weeks. These guys are really going above and beyond for the customers. I can't tell you how happy I am with the bike and personal level of customer service. Now onto the good stuff. I had emailed David Lodermeier (Quanya's tech and test rider) about how my DMV registration went (no issues) and about my top speed, range, etc. Dario and Claudio (CEO Quantya Switzerland) heard and asked if they could come by to tune my bike. They thought they could squeeze a bit more out of it. Was I going to say no.....I don't think so. I met them at my house during my lunch hour(s). Claudio took it for a short test ride then hooked up the laptop. Dario was kind enough to show a fellow tech geek what they had the ability to tweek. Some of the variables I remember were throttle ramp up, ramp down, total max power, along with a bunch of custom Quantya derived maps. After several changes and test rides, Claudio moved on to the motor. They explained it can be tuned much in the way you set the timing on your car through distributor. He loosened the brush assembly and with the motor running moved it clockwise and counterclockwise until he hit the sweet spot. This really seemed to make a difference, at least from the sound and speed of the rear tire. A few more test rides and he still wasn't satisfied. He pulled off the rear 56T sprocket and put on a brand new CNC'd 50T. I had planned on playing around with sprockets a bit myself, but they beat me to it. So you'd expect that I'd loose the low end wheelie popping fun, right. Nope. The combination of software, motor advance and sprocket turned it into Christmas all over again. I had to get back to work after we said goodbye, but I took it out this evening and oh man is it fun. Yes it's faster, but that's only part of the fun. Where before it would pull hard to 32 mph then drop off a bit. Now it pulls harder right up to 43. Plenty of speed for the trails I tend to ride and more than enough for the speed limits I ignore on my way to work. While these speeds are not what you may be accustomed to on a gas bike, it's the silent torque that's addicting. If you're a trail rider this bike won't disappoint. Thank you Quantya. You have a customer for life, I'm hooked on the good stuff! If anyone lives in the Santa Cruz, CA area and would like to check it out, let me know. Otherwise make sure you don't miss one of the demo rides. -Eric
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    Quantya Electic Motorcycles

    $10,700. I know someone's going to chime in and compare what I could have bought for that much dough, but I was looking for a fully electric bike that I could commute my 6 miles to work on as well as use during the green sticker season.
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    Quantya Electic Motorcycles

    The Quantya Strada I ordered in May was personally delivered this evening by Dario of Quantya USA, Claudio the founder of Quantya who flew out from Switzerland and David Lodermeier who is the test rider and tech. Let me just say the customer service and communication from Dario has been nothing short of spectacular. First off, a little background. I live only 6 miles from Zero Motorcycles and I've ridden the ZeroX. It's a blast to ride and I wanted to love it, but it was a little small for my 6'1" frame and just felt a little too much like a mountain bike. In addition, it couldn't be registered as street legal motorcycle. It could be ridden in the bike lane and I hear someone has registered it as a moped, but for me I found what I was looking for with Quantya. The Quantya is a bit more expensive, (correction, it's very expensive) but it's exactly what I was looking for and I have no regrets buying it. The Strada has approx the same seat height as my WR250F and the suspension feels great for my 160lbs. I may tune the compression a bit, but it's pretty close out of the box. The quality of the bike is amazing. You can tell these guys did their homework. Fit and finish is as good if not better than any of the Japanese counterparts. Now for the ride. It's light, only 190lbs, so it handles really good. It makes you want to trials ride everything in site because of the light weight and instant torque from a crack of the throttle. I had some expectations of what the acceleration would be since I had ridden the ZeroX. I thought the Strada would be slower since it weighs 50lbs more, but it did not disappoint. For the riding I do (trails mostly at Hollister and the occasional stint up at Proser and Silver Lake in Tahoe) this bike is perfect. The acceleration up to 30 mph blows my 250F away. After 30 mph the WR would take it no problem. And yes I've made the necessary WR grey wire, air box, jetting, pipe, throttle stop, etc. With the sprocket the Strada ships with it'll top out around 42 mph. I plan to get a few extra sprockets to experiment with top speed and low end torque. The looks I got on this bike while blasting around the neighborhood, school parking lot and park make one feel like a celebrity. I have a feeling I'm going to be stopped a lot by people with questions. The only problem I've had so far is that my friend snapped off the rear turn signal when he through his leg over the bike to get on. No big deal, but I'll suggest to Quantya that they might want to change out the hard plastic turn signal mounts to rubber. [update: Quantya arranged to have two sets of Euro turnsignals in my hands the following day. US spec lights were FedEx'd to me on Monday. Once again, amazing customer service] Pics: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=35233&l=00cde&id=1417389675 Video: By the way, Quantya will be at Hollister doing Demos tomorrow 8/9/08. -Eric