One of the clients from Moto Design Garage had the hopes of one day converting this 1958 Parilla Greyhound 150 into electric. The team was first a bit skeptical but it ended up becoming one of their favorite builds to complete and ride.
Moto Design Garage:
“The bike was stripped down and cleaned up to give us a fresh canvas to start with. We ended up going with a QS260 V3 hub motor at 3000w and Votol EM150 controller. Nothing fancy but something that would provide us with enough go and adjustability for down the road. We used a 72v 35Ah battery pack and we could get roughly 35 miles range out of it depending on how and where it was ridden. Setting it up with 3 speeds helped a lot with range but we found our self it mode 3 or sport mode the most. The insane amount of instant torque and output was awesome and this was with a small controller and battery.”
“We fabricated a totally new swing arm to hold the new motor. The controller was mounted to the main frame under the rear body cover and we designed and 3D printed a large battery box that could be slid in and out but charging is done on-board. It received all new LED lighting and turn signals along with converting the front end to a hydraulic 4 piston setup.”
“We typically build vintage motorcycles but lately have been pushing our attention to EV conversions. Primarily focusing on smaller framed machines like Honda XL125’s and CL’s along with Honda Cubs. I feel like this is what EV conversions are all about. The ability to take an old machine and give it new life and a totally different approach. We are in a time to where it makes sense to shift focus on this technology. Just like points ignition was replaced with electronic ignition we feel that EV’s will soon put the carbureted era to an end. Vintage bikes and the custom scene will be around forever and while we do still love building a rad old CB750 or BMW airhead this new way of building is what we want to focus on as we continue to grow.”