Electric motorcycles have become very common in the recent time . This is because of the numerous advantages they have over conventional petrol powered motorcycles. Below is a simple procedure of how you can DIY electric motorcycle:
Equipment and Procedure needed for DIY electric motorcycle
- Motorbike: It does not need to be new. A person can acquire an old motorbike. Remove all the components that pertain to the engine
- Motor: the motor is powered by a battery and it in turn drives the rear wheel of the motorcycle. The most advisable choice would be a brushed 48v battery. A gear head for the motor rotor should be also acquired.
- Battery: You should look for 12v 105 ah battery. This is used to power the motor which in turn connects to the rear wheel through a chain.
- Motor controller: Delivers and regulates energy from the battery to the motor. A 48v 300 A controller is the best.
- Twist Grip Throttle: Sends an electrical to the controller which determines how much energy is sent to the batteries from the motor. The magura twist grip is the most common and the best for the job.
- Battery charger: It depends on the type of batteries chosen. It is advisable to position the chargers inside the old fuel tank.
- High Current Switch and Fuse: This is used to switch on the motor bikewhile the fuse is used to limit the amount of current from the battery in case of a short. It is connected to the battery and motor controller.
The whole assembly is mounted on the frame of the motorbike in the correct configuration and you have successfully built a motorcycle.
They also have several advantages which include:
Eco-friendly: The conventional petrol engine motor cycles are a source of noise and pollution. On the contrary an electric motor cycle is the complete opposite. Electric motor cycles are clean and efficient as they have no petrol engine which produces the typical loud noise associated with petrol engine motor bikes. An electric motorbike also has got no carbon emissions due to the combustion of fuel.
Efficiency: As opposed to petrol powered motorbikes, DIY electrical motorcycle can be charged anywhere as long as there is an electrical power output source. This reduces the cost of covering long distances to access petrol stations. In the same context they can be used in out of place areas
Economical: Governments in most developing countries have turned to electric vehicles for two main reasons: To provide stimulus to the economy in form of development of industries. The second reason is to reduce emissions by latching onto more eco friendly alternatives. It is in this context that governments in most developing countries have come up with tax credits and tax deductions to enable the population buy into electric vehicles which include electric motor cycles.
However the cost of acquiring a readymade motorcycle from the market can be rather discouraging. That is why most people prefer to build their own electric motorcycles. The following is a description on how to build your own simple electric motorcycle