Monday, September 29, 2014

Went for a ride this weekend

The weather was warm but cooler in the late afternoon so I went for a nice ride.

The motor on this Tidalforce M-750X recently came back from an upgrade at LEVT in Pocatello, ID. It works beautifully.

M-750X with upgraded disk brakes and Bosch Fat Pack batteries in the trunk bag.

M-750 folded without wheels or batteries.

Here's the video of my ride. Come along! Be sure to zoom up to full screen view. The camera was rattling inside the case and my battery pack wasn't secured on the rear rack very well so it rattled as well. However, it rode very nicely and as usual, very quietly. There are deer on this video as well as the Tidalforce bikes are so incredibly quiet that deer don't seem to be bothered by it even though I'm within a few feet of them. The buck didn't move an inch.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Damaged Tidalforce motor

I received a badly damaged Tidalforce motor recently. I was curious what had happened to it. It's the first time I've actually opened a Tidalforce motor. I won't open a working Tidalforce motor since I might damage it. However, opening a damaged one seemed doable. One of the magnets seems to have hit the poles of the motor and cracked In half. That caused a catastrophic failure of the entire motor. The previous owner damaged the bearings on the torque arm side and also the seals as well. This may not be salvageable.

The open 7 pole Tidalforce motor.

The damaged ring of magnets. They we're help in place by small plastic spacers between each magnet.

The damaged magnet.

A good (but tarnished) magnet.