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Posted by rpautrey2 on October 22, 2008, 7:44 am
Electric Motorcycle Conversions

How to build a 96-Volt Electric Motorcycle

Like many others I decided to quit waiting for a decent electric road
bike at a reasonable price, so I built one out of a spare bike I
bought off eBay for about $00. I based mine on a '82 Yamaha turbo
because 1) I have the ICE version (hence the spare), 2) I like that it
is fully faired so it looks 'normal' and 3) it's a shaft drive and one
of my main goal was to make it as maintenance free as possible. Shaft
drives weigh a lot more and are not as efficient as chain drives, but
they are maintenance free. Here is a picture of the finished product.
Like Stryker (who built the 72 volt version) I live close to work so
distance was not an issue, but speed and performance were, as I have
over 3 miles of a rather steep curvy road to go home on. One big thing
to consider when doing this is the finished product. Like Stryker I am
using AGM sealed lead-acid batteries because of convenience. But since
I like the final product so much my goal has always been to upgrade it
to some Li-Ion or Ni-MHyd batteries as soon as the become commercially
available. It would shave 100 lbs off and give me twice the range, so
it's an investment worth making.

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