It’s been two weeks since my last ride. I need a fix. It’s going to be a really long winter. I’m getting cranky every time I see someone talk about range, that’s what tipped me off. I realized it’s kind of like trying to describe what sex is like. It made me think of what a 10 year old boy thinks kissing girls is like. 10 year old boys worry about germs… people who haven’t ridden electric worry about range.
Until you try it, you just don’t understand it.
OK, go to the refrigerator and take two magnets. hold them so they’re repelling each other – pole to pole. Now push them together. Feel that? That’s what I’m talking about. Even those tiny little magnets have the Spirit of the Flux in them… even these tiny things, the closer they get to each other, the stronger they push apart, and the harder it is to hold them together. Think of that when you’re trying to understand what riding an electric motorcycle is like.
At a dead stop, it’s like trying to hold those two magnets together, except now you’re talking two big, powerful magnets that can draw just as much power as you supply them. Irresistible force. 100% torque. Strapped to your ass.
The flux field, that is, the field of magnetic force that pushes the rotors, constantly advances in front of the rotor to push it forward. That’s the second part of the Secret. It’s like some weird fast-forward superhero that is always accelerating faster than the steam train… the force is always at maximum, and it’s always right where it needs to be to push on the rotor. This, my friends, is what “no power band” means, and why you don’t need a transmission.
A reciprocating engine, or “internal combustion”, makes power by trying to harness the power of an explosion. There’s one speed where that “harnessing” is most efficient, one RPM where everything is working best… all the pistons and valves moving back and forth are doing what they do, after they get out of their own way, and before they start slapping around out of control just before they immolate themselves. Thus, the power band. There’s a narrow little range of RPM that gives you your highest power and best efficiency in a reciprocating engine, and everything about it is built to take advantage of that narrow band. We’re so used to that, we actually think we like it.
Until you try life without a power band. Going from 0 to 60 is like snapping a rubber band. Hmmm. …rubber band instead of power band. I like it. Bungee jump. Yeah, now we’re talking. Try to imagine this: You’ve got a big bungee tied to a tree about a mile away from your bike… hook it to your bike and let it snap. Starting to get the picture?
Hold on… I gotta go for a ride, I can’t take it anymore. I lay myself at the feet of the Spirit of the Flux and beg for mercy…