ACELA 6X6 WITH SLRV EXPEDITION BOX NEW BUILD

SimonBelgium

New member
On another note, I'm revisiting the electric motorcycle option. We are looking at adding a diesel generator to charge the electric motorcycle. It can of course also be used to charge batteries and as a backup to our solar panels and the engine generator. I've been looking at the ZERO DSR. Once SLRV look at generator options and I talk to the people at ZERO motorcycles, I'll make a final decision.
It seems they draw 1500W, which is indeed quite a bit. If you have enough solar panels, you could do most of it during the day, depending on location, but if your motorcycle would be a daily use item, going the generator route is obviously preferable.

Likely, having a dedicated circuit to charge the motorcycle, which you can switch from generator, to alternator, to solar, depending on your use of the rig (driving = alternator / just topping off = solar / need to free up solar+batteries for the rig = generator), may be something to consider. A big 4-way switch (including "off") would be all that's needed.

I wonder if Zero Motorcycles will come with an option to use solar charging (unclear if their built-in charger works directly with 12/24V from a solar charge controller), because some throw-out panels may "fix" the need to have some more wattage.

Amazing rig, can't wait to see more updates!
 

poohbearusvi

Active member
It seems they draw 1500W, which is indeed quite a bit. If you have enough solar panels, you could do most of it during the day, depending on location, but if your motorcycle would be a daily use item, going the generator route is obviously preferable.

Likely, having a dedicated circuit to charge the motorcycle, which you can switch from generator, to alternator, to solar, depending on your use of the rig (driving = alternator / just topping off = solar / need to free up solar+batteries for the rig = generator), may be something to consider. A big 4-way switch (including "off") would be all that's needed.

I wonder if Zero Motorcycles will come with an option to use solar charging (unclear if their built-in charger works directly with 12/24V from a solar charge controller), because some throw-out panels may "fix" the need to have some more wattage.

Amazing rig, can't wait to see more updates!
I haven't been able to get good info from Zero bikes. Will wait until the rig gets here before deciding which route to go.
 

trailsurfer

Explorer
I have a new Zero FX and will be using it with my EarthRoamer LTI. I will be playing with the charging and I will let you know how it goes over the next few weeks.
 

martinf

Member
what is the purpose of the gate in the back? It looks like it reads max load 575lbs. Is it a platform to access the cabinets and the spare wheels?
 

poohbearusvi

Active member
The gate drops down to form a platform to carry bicycles and/or a motorcycle. The whole rear (tires, boxes and platform) goes up and down to ground level. The 575 lbs is the maximum load I can put on the rear lift.
 

Alloy

Well-known member
Another week of electrical work and we should be done with that part. Graphics will be done later in the week. Right now it’s scheduled to be loaded on a RORO ship March 30th to the US. Here is a shot of the rear of the rig. If I do say so myself, this is one beautiful rear end!

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Might consider some reflective tape on the sides/back.
 
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