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General Discussion about large electric scooters and motorcycles and other things with no pedals.
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944   1 mW

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electric motorcycle

Post by 944 » May 20 2014 9:35am

Hello everyone, I am new to this part of ES and I have a few questions about electric motor cycles. first question is how much does it cost to make an electric motorcycle? second question, are they street legal and if not is there a way to make them street legal?

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Post by Bluefang » May 20 2014 10:05am

Edit your profile to give us a hint about where you are located......atleast a country would be polite....

many thousands.....yes and no......more info please. :)
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Post by 944 » May 20 2014 10:59am

Ok sorry about that i live in the United States, in the state of Maryland.

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Post by Bernel » May 20 2014 12:27pm

944 wrote:Hello everyone, I am new to this part of ES and I have a few questions about electric motor cycles. first question is how much does it cost to make an electric motorcycle? second question, are they street legal and if not is there a way to make them street legal?
Hi 944,
I cannot comment on how you make it road legal in the states but it can be done. I converted my YZF600R last year, I am in the UK and it cost me £6500 give or take a few hundred. The best place to start is on forums such as these, look for conversions that are similar to your project. EV Album is another good place, plenty of motorcycles there. Once you get an idea of what is involved work out your budget and what you want your conversion to achieve, this will go a long way to setting the parameters for your build.

There is a wealth of resource on the internet to pull from and suppliers of EV components are usually very helpful. One important thing is start with a good ICE bike in good condition with all the non ICE systems in good working order.

I hope this helps and good luck with your build.


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Post by 944 » May 21 2014 6:48am

Thanks for the help i will check out ev album for sure.

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Post by efMX Trials Electric Freeride » May 21 2014 11:03am

here's another emoto build site for ya.. : http://www.elmoto.net
944 wrote:Thanks for the help i will check out ev album for sure.
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Post by stonezone » May 23 2014 4:06pm

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Post by 944 » Mar 09 2015 4:18pm

Hello everyone, I am a high school engineering student that's about to get my licenses, and I want to convert a motorcycle to electric for my first vehicle. but not to sure where to start, obviously I am going to need a motorcycle but I have no idea where to get a motor or ESC that is powerful enough. I would love to have it run off of lipos and be able to charge it from the outlet in the house. can anyone please help me?

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Re: Electric motorcycle

Post by Doctorbass » Mar 09 2015 4:31pm

Hi and Welcome on E-S! :wink:

First I would suggest you to read couples of projects that have been made bu people.

here are many great website that you can take a look at and that I'm sure you will find great infos.

http://www.diyelectriccar.com/forums/

http://www.evalbum.com ( you can use the SEARCH and BY LOCATION options.. so you will be able to find other built near your country.. it sometime help!)

http://www.electricmotorcycles.com

http://www.elmoto.net

as well Endless-sphere too 8)

My friend is selling his electricmotorcycle in parts even if you are interested in. we both worked on that project. He have a dual rear hub motor of 20kW continuous and 60 peak and the controller and A123 battery.
http://www.evalbum.com/3931

There is also the Project EMUS: http://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewto ... s#p1012904

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Re: Electric motorcycle

Post by jonescg » Mar 11 2015 4:52am

What kind of performance do you want? I'd say pick a number and build to that, and try not to think about your budget too much. Lots of ideas and advice to be gained from here!

Cheers,
Chris

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Re: Electric motorcycle

Post by Grinhill » Mar 11 2015 5:06am

Welcome to E.S.
jonescg wrote:... try not to think about your budget too much.
Chris
Hey Chris, that might be hard to avoid for a student! :wink:

I must agree, performance is the approach I'm taking on my latest project.

Another fairly common approach is to come up with a range that you need, and build to that.

You'll find that there will need to be a compromise between these things. You can't have all three - great range, super performance and low cost. :cry:
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Re: electric motorcycle

Post by jonescg » Mar 11 2015 8:00pm

I think it's hard to avoid for anyone! :lol: I think the consensus is; you WILL exceed your budget, even when making a rather compromised machine. This leads to disappointment, which is only overcome by building another machine :)

So since a) over budget is standard, and b) you will want to build another, better, faster machine anyway, you might as well have a good crack at bike number one and be willing to write it off as a learning experience.

And I took 3 years to build Voltron Evo cause most of that time was spent saving up for parts. In that time, I had lots of opportunities to design things, think about them, get advice, and scrap them in favour of better ideas. Time well spent.

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