The day the engine was removedMounting electric components
OwnerFrancesco Accomando
LocationViola, Wisconsin US map
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Vehicle1988 Yamaha FZ600
An FZ600 to be restored to its original paint
scheme with an electric drivetrain
Motor ME1003 72V Permanent Magnet DC
Specs can be viewed at:
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DrivetrainD.I.D. 530 VX X ring chain 15T:60T 1:4 ratio
ControllerAlltrax SPM 72400
72V 0-5K, programable
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Batteries24 60Ah New Energy Cells, 3.20 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
specs:WebPage target="_blank">WebPage /> -Energy-60Ah-Aluminum-Encased-Battery there is a
considerable weight savings over lead acid
batteries with similar parameters appr. 160
pounds difference
System Voltage72 Volts
Charger QQE720-10CH41
Input: 100-240VAC
Output: 72VDC 10A
Mfg: QQE Technologies
Heaternone, only smiles
DC/DC Converter none
Using a 12V AGM motorcycle battery to run LED
headlights and tail light. Lighting use about .6
volts during a 50 mile trip. Will upgrade to
compact DC-DC converter and lose about 9 lbs. in
battery weight
InstrumentationStock speedometer, digital meter:JLD404AH
Intelligent Ampere Hour Meter
Top Speed63 MPH (101 KPH)
On the flat on a calm day it takes but a few
seconds to reach top speed with a 1:4 ratio
Accelerationmoderate to decent to unridable depending on
programming parameters
Range54 Miles (86 Kilometers)
Calm day, some tucking behind wind screen,
country roads, temp in the 70's, 40-60 mph
moderately hill terrain, coasting to a stop,
rider weighs in at 178 lbs.
Watt Hours/Mile120 Wh/Mile
EV Miles
Start:22,940 Miles (36,910 Kilometers)
Current:23,706 Miles (38,142 Kilometers)
Total:766 Miles (1,232 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight350 Pounds (159 Kilograms)
Stock the FZ weighed 440 pounds wet. The
lithium cell are a significant factor in the
bikes reduced weight. Minor considerations to
weight were considered besides removing the
engine/tranny and exhaust.
TiresFront: Bridgestone Battlax BT45R 100/90-16 M/C
Rear: Bridgestone Battlax BT45R 120/80-18 M/C
Conversion TimeStart to finish, on and off, waiting for
parts and info, making numerous cardboard
mock-ups, painting-sanding-painting, making
templates and hand cutting two part decals,
assessing progress, 700 miles of testing and
evaluating...... about 16 months and worth
every minute
Conversion Costbike- $150
motor & controller $1200
Li batteries and charger $2500
instruments and LED lights $200
tires & front wheel $300
incidentals (lift, tools,throttle etc) $800
Additional FeaturesLED lighting
This has been a great project. I was fortunate to have the help of
neighbors and friends in completing the bike as well as the folks at
EV Car Parts, EVDrives and Alltrax. It's rare if ever that a project
of this nature is done by oneself. The goal was to restore the bike
in appearance to the OEM 1988 FZ600 and to provide a few visual clues
that it had been electrified. 95% of the restoration was done in the
garage and the testing was performed in the surrounding countryside
of rolling hills (600+ ft of elevation change) on reasonably calm
days. The absence of a clutch and shift lever make this an easy-
shmeasy bike to ride. Did I mention it's fun to ride? Smiles per
mile are significant. You'll notice a bit of a rise in your monthly
electric bill but it's negligible in comparison to the the enjoyment.

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