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If you travel to Taiwan you can find two electric scooters called Gogoro 2 Delight and Gogoro S2. These scooters have a top speed of 55-57 mph and a range of 68 miles. Those specs are good, but that's not what I think sets these scooters apart from other two wheel electric vehicles. Its their initial cost of only $1600 to $2050 and the battery swapping technology owned by Gogoro and Yamaha.

When the Gogoro scooter battery becomes discharged you simply drive to a battery station and exchange your discharged battery for a fully charged one. This makes for a very short wait time when dealing with a discharged battery. Gogoro says customers can swap their discharged battery for a fully charged one in a fast 6 seconds, so this is faster than going to a gas station to fill up your motorcycle with gasoline. I've always thought the biggest problem with electric vehicles is the long recharge time and Gogoro seems to have solved this problem, at least in Taiwan. I assume it works something like New York City's Citibike stations where they have stations setup all over New York for renting bicycles. A Citibike customer walks up to the station and inserts their Citibike card, then rents the bicycle.

The Gogoro scooter initial cost is very cheap compared to other electric vehicles. I'm not sure the initial cost includes a battery and I think Gogoro is making more money with the battery swapping technology than the cost of the scooter. The cost of driving a Gogoro scooter according to is:

"Gogoro statistics show that cost for riding Gogoro electric motorcycles reaches only NT$1.3 per kilometer for a driving distance of 600 kilometers a month, compared with NT$1.44 for fuel-oil motorcycles, or NT$1.2 for driving distance of 1,000 kilometers, 15% lower than fuel-oil motorcycles."

I think those numbers make these scooters less appealing. Owning the battery and charging it yourself only costs a few cents, but when incorporate battery swapping technology into the mix, the price is almost as much as owning a gas powered motorcycle. Overall I think the Gogoro battery swapping technology makes electric scooters more practical, but it comes at a cost. Is it worth it?


Harley Davidson should do something like this with their Livewire electric motorcycle or one of the other electric vehicles their planning to release soon. They already have a huge dealership network and could easily setup battery stations at these dealerships. Give the customer the option of charging their own electric motorcycle battery or swapping it out for a fully charged one at their local HD dealership. Have the station setup outside for 24 hour a day service.

Yamaha and Gogoro join forces to build new battery-swapping electric scooters

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Off Topic / Muslim Immigration
« Last post by smallengineshop on January 18, 2019, 01:52:31 AM »
This year America has elected two new Muslim's to Congress. You've probably heard about Rashida Harbi Tlaib, of Michigan. She was made famous right after being sworn into office when she said "impeach the mother f*cker," referring to Donald Trump. The other new Muslim Congress member is Ilhan Abdullahi Omar, of Minnesota, who you would probably recognize because I think she is the only US Congress member to always wears a hijab in public.

The other day I was watching news clips of Omar give a speech in Congress. It brought to mind  the warning Sister Hatune Dogan gave to Western European nations a few years ago. Sister Hatune Dogan is a Syrian nun who is known for helping persecuted Christians in the Middle East. She is also a victim of persecution at the hands of Muslims and was forced to escape to Europe as a young girl. She has spent 26 years helping persecuted Christians in Islamic nations. Sister Dogan says "Europe's immigration policy has allowed Islamic "wolves" into the continent who pose a threat to Western civilization." The wolves she refers to are Muslims who reject Western values.  Sister Hatune said: “I do not think that people who live by the values of the Koran can be good for us. Seventy-nine verses alone call for infidels to be killed." What Sister Hatune Dogan doesn't seem to understand is that the European and American left would also like to see Western civilization crumble. It always amazed me how the LGBT community and feminists can support an open border policy on Muslim immigration, which lets people in who are known for throwing gays off of buildings and treating woman as property. The idea that every culture is equal will end in death. You already see people murdered in Europe and America by Islamic terrorism, but the left doesn't care. They don't care about their own.

Islamic wolves are Sister Dugan's words. My PC Western culture makes me feel like i should differentiate between the Muslim wolves and good Muslims, but who are the good Muslims? Aren't the good Muslims really the one's following the teachings of the Koran? Aren't the so called good Muslims, according to the West,  really the one's who don't allow the teachings of the Koran to cause them to persecute and murder infidels? Isn't the West really interested in bad Muslims that are less serious about their religion than the good Muslims? But aren't they all a threat? Don't all Muslims carry within them the religion that is the cause of terrorism and Christian persecution, and won't they pass this religion to others and their off spring? Can anyone guarantee that new converts to Islam will respect the rights of others and not feel the need to strap a bomb around their waist and blow up infidels? The teachings of the Koran consider all non Muslims infidels, and there are 79 verses in the Koran that call for our death. Why import this BS into your country? What good do they offer to a Western nation that the nation can't get from another Western nation? Are Muslims really compatible with Western civilization? No, I don't think they are.

