SolarFest: Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle: Resources and Links

Here’s a page with some resources for the workshop I’m teaching this weekend.

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Here’s my story for Home Power Magazine: The Electric Motorcycle: A DIY Primer.  It’s a pretty good overview of the basic process and principles, and kind of a look back at my first build in 2008 or so.


If you want to go into more detail about all the fine points, my book is a good place to look, if I do say so myself.  …from Fossils to Flux (third edition) can be picked up as a download or a print version here, on Lulu Books.

Here’s the Alltrax AXE wiring diagram:


…and my actual wiring diagram:


…and the version 2.0 of my wiring with the Tyco contactor and the DC/DC converter:


The Alltrax AXE manuals and documentation are here: Alltrax Document Depot, and the Curtis controller info is here.

I’m using the Curtis 1204 model, and the complete manual for that is here (pdf download).  Here’s the controller pinout:

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…and their example of a wiring diagram, very similar to the Alltrax:

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Remember, you can click on any of these images to get the full resolution versions.

See you at the SolarFest!

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