Experimental Electric Vehicles

August 14, 2012

Its a Blast!

Filed under: Uncategorized — tonyhelms @ 10:04 pm

So after talking with many EV motorcycle enthusiasts I have found that the new Zero ZF6 and ZF9 have become a favorite among the community. Fortunately my co-worker owns one and I have had the luxury of getting to drive one many times and even work on it! Its truly a great motorcycle and I want to bring such a motorcycle to the DIY’ers around the world. Theres many people in the world who would love to have a motorcycle that’s smooth, belt drive, silent, but want to build it themselves to save money and customize it to their own needs.

I have come to the decision that converting a Buell Blast motorcycle will give me the ability to have such a motorcycle, although after tear-down I noticed a major problem, and probably why many people havnet done such conversions. Where most motorcycles the swing-arm is attached to the frame, the buell engineers decided to attach the suspension component to the engine making a tricky problem for the average EV converter. Luckily I am not the average converter, and love a challenge!

Therefore my next project here will be the conversion of a Buell Blast, with the adaptation of a complete electric conversion bracket that will be produced by myself for others to purchase and convert their very own Buell Blast.

Finding these Buell Blasts is a cinch, there are many of them available on the market because there usually considered a “beginner bike” by many motorcyclist therefore often traded for more powerful motorcycles.

Here lies the problem, note where the swing-arm mounting tube is hanging in space attached to nothing. This is where a complex bracket system is needed to simultaneity mount the swing-arm and the electric motor on the chassis.

Although crude, I was able to place the Mars electric motor and swing-arm in the desired positions. now I need to make them stationary so brackets can be fabricated to make this permanent.

Thus far I have completed the CAD part of the project (cardboard aided design) where I get a vauge idea of the size, shape, and orientation of the aluminum plates needed. From here I can make prototype templates to increase accuracy and eventually leading to the final product.

More pics and info to come as the prototype conversion bracket is built.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in purchasing a Buell Blast conversion bracket, please email me!


Thanks, and happy converting!

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