Dan Hanebrink's Hustler X5 electric sportsbike
  • Dan Hanebrink's Hustler X5 electric sportsbike
  • Dan Hanebrink's Hustler X5 electric sportsbike

  • Dan Hanebrink's Hustler X5 electric sportsbike
  • Dan Hanebrink's Hustler X5 electric sportsbike

  • Dan Hanebrink's Hustler X5 electric sportsbike
  • Dan Hanebrink's Hustler X5 electric sportsbike

  • Dan Hanebrink's Hustler X5 electric sportsbike
  • Dan Hanebrink's Hustler X5 electric sportsbike

  • Dan Hanebrink's Hustler X5 electric sportsbike
  • Dan Hanebrink's Hustler X5 electric sportsbike

  • Dan Hanebrink's Hustler X5 electric sportsbike
  • Dan Hanebrink's Hustler X5 electric sportsbike

It's certainly a long way from Pee-Wee Herman and his bike. We think it's just as cool, though. California-based aerospace engineer Dan Hanebrink is pitching four electric-powered bike models, including one that's a lot closer to motorcycle than bicycle.

Hanebrink's Hustler X5 is a sporty battery-electric two-wheeler that has a top speed of 80 miles per hour and can go about 200 miles on a full charge. Moreover, the 120-pound vehicle includes two tucked-away pedals that riders can use to go at a slightly slower speed once the juice runs out, according to Visor Down. Hanebrink calls it a "no nonsense flow of power adrenaline and speed for those of us who prefer an environmentally responsible ride." We call it a pretty good workout.


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      sebringc5
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice concept and the claims are interesting. With the inclusions of pedals on the frame many municipalities classify this as a moped and not a scooter/motorcycle. It would make the production a little easier in its home state of California. However last time I read the DMV website it also mandated the vehicle not travel faster then 35MPH. Either that's changed or its likely to come speed limited with the capability (officially or otherwise) to go with no limiter. All the best, Aaron Lephart www.smartcar451.com
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      The bike looks great, and I love the idea of an integrated pedal powered backup system. But if you look closely you can see that it uses a bike derailleur to change gears in the rear. That sounds like a recipe for disaster on a sport bike. Also once you remove the fairing and unfold the emergency pedals what do you do with the fairing while you try to pedal 500lbs down the road? I bet uphill pedaling would pose a challenge.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        I didn't see that bicycle derailleur! lol. that makes these wild claims even funnier. Those can take about 1000-1500 watts before bending and getting stuck in the wheel, flying apart, or just having the bike chain separate. ( guess what, #410 chain was never designed for anything other than the legs of a person applying torque to it ) 1000 watts gets you up to about 30mph. But the controller + battery combination ( 100A x 82V nominal ) would produce 8200 watts. And the motor can only push about 3000 watts continuous. lol
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        @paul: If you had bothered to read the article, it's only 120 lbs, not 500 lbs. And it has wheels. If the hill isn't too steep, you probably could push it. It's not like pushing a car, for pity's sake.
      SVX pearlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it's lableled "Hustler", why isn't there a naked chick showing us what would normally be reserved for her gynecologist? And if it's "X5", why isn't this BMW-badged? Seems like this guy is trading on the good names of much bigger companies, and should be forced to cease-and-desist in favor of some other name lest Hustler or BMW become improperly associated with green transportation.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm looking at the specs... no way it can do 80mph continuous for long. Maybe downhill for 5 minutes before the motor blows. We are familiar with this motor in the electric bike community, and people have thrown higher voltage and larger controllers at it and never had that result. The battery pack being 20A with a 100A controller is not good either unless they are using some of the high discharge LG cells ( 10C? ) that allcell can optionally fit into the PCM material of their packs.. otherwise it will be a saggy pack with batteries that die early. Nonetheless, that is a low range and the 100+ miles would happen at a very very low speed - like 20mph or less. I have seen some serious overpromising and underdelivering in the electric world but this takes the cake. Nice chassis, but put a real powertrain in it, not one that will fail in short time and not perform up to spec.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        By the way, if you think i'm talking out my butt, you can do the calculations on what i'm saying, with dyno proven data nonetheless :) Google search for 'ebikes.ca simulator' enter a custom battery pack, 80v 20Ah 0.02 ohms resistance ( that's being generous, the pack probably performs far worse ) Enter a custom controller - 100A. Set the wheel to a 16" wheel ( that's a 1:1 ratio since this setup has gears ) What do you see? ... 22 mile range at 43mph, right? Now change the wheel to a 26" ( this is close to a 2:1 ratio ) You get 55.8mph, 12 miles of range, and an overheating motor in 5 minutes ( at best, this motor can do about 3000w continuous in a tiny wheel.. ) How do they get >80mph and >200 miles of range out of this setup? Do they have a 1000% efficient motor? :) If so, where can i get one?
          BipDBo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          For the remaining 40 miles, the rider must have used the pedals. Sounds like a fun 20 hour trip.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Well, people rarely believe me when i make claims on here ( even from experience ) so i figured i'd back my case up. Your estimation is actually just about right bip.. you can get around 160 miles doing 10mph, lol.
          BipDBo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          It doesn't take your experience or asimulator to smell something fish about that 200 mile claim. I'm guessing that maybe they obtained something close to 200 miles with very high pressure, low rolling resistance tires and traveling at a very slow contant speed, like 10 mph.
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