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  1. Where to buy the KS 14D in the UK?

    I bought from this "region " and cannot recommend the after sales service. I might as well have bought off alliexpress. A full report to follow once the story is complete. KS Poland has been very helpful and his knowledge seems appropriate for his position (something not to be assumed, as I found out) i don't know Yorkshire airwheels. Do they have a presence on this forum? The problem is, unless you are lucky enough to have a dealer close by, shipping becomes an issue, unless you DIY it or your dealer is knowledgeable and willing to send you parts (preferably under warranty if appropriate). Also, call your potential dealer and make sure they can speak your language, or a common language. There's nothing worse than a disagreement compounded by a language barrier ( at least I think that's what the off duty Italian police office was screaming at me after I tied to run.him off the aurostrada 😳 But that's a different story)
  2. Tesla Pedal Modes

    Funny enough I went out today and didn't like the way my tire was feeling( ks16s). Went back to the car and connected gauge. It read about 28psi. Now, I could ride it at that pressure, but it was stiff to turn and prone to snake bite flats. I weigh with heavy winter coat about 85kg or 175lb. So for a much lighter rider I could see it working, personal preferences not withstanding. Pumped it up to 45psi (allowing for some loss while removing the hose). So around 40psi is pretty close to the chart. For the first 500km I rode a ks14 at 65psi. Bounced of everything like a helium atom. Max pressure not for me.
  3. Helmet info and opinion is scattered all over the forum, mostly in thread derailments, which I categorically deny having anything to do with, ok, maybe a little,. ALRIGHT! IT'S ALWAYS ME. HAPPY NOW? Please feel free to add your thoughts and recommendations about all things helmet related. So here's what I bought: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01L6SS4FW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and why: 1. its road legal, and therefore safer than a bicycle helmet. 2. it's matt black like my wheel, so it goes with anything. 3. I can wear goggles and keep my eyes from tearing up. 4. I don't care about the extra weight, It's not like I'm peddling for Gauds sake. 5. I can wear it while jet skiing, powered paragliding, and if I ever get on a motorcycle/scooter again. 6. the padding comes out for cleaning, etc 7. there's room for speakers 8. it was cheap 9. it comes well recommended Concerns: 1. I do a lot of sidewalk and boardwalk (promenade) riding, so I'm concerned that my full MC helmet and jacket combo will scream "HEY! he doesn't belong here". Which, of course, I don't. But riding in the road is illegal here too, so I'd rather be hung for a sheep than a lamb (as the old English saying goes) said to mean that because the punishment for a bad action and an even worse one will be the same, you have no reason not to do the worse one 2. How bad is my hair going to look, when I take it off? 3. How much more time is this going to add to my pre/post-ATGATT routine? 4. Just one more bulky thing to find a place for here, and where I'm going. 5. Makes my recent headphone purchase useless, as I use them exclusively when gliding. I tore apart my old headphones (won't charge anymore) with a view to installing them in this helmet. Another project that may never see the light of day. Yeah, I know, somethings wrong with my nose, or the helmet, or the goggles, or my head. Either way, nothing is lining up.

    Photos added in post 2 for helmet mod for speakers. And post one for the helmet. Not great pics, but you get the idea. Seemed logical to put them there with the text.

    And I thought I had too much time on my hands!! I can't even upload pictures on my own thread (EDIT sorted). How sad is that? My old photo sharing service won't send the password reset they promised, and with my new one, I cant get the "insert other media" tab to work ( EDIT just discovered which link to copy/paste, dooh!) PS I never ride shirtless, might mess up my plastic pects.
  6. Internet trouble?

    In conclusion. Ironically I had no more service interruption after I double clicked the MiFi icon on the network page of Windows. Still, I went to talk to Vodafone about Mobiplanet's charges. Nothing they could refund. Did put a block on my account so it couldn't happen again, Informed me that texting STOP would not stop the recurring billing, only texts, so that was good to know. Had to call mobiplanet, (UME Limited, actually) and then email. They have offered 50% refund, I'm holding out for 100% on principle. When I did ask Vodafone about my continually dropping service, they said their service department would have to see if they could repair it (without a loaner); Like there's anything to repair in a £10 electronic box. Its simply not economical to do it. They had no in-store tech person who understands these internet protocols like you guys do. Paid an additional £50 to buy outright a 4G MiFi, which is what I went in there for in the first place 9 months ago but they were out of stock and persuaded me 4G wasn't worth it ( why do I still fall for sales BS?) Anyway, by buying it outright, I kept my £25 for 50GB deal, as the prices had gone up. And there was a £35 charge anyway for changing hardware, so it really only cost me an additional £15 to own it. No connectivity problems so far. Can't tell if it's connecting over 4G, as it can revert to 3G when needed. Haven't notice any particular increase in speed. Thanks again to all who read this thread and decided to help, and it was all good help too.
  7. Internet trouble?

    I use a 3G connection (no Broadband service) and I keep getting disconnected. At first, I thought it was my service, but, I've just spent 30 minutes on Amazon, with no problems, but when I returned to the forum tab, it's unavailable until I reboot my connection. Anybody else experiencing connectivity issues with the forum? forum.electricunicycle.org’s server IP address could not be found. I had to reboot twice just to post this topic

