Building An Electric Streetfighter Motorcycle - Complete Build & Test Ride!

17 nov 2020
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In this video I build a custom electric streetfighter motorcycle. Plans for this project are available at the following link:
This aggressive looking streetfighter uses the same 24 kW (32 hp) drive train as the previous Cyber Trike project. Though equivalent to most 300cc street bikes in overall power, this little monster boasts a massive 250 ft-lb of max starting torque and over 100 ft-lb of mid-range torque, and only weighs 300 lbs. Top speed is limited to 115-150 kph depending on the system voltage, but it boasts more torque than most 1000cc bikes to produce white knuckle acceleration at legal speeds, so you can still have fun without the risk of getting a speeding ticket, or worse. In fact, unless you're a pro rider with great throttle control on one wheel then you'll probably want to use the controller program to lower the torque to 25-50% for the first few rides.
Specs and links for electrical components can be found below.
Bike specs:
Power: 12 kw/ 24 kWp, 32 hp gross
Motor: QS273 70H brushless hub motor
Battery: 74V/4.3 kWh Li-Po
Range: up to 100 km's
Top speed: ~115 kph (71 mph) @ 72V, 150 kph (93 mph) @ 120V
Max torque: 350 Nm (258 ft-lb)
Controller: Kelly KLS72601
Wheelbase: 55" (140 cm)
Rake angle: 26°
Trail: 4.9" (124.5 mm)
Turning radius: 72" (183 cm)
Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Front suspension travel: 5" (130 mm)
Rear suspension travel: 8" (203 mm)
Front tire: 120/70-17 Shinko 705
Rear tire: 180/55-17 Metzler Karoo Street
Electrical components:
72V motor
KLS72501 controller
72V/400A contactor
LiPoFe4 cells
24S (72V) LiFePo4 BMS
72V-12V Converter
12V horn
12V turn indicators
12V/18W LED bar lights
12V LED brake light
Sicass Racing handlebar switch
Music: 'Dark Epic Hybrid Rock' by Pegasus Music Studio
ROI breakdown:
Cost of electric bike build = ~$5000 total
Nominal battery capacity = 4.3 kWh
Life span of LiFePo4 cells = 3000-5000 cycles
Range per charge = ~80km @ 80% DOD (up to 100 km @ 100% DOD)
Grid energy cost = $0.12/kWh
Cost per charge (100 km) = 0.12 * 4.3 = $0.52
Cost per km for energy = 0.52 / 100 = $0.005
Avg price of gasoline in Canada = ~$1.00/ liter
Energy in 1L of gasoline = 8.9 kWh
Fuel economy of the most efficient petrol bikes = ~60 miles per gallon, or 25.5 km per liter
Cost per km for fuel = 1 / 25.5 = $0.04
Electric bike energy cost savings per km = $0.04 - $0.005 = $0.035
Savings per charge/cycle (80 km) = $0.035 * 80 km = $2.80
Payback period based on full cycle charges = $5000 / $2.80 =
1785 cycles
Savings per day based on driving an avg 40 km per day as a daily commuter = $2.80 / 2 = $1.40
Payback period = $5000 / $1.40 = 3572 days, or 10 years. 5 years if driven 80 km per day.
It's clear to see that an electric bike like this is a sound investment for nearly anyone who can build and ride (provided laws in your area allow it). Based on battery cycles - which is the most important thing because it will need to be replaced eventually and it is the most expensive component by far - this bike will pay for itself entirely nearly twice in fuel cost savings before the battery needs to be replaced, provided that it's maintained and charged properly (ie don't discharge below 80% DOD, don't store, operate or charge above or below the manufacturer's recommended temp., etc).
Most people only travel an avg of 45 km's per day back and forth to work or school, so as a daily commuter a person can expect a bike like this to pay for itself in 10 years or less. But the great thing is, the more you drive it, the shorter the payback period. Those who travel farther will get a better return on their investment.
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  • I'm getting a lot of comments about how to register a custom built vehicle, so I'll address it here as best as I can. The answer is, it depends where you live. It's definitely possible in most of North America, but not everywhere and it can be more difficult in some places than others. But to give you an idea, here's a link explaining the process in my home province Ontario (Canada): Specs for the bike are in the description as well as a detailed CBA outlining the return on my investment in this project. Plans are available for those who are interested at the following link: Time stamps: Building the chassis - 0:00 Making the fairing - 10:16 Installing the electric drive system - 18:28 Test ride - 26:28

