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teddillard
28 February 2012, 1415
The R5e II- New replica 1972 T3 tank, via Rick Merhar at Accu-Products (http://www.accu-products.com/), ME1003 motor, new battery module and twice the battery capacity (more lipo!).

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/64873_3508952522032_1218396040_33612172_897359697_ n.jpg

Does it count as a new project? Does this mean I actually completed one bike? Oh... the agony! :o Noah? Can you throw me a bone here?

First round of improvements included:


Motor mount by Gotham Machine (http://www.gothammachine.com/)
ME1003 PMDC motor (from ME0709 to Briggs ETEK to ME1003)
Tyco LEM200 Contactor (from Albright)
Vicor DC/DC (from none)



In the works:

Replica tank (top only, fiberglass, 2lbs starting weight vs 4lbs for old tank, plus internal air channeling baffles for cooling)
Shortened, lightened seat
Additional 20ah lipo module
Redesigned battery mounting modules (2 modules, quick-release with 4 pins and connectors and interchangeable)
Redesign instrument cluster bracket

Skeezmour
28 February 2012, 1428
I just want to RILISI :) That thing has got to be fun in the twisties!

teddillard
28 February 2012, 1430
Last early morning run I hammered it through some curves... it's a fookin RIOT! (wut's RILISI? edit oh duh ride it like i stole it yo :D)

Skeezmour
28 February 2012, 1452
Think I'm going to have to ship one of my bikes out there to play with when we come to visit this summer

Frank
28 February 2012, 1722
Hey Ted, I like it (I noticed it in the background in the latest Homepower article and wondered about the LiPo!) How fast will it go?

billmi
28 February 2012, 1725
I'm down with the double LiPo, but I thought there was a definite coolness in a tank that was a product of carpentry.

jazclrint
28 February 2012, 2016
Duuude. Sweet!

teddillard
29 February 2012, 0516
Frank, I had it up to 80 last Sunday, but the battery voltage was sagging considerably- both because of the small size, and also the 30 temps, I figure. It has more... that's the major factor in the battery upgrade.

Thanks billmi- Though I like that tank, I have always really been going for the authentic vintage look. I have an aluminum version in mind for v.3.0... :D

skyclark
29 February 2012, 0820
Great look Ted!

Allen_okc
29 February 2012, 0907
:cool: it is a definite upgrade, awesome job Ted...

yankee1919
29 February 2012, 0922
Hello Ted,

That Cafe looks great! Question for you-
1) Why did you change the rear hub motor?
2) Are you mounting the batteries in a way to get more air/cooling flow?
3) Do you have a head light or is the racer for weekend club racing?
I have a complete RZ 350 fairing that I would like to make as a road bike one day, you just "sparked" ooops "volt" my interest.:p

Thanks again for inspiring.
Tony
Los Angeles

teddillard
29 February 2012, 0946
Hey Tony!

It never had a hub motor. I had an ME0709 that I traded for a Briggs ETEK to get it as light as possible. The ETEK was great, but not a great solution for the long term, it just gets too hot. I opted for the ME1003 because of the increased RPM and power capacity over the ME0709. It's a little heavier but I think it's worth it for reliability.

It's strictly a track bike. I'm working on lining up a Title (it was quite literally a barn find- pulled the frame out of a chicken coop in central MA.), and if I can do that I'll consider making it street legal.

The battery module will be a fairly open belly-pan type affair, if all goes according to plan, for both under the frame and the top-mounts. Cooling is not so much of a concern, since it will be out in the air as it is.

The RZ sounds like an AWEsome platform. You even have them newfangled disk brakes I hear so much about! :rolleyes:

DRZ400
29 February 2012, 1251
Ted, I can tell you how to get a title very easily....as long as the VIN is still stamped in the frame. PM me if you need more info. I plated my CR500 and XR650R with BOS only.

teddillard
29 February 2012, 1332
oooOOOooo! PM sent!

yankee1919
29 February 2012, 1454
Hi Ted,
Thanks for your clarification.

