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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The DIY Electric Motorcycle
Posted By Jorge Chapa On October 14, 2008 @ 10:30 am In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | No Comments
We recently covered the incredible XR3 DIY hybrid  car, so it seemed only natural to follow up with an in-depth account of Kyle Dansie’s home-built electric motorcycle . The owner of ZEVUtah  purchased a defunct old Kawasaki Ninja from eBay and transformed it into a slick solar-powered  vehicle capable of hitting 55 mph with a 50 mile range.
For inspiration in his project, Kyle turned to the good folks at Wheel Experience Boulder . He chose to base the vehicle around a beat-up 1986 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 900 – the only working components were the the tires, frame and suspension, which happened to fit his plans perfectly well.
Over the course of half a year, Kyle set to work painstakingly restoring the bike and retrofitting it with a 72 volt drive train powered by 6 batteries and a photovoltaic array . For those of you looking for an interesting read, check out his in-depth project log at the ZEVUtah website .
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 XR3 DIY hybrid: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/09/do-it-yourself-xr3-hybrid-vehicle/
 electric motorcycle: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/06/elv-motors-vkm-50-hybrid-scooter/
 ZEVUtah: http://www.zevutah.com/
 solar-powered: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/08/transportation-tuesday-solar-powered-toyota-prius/
 Wheel Experience Boulder: http://www.21wheels.com/
 photovoltaic array: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/10/24/sunpower-new-super-efficient-solar-panels/
 ZEVUtah website: http://www.zevutah.com/page/motorcycle.htm
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