    James BiggarJames Biggar2 mesi fa
    • a like dat

      Rajabu BoniphaceRajabu Boniphace2 ore fa
    • Sir make a same model of a bike and please try to deliver on India and my country is Manipur imphal west

      Kharibam Nandakishore SinghKharibam Nandakishore SinghGiorno fa
    • Genius .. I’ve tried using styrofoam before for molds but it didn’t work since I used resin with the fiberglass cloth never thought about using epoxy 👍

      Random RelikzRandom Relikz2 giorni fa
    • Can I have that I really like your work

      Tristan GlennTristan Glenn3 giorni fa
    • How much this bike costs

  • Okay, I'm torn. On the very positive side, I commend you for the effort skill, creativity and sheer dedication to the task (and filming) [clap, clap, clap, clap]. Yes (here it comes)... However, why go through all that effort and: 1) Risk damage to the very hands that made such a fantastic thing by not wearing gloves! 2) Use those Tokico brakes when they're not even suitable for 100hp; 3) Use dirt track tyres (unless your planning to go dirt tracking) and yes, kill the tyres with stupid burnouts on a torque monster; 4) Bleed the effing brake fluid all over the wheel and calipers; 5) Not use better brake lines when, again, brakes should be the second most important thing on this after the FRAME (yes, the frame, not the motor). Edit: I've now read the video description re rake, trail, etc. That's cool. (The rest still applies) Would genuinely like to know the answers to these questions, if you are bothered at all. Otherwise, I'll save you the "go fuck yourself" and you can ignore this.

    2002RM2002RMOra fa
    • Thanks. Why would I ignore it? I'll tell you to go fuck yourself anyway if I think you earned it LOL. Not that an explanation is obligated, I feel it could help folks better understand my pov regarding these common complaints about a bike that only I am riding: 1 - I wore gloves, look more closely. I just got tired of taking them off and putting them back on to use the touch screen on the cam for every shot, so I'm not wearing them in a lot of scenes. Maybe I just have a death wish and don't gaf either....I did build and drive my own electric motorcycle, after all. I could have killed myself long before the test ride lol. You should have been more concerned about me wiring things up without rubber gloves - one mistake there would = instant death vs grating the skin off my palms. 2 - My bike is only 32 hp, not that hp has any impact on the brakes whatsoever anyway - kinetic energy is what matters. IE: the bike's mass and speed determines the amount of energy exerted on the braking system when braking. I'm not a sport bike brake buff, so I don't get uptight about the mild performance of one brand over another. If I see they worked fine on performance machines in the past and they're the right price, then they'll work fine on my daily commuter that I'm not redlining on a track every weekend. If they weren't suitable enough, then manufacturers wouldn't use them after they've been tested and DOT approved. 3 - They're 80/20 tires, not dirt track tires. They're hardly suitable for off road but just enough to get me to where I need on some of these roads here....hence the reason why you don't see me running slicks in a rural environment (notice the background?) 4 - Didn't bleed brake fluid all over the wheel - it's covered in rags. Showing how the bleeding process works is easier when the action isn't hidden in a tube (clear didn't help matters). I don't gaf about the caliper paint, like the front suspension they're used to begin with (NOT the pads) and were cleaned immediately after. It takes a bit of time for brake cleaner to cause damage - something you won't hear from the avg armchair expert. The old paint survived and will join the calipers in the scrap bin when they're replaced this summer, so no worries. 5 - The brake lines used are no different than the lines on any other machine. Same rubber dude. Just need to be tidied up...but then again, it was a rushed test ride one day before 2 ft of snow fell, so y'all will have to forgive me if I didn't achieve perfection in all areas.

      James BiggarJames Biggar2 minuti fa
  • sorry ma blood a want to understand about that bike its automatic or its manual in party of using gears

    Rajabu BoniphaceRajabu Boniphace2 ore fa
  • which kind of charger do you use to charge this bike how many volts and amps it will be a great help

    Talha Bin NaeemTalha Bin Naeem2 ore fa
  • Great Job. Big Like.

    Richard M BaylisRichard M Baylis2 ore fa
  • Legend ✨

    Mohamed G DriwchMohamed G Driwch2 ore fa
  • So inspiring and Totally awesome

    Shariq AtharShariq Athar3 ore fa
  • Thank you so much for not having the standard EDM tracks playing throughout the video 🙏

    Visuals GroupVisuals Group6 ore fa
  • 21:58 how you did this i dont know

    BlueBlue6 ore fa
  • Can u do something that's fly.