    Not all visors are the same. His didn't restrict light, yours might. Yesterday my goggles arrived too. The silver mirrored lens cuts light significantly, but the Yellow lens, as @Cannings said, almost enhances it. Not that easy to change, so I'll stick to yellow for this darkest of seasons. I have sunglasses which will fit inside if the sun makes a rare appearance. @Cannings why not bring your helmet photos over here, to help make this thread useful to people. Maybe include a link to where you bought them.
  9. I know, it's like letting the asp hole win, but next time, just swallow your pride, pull over, and let them by. We will NEVER live in a word free from tailgaters. OR.....sling a pump action 12 gauge shotgun over your shoulder. Your choice.
  10. Well, that's clearly not true. Of course he committed an offense. Failure to avoid contact with another road user, is the root offense. Failing to maintain a safe distance from a vehicle in front, failure to give cyclist adequate clearance. They may not have that exact rule in OZ, but something born of it. Can they sue in civil court in OZ, in the US that guy would be sued within an inch of his life, and in this case, I would applaud that. People need to be reminded that a car is a multi-thousand kg weapon. After all, how many ISIS truck attacks do we need to see to know that? The police are just being lazy, or the kid is protected because of who his family is. I gave to the local police, dash cam footage of a guy doing two distinct illegal things during a road rage incident. After months of investigation, they decided not to prosecute. "your word against his" they said. Really?! What about the video? Whose "word" is that? F.ing useless when you need them.
  11. My KS18S Review and Ongoing Observations

    Hello. Long time since I've seen a post from you, but your wheel modification photos showed up recently.

    Ok, so my helmet arrived shortly after that post. It's quite a looker. Not particularly luxurious fittings. Size seems about right. Very tight in the cheek pads, but I'm told that's normal, and they give way slightly over time. Goggles fit well, and my glasses fit both, so that's good. They lied when they said there was room for speakers, although they didn't actually say, "speakers". Bluetooth is what they said. What is "bluetooth" ? it has no common physical properties. one bluetooth device can be 100 times bigger than another. In this respect its no more than a concept. Anyway, I took it apart, and carved out some foam, to make room for the speakers I salvaged from my old headphones. Some polystyrene foam was not well stuck to a piece of plastic, so I used some contact cement to fix it. Speakers fit well after I took the backs off. Put it all back together "dry" and it looks stock. Two of four screws that hold the inner shell in place, were never installed. I will finish the wiring, once I find some thin wires to extend what is there already. I found a place to keep the module that houses the control panel. This was the outside of one speaker pod, but the pod is gone, and it needs a different location. I found a location on the right side of the chin guard. I can lead the wires inside through the existing ventilation hole, and do no damage. Inside cheek/earpiece of the lining. Hole is where chin strap goes. Old headphone speaker lined up for trial fit. Marked for cutting. Cut and trial fit. The raised surround around the hole has to go, it's taking up valuable room. Raised edge removed (placed on white foam for the picture) Front of the speaker, peering through the hole. Chin strap has to run in front of this too. I may make the hole bigger to maximize sound throughput, and compensate partly for the padded strap muffling the sound. Air vent recess where speaker control module will go. Trial fit. Yeah, it's not vertical anymore, but it falls naturally to hand.
  13. Trust me, I detailed the problem at length, gave them a link to the thread with the cracked axle reports. They still want me to mail the wheel for analysis. He said possibly change the motor (with cost) .They didn't know that changed motors need changed control boards. USELESS. And this from a major, official KingSong importer. Dealer wanted me to talk to importer, I told him I was HIS customer and that he should be my point of contact. He said he had shared all my finding with the importer. The importer never tried to contact me. By that time I was getting loads of assistance from KS Poland so I figured, if i'm going to have to pay someone, anyway, I'd rather pay someone who gave a damn. There will be a FULL report, and names will be named.
  14. Tesla Pedal Modes

    Four things: 1. LOWER your tire pressure. At high pressure, you are riding around on that tiny central tread only. Squish that tire a bit and it will squirm less. Try around 40psi. 2. Cool helmet. 3. Can we get a combo video? screaming like a little girl, AND cussing like a sailor? 4.Tidy your closet. EDIT: @Cannings may I formally invite you to add your helmet findings and pictures to my recently created "HELMET THREAD"!
  15. Start a thread, not a category. "S1 Discussions"
  16. I bought my ks14c form a "reliable" AND local supplier, I won't name the country they serve, but it rhymes (in English) with Bermony. They were cool to send a replacement beeper, and fought me a bit over 2, missing from new, screws for the pedals, but mention a cracked axle, and suddenly they don't want to know. Claimed they had never heard of such a thing. Want me to ship the motor back to them for inspection (like my cracked axle is different to EVERYONE ELSES!!!) Of course its not warrantee work they say, even though Europe has a mandatory 2-year warranty. So who is reliable, and who will be there for after sales service? Who knows? Only Jason and Ian seem to come close, to my knowledge. KS Poland, though not the supplier of my 14c, is helping me no end, and he doesn't know me from a hole in the ground. Maybe some supplier in France has a good reputation.
  17. I have a standing reservation there, go there often.

    including the next earthquake. We.ve all got local issues to deal with. But its still fun (not the face plants) Speaking of face plants, my new helmet arrives any moment, and @Marty Backe mirror. Better wrist guards coming Monday. I'm getting there.
  19. Internet trouble?

    OMG 600ms, that's outrageous.
  20. Yeah, I'm a bit disappointed you didn't demonstrate the "sausage roll" or the "drum roll" still, something for me to work on, now where's that freaking airplane gone.

    English streets and sidewalks are pretty rough, every man and his dog has dug them up at one time or other to fix, replace, or install some service or other. And when they put them back down again, there's always a lip, dip, bump, hollow, etc. Our streets are like your mountain trails in terms of smoothness. Most sidewalks are paved with 16" by 30" approx slabs. Over time, and add tree roots, etc, they fit together like Austin Powers' teeth.
  22. Did anyone upgrade speakers on KS16?

    F me indeed. I didn't know Alain De Cadenet knew language like that. That was a freaking low pass. In the still photo at the end, the prop tip is no more than a foot above the ground. Only EUC face planters fly lower than that.