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Old 01-13-2020, 03:01 AM   #1
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*long read*MC trip to Cali. & back.

Got to go replenish my stash!!!! j/k

I am embarking on an epic (for me anyway) 3100 mile journey that is totally MC related so I thought Iíd share it with H-Towns largest MC forum.

So whatís the journey u asked.

Short Story - Iím going to buy a badass e-bike.

Long Story - Iíve been wanting an electric motorcycle and Iíve been wanting a dirt bike. And iI just recently decided to buy an electric bicycle to get back into mountianbike riding. And along the way of my research, I stumbled across a new style of an electric dirt bike disguised as a bicycle. The Stealth bike evolution was started by an Australian company Stealth Electric Bikes around over 10 yrs. ago.

Stealth Stats claim:

Top speed of 50+mph.

Several owners Iíve personally spoken with, say even hard trail riding in pure electric mode. It has 25-30 miles of range.

Max range at a much reduced speed (30ish) -60 miles. Confirmed by owners.

All downhill mountainbike suspension. (8ĒF/10ĒR travel)

Hyd. disc brakes. Some of them are even coming out with twin front rotors.

3 hr recharge time.

9 speed internal pedal drive that allows you to input pedal power at 50+mph. Although Iím sure at that gearing itís not much to the overall speed of the bike. I will still be getting the exercise by pedaling. And thatís the whole reason Iím getting back into cycling. I donít mind pedaling when I can haul doing it.

Lifetime warranty on some components. Including the frame. Not sure if itís transferable though.

There are several co. that are copying them now.. Ukraine (Delfast- designed by a delivery service one commuter model asserts 230mile range on pure battery. The longest of any ebike), Canada (NYX Ė carbon fiber frame), California (HPC Ė 3yr. war. All American built, aluminum frame built in-house). As always China and several more.

Cheap Chinese knock offs with reduced power start at around 3k. I have seen some of the top line advertised at 20K. The average $ to get a quality 50+mph one is 10 to 15K or more new. Used they are a whole lot less.

Anyway Iíve decided I want one and right now there are multitude of used and new (at the dealer) in Anaheim, CA. Thatís right 1550 miles west. Iím leaving on my Goldwing at 4am this morning with trailer in tow to retrieve one of these bad boys.

Google says that the trip can be made on average in 21 to 25 hrs. In my caged ride, I have done that much non-stop on several occasions. And on my Honda Magna I have made three trip of 24-27hrs each without stopping to get a room. However in none of them did I cover 1550 miles. I think about 1200 was my max. All three times I stopped and took short naps at different rest areas. But Iíll be on the Wing this time so weíll see. Iíll try to check in every now and then.

Wish me luck.
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Old 01-13-2020, 05:37 AM   #2
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Well everything that could go wrong with the taking the goldwing did go wrong. So I took it back home and park it and got in my Durango.
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I've probably ridden and drove that trip over a hundred times. As you know fastest route is I-10 practically door to door. I have some route options to make it more interesting but all add considerable time and you're looking to bee line it there. Stay extra alert on the stretch between Boerne and Van Horn for deer, especially if riding at night. New Mexico has a couple long stretches prone to dust storms and crazy winds. Make sure to fill your tank before you leave Arizona, gas in California is a full dollar more per gallon than here. Plan your arrival time into LA basin (starting around Banning/Beaumont) very well to avoid high traffic. Pulling a trailer you are not allowed to use the HOV lanes. Also CA speed limit while pulling a trailer is a maximum of 55 mph at all times. Traffic citation fines will blow your mind, average cost is near $500.
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Wow! Good luck.. I have always said with determination and Ibuprofen you can get places..lol
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LMAO I see others have wished you a great journey!

I too will wish you a great journey in your Dodge Durango!!!

Hope all is ok with the GW. And take pics of said electric bike!!!!
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I love driving way more than the average person but I would have just flown and had it shipped. It would probably less than the gas and time spent getting there and back. That is barring no flat tires, or other trouble. Good luck and have a safe trip though.
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I've probably ridden and drove that trip over a hundred times. As you know fastest route is I-10 practically door to door. I have some route options to make it more interesting but all add considerable time and you're looking to bee line it there. Stay extra alert on the stretch between Boerne and Van Horn for deer, especially if riding at night. New Mexico has a couple long stretches prone to dust storms and crazy winds. Make sure to fill your tank before you leave Arizona, gas in California is a full dollar more per gallon than here. Plan your arrival time into LA basin (starting around Banning/Beaumont) very well to avoid high traffic. Pulling a trailer you are not allowed to use the HOV lanes. Also CA speed limit while pulling a trailer is a maximum of 55 mph at all times. Traffic citation fines will blow your mind, average cost is near $500.
Oh yeah I forgot all about the Dust storms. Just crossed into New Mexico. Preciate the heads up on California gas prices when I had the swap over to the truck it tripled my gas expense.
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LMAO I see others have wished you a great journey!