    Bujibabu BanavathuBujibabu Banavathu7 ore fa
    • Maybe.

      James BiggarJames Biggar6 ore fa
  • i always finding this type of video Thanks for the video.

    Rahul RocksRahul Rocks7 ore fa
  • Great work!

    Gulmarg KashmirGulmarg Kashmir9 ore fa
  • The overconfident chicken differently battle because danger eventually last throughout a scared quart. garrulous, pushy flugelhorn

    Davinder SainiDavinder Saini10 ore fa
    • I don't know who you people are that keep leaving these nonsensical comments but I recommend getting a new translator....or a neurologist...

      James BiggarJames Biggar9 ore fa
  • нормальный такой " ПЕПЕЛАЦ " получился .

    Дядя ВаняДядя Ваня10 ore fa
    • Ala peanut butter sandwiches!

      James BiggarJames Biggar9 ore fa
  • Very Good Design!

    Pankaj DohareyPankaj Doharey12 ore fa
  • Inspiring. Great work and thank you for sharing....

    M AdamsM Adams13 ore fa
  • Amazing build..

    scarozscaroz13 ore fa
  • What is it's price?

    Sumit KarnSumit Karn16 ore fa
  • Beautiful build mate. I'm impressed how quick and dirty yet precise you crafted that bike. Very high skills. Cheers!!!

    Joey NelsonJoey Nelson17 ore fa
  • That is so sick, and what an inspiring vid. Thanks for sharing ✌️☺️

    AirborneSapper708 RoughTerrain12BAirborneSapper708 RoughTerrain12B19 ore fa
  • Quiero una 😳

  • Awesome job, looks great. So what's the top speed and how many miles per charge can you get?

    Stephen LukeStephen LukeGiorno fa
    • Thanks. Top speed is 150 kph (93 mph) and I get ~100 km's per charge. The battery that I used is a recycled 4 kWh LiFePo4 from a previous project. There's lots of room to triple the capacity with li-ion if a person wants, but what I've got serves my needs fine.

      James BiggarJames Biggar22 ore fa
  • First time I've seen that pvc foam board, now I know what I can use to make a new seat base on my trike.

    Stephen LukeStephen LukeGiorno fa
    • @James Biggar Yeah fibreglass can take a lot of work and mess. Wish I'd known of that pvc foam board before making my fibreglass side panels, would have saved a lot of work and time.

      Stephen LukeStephen Luke5 ore fa
    • It's good stuff. I see boat builders use it all the time and thought I'd give it a try. Could've used thinner stuff, it's more rigid than I thought. But it's great for stapling the cover on. Much better than fiberglass, no mess either.

      James BiggarJames Biggar22 ore fa
  • Loved every second of the build she’s beautiful 👏👏👏👏👏

    Farage82Farage82Giorno fa
  • 30:07 Heck yea!!! we in the future babyyyy

    Jorge TadeuJorge TadeuGiorno fa
  • FANTASTIC! “His hands are licensed as precision CnC machines” Would you consider a Golden Motor 25KW BLDC (water cooled) with an 18650 battery pack of 32S40P (any shape/distribution you like) on a custom stretched cruiser-commuter frame with full suspension?

    SoloSailor svSoloSailor svGiorno fa
  • 😲 wow

    AzizAzizGiorno fa
  • Nice😃

    Zam Sian TawiZam Sian TawiGiorno fa
  • Damn your a genius 🥰🥰🥰🥰❣️❣️❣️❣️

    Shwetank SheelShwetank SheelGiorno fa
  • If you are interested to sale this please let me know

    Mohammed Khader AhmedMohammed Khader AhmedGiorno fa
  • MASTER of his own craft...salute the DIY king🚀🚀🚀

    Mohammed Abba KakaMohammed Abba KakaGiorno fa
  • How much money do u want for that bike

    FishKING 1500FishKING 1500Giorno fa
  • zakun thev porala de khelayla gadi

    Chaitanya PatilChaitanya PatilGiorno fa
  • Freakin amazing man, beautiful model too

    david postdavid postGiorno fa
  • такой крутой музон в конце а так и не показал ни максималку ни вжарил по полной ни разу?!?!? если страшно - наймите дешевых русских - они точно раскроют потенциал)))

