Source: LM Creations press release | website | LM Creations (The Netherlands) is a design and engineering bureau that is specialised in automotive design and custom builds. The company has been founded by Luuc Muis, a product designer, who always had a passion for design and motorcycles. Combining this passion with technology and craftmanship, Luuc designs and develops projects with a unique signature. Maybe you heard about his Indian Scout Bobber called Hasty Flaming Buffalo? (Which is still for sale, more info: firstname.lastname@example.org).
One of his latest projects – the electric BMW R00 (based on a BMW R80 donor bike) – was recently shown at Reload Land in Berlin. Luuc’s goal was to design a bolt on EV drivetrain that replaces the existing crankcase, maintaining the gearbox and motorcycle engine characteristics.
Luuc Muis: “We chose to start with BMW R types, an iconic engine design and motorcycle appreciated by the custom scene. But besides the possibilities with the BMW airheads there are several engines suitable for conversions. Basically any Pre-unit drivetrain: BMW, Moto Guzzi, vintage Triumphs, Harley Davidsons, URAL and a bunch of English brands.”
“The Experience of riding a custom or vintage motorcycle is more than half the fun, an engine shaking, revving, accelerating and turning heads as you’re strolling around. So we wanted to uphold that excitement while riding a EV motorcycle: shifting, revving, torque and definitely turning heads with some incredible noise!” continues Luuc.
In addition to great sound, there is the handling of the motorcycle. Instead of a fixed-gear E-drive, the team kept the gearbox, so that the experience of riding a motorcycle is preserved and the load on the electric motor is reduced, just like an internal combustion engine: less rpm, less Amps needed, less batteries to carry around.
“But above all, you can play with the Torque! You can take off in any gear which will have different torque and speed experience in each gear. We had never done power wheelies with a BMW R type before, well, now we did!!” said Luuc.
- 72V Power unit, with a max peak up to 20 kw and 72 Nm with a max rpm of 7500
- New Aluminium cast housing Black or Silver
- 80 km Urban range
- 4,3 kW battery pack that weighs 24 kg (just 2 kg more than the original gas tank)
- Charge cycles > 2000 (about 160.000 km)
- 1,8 or 3,3 kW 230 V charger (that choice is up to you)
- Gel coated paint ready fibreglass shell
- Bolt on to R type airhead engines form 1969 til 1995 (R45-R100)
Luuc: “To our knowledge it’s possible to Bolt the system to all: R 45 R60 R65 R75 R80 R90 and R100 types (1969 till 1995) minor modifications may be necessary, such as removing the electric mount brackets on the top tube to make room for the battery pack. The installation of kit is relative easy and a installation video will be supplied with the kit. We are working with EU R100 EV safety standard, mandatory for EV homologation. We haven’t yet had it kit certified but we will in the future. Making it also possible to alter the registration paperwork of your motorcycle and official list it as a EV motorcycle. Also advised is to check the gearbox for wear or rebuild it to factory specs.”
Pre-orders are possible
You can also buy this conversion “EV-Kit” at LM Creations. Luuc: “Let me know your kit preference and we can send you a preorder invoice at for 50% or with a 100% commitment on the preorder we’ll include a free ROEG Helmet!”
- BMW 11 kW EV kit 4,3kW battery with 1,8kW charger: € 8950,-
- BMW 11 kW EV kit 4,3kW battery with 3.3kW charger: € 9450,-
Prices (VAT 21% included). Shipping costs are not included.
You can’t build it yourself or have no time?
LM Creations can install this kit for an additional price of € 1450,- (cover paint and gearbox rebuild not included) The team can of course always make custom modifications to the bike on request as well, for an extra cost. The development from the kits for production is ongoing and LM Creations will be delivering the first ones in early 2023, tailor-made on demand.