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Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle (Tab Green Guru Guides) Paperback – June 22, 2009
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About the Author
Carl Vogel is the president of Vogelbuilt Corporation, a research, engineering, and development company for alternative fuels and alternative fueled vehicles. Vogelbuilt is in the process of building a renewable fueling station. Carl is also the president of the Long Island Chapter of the Electrical Automotive Association. Prior to that, he worked at Festo Corporation and Curtis instruments, planning and designing robotic and programmable logic controller applications, as well as designing solid state motor controllers for electric vehicles. Carl also taught at SUNY Farmingdale, expanding the electric vehicle and fuel cell operations on campus.
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This book takes the same information and applies it to the motorcycle. However, whole chapters from the old book are essentially copy pasted into this one, including typos. Furthermore, the information I would have wanted, like plans for the motorcycle, are totally absent.
What a disappointment!
I do recommend "Build Your Own Electric Vehicle." It is a good book, although poorly edited. This volume on the other hand gives us absolutely no new information and is essentially the same book, applied to motorcycles.
Definitely not worth the purchase price in my opinion.
Full of history,good and bad points,A huge section on saving the planet,Also huge section on each part,ie history,how,and why it works,also make your own descission what to buy ?.
Promises of a fast or long range or all round bike,Answer work it out your self ?.The build section,or what I did as a lad,small blurry,black and white pictures,less than 10 pages,of an 800lbs bike,that does'nt go very far or mildly fast, Disappointed,I expected the latest info,and a large part of the book to be the build,of a resent project,Not some old gezzers memoirs, I really do not care that sir Issac,got hit on the head,by an apple,I do not need to no the inner workings,history of each and every part,I want a recent build,with recent parts,for an all round bike,ie 65 mph longest range I can get,with the lightest bike possible.
Additionally, Carl Vogal takes us through the building of an electric motorcycle, with variations shown and explained, and goes into great detail. Since I have never worked with electric vehicles before, but I do have some mechanical experience, this book is great for my needs. This will help guide me on my conversion of my Vulcan with a seized engine into en efficient electric commuter for my 50 mile round trip. True, it is not a step by step paint by numbers guide, but then Carl has no idea what your individual wants and needs are, so he gives you the tools and info to make your own decisions while doing your own specific research and refinements.
In one sentence near the end of an early chapter, the author's self-serving attitude (pump up the crowd and sell a bunch of books) was so clearly demonstrated with a comment that I have to paraphrase here: "Of course there is the problem of seeing-impaired vehicle drivers who will no longer be able to hear your bike in order to avoid you, but you will be able to advertise to the world your commitment to saving the planet". Of course, that's too long to put on a headstone, but, details details.
And, yes, it looks like whole chapters were lifted from the other fan-boy book "Build your own electric vehicle", to fill space I guess.