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Honda Interceptor

Ben‘s Electric Motorcycle

Update 8/12

Rode the to work today despite pack issues. I purchased a 72V pack from Elite solutions. It comes with for each cell and a computer displays temp, voltage, It should have been a upgrade. However, I had to make a new housing from scratch and not the best welder so that a long time.

Then I got that done and hooked up. I blew up the computer right in my It was quite scary, but I didn’t get so it just cost me a new CPU.

I added an emergency shut off I should have had from the but I thought my key shut off was enough. I out that I was wrong when I the CPU up again, the exact same Fortunetly I was able to put pieces the first CPU into the second and get it again. One set of sensors is not working so the CPU not correctly show the pack or the status of all of the cells.

I’m not to take any long rides I don’t know how much I have, but I can get to work and back so good for now.

The BEM is for sale if is interested $5500. It’s basically the cost of the parts.

Update 8/8/09

Finally down and bought 4 new optima’s. I left the new batteries I got before in the and they got drained. One of them I was to get charged up but the other is toast.

I now 7 worthless batteries, if anyone how to save them or where to let me know.

UPDATE 8/08 I bought 2 new batteries in hopes of again but the others were than I expected. I need 4 new batteries but at least Optima has a going on now.

UPDATE — Two of my batteries don’t 12Volts anymore and they are down the whole system. will need to be replaced to get my back. I’m in the process of Lithium Polymer pack so have to see how that goes.

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I only work 3 from home so an electric seemed like a great I thought a motorcycle would for a good first EV keeping down and more fun to ride.

project took about 3 of actual work, not counting for parts to come in or help a friend with the welding. a look at the Construction page for and details.

All in all, it cost $3000 to buy and build. This may pay off in gas savings(unless prices keep the way they are), but if you add the fun of building and all of the benefits it was well worth my With a top speed of over 70 mph and 10 per charge this bike is for me.


Every vehicle is but I bought the El Chopper book to get a idea of how this is supposed to It was helpful but there is enough on the internet if you don’t want to get it. See my section for some of the helpful I used.

Frame . I looked at a LOT of bike styles and decided on a Honda Interceptor for a few reasons. 1) I the style of bike, not a total rocket but not a hog either, with of room for batteries. 2) The seller on was close to my house 3) Cost.

. After reading other bike specs and deciding I wanted to go faster than a I figured I needed a bigger than the popular 48Volt I found the 72V Advanced DC motor, the and dimensions where good for my so I ordered it online from

Batteries . I went with 6 Top Optima batteries because are sealed and have gotten reviews. After making mock ups of the D23 model I realized 6 wouldn’t fit, so I ended up the D51 model. Half the size and but also half the storage.

Controller . You have to match controller to your voltage but the is up to your budget. More = more power and more It seemed that there are two standard choices Alltrax or you’ll have to decide for but I went with the 72V 450Amp

Don’t waste your trying to build a potometer on an old just buy a pre-made one and be done it. I got the Magade Twist grip .5Kohm from

. You have to match your with your voltage but the of charge in Amps is also up to budget. I was going to get (2) Soneil 36V and link them together to get my but decided the extra money was only having one charger to about and get the faster charging I went with a Zivan NG1 EVAMERICA.

In fact they had a model that gave me $50

DC/DC Converter: It’s to run with a DC/DC converter and an 12V battery but motorcycles have space so I am only using the A Sevcon 72V Input 13.5V from

Other Some other items you need for safety and construction.

– ANN 400 w/ holder. This was rated for my

Albright Contactors SW-200. is a device that you can hook up to ignition on 12Volts and it will the loop so you get the full power to controller. Very nice.

Battery cable and connectors- I bought 10 feet of 2 GA from and cut them to length and some battery connectors.

Instruments – 10) w/ Prescaler add on for 72V use. Instead of a of different meters I just with the e-meter from a store online. I kept the that was already there and can use the temp gauge for the motor.

I got started by searching online for and a bike with a suitable I won a 1984 Honda Interceptor on After picking up the bike I taking out the I.C.E. components and it down. That was a little messy than I thought but a cat litter will get those oil out.

I hope. Thanks to my Russ for helping me get the motor out and on the brakes. I made up mock components for everything to see how it was going to It’s a lot easier to move 6 batteries around than it is to 6- 46 pound lead ones.

I got everything where it needed to be, included cutting out the bottom of the gas and an old motor mount. I started wires off the bike that I think I needed. and then I the manual. -)

I got it all wired up after a few days and a few with the help of other websites. Thanks again I turned the key and zap! Large and some smoke.

Oops I a + and — battery cable. thing I put in that safety I fixed the wires and double all of my connections.

Turn the key, no so I gave it a little throttle and the started spinning. I was pretty

Some tinkering with the and I’m ready for the next I disassembled and took the bike to a shop for the battery and motor to be welded. I knew that I do this part so I didn’t pretend. My good friend offered to do the welding.

He did an amazing my many thanks go out to him and I think be owing him one for quite some

The construction page shows the that he did building and figuring out the mount and designing a battery that would allow the to come out easily in the small allowed. He even welded a personalized vin number on the bottom. The mount and cover turned out than I could have for.

Thanks again

The day that I got it back from the I rewired the system and gave it a The wheel spins, more

If you have a fast internet check out this 14meg of my first ride. First out. It’s nothing because I didn’t have bolted in but it proves that it and it rides great!

I tweaked the controller, cleaned and lubed the tighten all my bolts and connections and now I can see how far and how The BEM will go.

Final specs are in I gotten over 70 mph and start up traffic no problem. The distance to be what I expected with the batteries. I can go 10 miles at 45mph it needs to be charged.

I may change my or get a different sprocket to see what does, but I’m pleased so

Component/cost breakdown

Frame . Honda Interceptor 700 $600 ebay

Batteries . 6 Optima D51 12V 26Lbs $643.80 from

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