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:
John’s first street-legal ride: