The time has come for my own project.
I am converting my old '93 RF400, my former commuter which I had to retire due to general wear and tear after a total of 76000km.
Estimated value: max. 300€, ICE specshttp://www.motorbikes.be/en/Suzuki_RF_400_R_1995.aspx
It has become possible as we moved within 15km of my work
At the time of writing, the project has barely begun, with the bike disassembled and the gearbox/crankcase (finally*) stripped.
Minimum target specs:
top speed: 60km/h (~37mph)
minimum range: 15km (10 miles)
I know it's modest but it will be a commuter. For now.
I will keep the original gearbox and plan to attach a Turnigy 80-100 brushless outrunner with a belt drive and will even keep the clutch.
LYEN 12 FET controller.
POC with gel type LA from a UPS that became too small. Probably Hobbyking, Headway or GBS later on.
Already have a Gigavac GX11CA contactor and new handlebar mounted switches (no need for choke and mechanical throttle).
Biggest challenge is obviously the mechanics around the gearbox. Helpful comments welcome, but there will be no direct drive.
various challenges (mostly around the contollers for the 80100s) made me reconfigure for a hub motor
* the rotor of the alternator had to be drilled out and yes, I have the pulley tools
A motorcyclist is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.
My Suzuki RF400 build
: now with Enertrac MHM602 and 6kWh AESC modules
protected by a Zephyr BMS
Renault Equation modded to 36V14Ah LA & 1kW controller.
Master of Electric Motor Selection: "Adopt a motor"
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All the gear, all the time!