With sincere apologies to Greg, Brian and the rest of the Brammo design team for trashing their beautiful creation, I present my thermal insulation kit.
It’s quite hideous, but I think that it worked. I was able to get through 63 miles going about 40-45 mph, rather than have to crawl along at 30 mph. The temperatures were probably not as low as before, but I never saw the dreaded “Cold Batt. Cutback” message, which showed up for most of my last couple of rides.
With 14 miles to go, but only 13% SOC, I stopped at Buffalo Wild Wings for about a quarter hour to charge up to 19%. Perhaps I should have stayed a bit longer because I got into work with only 1% SOC, going the last few miles at a meager 30 mph.
50 minutes to travel 14 miles (including the recharge time) is darn slow, and I could have taken less time if I charged less and went at 30 mph all the way rather than only at the end. The problem with going slow on a busy street is that you become a road hazard. It’s safer to stay off the road for longer and then travel at a reasonable speed, even though it will take longer overall.
Oh, and the bike wasn’t the only thing to get more thermal insulation. I threw on my ski jacket over my regular riding jacket. Did I mention I hate being cold?