    NZTNZTGiorno fa
  • 10:35 Chinese Language 😂

    Pankaj BordoloiPankaj BordoloiGiorno fa
  • Man....

    shubham modanwalshubham modanwalGiorno fa
  • Wow

    Dyo RachmanDyo RachmanGiorno fa
  • elon musk if u r watching this make the tesla electric motorcycle : tesla model t

    Afeef PlayzAfeef PlayzGiorno fa
  • Bro what is the top seepd of thais amaze beauty 😍😍😍 I fell love with it😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

    Urvish KapdiyaUrvish KapdiyaGiorno fa
    • @Android Epoch jab turn leneki bari aye to thabi full race dene ka ladakiyo ki kahane🤣😂😂 Sale pair niche gasit kar chalti hai

      Urvish KapdiyaUrvish KapdiyaGiorno fa
    • @Urvish Kapdiya Acha LOL, wahi to sochu larkio ko bike ka itna samajh kaha hai. mera piche se ek larki scooty thok diya tha ek bar , in larkio ko payer se hi brake dabana hai bas.

      Android EpochAndroid EpochGiorno fa
    • @Android Epoch are boy hu mai dp pe mat ja re

      Urvish KapdiyaUrvish KapdiyaGiorno fa
    • larki cycle chala tu , tujhe piche baith ne v nhi denge hum

      Android EpochAndroid EpochGiorno fa
  • No faffing about, straight to work. Awesome.

    Happy GilmoreHappy GilmoreGiorno fa
  • Te doy tres harina pan por la moto.👌🏻

    Samuel Hernández CastilloSamuel Hernández CastilloGiorno fa
  • U are amazing!! How much did you invest in materials? did it cost you a lot?

  • This isn’t what we meant when we said diy

    French fries GoodFrench fries Good2 giorni fa
    • But I did it myself anyway, ha!

      James BiggarJames Biggar2 giorni fa
  • Incredible, Vmax, autonomie ?

    Mojo Tech And VlogMojo Tech And Vlog2 giorni fa
  • I don't know how many people got around to watching the entire video, but, I noticed that he put in the video that he had set the torque at 16% of maximum which means that based on his calculations of 16% or 40 foot pounds of torque, the bike is capable of around 250 ft pounds of torque. Go ahead and let that part sink in.

    venomous2die4venomous2die42 giorni fa
  • Awesome bike men. Where did you bought the motor and the battery?

    Luis HerediaLuis Heredia2 giorni fa
  • Bike startup sound was amazing!

    D R L Y F TD R L Y F T2 giorni fa
  • DIY on fucking steroids

    Ivan CadriIvan Cadri2 giorni fa
  • Speed, acceleration, & range?

    OJ GallantOJ Gallant2 giorni fa
    • Video description.

      James BiggarJames Biggar2 giorni fa
  • love the sound XD

    Kodoku_049Kodoku_0492 giorni fa
  • Nice Bro 👍

    『MαD Gαɱҽɾ XY』『MαD Gαɱҽɾ XY』2 giorni fa
  • What if I want to use a separate motor? like no hub motor? so what changes should I bring to the design? Please let me know

    Aryan SinghAryan Singh2 giorni fa
  • This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen!!!!!

    Obi WanObi Wan2 giorni fa
  • absolutely brilliant...whats the top speed and how much it costs you in total?

    Imran SoudozaiImran Soudozai2 giorni fa
  • Bro, you're so cool.😄

    jay demesajay demesa2 giorni fa
  • This is the guy you'd want in your group in a zombie apocalypse

    Maxim TcaciucMaxim Tcaciuc2 giorni fa
  • The overjoyed armchair progressively care because windscreen functionally bump regarding a sassy pants. stingy, hurt jeff

    Kirim JunKirim Jun2 giorni fa
  • Sell your idea to Elon Musk. Boom. Millions of Dollars.

    Hak ClkHak Clk2 giorni fa
  • The people that dislike a video like this are just jealous

    Kiarie WideKiarie Wide2 giorni fa
  • good job

    Naje User 2Naje User 22 giorni fa
  • 🙈🙈🙈🙊🙊🙊Fuck Electric

    Matthias NastMatthias Nast2 giorni fa

    Epsilons MvPEpsilons MvP2 giorni fa
  • Looks like a bike out of cyberpunk 2077

    Ankur BajajAnkur Bajaj2 giorni fa
  • Is it rain proof??

    CoconubZCoconubZ2 giorni fa
    • Of course not. It only rains on the moon.....

