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<$1k DIY Neighborhood Electric Motorcycle

I'm quite fond of all of the commercially available electric motocross options, but not enamored with the fact that most of them start at price levels of $7,000 and above. They're mostly aimed at obtaining a near 250cc level of performance, but for my daily use I won't be needing more than 50cc. I don't need to go above 35mph and I don't intend to launch myself over 15-foot jumps.

So for the past week I've been poking around at various options and determined that I can obtain the following for under $1,000.

Top Speed: 34mph
Range: 20-25 miles
Weight: 180-220 lb
Motor: 48-60v 1kw
Battery pack: 60v 20ah

I intend to make it road-worthy, even though it will be operating within a DMV loophole that prevents it from needing a license plate or insurance. So it will include lights, turn signals, and horn, albeit custom-made ones.

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