Build your own ugly, custom electric bike

2y 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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