Aid worker Hatune Dogan: ‘ISIS is getting help from the West’

EU has allowed ‘WOLVES’ who threaten the West into Europe, Syrian nun warns

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Wow! This animated gif is just as annoying as real police lights.

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Boston police Motor Cops riding Harley Davidson FLHTP Electra Glide motorcycles.
Off Topic / Defending What Is Right
« Last post by smallengineshop on January 14, 2019, 06:37:33 PM »
Church congregation will not support the pastor who created this church sign. I wish they would have stood their ground and not given in. They have a right to say what they want and everything on the sign is true.

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Off Topic / South Africa Is Looking To Hire New Doctors
« Last post by smallengineshop on January 11, 2019, 10:40:00 PM »
But they won't hire you if you have the wrong skin color.....equality of outcome...Wouldn't it be better for sick people if they hired the best doctors?

Race row in South Africa as health officials advertise for 100 new doctors - but white people are told not to apply
Off Topic / How Boomers Were Taught to Hate (Themselves)
« Last post by smallengineshop on January 09, 2019, 04:59:09 PM »
I found this video to be very interesting. Even if you disagree with the person, I think you have to agree that movies and television are a powerful tool for propaganda. Its an art filled with subtleties and its very effective and powerful. I mentioned this in an earlier post about Hollywood, Harley Davidson and outlaw biker clubs and how easily Hollywood can flip public opinion. Ask yourself how public opinion on homosexuality completely flipped in support of within a short 10 years? I believe it was done through the use of movies and television. One example is the cute, funny, friendly, innocent and gay character played by Jack Black in Saving Silverman. Exposing the public to those type of fictitious characters over and over again can change how people feel about things. I can't count how many times I've seen Christianity put in a negative light in movies and television. Christianity was intentionally attacked in the 1979 movie Norma Rae, which he points out in this video. Watching a television program or movie exposes you to allowing the director, producer, writer and actors to shape and mold your mind. What a scary thought to think Harvey Weinstein had that much power over the public.

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The 2019 Harley Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle retail price is $29,779. The Zero DS electric motorcycle with the ZF14.4 + Power Tank is priced at $16,890. The full specifications for the Livewire have not been released yet and the bike won't be available until fall of 2019. Harley Davidson says the Livewire has a range of 110 miles and the Zero DS equipped with the ZF14.4 +Power Tank has a range of 132 miles.  I believe both the Zero DS and Harley Davidson Livewire are made in USA. Which would you choose just knowing the range and price?

The choice for me is obvious. I would choose the Zero DS any day of the week simply because its half the price and the $15,000 in savings can be used for upgrades to make the motorcycle even better.. I don't know what Harley Davidson was thinking manufacturing an electric motorcycle for that amount of money. Maybe HD wants to be the Tesla of electric motorcycles, but in order to do that you must make a really good motorcycle that stands out from all the others, and so far the Limewire has less range than the Zero DS. Maybe it excels in other performance areas, but that remains to be seen. It does look great!

An interesting price comparison is the Chevrolet Volt electric car has a base price of $33,220 and the Nissan Leaf electric car base price is $29,990. The US government will issue tax rebates for electric automobiles, so the true price of those cars is really closer to $7k less, but I don't think you get the tax rebates for electric motorcycles or bicycles. The price for the Harley Davidson Livewire is really closer to $31,500 after dealer fees and taxes are added on. General Motors just announced they are discontinuing manufacturing the Chevrolet Volt electric car, so that could be a bad market indicator for electric vehicles.

I suspect the Harley Davidson Livewire motorcycle will be a complete sales flop, but I'm not convinced Harley Davidson doesn't already know this. Could the Livewire be an attempt to change HD's low tech image? Simply having the electric Livewire motorcycle in their lineup might help with that. I would rather see Harley Davidson build a super fast, USA made, motorcycle and go win the Isle of Man TT and change their image that way.

2019 Harley Davidson Livewire motorcycle

2019 Zero DS motorcycle

Off Topic / Another Senseless Killing In South Africa
« Last post by smallengineshop on December 31, 2018, 05:13:58 PM »
CSC Motorcycles has a new Chinese made adventure touring motorcycle to add to their lineup for 2019 called the RX4. The RX4 is powered by a water cooled, single cylinder 450cc engine with 6 speed transmission and a claimed horsepower of 40.2 and a top speed of 95 miles per hour. The bike comes with aluminum pannier bags and aluminum top case and is priced at $5895 plus an incoming freight, assembly and inspection charge and documentation fee of $400. You can purchase the RX4 online and shipping is free to any location in the lower 48 states. The RX4 includes a 2 year, unlimited mileage warranty.

