OwnerAlan Clayton
LocationCanyon, British Columbia Canada map
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Vehicle1987 Suzuki LS650 Savage
a street bike with blown engine
MotorBriggs and Stratton Etek Permanent Magnet DC
compact and light weight
Drivetrainoriginally a thumper belt drive
ControllerCurtis model 1204
this model is 48 volt 225 amp non programmable
Batteries4 Discover U-1, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
not the best but work well
System Voltage48 Volts
Charger ancient about 1928 vintage
Frasier Factory series charger with new solid state rectifier
Heatermy fiance
DC/DC Converter 12 volt 8 amp two paired up for capacity
small light and cheap
Instrumentationspeedo, ammeter
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
top speed w 65 mph with genset operating
55 mph on battery
Accelerationnot bad
Range25 Miles (40 Kilometers)
range with genset operating depends on fuel in tank, 11 liters. besides, you wouldn't believe me if I told you what the miles per gallon is.
Watt Hours/Milehaven't calculated the above.
EV Miles
Current:1,867 Miles (3,003 Kilometers)
    As of 11/9/2008
Seating Capacitywill carry two but need to get stronger shocks
Curb Weight418 Pounds (189 Kilograms)
motorcycle original weight was 377 lbs
Conversion Timetook a lot of thought, making and breaking things
Conversion Cost$2500.00
Additional FeaturesI included a small engine powered alternator for anywhere anytime battery charging. The engine is a 6.5 hp air cooled clone with low oil shut down, operates at 2400 rpm. The alternator is late 60's vintage 65 amp with a custom built regulator. The alternator will put out max of 60 amp at 56 volts.
Some changes are planned this winter, better batteries and a different regulator.The bike has been driven daily from April 1st to October 08 this year with no problems.

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