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Need your input for university scooter design project

Last post 04-05-2012 10:42 PM by pyrah. 7 replies.
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  • 04-03-2012 12:31 PM

    • Rob_C
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    • Melbourne, Vic
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    Need your input for university scooter design project

    Hi Guys,

    I'm in my final year of uni studying mechanical engineering and industrial design at Swinburne, Melbourne. I have chosen a one year project to design and engineer a Two Wheeled Electric Cargo Vehicle. Essentially a motorbike or scooter that is purpose built for transporting large amounts of cargo and provides weather protection for the rider. Typical users would include pizza delivery drivers, postal delivery riders, mobile professionals, florists, etc, as well as individuals who want the benefits of a car's storage and weather protection in a two wheeled vehicle.

    I've been riding myself for many years but I need your help as riders to identify the features that you would want from this vehicle. I've set up an online questionnaire, if you have a spare 5 minutes to take a look and fill it out I'd really appreciate it.

    Here's the link:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDFudVJEVWc5UWxjUHZzMXZfRHlyd2c6MQ


    Cheers

  • 04-03-2012 01:52 PM In reply to

    Re: Need your input for university scooter design project

     Done Yes Don't forget to post your ideas on the site Big Smile

    Tha' can allus tell a Yorkshireman, but tha' can't tell 'im much
  • 04-03-2012 06:04 PM In reply to

    • dbm
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    Re: Need your input for university scooter design project

     You mean like a 3-wheeled Manhattan  M3 ECO POD?

    The Japanese have used utility 3-wheelers for a long time.

  • 04-03-2012 07:30 PM In reply to

    Re: Need your input for university scooter design project

    I was interested until I read the word Electric. Then the sun went behind a cloud.

  • 04-03-2012 08:52 PM In reply to

    Re: Need your input for university scooter design project

    Done. Must be narrow, must have a clock and MUST make a noise when travelling at under say, 20 Km/h avoid SMIDHY crashes!

    4 years and 20,000 K's later, I'm still scootering, and you guys are stuck with me!
  • 04-03-2012 10:02 PM In reply to

    • Rob_C
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    • Melbourne, Vic
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    Re: Need your input for university scooter design project

    Thanks for all the great responses guys, can't thank you enough.

    This is still early days in the design so nothing is concrete except for having two wheels, electrically powered, good rider weather protection and the ability to carry large amounts of caro. Being electric opens up a lot of opportunities in terms of chassis design as there is a lot of flexibility in where components can be located. Because of this instead of using top boxes or panniers, cargo could be held within the space of the frame itself (just one idea). I'll keep the questionnaire open till the 16/04/12 and keep you posted about the results and put up a concept or two when they are done.

    Keep 'em comming and again thanks!

  • 04-05-2012 09:05 PM In reply to

    • wleung
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    • Joined on 04-22-2009
    • Western Sydney
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    Re: Need your input for university scooter design project

    Don't forget about the batteries!

    Chances are it will be the heaviest thing on there :).

    Exs: CB250, GS500, DL650, Espresso 150, Triumph Street Triple, ZZR250
    Current: CB900F Hornet
  • 04-05-2012 10:42 PM In reply to

    Re: Need your input for university scooter design project

     Yep keep them low for a good center of gravity

    Tha' can allus tell a Yorkshireman, but tha' can't tell 'im much
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