2014 Fan of the Year – John Alder at Salt Lake City
It is satisfying to feature the 2014 season’s Fan of the Year – John Alder. eMotoRacing’s goal has always been to use the excitement created by racing to promote street transportation which is free of fossil fuels. Recently, he went out of his way to attend two eMotoRacing events in New Jersey and Utah. John has always been a big fan of bikes in all forms, and has been passionate about electric vehicles for nearly ten years.
In 2009, John’s interests melded together, and he built a street-legal electric motorcycle using the framework of a old Suzuki. It runs off an Advanced DC K99-4007 6.7″ series motor powered by six 12v lead acid batteries. The bike reaches speeds of 50 mph, for about 20 miles. One of the challenges he faced with this project was fitting all the necessary components into the small space which had contained the gas-powered motor.
At the time, there was a lack of practical commercially built electric motorcycles, however in the last few years, John notes, this has changed.
Originally he had plans to upgrade his e-bike to run off lithium batteries, but with several companies like Zero, Brammo, and now even Harley Davidson throwing their hat in the ring with the LiveWire Project, John admits it’s a far less difficult task to purchase one of these than it would be to reconfigure the battery system at this point.
John is pleased to see the progress being made by electric motorcycle manufacturers, and looks forward to the day in the not-so-distant future when we will no longer be burning fossil fuels.
John’s first ride on his newly-built electric bike:
Craig Vetter & Arthur Kowitz at the drawing board.
Back in March, motorcycle streamlining legend Craig Vetter met with eMotoRacing series founder Arthur Kowitz to talk shop, discuss series rules….and plan on streamlining Arthur’s Brammo TTX. The Brammo is a zero-emissions motorcycle, so any way to reduce resistance to gain speed and save even more energy was the plan.
So Vetter set out to design a custom fairing which would conform to the rules of the eMotoRacing series, while making the Brammo look even cooler than it already is. In April, pics of the “Last Vetter Fairing” Photo-shopped onto the Brammo hit Arthur’s desk. Arthur conferred with his son Abe Kowitz, who is known for building a fully electric car when he was just a teenager, and the plan for the fairing moved forward.
The Kowitz’s brought their streamliner kit back home to Florida for an initial test. Vetter’s normal touring design would need to be adapted to the seating of the racing Brammo, which meant a smaller frontal area.
Finally, on June 23rd, Arthur and his son Bill Kowitz installed the kit on the Brammo and stepped back to find the bike was now an even sleeker critter than before. Weighing in at about 17 pounds, the streamliner kit was tested on a back piece of road in secret. Success! Arthur reported the fairing kept his body in a pocket of “dead air”, which meant the bike wouldn’t be slowed down by the air hitting his legs and arms. Plans for track testing will go forward on August 3rd – stay tuned!
Craig Vetter is an American inventor and designer, who “loves things with wings, wheels, and little engines”. His lifetime goal has been to design and build products that help us live better on less energy. His work was acknowledged in 1999 when he was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. For more on Craig Vetter, check out his website: CraigVetter.com
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Don’t miss Arthur Kowitz’s interview with 2 Wheels Only! It will air at 9am EST on Saturday the 11th. You can stream it live by clicking on the link below to go to their website. Once there, click on the bottom left option. Don’t worry — if you can’t make it, we will post the audio of the interview once it’s made available to us.