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"El Chopper ET"
A 60+ MPH Custom Electric Motorcycle
You Build from Plans
Smooth, fast, quiet, comfortable, clean, and economicalóthatís what El Chopper ET is all about. Itís long, low, and has a fat rearÖitís a chopper, and itís electric. At 50 mph, the sound of the wind is all you hear unless you turn on the optional MP3/speaker system that plays a rumbling tailpipe recording. The attention youíll get from onlookers will be well worth the price of admission (about $1,200 in parts including the motor, controller, and motorcycle rolling chassis). And weíll show you how you can build it yourself!
The Unique design
El Chopper ET combines a lightweight customized motorcycle (based on a stock motorcycle rolling chassis) with a high-power electric vehicle motor, a controller, and a set of inexpensive, readily available batteries. The result is a long-range (30-40 miles), high-performance, 60-mph-class machine.
El Chopper ETís design accommodates standard and custom motorcycle seats, tanks, and other accessories so you can personalize your machine with off-the-shelf parts. The unique, stretched-out, custom chassis and stylish motorcycle seat allow you to cruise around town in comfort and style. El Chopper ETís low seat height (25") and adjustable foot peg positioning accommodate riders from 4í9" to 6í7" tall.
EL Chopper ET Short and Standard Versions
(Full 3D CAD computer software was used to develop all the details of El Chopper ET)You Can Build Your Own El Chopper ET
The El Chopper ET Builderís Guide shows how to begin with a
Honda‚ Rebel‚ 250 chassis
and convert it into El Chopper ET. It walks you though the building
process, step-by-step, providing descriptions, dimensioned CAD drawings and
photographs for the two different wheel-base options shown above.
Complete instructions and plans are provided in this 67-page, 8 Ĺ x 11-inch, photo-illustrated manual. CAD drawings are provided in both 2D dimensioned layout drawings and 3D perspectives to give you a complete view of what you are building. Many detailed photos and CAD sequences show each step of the build-up of the welded steel frame and the assembly of all the parts to make a complete motorcycle. A full list of the materials used to build El Chopper ET is provided in the El Chopper ET Builderís Guide. A list of parts vendors with addresses, phone numbers, and web site addresses is also provided.
El Chopper ET Builderís Guide also includes an introduction to
vehicle dynamics and electric vehicle technology to provide you with a basic
understanding of two-wheeled electric vehicles, and how to apply electric
The motor used in the current model of El Chopper ET is the high-performance Etek motor that can be operated at 24, 36, or 48 volts. At 48 volts and 400 amps, the Etek delivers 15+ peak horsepower. The design accommodates a variety of controller and battery options as well. The motor, controller, power switch, and throttle are available from mail-order and/or Web electric vehicle component suppliers. (Even though the Etek motor is perhaps the most powerful and efficient DC motor available for light electric vehicles, Briggs and Stratton‚ is said to be working on a next-generation Etek motor and controller that promise to be even more efficient!)
Motorcycle rolling chassis (*) are available from local motorcycle salvage yards or from old motorcycles selling in the classified ads. Harley-Davidson‚ motorcycle parts may be purchased from your local dealer or after-market parts dealers, or at swap meets. Many of these parts (Sportster‚ tanks, Badlander‚ seats, foot pegs, mirrors, etc.) will easily bolt right onto El Chopper ET.
Building El Chopper ET is primarily a frame-customizing-and-assembly project. If you donít have welding skills or the necessary welding equipment, you can take the rolling chassis and the frame drawings from the El Chopper ET Builderís Guide to a local welding shop and have the frame built for you.
Registering and Licensing El Chopper ET
When configured with the full-power options, El Chopper ET is registered, insured, and operated as a motorcycle. However, El Chopper ETís design includes a special electronic governor that allows you to limit the top speed. This makes it possible to suit new or less experienced riders, or to meet the 30-MPH moped or scooter licensing rules in most states.
In addition to zero local pollution (ozone, nitrous oxide, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, particulate) from riding El Chopper ET, the cost of electricity per mile to power El Chopper ET is about one-third the cost of riding an equivalent gasoline-powered motorcycle. Plus, the maintenance on El Chopper ET simply consists of periodically filling battery water, adjusting the drive chain, and checking the tire pressure! Itís clear that electric vehicles bring the future to us now, by providing transportation thatís clean, quiet, fun, easy to maintain, and reduces our dependency on oil.
El Chopper ET Comes from a Line of Proven Winners
El Chopper ETís unique design evolved from several generations of electric motorcycle predecessors that were tested and improved through extensive electric vehicle racing, including winning three previous National Electric Drag Racing Association records.
*There are other motorcycle rolling chassis available that you can use instead of the Honda‚ Rebel‚ 250 to build a comparable motorcycle, but still using the technology described in the El Chopper ET Builderís Guide. The Honda‚ Nighthawk‚ , Honda‚ Rebel‚ 450, Kawasaki‚ Eliminator‚ 125, Suzuki‚ Savage‚ 650, Suzuki‚ GZ 250, and Yamaha‚ Virago‚ 250 chassis are just a few.
All other brand names or trademarks or registered trademarks in this Builderís guide are the property of their respective holders.
NOTE: Books and plans are not refundable items.
Order the El Chopper ET Builderís GuideÖ $39.95