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28 May 2013, 0302
Hi :)

Newbie to the forum, and have been thinking about a project electric bike for a couple of years now.

Picked up the donor bike about 2 months ago - a 1986 Kawasaki GPz600R. I have owned a few Kawasaki's over the years and know the models reasonably well.

The 600R was chosen as a donor bike because it has a nice wide steel perimeter frame, which could lend itself well to battery storage. Also, the lower 2 frame rails are bolt-on, so this could also allow the use of a bolt-in battery cradle.

Anyway - here are a couple of pictures of the donor bike on the day it was collected......

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a215/Gosling1/GPz600R/100_4750_zps4ff1e93c.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/Gosling1/media/GPz600R/100_4750_zps4ff1e93c.jpg.html)

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a215/Gosling1/GPz600R/100_4749_zps0ffa8ad0.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/Gosling1/media/GPz600R/100_4749_zps0ffa8ad0.jpg.html)

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a215/Gosling1/GPz600R/100_4748_zps94ebc530.jpg (http://s12.photobucket.com/user/Gosling1/media/GPz600R/100_4748_zps94ebc530.jpg.html)

The intention is to leave the bike looking as stock as possible - using all stock fairing panels etc. The only thing missing would be the stock exhaust. Most of the bike is in reasonable condition, so it should be a good base for an EV conversion.

I do have a lot of questions about battery types to use in this conversion - we don't seem to have the same range of EV LiPo batteries here in Oz that I see being used on the forum here ? I was intending to use an older-style power pack of 6 x 12v lead-acid batteries in this conversion.......

Anyway, looking forward to contributing here with this project :)


28 May 2013, 0338
Nice... that does look like a good frame. Looks like I have another local to play electric bikes with :)

28 May 2013, 0541
I think you might :) next suburb, the world is a small place. Looking forward to catching up at the next EV meeting and having a look at your RG conversion.


28 May 2013, 0801
Welcome Gosling1,

Great bike, had one many years ago.

Good luck with the build.
Los Angeles

28 May 2013, 0841
welcome to elmoto Gosling1... :)

28 May 2013, 0906

29 May 2013, 0305
thanks all :)