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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle, Car, Bike, Trike, Scooter, etc

This is a great How to, on Converting a Motorcycle to Electric Drive. Much of the info can be used for Electric Cars too. I found allot of other interesting Pages in the links too. So, I will Post them below...


Electric motorcycles chase around parking lot

Video Link...



The finished project is a 1981 Kawasaki KZ440, converted to electric. It is powered by four Optima Yellow Top sealed (AGM) lead-acid batteries, that drive a Briggs & Stratton Etek electric motor. The speed of the motor is controlled by an Alltrax brand "AXE" programmable controller that can run at up to 48 volts and 300 amps. Contrary to popular belief, and electric motorcycle is NOT silent, but is CONSIDERABLY quieter than a typical gas cycle.

The cycle is GEARED to 45 mph, has fairly good acceleration, no clutch or transmission. There's no oil to change, to mufflers to rust off, no air filter, no carbs to tweak, and no gasoline. I designed it for primarily city riding. The top speed and acceleration could be easily changed by swapping out a $20 stock sprocket.

The cycle recharges from the wall, through a renewable energy program, and if there is a blackout, I can actually run my house off my electric motorcycle! In the future, I hope to expand my system to include charging the cycle with photovoltaic solar panels.

In this Instructable, I'll walk you through the work required with the motor, batteries, controller, and mounting all components, including showing you some low-tech paper and cardboard "CAD" tricks.

Your Project
But what do you want? You might not even know yet. I always encourage people to take a look at the EV Album. It's an on-line listing of mostly home-converted electric vehicles. Each listing shows the make and model of the vehicle, the cost to convert, the speed and range, and other specifics of each project. You can also search by type of vehicle or brand name.
For example, if you go to , you'll see a wide variety of electric motorcycles. Different brand names, lithium and lead-acid battery types, and a wide range of costs of conversion. Likewise, if you want to see Scooters, Mopeds, and Minibikes, you can visit

Give some thought to what cycle you would like to convert. Do you like sport bikes? Great! They have a lightweight and strong aluminum frame! Do you like standard? Great! There's lots of those out there and you can show off the motor and batteries. Hang out at biker events with your unique ride!

If you aren't sure what to expect in terms of range per charge and top speed, don't worry, online calculators can help you out.
ower Use at Speed Calculator
and of course, a

For more on my electric motorcycle, electric car, and other projects, swing by my blog at

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1994 Suzuki GSXR TTXGP race bike

Last Updated 12-09-2010
Owner Tony
Owner's Other EV 1975 Yamaha RD250
Location Grand Rapids , Michigan US map
Web/Email WebPage email image
Vehicle 1994 Suzuki GSXR
After racing in the TTXGP in the summer of 2009, I became addicted and decided to build a faster and more agile motorcycle for the 2010/11 races.
Motor Mars R Permanent Magnet DC
Twin motor drive system
Drivetrain Twin drive Mars motor shafted together
Controller Alltrax 72 volt 450a
Batteries 24 60ah, 72.00 Volt, Lithium-Polymer
provided by elite power systems
System Voltage 72 Volts
Heater jacket!
DC/DC Converter
Green Galaxy
Instrumentation Cycle analyst, motor temp, controller temp, indicator lights motor and battery amp gauges
Top Speed

TTXGP Electric Motorcycles at Mid Ohio Road Racing Course - 2009

Video Link...

Experimental Electric Vehicles

Second TTXGP race motorcycle -E*SPEED-

Current Project

Suzuki GSXR EV Conversion. AKA: E*SPEED


-60 mile range

-0-60 in about 4.8 seconds

-top speed of 105+

-Complete LED/HID lighting system, no incandescent lighting

-Day I brought it home

getting all the un-needed parts off, and reducing weight

All parts added or modified will be made to conform to the rules of the TTXGP race rules and regulations.

Twin Mars motor drive train

72v 60ah Lithium batteries attached to frame

side farings fabricated, all paint and finishing touches done.

All I have to do is put some vinyl graphics on the side and were all done!

Read More on his Site...