Tony

teddillard
28 May 2012, 1556
FINALLY got the tank mounts squared away and squirted some paint on it. Cut the seat down, and have a little stitching to do, but it all fits like a dream.
http://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/picture-11.png?w=640&h=425

picaroon
28 May 2012, 2356
It looks great Ted!
Just have to remember that the seat is a bit shorter next time you hop on or you will get a painfull reminder :o

teddillard
29 May 2012, 0154
Thanks! Here's the side shot- it shows the seat a little better. I still have to stitch it up where I cut it, and refinish the shell...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/543721_4166635323691_1919806305_n.jpg

Here's a shot of a '72 T3 I found:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/395881_3509281610259_1218396040_33612247_166185684 2_n.jpg

...that seat's even more of a challenge! :D

soyachips
06 June 2012, 0649
Awesome job! I love how simple it is.

moon
06 June 2012, 0752
Whoa, outstanding in its clean simplicity Ted! KISS to the nth degree.

teddillard
17 June 2012, 1505
Final tank mounting in place, with paint and clearcoat and the tank emblem:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/577624_4273889364975_1506090146_n.jpg

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/527642_4273888324949_1374858930_n.jpg

frodus
17 June 2012, 1637
looks nice dude!

podolefsky
17 June 2012, 2218
that looks really nice man.

SplinterOz
18 June 2012, 0203
That looks so sharp.

evmotorcycle
19 June 2012, 0210
Beautiful! Very nice work!

teddillard
07 August 2012, 1701
A little tease comin' from the Gotham Machine (http://www.gothammachine.com/):

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/625495_4532107180259_1200113543_n.jpg

:D

frodus
07 August 2012, 1819
coming along well!

teddillard
08 August 2012, 1447
SWEET instrument cluster BADASSERY by the boys at Gotham Machine! Clark just sent me this shot before he dropped it into UPS, I should get it tomorrow. WOOHOO!

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s720x720/418404_4535939236058_1787305837_n.jpg

Skeezmour
08 August 2012, 1453
that is sexy! :)

podolefsky
08 August 2012, 1528
looks really nice man. can't wait to see it all put together.

teddillard
10 August 2012, 1603
OMGOMGOMG!

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s720x720/424341_4545993767415_1081772925_n.jpg

Test fit... like a frikkin glove.

THANKS CLARK!

SplinterOz
10 August 2012, 1634
OMGOMGOMG!

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s720x720/424341_4545993767415_1081772925_n.jpg

Test fit... like a frikkin glove.

THANKS CLARK!

Dude that looks great such a good fit for the style of your bike.

podolefsky
10 August 2012, 1945
swanky. me likey.

skyclark
10 August 2012, 2121
The bracket looks even better with gauges in Ted -- cant wait to see it mounted.

teddillard
11 August 2012, 0719
OK, up early and got a chance to loose-fit everything together. Here's the instrument panel in the bike:

http://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/dsc3721.jpg?w=640&h=425

I can't say enough about Gotham Machine' (http://www.gothammachine.com/)s work. You guys are the BEST, Clark!

Here's my slightly modified Motenergy "scoop" cover:

http://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/dsc3729.jpg?w=640&h=425

...the battery module frame:

http://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/dsc3725.jpg?w=640&h=425

...with batteries:

http://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/dsc3726.jpg?w=640&h=425

...and the bare pack module laid out:

http://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/dsc3724.jpg?w=640&h=425

Here's the whole bike, pieced together:

http://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/dsc3716.jpg?w=640&h=425

http://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/dsc3712.jpg?w=640&h=425

http://evmc2.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/dsc3715.jpg?w=640&h=425

teddillard
25 August 2012, 1018
I declare the Second Build COMPLETE! :D

Here are some final shots, with the "sprint" battery pack in. The module system works great!

The cluster with the LED (yes, it took me 3 weeks to get up the nerve to drill a hole in Gotham's bracket):

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/s720x720/284785_4613476974453_1276922644_n.jpg

...seemed like a proper place for a sponsor decal:

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/526304_4613483254610_798119957_n.jpg

The connection for the module:

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/527899_4613479174508_1291406904_n.jpg

The blinky light (main pack power ON):

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/305291_4613483574618_352570913_n.jpg

...and the full side view:

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/524363_4613483854625_1027524504_n.jpg

Here's the list I started with:





Motor mount by Gotham Machine (http://www.gothammachine.com/)
ME1003 PMDC motor (from ME0709 to Briggs ETEK to ME1003)
Tyco LEM200 Contactor (from Albright)
Vicor DC/DC (from none)




Replica tank (top only, fiberglass, 2lbs starting weight vs 4lbs for old tank, plus internal air channeling baffles for cooling)
Shortened, lightened seat
Additional 20ah lipo module
Redesigned battery mounting modules (2 modules, quick-release with 4 pins and connectors and interchangeable)
Redesign instrument cluster bracket


Not bad... all ready for the additional pack, mounted in the belly, and it's on to Phase II! :O