EV BikeThe was a neat project and I was committed enough to dedicate a blog to it: http://evbiker.blogspot.com/
In a nutshell, I wanted to turn my first motorcycle (a 1974 Honda CB550) into an electric bike It wasn't running anyway and was in need of some serious restoration, so it seemed like the perfect choice. I took it apart down to the frame. The project progressed as far as a rolling chassis, complete with brakes.
Why did I abandon this project? Unfortunately, I didn't do my due diligence on the costs of the drive train Getting batteries, a motor and a controller was going to be prohibitively expensive given how often I would actually use the bike. No big deal - I only invested about $20 in primer and paint. The education I got on how the old Honda engines were put together was worth at least that. Combine that with the knowledge I gained from putting the frame and suspension components back together and it was well worth it.
This was going to be a great father daughter project. I had made some good progress, but some unexpected events came up. Mostly, my family was tired of living in the middle of nowhere. Plans were made to build a house closer to civilization. There wasn't going to be nearly as much room at the new place (it's hard downsizing from a 40x26 garage to an undersized two car garage). I know, plenty of people do great work in two car garages, but combing the loss of my dedicated project garage and wanting to spend more time with my family - I decided to cut my losses and sell the project.
In reality, I actually made a few bucks off of this project. I hadn't invested much in the project other than the two original rails and was able to sell them for more than I had originally spent. The rest was tools (which I don't really count into the project itself because I still have them).
There are a few:
- Making a budget up front before committing is a good idea.
- Just because you can do something doesn't mean you'll have the time.
- Things change! I had planned on having that workspace for the rest of my life. We're almost done building our new house, so we'll be selling that very soon.