      James BiggarJames Biggar2 giorni fa
  • How much I have to pay to buy this bike

    Vipender SinghVipender Singh2 giorni fa

    Doğukan HDDoğukan HD2 giorni fa
  • What welding you used in this bike Building?

    Bikzz devilBikzz devil2 giorni fa
  • Congratulations !!!!!!

    Eduardo DíazEduardo Díaz2 giorni fa
  • Disgusting! Top speed?

    WorldTruthSocietyWorldTruthSociety2 giorni fa
    • Top speed is read-the-description km's/h

      James BiggarJames Biggar2 giorni fa
  • Maybe someone knows where EnotGlobal can download cracked?

    petr prochazkapetr prochazka2 giorni fa
  • P

    Keshab MaharjanKeshab Maharjan2 giorni fa
  • Amazing

    Stefon DuffusStefon Duffus2 giorni fa
  • Hye from malaysia... i really2 love your job.... that's greats😊

    Rifdi SediRifdi Sedi2 giorni fa
  • Price of making one from you?

    Bombastic GamingBombastic Gaming2 giorni fa
  • Add sound like motor engine for safe

    xnakamaxnakama2 giorni fa
    • I prefer stealth mode. Don't worry - I know how to use my eyeballs to see dummies in the road....

      James BiggarJames Biggar2 giorni fa
  • Awesome work!! truly inspiring!!! I'm doing my own motorcycle project, and this definitely helps! where did you get the CT-22 digital speedometer? (the LiPoFe4 cells link is broken)

    BruceKenobiBruceKenobi3 giorni fa
    • @James Biggar thank you very much for the Quick response!!! looking forward to your next project! (hint hint: flying car alá Spinner from Blade Runner)

      BruceKenobiBruceKenobi2 giorni fa
    • Speedometer - LiFePo4 cells -

      James BiggarJames Biggar2 giorni fa
  • How much it cost you to make this bike at home? 🤔🤔🤔

    amit Prajapatiamit Prajapati3 giorni fa
    • @James Biggar omg,wow

      amit Prajapatiamit Prajapati2 giorni fa
    • 4X cheaper than a Zero SR/F

      James BiggarJames Biggar2 giorni fa
  • great ten and 1000 times better than a china bikes

    Fayze MourieFayze Mourie3 giorni fa
  • the real iron man!

    Zain FadhilZain Fadhil3 giorni fa
  • Great👊👀💨

    Best Music 4YouBest Music 4You3 giorni fa
  • Please friend give away this to me please please

    Robert Yeast GamerzRobert Yeast Gamerz3 giorni fa
  • Incredible!👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    Gavin1130Gavin11303 giorni fa
  • You are amazing James Bigger

    Ruşen AtışRuşen Atış3 giorni fa
  • Can you sold this bike to me

    rajesh kumarrajesh kumar3 giorni fa
  • Amazing!!!

    ZABU AtriendZABU Atriend3 giorni fa
  • Most amazing project I've ever seen. Super good looking bike. Just amazing. Keep up the good work. Greetings from Sri Lanka..❤❤❤

    krishan malingakrishan malinga3 giorni fa
  • Cyberbike!

    SettarioSettario3 giorni fa
  • одним словом-КРУТО!!! а вот дороги как на России !

    асан мустафаевасан мустафаев3 giorni fa
  • 一切手工製作成本不斐!

    女僕龍女僕龍3 giorni fa
  • Great job

  • Respect man👍

    _ERSNO _95__ERSNO _95_3 giorni fa
  • Thats call sent beast

    Prem HemramPrem Hemram3 giorni fa
  • U the future guy🔥

    Vishnu ThampanVishnu Thampan3 giorni fa
  • Max speed?

    Nufail PuvathiNufail Puvathi3 giorni fa
  • Xe đẹp quá.thích thật.ước gì mình có 1chiếc

    Văn ThànhVăn Thành3 giorni fa
  • Se eu tivesse dinheiro,era vc que eu ia implorar para fazer uma pra mim,seria a melhor já vista aqui no Brasil. Incrível.

    Vanilton JuniorVanilton Junior3 giorni fa
  • এটা কি কেনা যাবে

    সোহেল রানা sohelrana1232সোহেল রানা sohelrana12323 giorni fa
  • Well done, well done.

    Vitor AndradeVitor Andrade3 giorni fa
  • Cyberpunk jadi gadi hai

    Tech AndroidTech Android3 giorni fa