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    "No all I have are pictures"
    Too bad, but heck, I agree, there is always a Second Edition.

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    Art Gallery introduction of the Bike
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    Trying to Change the old school ways of doing things
    But I never Never try to break the laws of Physics
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    I have to give a shout out here to Noah Podolefski, and his GSX-E. It was this bike that got me started on building my own electric motorcycle.

    When many DIY Elmoto builds were looking like this:

    voltzilla-electric-motor01.jpg hqdefault.jpg Ducttape.jpg

    Noah said this on his build website:

    "From the beginning, I wanted it to be a cool custom motorcycle first, and an electric motorcycle second. I wanted a great looking, eye catching bike that showed off that it was electric. Much like the Tesla roadster, I wanted this to be a way for people to see that green vehicles don't have to be slow and ugly. They can be as bad ass as any custom bike out there."

    And he built THIS:

    new_bike_low.jpg gsx-e_lighted.jpgnew_bike_back_side.jpg
    I'm not sure what it was exactly about this bike that pushed me over the edge, I guess I always thought a motorcycle should look tough and cool. The 4 car batteries bungy'd on a moped deal was not that. On the contrary, it seemed very nerdy, and the polar opposite of what a motorcycle should be. Sure, racing teams were dumping hundreds of thousands into badass race bikes, but the home built genre just wasn't super inspiring to me at the time. When I found Noah's bike, it changed my mind. If it wasn't for his GSX-E it's unlikely I would have ever started a build. So thanks Noah!

    Once I was welcomed here at ELMOTO, and discovered more great builds, then inspiration and encouragement was plentiful. I was honoured to be able to ask questions and wean advice directly from Noah, and all of the other experienced DIY builders here. Now there's a whole murder* of elmotos that grew out of this forum that are impressive and inspirational. Hopefully I can get my ass in gear this winter, finish up my build, and join that crowd.


    *(I totally think a group of electric motorcycles should be called a 'murder')
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    Where the hell is that duct tape kid? He was awesome.

    Edit: ahhhh, that's right. Jake Saunders: https://evmc2.wordpress.com/2010/09/...the-batteries/

    Looks like he's all graduated and the surfing beat out the EV stuffz... lol

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    Never underestimate the strength of wood or duct tape! After the Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles, many reinforced concrete freeway overpasses were temporarily shored up with timber until retrofitted.

    I agree... Many of those early builds were very inspirational! I remember discussing building an electric mc at an old enduro riding friend's 60th birthday party in 2009... that's when I decided to try making one!
    Current rides: '96 Honda Ohlins VFR, '03 Cannondale C440R, '03 Cannondale Cannibal, '06 Yamaha 450 Wolverine 4x4
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    If you look at strength/density a lot of materials come out pretty similar. Wood isn't dense, so you need a lot more of it to have similar strength to steel/aluminum etc, but then you also have benefits from the larger second moment of area.

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    I'm waiting for duct tape to be made out of graphene. NowTHAT will be the shiz!
    Current rides: '96 Honda Ohlins VFR, '03 Cannondale C440R, '03 Cannondale Cannibal, '06 Yamaha 450 Wolverine 4x4
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