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Old 05-07-2009, 09:49 AM   #1
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DIY solar powered motorcycle spotted

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Old 05-07-2009, 09:51 AM   #2
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somehow I think this is a total scam. This guy does not seem very capable of doing what he claims he did. Looks like he just glued some solar panels and attached some wires to the body to make it look legit.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:54 AM   #3
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Solar panel fairings.
Bet those would be expensive to replace.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:04 AM   #4
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Check out the Saddle bags/ Battery packs he has on the tail.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:12 AM   #5
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Read the comments. A lot of the points I was going to make are already there. Impractical and claims are misleading at best and probably just BS.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:24 AM   #6
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i've read with the current solar technology, if you covered the roof of an average size house with solar panels, you'll get enough energy to power a hairdryer.. so a few tiny panels to power a motorcycle, no...
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:39 AM   #7
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50 miles one one charge how long till it charged for 50 more miles? two days?
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The solar panel area needed to produce that amount of power is much much larger than what would fit on the motorcycle. This is the same reason why there are not cars run off of photovoltaic panels, there is simply not enough car to mount the panels. The ONLY way his motorcycle would run is if it had a large number of deep cycle batteries, hence the 50 mile range. The solar panels would only trickle charge the batteries back after sitting in the sun for an entire day. Basically he created a golf cart with two wheels and attached a trickle charger..... .Good try though, im sure he will convince someone to buy it
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:52 AM   #9
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Looks feasible to me. Those panels should provide plenty of charge for a 50-mile ride.

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Yeah he would be better served putting those panels on his house and then just getting an electric bike that he plugs in.
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