I too will wish you a great journey in your Dodge Durango!!!

Hope all is ok with the GW. And take pics of said electric bike!!!!
Yeah thanks for the well wishes the Wing is OK it was more an issue with the trailer.
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Gas prices here in the Bay Area (San Fran or NorCal) has went down quite a bit recently, so hopefully you don't have to pay more than $3.60/gal down in LA.

I too have made the same run many times, but in a semi. All I can say is make it a bit more memorable if this is your first time to LA. At the very least, hit up Hoonigan garage for some merch (if you're into racecar ) and if you can get away with not having to drug test... Also, hit up muscle beach if you end up going to Hoonigan. They're practically in the same area and traffic getting to Long Beach is always terrible, so make every stop count. If you stay the night, check out The Green Girl Saloon or The Pump Room (local'ish bars) both bars are pretty kickass and the waitresses are really nice and interactive... they don't act all stuck up like most LA bikini bars.

Hope you have a blast and if you decide to make it further up to San Francisco, give me a holler and I'll hang with you
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Well I made it. got home last night at around 12:30

I haven't taken a long trip like this in over 12 yrs. And although the thread became a lot less relevant to MH when I didn't take the Wing. After making the journey, I'm glad I didn't. I really didn't have the extra time that I would have needed to make it (and survive) on 2 wheels.

I got the bike though. I actually don't like it as much as I thought I would. It will take some getting used to. The thing looks practically brand new. ODO showed 951 miles at time of purchase. I don't think it will be as practical as I thought it might be either, but I do think it will be fun. And those mileage estimates....yea U can drain the battery quick if you twist on it hard, but I just noticed that the rear tire was low and the rear brake disc seems to be bent and dragging so that should help the battery to last when those issues are corrected.

I will say that the throttle is very responsive at the low end. Almost too responsive.

I'll get back to say more when I'm not so busy trying to catch up for efin' off the first half of the week.
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That looks right up my alley! Congrats and post up reviews ongoing
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I've got 2 rides on the road of just over 20 miles each. I'm having fun. As soon as I get a pic (probably tomorrow) of my other Class 2 Fat tire e-bike.
I'm going to start another thread - a first impressions type of post (saved in Word now).
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I hope so to, but if you do it'll probably be on the Wing (or the Stealth). I'm about to sell the '15 CBR. Don't ride it since I got the Wing.
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So I finally remembered that I was going to tell you guys why I ended up taking the Durango instead of the Wing. I have a trailer that I pull behind the MC. I've got over 5000 miles pulling it with my Magna. When I got the Wing I upgraded the trailer with suspension and fenders. I've pulled it loaded twice since then and it pulls just fine, but when I left this time it was empty. Oh and add to that on Saturday I had new tires put on for the trip and when I left Monday morning at 4am. It had just started a slow misting rain. So I get up on the first freeway and the trailer starts fishtailing. Well The first trip I ever made with it I pulled it on dry pavement all the way to Austin and back doing this. So it didn't really alarm me. I decided that I would find a pile of rocks at a construction site along the road and stabilize the trailer that way. WRONG...

The combination of brand new tires with only 25 miles on them, the fresh water on dirty roads and the webbling trailer all almost dumped my right in the middle of I-10 Just before I got to the West Loop.

Yea I was doing 55ish and all of a sudden the wiggling started the next thing I know is the end of the bike is sliding sideways. It ended up swapping sides about 5 times. I said @$@% this and brought it back home. I will have to slide the axles back another 6 inches. I was hoping to make Bill proud of me, by riding it as far as I could non-stop. Oh well, I'll have to try again someday.

I'm already looking at widening the trailer frame. So I can mount the e-bikes alongside the cargobox. So I can take them on road trips.
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Nice read. I have done the trip a lot on my CB1000 but in reverse. Ventura to Houston and then back. My fastest time on the trip was 27 hours door to door. plus 1 for watching out for the deer near Boerne. They will be all over the road at night.
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