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Old 08-10-2010, 02:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Clev: Hey fellow PC fan! Thanks for the ideas. Once I get started you'd better believe I'll be logging every detail!

It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that I can't find a single PC800 conversion anywhere. By all accounts the bike should be a perfect fit for the job but it's quite rare.
As you well know it's actually a very basic motorcycle under all that ABS, no crazy single-side swingarm or linked brakes like on the 'Wing and ST.

The initial goals are: 70 mph, 70 mile range and $7k budget. These may change but for now that's how it looks.
That was my thought as well. It has a big butt and everything is behind Tupperware, so you can create a nice electric bike with nary a wire to be seen. There probably aren't many conversions because they're hard to find and sold at a premium, and the engine has Civic-like longevity, so it's common to find them with 150,000 miles or more on the original engine, and almost impossible to find one with a dead engine.

$7k is probably a bit tight considering your range goals. If you went with Lithium (highly recommended for a motorcycle), you're probably looking at $7k just for the batteries. Fortunately, the rest of that build would be relatively cheap and simple, as the bike is probably under 400 pounds with the ICE gear stripped out. That makes direct drive with a smaller (ADC 6.7" or 8") motor and 400-600 amp controller more realistic.

As for a genset trailer, you probably want to go fairly light. A 6,000 watt generator weighs about 200 pounds with fuel, and would essentially double your range. (More if you can slow down, and of course it would continue to charge while you stopped to eat or rest.)

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Old 08-10-2010, 02:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I moved these posts off on their own. It was quite off topic from the other thread.
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Right Clev.
The concept behind the Pacific Coast differs from the regular motorcycle, where the bike's engine is the focus of attention (ie: the CBX!). With the PC, the body is the primary cynosure, with the ICE completely hidden. Even the exhaust is disguised.
This in my mind makes it the perfect candidate for conversion.
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If you do convert a PC800 please let me know. I would like to do the same. UK fuel is expensive....... John O'
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Any updates on this one? Keen to see how it's going!

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