Thread: Electric motorbike racing
Brilliant work Jonathan and team!
From an ex superbike smelly racer!
I've had a mad last two weeks or so - but we did it! The bike survived the TT ... we blew up plenty of bits between races in testing and had problems with the bike cutting out (10 times!) during the race, but were still the fastest university.
Must remember to buy more cooling hoses for next time, or hire the same van
my friend's CNC router. We were nowhere near finishing so we took my mini lathe in the van. Almost everyone who passed our box said 'look, they have a lathe!'... you'd think they'd never seen one before. The lathe proved just as useful to other teams as us - I think I helped out 5 different teams with it, including skimming a shaft from a sidecar.
Next we're racing in a series called 'Moto-E' in the UK and Europe.
Congrats to you and the team Jon. Fantastic achievement and enjoy Moto-E!Learning, learning, learning! !!
CNC Router Build TBA
Well done Jonathan. I have been in Plymouth to celebrate? our golden wedding aniversary since Tuesday, so have only just seen your posts. The pics look fantastic, the bike, ally part and the crew, but why were the others all in shirt sleeves, and you in your winter woolies? Seriously though that really is a great perfomance and I hope that you repeat your success in Moto-E. G.
Excellent stuff Jonathan!
well done lads some great shots...jonathan looks to be supervising again
Thanks for the comments. If any of you are going to be near one of the races let me know and I can show you the bike close up. We'll be at Silverstone, Donnington, Anglesea, Portimao (Portugal) somewhere in Germany and maybe Assen (Netherlands). The first race is in the very beginning of August - ish, dates have not been confirmed yet.
Here are some more parts I machined for the bike - some sprockets:
They were surprisingly easy - I just used a 6mm cutter for the main profile and a simple V-shaped tool I made from silver steel for the chamfer. Next time I will add some pockets to save weight. For these I was in a hurry so didn't bother.
They worked, but were a bit wobbly as the aluminium plate wasn't terribly flat! The bike has done about 100 miles on the TT course and the 6082T6 aluminium hasn't worn much at all, so it doesn't seem worthwhile splashing out on 7075 grade. I think I'll just order some tooling plate to guarantee sufficient flatness and make plenty.
We just won at the Nurburgring!!
Had some weird problems with our motor controller (resulting in us taking the bike to bits 3 times over the course of the weekend), so we had to limit both the torque and speed to 66%, but even so we were still just only 4 seconds a lap behind the superbikes.
For this race I made a new rear sprocket plus some titanium M12 bolts so that we can have data logging of the suspension:
well done,and nice work on the parts.makes me miss my mill/router
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