E*Speed (GSXR) TTXGP race bike conversion progress video

Video Link...

electro metro vs citicar

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Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle, Car, Bike, Trike, Scooter, etc
Build an electric motorcycle - Hack a Day
Electric motorcycles chase around parking lot - YouTube
Electric Motorcycle test drive - YouTube
Experimental Electric Vehicles
Tony's 1994 Suzuki GSXR TTXGP race bike — Going WAY farther on far less
EV Photo Album: Our Electric Cars on the Web
EVAlbum: Search Results
Tony's 1975 Yamaha RD250
Twin motor mount setup with intermediate shaft
Batteries and motor strapped in
digital dash
Electric Motor
EV Calculator
Aerodynamic & rolling resistance, power & MPG calculator -
Motorcycle gear/rpm/speed calculator
Build your own Electric Car!
Electric Motorcycle Paint Job and Battery Rack - YouTube
Battery Rack work part 2 - YouTube
EV Motorcycle - Battery Rack Part 3 - YouTube
Curtis Instruments | Instrumentation, motor speed controllers, battery chargers
Curtis Instruments | Instrumentation, motor speed controllers, battery chargers
Alltrax Home
Alltrax AXE Products Page
Homemade 100 HP Motor Controller for an Electric Car
Paul & Sabrina's cheap DIY 144v motor controller - Fuel Economy, Hypermiling, EcoModding News and Forum -
Open ReVolt - EcoModder
Open ReVolt - EcoModder
Pot Box, PB-6, Curtis
Alltrax Document Depot
Search for Electric Car on
Search for Electric Motorcycle on
Balance of System
Driveline, Sprockets, and Gear Ratios!
P3 - Kill A Watt
Add Sound Effects to your Electric Motorcycle
EV Motorcycle - Gas Tank Modifications - YouTube
Power your house in a blackout with your Electric Motorcycle Projects
electro metro vs citicar - YouTube
1977 Citicar Arrives! - YouTube
First spinnup - YouTube
Electic Car Shortcut - YouTube
Behind the scenes of building an electric car - The journey - YouTube
Electro-Metro Update 7/21/08 Part 2 - YouTube
Tom’s EV Dodge Neon
011 Electric Car Conversion: Freeway Test Drive - YouTube
Electric motorcycle slideshow - YouTube
Electric scooter Do-it-Yourself - YouTube
Add Sound Effects to your Electric Motorcycle
Masa's 1991 Yamaha XV250 Virago
Brian's 1969 Triumph 500
Brian's 2009 Kicker 5150
Robert's 1982 Suzuki GSX 250
Svetozar's Homemade Scooter
Martin's 2002 Kawasaki Electric Motorcycle
Motor Brand: Briggs and Stratton
Jordan Peterson's 2007 EC1
Matt Chamberlain's 1987 Suzuki SP200
Matt Chamberlain's 1974 Triumph TR-6
Bryan's 2002 Suzuki RM125
Deon's 1973 Captain Jeanneau
Zaine's Electrathon Racer
Kirk Swaney's DESTINY Arrow Streamliner
Chris Ravana's 1977 Yamaha xs400 Special
Darren Scott's 1987 Cagiva C9
Deon's 1992 Renault Clio (donor)
Videos « Experimental Electric Vehicles
E*Speed (GSXR) TTXGP race bike conversion progress video - YouTube
AMA Video: Tony Helmholdt's homemade electric motorcycle - YouTube
burnout EV2 - YouTube
Michigan Electric Vehicle Rally & Show - YouTube
TTXGP Electric Motorcycles at Mid Ohio Road Racing Course - 2009 - YouTube
Michigan Electric Vehicle Rally & Show 2009 - YouTube
Tony’s Bio « Experimental Electric Vehicles
Second TTXGP race motorcycle -E*SPEED- « Experimental Electric Vehicles
Citicar drag heat two - YouTube
Google Custom Search for EV Car on DonsDeals Blog
DonsDeals: Electric Vehicle (EV) History, Ford, Edison and the Cheap EV They Tried to Make
DonsDeals: Electric Vehicles EV and EV Related Web Pages
DonsDeals: EV charging network goes big in Texas - SmartPlanet
DonsDeals: Electric Vehicles EV Web Links
Electric Car - Google Custom Search on DonsDeals Blog
DonsDeals: Recharge an electric car without plugging in - SmartPlanet
DonsDeals: YouTube - 1916 Detroit Electric car
DonsDeals: YouTube - Electric Car Conversion using Siemens AC motor and home made 3 phase controller
DonsDeals: YouTube - Electric Car Conversion 101 part 001
1916 Detroit Electric car - YouTube
Electric Quadracycle Vehicle - YouTube
The HOY! Pinoy Mini Car In The Garage - YouTube
Hybrid Electric Trike 130 Miles Per Gallon ! Bicycle! Tricycle! Gas Bike - YouTube
DonsDeals: Build your own self-driving car - Learn How Online at Udacity - Educating the 21st Century
Electric Vehicle - Google Custom Search on DonsDeals Blog
DonsDeals: Most Popular Electric Car Motors
DonsDeals: Advanced electric vehicle conversion project

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