I’ve been tossing around ideas about an all-out, completely funded electric motorcycle fantasy build. Hey. The winter’s getting cold, up in this neck of the woods.
After much thought, oh, maybe 15 minutes or even a half-hour, I think I’d start with a 2009 Yamaha R1. Here’s the frame and running gear:
Plenty of room, especially considering the frame looks like this from the top:
(I always love when publications take a manufacturer’s photo and claim it as their own.)
Nice big hole to drop a pack into.
I’m thinking along the lines of the Motenergy ME0913 PMAC motor with a Curtis controller. AC motors and controllers are new to me, so I have to do some more work on which controller…
I’m pretty sure I’m not reinventing the wheel here, and there are a couple of bikes out there that are exactly this setup… but I can’t for the life of me find them. Help? (Wait. Was it Ripperton?)
EDIT: Of course… Ripperton. Here’s the story with some great shots on EVMotorcycles.org. Time to read up. (AAaaaand the build thread with index.)