The Steampunk (Electric) Motorcycle (w/video)
We here at InsideEVs have some interesting (and talented) friends. Builder Allen James, just outside of Oklahoma City, has been putting together electric motorcycles for a while now, and none of them are like anything you’ve seen. First of all, over 70% of the bike is built by hand from scratch. He has been working on this bike for over a year, and this is what he told The Electric Chronicles last October:
“It’s purpose was not to be a daily commuter but more of a piece of functional art. It does not ask to be noticed, it demands the attention, and I’m sure it will get it. When you see a, what appears to be a steam driven motorcycle coming down the road, I’m sure everyone will have a thought or two as to WTF was that.
It does have a motive, to show the public that EV’s can be fun and exciting to ride and does not have to be anything traditional that is normally seen on the road.
When complete it will be a street legal 2014 ASVE Electric Motorcycle”
As far as features go:
“With a on-board heater and fresh air intake system, it will also contain other features like a 12 volt fog machine for fake steam, a alarm system, digital circuitry for special LED lighting effects, a separate 12 volt battery for the drive lights and gauges, a dual horn and steam whistle air pump and of course to keep weather and the public from tampering with the battery pack…
“Its length of 84″, that’s 7 foot axle to axle should make the bike very stable going straight, but I’m sure it will be in pain in the parking lots, oh well…
“For the moment I will be using a 72 volt system with a ALLTRAX AXE 300 amp Controller, Motenergy ME0709 DC PM motor and the battery type is yet undecided…
“All the wiring will be exposed but loomed with pvc, copper and brass tubing with the exceptions of wires that are exposed like my headlights, hmmm.
“A 72 volt system will give this EV enough speed that it will ever need, but I’m after distance with this build, so Im looking for the highest amp hour LiFePo4 cells I can find to make at least a 100 mile range, we’ll see…”
From the looks of this video, it may be all ready to run – just in time for some trick-or-treat fun in the neighborhood.
For a full look at the build in progress, make sure you stop by The Electric Garage: Allen James’ Steampunk.