Well, I said I would post this, and I'll admit I did rather keep forgetting to...but here we are. ..and yes, I know v0.1 isn't working yet...I got motivated by a documentary on the TTXGP (Charge; great watch if you're a biker/techie/etc), and things just kind of fell into place, so I'm starting it sooner than I had originally planned.
So, on with the story.
A week ago last Sunday, I picked up an '85 Honda V30 Magna. It has a (suspected) thrown rod, so the engine isn't working at the moment, but other than that it's largely in good shape, despite sitting out in the weather for several months. Picked it up for $500 and ~3 hours of driving.
Now, I'll admit, I feel a little guilty tearing up this bike. I love the Honda V4's, and the V30 Magna in particular is a real pleasure to ride. 64HP V4 in a 400lb cruiser? Oh hells yes! Fortunately, the motor is locked up, so my guilt is ameliorated to a fair extent. ...and no, the bike in the background is definitely not an '85 VF700S Sabre that I fell in love with searching for a roller...definitely not...what an oddly specific question.
...anyways, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, the bike.
So, what am I doing to this jewel of the '80's, you may ask? Very simple. I am ripping out that wonderful engine and putting in an (I believe) even more wonderful electric motor.
Enter the HPEVS AC-15.
Paired with the Curtis 1238-6501, at 108V and full throttle it puts out a solid 63 ft-lb of torque up to ~3750rpm before gradually falling off. More than twice the torque the C30 managed at its peak.
Motor is on order from a fellow elmoto.net forum member, and batteries will be on order shortly. ...what and from whom, I have not yet decided..but that's another story.
So, since I neglected to start this thread until I had been working on the bike for over a week (granted, intermittently), here's a bunch of pictures:
Fresh off the truck.
Fuel system and tail pulled.
Cooling system, carbs, instrument cluster, and controls pulled.
Basically, I'm stripping the bike bare and starting from a bare frame. I'll hopefully be pulling the engine this weekend, with Ichbin's help (you're welcome to stop by as well, Altec..or anyone else who feels like it). Once I have that pulled I can clean the frame and start measuring for battery boxes and mounts, motor mounts, etc.
As a side note, this is actually my first ever cross-posted thread. Also available at the below link, if anyone's interested in seeing a different perspective on it. Who knows, you might like what you see and stay.