Motorcycle

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Two-wheeled full size motorcycles

Drill Bike - Kawasaki 550 converted to DeWalt 36 Volt and PMG motor

Watt-hours per mile: 
110 wh/mile
Typical range: 
10 miles
Top speed: 
70mph

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Converted this barn find 550 in 2009 - 2000+ miles on it so far. Added 4 more batteries in 2011 for extended range and a little more kick. Bike is a blast - slow off the line but kicks but between 25 and 45 mph (direct drive - no clutch, no gears). Only 230 lbs. Tricky paralleling the DeWalts but once balanced they stay balanced. The A123 batteries are a best kept secret - you can discharge them 100% and they charge up and ask for more. Over 200 charge cycles to 80-100% and they are still full capacity - no sag in range or voltage. Not much warning when they run out, though - you are blasting merrily along and then... nothing. Check out the discharge curves on the home page.

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Seating capacity: 
2 up
Drivetrain: 
Direct drive - belt reduction to cross shaft to sprocket
Motor: 
PMG 132
Number of wheels: 
2
Controller: 
Alltrax AXE7234
Charger: 
700 watt home-made
Batteries: 
16x36volt Dewalt (A123)
Location: 
Vermont
Method for 12v system: 
CUI DC-DC converter
Miles as an EV: 
2600miles as of fall 2012
Lighting: 
Stock
Curb weight: 
230lbs
Conversion time and cost: 
20 weekends - $3600

GSX-E

Watt-hours per mile: 
100-120
Typical range: 
40-60 mi
Top speed: 
70 mph (with 4:1 reduction)

My bike is a 1993 Suzuki GSX-R, converted to 100% electric.

The pic below shows a D&D series motor.

Soon switching to AC-20, Curtis 7601.

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Seating capacity: 
1
Heater: 
Leather jacket
Drivetrain: 
Single reduction chain drive
Motor: 
HPEVS AC-20
Controller: 
Curtis 1238-7601
Charger: 
Elite Power Solutions
Batteries: 
GBS LiFePO4, 76V, 60Ah
Location: 
Boulder, CO
Method for 12v system: 
100W DC-DC converter
Lighting: 
Harley V-rod headlight with custom bracket, customized LED flashlights for tail and turn signals
Curb weight: 
420 lb
Conversion time and cost: 
1 year, $8000 with series motor

EMCycle,ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE CONVERSIONS

Typical range: 
20 MI
Top speed: 
55 mph

Drivetrain: 
chain
Motor: 
Etek-R
Location: 
Lansing,MI

1985 Honda VF 700 becomes 96volt with 8 optima batteries

Typical range: 
25+ Never ran 100%DOD
Top speed: 
70+ Change of gears will increase this up to a potential of about 90

I converted a 1985 Honda VF700F into an InertiaV96/400A
I originally installed 8 Optima Yellowtops 55Ah, but the bike was too heavy, so I took two off. Now I contemplate changing the gear ratio for higher top speed, as torque goes way down at 60mph(<8ft lbs). I rely on this bike for most of my travels, on a daily basis. I plan to get rid of the ICE in my car now and convert it too. This was my first project of this kind and I am pleased with the turn out. For anyone thinking that this kind of project is impossible, reconsider. I had virtually no skills related, other than performing moderate auto repairs.
I did not plan in advance or draw much of a working blueprint, but everything just went together smoothly. My biggest mistake was not learning the mathematical formulas needed for calculating gears in advance and not getting the motor performance charts to predetermine what I would end up with. I wasted a lot of money because of my initial laziness, after the second sprocket, I said, that's it! I'm learning the math.
My next upgrade will be LiFePo4 for traction pack.

Controller: 
Kelley 400A
Charger: 
Kelley 10,12A
Batteries: 
Yellowtop AGM
Curb weight: 
550lbs
Conversion time and cost: 
2 days to get it moving, weeks after spent perfecting, $4000+
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BrammoBrian's Enertia

Watt-hours per mile: 
74 Wh/mile
Typical range: 
30-40 miles
Top speed: 
63 mph

My Brammo Enertia Limited Edition #7 of 30.

Visit: www.brammo.com

Seating capacity: 
1
Heater: 
none
Drivetrain: 
Direct Drive - Chain
Motor: 
13kW Permanent Magnet AC
Number of wheels: 
2
Controller: 
Sinusoidal PWM - 96V peak
Charger: 
Brammo 850W on-board
Batteries: 
Valence, 6 x U1-XP modules, 76.8V x 40Ah
Location: 
Ashland, OR
Method for 12v system: 
Sevcon DC-DC converter
Miles as an EV: 
600
Lighting: 
Hella H3 headlamp
Curb weight: 
324 lbs.
Conversion time and cost: 
Not a conversion, $7,195 at Best Buy! (10% Federal tax credit included)

Nowashocki

Watt-hours per mile: 
70
Typical range: 
10 miles
Top speed: 
50 MPH

Nowashocki is an excellent suburban commuter. It passes cars easily, sucks up potholes, and handles well. The regen (typically 5-10%)doesn't really add much range because the best range is obtained when riding like a hypermiler - decelerating so gently the regen doesnt kick in. But who wants to do that? This is about fun and I love regen because I can approach a corner fast, back off the throttle, and it feels like the major compression braking of a 4-stroker! Motorcyclists NEED this feeling! The entire system has worked flawlessly so far. I am very happy with the bike but wish I had spent the $ and put 3x the Ah into it --- LiFePO4??

