(1) first butt welded the tubes together, ground the weld down level, then
(2) slid a socket over the weld and welded the socket in place as a sort of reinforcing gusset (I was using gas barreling tube) ending up with
(3) the welded, extended frame
I cut, jacked out and (1) first butt welded the tubes together, ground the weld
down level, then (2) slid a socket over the weld and welded the socket in place
as a sort of reinforcing gusset (I was using gas barreling tube) ending up with
(3) the welded, extended frame.
Click the pictures below for larger images:
Elevated view of the bike from the right
Electric GPz550 - Bike Right Side.
Click the image to see a larger picture. Shows a view of the assembled bike. The
grey cable visible is mains 240v connected to the twin 24v chargers.
Electric GPz550 - Gearbox.
Here you can see the gearbox in situ, showing also how a standard final drive sprocket
fitted the clutch/output shaft - thank God for tooling up economy!
Electric GPz550 - Before the frame was cut.
Shows tank, panels and g'box in place. Note the uncut frame.
Electric GPz550 - GPz GBox.
Same as the above picture, just from a different angle. This picture is an early
one, before I swopped over the 550 forks for a set of forks off of a GPz 1100 -
this was literally an attempt to redress the balance.. the bike was far too front
Note to self - next time fit the batteries amidships!
Latest Pictures - half the batteries taken off
Electric GPz550 - One pair of batteries removed.
Taken in May 2005. The controller I am using was described as a 48v controller.
I was mildly surprised to note that I needed to supply the 48v as two short strings
of 24v. When the weight overload situation became apparent, I wondered
if I could take one pair of batteries off, and connect the remaining 24v to both
ends of the controller - without blowing anything up. It was. Quite nimble now,
but reduced range of course. I have connected both of the 24v chargers to my
one pair of batteries - it will charge twice as fast now.
Spent an enjoyable
afternoon going up and down the access road. Chain thrash annoyingly loud - no I.C.E
to drown it out!
Some more views of the bike, these are not clickable