29 October, 2010

Charge on the run

Range anxiety.  We all suffer from it at one time or another.  I'll be picking up the bike from Newcastle and it's 300 km to home.  More than the range on the DS (unless I ride at 40 km/h).

My partner is convinced that I'm either going to be pushing or someone is going to charge me hundreds for a recharge.  She suggested that I should call ahead and arrange charging.  Not a bad idea.  My favourite stop on the highway is a place called Myalla Magic in Buladelah.  Good food and coffee, but they don't know me at all.  So I rang them just now and spoke to Shelley.

Hi!, I'm Jason, I'm going to be riding an electric motorcycle up the Pacific Highway in a couple of weeks and I'm looking for somewhere to recharge while I have lunch."

"No problem, what do you need?"

"Just a 240 volt powerpoint where I can plug in an extention cord."

"No, we've got a shed out the back where your bike will be safe and there's a power point in there, just ask for Shelley when you arrive or if it's Sunday, call ahead and I'll leave a note for the weekend staff"

My god! How easy is that!

Problem solved, anxiety over.  This electric vehicle thing might be easier than I thought.

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