Tear down of Motorcycle componentsMotor removedShaft driveMotor/Battery location concept #1Motor/Battery location concept #2Clean-up of Bike Parts
OwnerClifford van Vliet
LocationSouth Euclid, Ohio United States map
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Vehicle1983 Honda CB550
Convert a 1983 Honda CB550 Shaft Drive
motorcycle into 48V electric motorcycle
MotorMars ME0709 Permanent Magnet DC
DrivetrainME0709 PM DC Motor into coupling (Spline) to
motorcycle drive shaft
ControllerAlltrax AXE7234
Alltrax AXE7234 24-72V 300A
Batteries4 Optima Yellow Top Model D34/78, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
System Voltage48 Volts
Charger TBD
DC/DC Converter TBD
Top Speed45 MPH (72 KPH)
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity1
Curb Weight0
20-Oct - With removal of Motor which includes
alternator w/voltage regulator and start switch (as part of
the throttle), determining how to change wiring harness
(adding jumpers) so Headlight, Turn Signal and Horn work off
of 12V Battery.

2-Nov - Start to determine layout of Battery and Motor.
Looking at using Optima Yellow Top Battery Model D34/78
batteries with Mars ME0709 PM DC Motor. Using cardboard
models looking at 2 different layouts. With Shaft drive,
motor is somewhat fixed as far as location unless I want to
start to look at 90 deg gear box or jack shaft (as others
have done).

9-Mar - For January, February and March have been working on
cleaning off 30 years of dirt and rust. Have tried all kinds
of different ways to remove rust from Chrome and remove
oxidation from Aluminum parts. Best finds are using Evapo-
Rust (from car parts store) for removing rust and Dremel
Abrasive Buff tool (511E or 512E) with Dremel tool for
removing oxidation from Aluminum. After reviewing
electrical, decided to remove current cable harness and
create new/simpler harness. Have purchased LED bulbs for
tail light, brake light and turn signals. Have not been able
to find LED headlight bulb. Have concept/schematic completed
for harness, working out the details/layout. Have completed
concept for Mounting motor and connecting to drive shaft
through Spline. With Lathe, will add threads to the shaft of
the spline. Then the spline can screw onto motor shaft (will
also add weld). The motor will be secured to a steel plate
that will be mounted to the frame of the bike at the correct
distance so the spline connects to the drive shaft.

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