Thursday, June 27, 2013

E Bomb intro

This is a location to cover the E-Bomb project by Invenscience.

This is basically an electric conversion of a motorcycle.

I started with a purchase of a 1989 Ninja ZX7 that I purchased for $500. It ran at the time, but was really beat and ugly. The hope is to sell the parts pulled from it to offset some of the cost of the new parts. This is a follow on project to an electric bike conversion I did about 8-10 months ago. It turned out to be pretty useful and I get about 30 mph out of it for about 30 miles. That works out pretty nicely for running errands around town, but to really be a commuter, I would like to be able to run with traffic to make things a bit safer. What I am looking for is something that can do 60-70 mph for at least 15 miles with good acceleration. I do not need a show bike, but rather a rolling testbed for learning. It will be a bit of a rat-rod motorcycle with a smattering of tech.  Hence E-Bomb.
Here's a pic of the E-Bomb when I brought it home:

It was very rough as motorcyles go, but had a good, clean title and ran and the brakes appeared to work and it had good tires which is really all I care about. The fact that it was missing a muffler, plastic, fairing etc didn't really matter.

I tore it down to the basic frame for cleaning and to evaluate what I wanted to keep and what was to go on ebay. After hacking it looks like this:

It was pretty grimy and took a lot of cans of degreaser and pressure washing. 

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