StrippedUnrestoredGauge cluster with Ammeter and Volt meteBattery bracketsMotor and ControllerEmergency disconnect and charger fan
OwnerMick Longley
Owner's Other EVs1995 Giant Mountain Bike
1971 Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback
LocationDurango, Colorado United States map
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Vehicle1978 Kawasaki KZ200
I received the chassis from a friend in one of my college classes for
free. It had been sitting for over six years. I was able to get it started
with the gas motor and putted around but couldn't keep in running long.
MotorBriggs and Stratton Original eTek Permanent Magnet DC
Ended up going with an original eTek motor. It fits great on the swing
arm in front of the rear tire.
DrivetrainChain drive, No transmission. 14tooth front gear/72tooth rear.
ControllerKelly KD72401
This controller was priced very low for its ratings compared to Alltrax
and Curtis. My initial judgment of quality is very high. Controller was
very well packaged and came with pre-charge resistors and charge
spike suppression diodes. Further testing (400 miles) shows that the
Kelly controller is indeed a good controller.
Batteries5 Walmart Marine batties, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
I am going with Group 24 Walmart Marine batteries to start out with. I
don't want to drop a ton of money on Batteries for my first experiment
with EV's.
System Voltage60 Volts
ChargerSoneil 3 amp chargers
I have 5 of these chargers now, mounting in the tank - these work great
but take 6 hours or so to charge after a spirited 20 mile ride.
DC/DC Converter None
None, I tap off of one battery. I have converted most lights to LED. The
headlight is still halogen but I am working on replacing this with a
focused LED beam.
Instrumentation500amp ammeter, 200vdc meter, original odometer and speedometer. I
believe the 500 amp ammeter is totally overkill. The most amps I have
EVER pulled is 170 with a 4.8/1 gear ratio.
Top Speed58 MPH (93 KPH)
This is after a fresh charge, full throttle on flat ground. This is plenty fast
for in town trip running. It gets me to school a lot quicker than my car.
AccelerationIt is slow for a motorcycle but beats most cars off the line.
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
I have only pushed it to 30 miles so far with very light driving. The pack
was near 50% DoD.
EV Miles
Start:3,535 Miles (5,687 Kilometers)
Current:3,964 Miles (6,378 Kilometers)
Total:429 Miles (690 Kilometers)
Seating CapacitySeats two
Curb Weight425 Pounds (193 Kilograms)
5 batteries and a very light motor and frame.
Conversion TimeSeveral months
Conversion Cost~$1500
I have put over 400 miles with all electric power. I am in the Durango CO area if anyone ever wants to
come see it - let me know.
10/2009, parted out motorcycle - no room to store it.

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