|Location||Roanoke, Virginia US map|
|Vehicle||1974 Honda CB-550 |
This was my first motorcycle. I want to build an electric car someday and this is my test bed. The project is moving from donor restore mode to actually building up some EV bits.
|Drivetrain||I'm thinking about just hooking a motor directly to the rear sprocket via chain, no transmission|
I have slightly (but just slightly) more than a passing interest in electronics, so I'm very tempted to build the ReVolt controller.
|Batteries||0.00 Volt, |
I'm going to see if I can swing for Lithium Ion for this project... If not, I'll just go the traditional lead acid.
|Heater||Solar. As in the sun. It's a motorcycle!|
|Instrumentation||I'll be using the original speedometer. Other than that, I'll probably add a volt / amp meters.|
|Top Speed||Because I won't have a transmission, I'm not expecting to have an awesome top speed. Am I too optimistic to hope for a top speed of 45 mph?|
|Range||So far, I've taken it around the cul-de-sac. Of course, I don't have a motor in it yet.|
|Seating Capacity||The original bike let you seat two. As long as I don't have to do anything funky with mounting the batteries, it should theoretically allow two.|
That's a good question. I need to weight it with just the frame so I have an idea what I'm working with.
|Tires||Replacement factory spec, but nothing fancy like reduced rolling resistance or anything like that.|
|Conversion Time||More than my wife would like.|
|Conversion Cost||Much more than my wife would like, although I'm trying to do this as cheap as possible.|