This blog is the story of taking a 10 year old Twike that has been setting idle in a backyard in Portland, Oregon and restoring it to is former glory and getting it back on the road. It is Twike number 434.
I'm at 664 miles mostly commuting from work to home and back. Some of the trips have been to downtown Portland in the evening to attend a OEVA meeting which makes for about 36 miles a day (with two charges since my range about 20 miles). Yesterday, I went for a hike in Forest Park with my son Paul. We picked out a nice starting point, drove the Twike there, did a nice 2.5 hr hike and drove the Twike home (10 miles round trip and lots of elevation gain). A true green activity since I charge with 100% renewable electricity from PGE at home. On a more technical note, last weekend I replaced the differential oil with a synthetic brand. This seems to have fixed a lot of the noise problems I was having at 40-50 mph. There is still some noise but much less. I may still need to look at the motor mounts and see that they are lined up and tight. I think next on my list is to fix the canopy from opening so far that it hits the plastic windshield. Over time I think this contributed to is loosing its grip/glue on one half. I still on occasion have problems with the speed sensor going out, mostly when its hot and usually after lots of regen (like on my trips into Portland). Pulling over for 2 minutes and restarting seem to fix it for now. I have email from a friend in England who suggests the speed sensor needs adjusting and gave me details on how to do it, but it is involved and may involve dropping the motor/differential. Not a 5 min job. I have driven every day to work since July 1 except for 3 days when we had 106 or near 106 (really high temps mess with the charging), when I went to Boy Scout Summer Camp (drove my gas car, ugh), and went to Florida on vacation (took a plane!). Every day it gets more and more natural to drive and a gas car feels more and more foreign when do I drive one. My Lexus needs a 90k service and it may be its last ;-)