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Old 05-31-2008, 10:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey Sean,

After reading through everything you posted, I don't think an electric conversion is the best way to go.

The current stats on my cycle at 20 mile range and 45 mph top speed - just as you said you want to go for.

My cycle weighs 400 lbs.

Load weight onto your cycle until it weighs 400 lbs and go coast down a hill. See how it steers and how the suspension bounces. I don't think it will work out too well.

This is a very "scooter-esqe" style frame. Cool looking, but where do you put the batteries? My cycle has dual down-pipes, so I have room for the batteries to mount on.

I would echo comments about repairing/replacing the engine. Gasoline or diesel pack a lot of power in a small size. For a lot less weight and space than batteries.

I think my batteries hold the equivelant of about a pint or less of gasoline!!!

Yours is a cool little cycle, but I don't think it has the space or suspension for an electric setup.

Explore other possibilities of what you can do with this cycle. It could be a really cool little project.

I like the idea of a 150 cc engine with an aerodynamic fairing on it.

Best of luck,

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