I'm not sure how the warranty works because you won't find any local dealerships for the RX4. The RX4 is sold only at CSC Motorcycles one store in Azusa, California. If the RX4 breaks down you either repair it yourself, find a local shop willing to do the work, or send it back to CSC Motorcycles. Does the warranty include shipping cost? Not sure, but the warranty through CSC Motorcycles should reimburse for most costs you incur. It would be wise to check on the warranty with CSC Motorcycles before buying.

The RX4 has some impressive features like adjustable windshield, 5.3 gallon fuel tank, dual front disc brakes, skid plate, engine guards and ABS. It even comes with a USB and 12 volt charging ports located on the dash and ready to use. Underneath the seat are connectors for any electrical accessories you might want to use with the bike, and yes, they are ready to use. See the full RX4 specs listed below.

I don't know what to think of the RX4. My first thoughts were its a bit pricey for a Chinese made motorcycle. Its in or near the same price range as the 2018 Kawasaki KLR650 ($6,699), Kawasaki Versus-X 300 ($5,499), Honda XR650L ($6,999), Honda CRF250L ($5,149), Honda CRF250L Rally ($5,149), Kawasaki KLX250 ($5,349), Suzuki DR650S ($6,599), Suzuki DR200S ($4,649), Suzuki DRZ400S ($6,749) and BMW G310GS ($5,795). All these different brand motorcycles come with dealership support and plenty of aftermarket accessories to improve whatever type of riding your into. Each of these brands are well known and resale shouldn't be a problem when it comes time for a replacement, but I can't say the same for the RX4. I just don't know enough about the performance of the RX4 to make a fair comparison of how it performs against the other brands. Is the RX4 a serious motorcycle or is it more like those Chinese gas powered mini bikes you see at your local hardware store every year around Christmas time? Its certainly priced like a serious motorcycle, but I suggest reading forum posts, rider reviews and doing your research before buying......

CSC Motorcycles

The RX4, RX3 and RX3S are really a ZongShen Motor brand motorcycle built in China. They make several different motorcycle models, which you can see on their website.

CSC RX4 Standard Features:
  • 450cc liquid-cooled engine, 4-valve, overhead cam, with counter-balancer.
  • Long maintenance intervals (5,000-mile valve adjustment) and easy repairs backed by a full Owner’s Manual and online service tutorials
  • US Delphi EFI system
  • 6-speed transmission
  • Stainless steel twin pipe exhaust
  • 5.3-gallon fuel tank with locking gas cap – keyed to ignition
  • Siemens Chip LCD dash with digital speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip odometer, fuel gauge, gear indicator, neutral light, temperature gauge, clock, turn signal and high beam indicators
  • Adjustable windshield
  • 12-volt and USB charging outlets on dash
  • LED turn signals and brake light
  • Dual-flash hazard lights
  • 3D Anti-fog headlamp with LED day-time running light. Low light sensor with handlebar switch controls
  • 300-Watt alternator
  • Automotive-type waterproof connectors under the seat. Handlebar-switch for accessory outlets OPTIONAL
  • Adjustable inverted front forks with anodized finish. Fork lock keyed to ignition
  • Adjustable rear shock absorber. Lowering link OPTIONAL
  • Large diameter dual front and single rear disk brakes with ABS.
  • Front 110/80-19 spoked wheel with radial tire and tube, black aluminum rim
  • Rear 150/70-17 spoked wheel with radial tire and tube, black aluminum rim
  • Front and rear mud guards, with added rear lower mud guard
  • Steel engine skid plate. Full coverage aluminum skid plate OPTIONAL
  • Frame-mounted engine guards
  • Rear molded panniers and top box, with locks keyed to the ignition.
  • Wide foot pegs with removable rubber inserts
  • Passenger foot pegs and grab rails
  • Tapered aluminum handlebars with bar-end weights
  • Dual rear view mirrors
  • Ergonomic rider and passenger seat
  • Available Colors: Tangerine Pearl or Gun Metal Metallic
Off Topic / Another Crazy South African Politician
« Last post by smallengineshop on December 20, 2018, 02:54:45 AM »
If this was just some regular guy I would blow it off as just some nut, but this is a South African politician who is calling for killing whites. Click the link and see it for yourself: Black South African politician urges followers to 'kill whites', saying: 'We will kill their children and their women'

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