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Drivetrain: 
chain geared @ 16:44
Motor: 
Perm 132
Controller: 
Sevcon Millipak with regen
Charger: 
On-board Soneil 48v
Batteries: 
Odyssey 925 x 4 (26Ah)
Location: 
Maine USA
Method for 12v system: 
DC-DC converter
Miles as an EV: 
800 miles
Lighting: 
~stock
Curb weight: 
~220#
Conversion time and cost: 
too long and most of my hair
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Got Juice Motorcycle

Typical range: 
16 - 20 Miles
Top speed: 
50 MPH

Seating capacity: 
2
Drivetrain: 
Chain
Motor: 
ETEK RT
Number of wheels: 
2
Controller: 
Alltrax 300 amp 72 volt
Charger: 
Kelly 8 Amp
Batteries: 
6 - 12v AGM
Location: 
Summerville S.C
Method for 12v system: 
spare 4 AH battery
Miles as an EV: 
160
Curb weight: 
460 Lbs
Conversion time and cost: 
1 month, $2800

Electra Cruiser

Typical range: 
35-60 mile range
Top speed: 
80+ mph backed off throttle after 80mph

custom hand made harley style frame, similar to harley 4 speed.

Seating capacity: 
2
Heater: 
None
Drivetrain: 
Baker Right side drive, 3" primary belt 1.5" secondary belt, Hydraulic Clutch
Motor: 
Advanced DC
Number of wheels: 
2
Controller: 
Zapi Controller, 120V, 500 amp with regen
Charger: 
Zivan
Batteries: 
Trogen TMH 27, 10 batteries in frame
Location: 
Babylon New York
Method for 12v system: 
DC to DC converter - Vicor
Miles as an EV: 
5000
Lighting: 
Standard headlight LED rear light
Curb weight: 
1,120 pounds
Conversion time and cost: 
3 months, $25,000USD Hand made custom bike.
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Carmen the 'e'Lectra - an EMB Lectra.

Typical range: 
unknown, book says: 40 mile. Range simulator says less with me on it.
Top speed: 
40+. Book says:Top Speed: 45 MPH, 51 MPH if you change the gearing (use a different size sprocket)

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

104 amp-hour, 24 volt VRLA advanced battery pack
VR24 drive system with integral helical gear speed reduction
Fully automatic on-board charger
Electric, power-assisted regenerating rear brake with anti-lock features
Hydraulic fork with aluminum triple clamps
Twin coil-over-shock, adjustable rear suspension
Full floating hydraulic caliper front disk brake
Cast aluminum alloy helical style wheels
Dunlop TT90 GP performance tires
Chrome foot pegs
Custom seat
Electronic twist grip "smart" throttle
Safety neutral mode with "Power" select
Keyed ignition switch
Speedometer/odometer
State-of-charger (fuel) meter - not working on mine - using a Packtrakr
Reserve fuel mode - see above
Sealed beam hi/lo/flash headlight system
Turn and tail light package
Dual rear view mirrors - not on mine.
Horn
Tool kit - missing.

Some pictures:
From the Right
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With my Yamaha Fazer 600 in the background
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The Lectra has an Amphenol socket with 4 coloured wires that allow you to monitor (or charge) the 4 batteries individually, I made a diagram of this:
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Seating capacity: 
1
Heater: 
internal glow <grin>
Drivetrain: 
5:1 primary gear reduction, then 14:54 chain & sprockets final drive.
Motor: 
24v DC Variable Reluctance (VR24) 2-phase brushless design, Air Cooled. 8HP peak, 3HP continuous
Number of wheels: 
2
Controller: 
EMB custom 2-phase brushless
Charger: 
EMB onboard 440 watt charger. 110 to 265v 50 - 60Hz 24v 2 stage for VRLA. Brings the four batteries of this 24 volt system from 20 per cent to 95 per cent charge in two and a half hours.
Batteries: 
normally has 4 Optima yellow-tops, I have 4 new Exide copies (spiral) that are deep cycle 50Ahr. 2 series & 2 parallel so 100 Ahr.
Location: 
Beckenham Kent, UK.
Method for 12v system: 
None, everything is 24v.
Miles as an EV: 
I've done 15 miles as I've just got it. It has done 1340 miles total. Date of first registration: 22/12/1997
Lighting: 
24v incandecent
Curb weight: 
240 lbs
Conversion time and cost: 
A stock EMB Lectra. Bought it 2nd hand (I'm the 4th owner) and put new batteries in, in an afternoon.

GPR-S

Watt-hours per mile: 
35 Amps at 30 MPH
Typical range: 
40-60 Miles
Top speed: 
80+

DOT certified

Seating capacity: 
2
Heater: 
None
Drivetrain: 
Chain drive
Motor: 
AC-15
Number of wheels: 
2
Controller: 
Curtis 1236
Charger: 
Prototype BMS- on board
Batteries: 
20 HiPower 50AH
Method for 12v system: 
DC to DC convertor
Miles as an EV: 
50
Lighting: 
DOT standard
Curb weight: 
280 pounds
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