Build your own ugly, custom electric bike

    There are pretty bikes. And there are ugly bikes. but there's nothing like riding a bike you built.

    4y ago


    Like my first one. It was heavy, slow and loads of fun. It began as a 1987 Honda Rebel 250. Using the EL Chopper ET manual from John Bidwell, we chopped, and stretched it to get the guts of a golf cart drivetrain inside.

    Two more resources that you might use if you try one:

    This is a really generous and clever group of motonerds who will help you get your own build done.

    The OG site for DIY builds. There aren’t a lot of pretty rides here, but there’s more inspiration and gutsy let’s-just-build-it mojo in this community than you’ll find anywhere.

    Specs for the rebel:

    • 6 in overstock front end. 
    • Harley seat
    • 10 rise handlebars
    • Arlen Ness headlamp
    • Powdercoat.
    • MotorBriggs and Stratton Etek Permanent Magnet DC
    • Drivetrainchain drive 
    • 12 to 54
    • Alltrax AXE 4844 controller
    • Batteries4 Interstate group 24 deep cycle, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
    • System Voltage48 Volts
    • ChargerSchauer 15 amp 48v
    • Instrumentationvoltmeter for 48v pack
    • Top Speed 60 MPH (96 KPH)
    • Range 20 Miles (32 Kilometers)
    • Seating Capacity 2 adults
    • Tires stock Rebel
    • Conversion Time 3 months til running
    • 6 more til finished
    • Conversion Cost ~3000

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