Since it's storming outside I continue
I own and ride an E-Moto Trike ...formally sold on-line thru various vendors and possibly still in stock at Menard's stores
-don't have a Menard's store in my area so I'm making an assumption.
I made some unjustified accusations about the unworthiness of the trike (well, some of it WAS justified- although finally made good upon)
-most of my problems stemmed from the fact I bought the last one stocked by the warehouse/distributor in 2011
The Trike came with a bent rear axle- likely warped when welding on the drive wheel hub engagement thingy.
The trike was rideable, although a bit wobbly
-so I rode it and started quizzing the warranty service shop about parts replacement (November 2011)
Come December- still no parts and the wobbly axle is starting to take the fun away
I experienced these problems directly caused by the wobble:
-gear cluster shifting in position on the axle causing the chain to slip off
-brake drum shifting in position on the axle causing, well, no brakes!
I started (and continue to) carry a complete set of tools necessary to effect repairs on the road
NOTE: the Trike's multi-tool set fit NOTHING on the actual trike!
...at one time as I was riding the axle key for the brake drum fell into the tube (see pic)
causing no brakes
...but suddenly BRAKES
(the key jammed between the axle's keyway slot and the tube)
-more calls to the shop-
completely disassembled the trike's rear end (again) removing the axle from the tube bearings to retrieve the key
-this is where I (finally) figured out the axle - a rather standard part available through ebay vendors etc, had lot's of little modifications to make it compatible with the Trike's somewhat unique wheel hubs (more on this later on)
January had the axle problems happening once every couple of days, until I got the not-so-clever idea of using hose clamps to keep things in place (with help from forum members here to jog my creative juices)
-worked a treat!
however with no support from the shop (yet) and my personal rear-end complaining about the seat (let's not get TOO personal) prompted me to start THIS HERE PROJECT. YUP
and of course the same day I received my project tricycle I FINALLY received the Trike's warranty replacement tricycle assembly (dimmit)
while I set about replacing the tricycle assemblies it struck me curious as to why the *new* assembly should be so much lighter than the *old and wobbly* assembly ( I likes the word "wobbly")
The new assembly also lacked those little bits and modifications the original assembly had.
the old assembly was of *ALL STEEL CONSTRUCTION* as opposed to the replacement assembly's aluminum tubes
anyway I thought I bought a turkey ...but now I have a falcon
and for an inexpensive (well, relatively) electric-motored tricycle with a 6-gear derailleur and lithium battery, I now consider the E-Moto Trike to be a best buy -in comparison to e-trikes within the same narrow price range of $900-$1500
..and I didn't has to build it
too bad they don't seem to be importing anymore of these things
-likely because MY Trike(tm) may not have been the only "first-gen turkey"(soon-to-be-a-tm)