I have a 2014 Rover Nexus i8. It is my first trike and I bought it used from someone on the forum mid-June last year. At the time I was 66 years-old, diabetic, 6' tall and #250. Now 32 pounds lighter (#218 today, - thanks Rover) and a year older, I have installed a Bafang BBSHD electric assist motor. The motor weighs ~#13, the battery ~#8. Earlier this week, I was feeling great & left the battery at home and did a mostly flat ~7mi. course on a cool Michigan evening. Right off I decided to go for speed.
The course ended being 6.82 miles. I tried to keep stopping to a minimum, and pedaled as fast as I could without any breaks. My goal was at least 5 miles averaging 12-MPH. I felt it may have been my best ride ever. I ended up averaging 11.5 MPH, not too shabby, but I can't imagine where I could go faster. Are there 20" wheel trike riders out there who have a regular short track with a similar measured distance? I'd like to get a realistic idea of what others do when they push themselves over a 5+ mile course.
I realize the BBSHD adds #13, but the #30 I lost more than makes up for that, so I suppose I could have been a little faster, but doubtedly an average half mile per hour!?