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Rambunctious (motorcycles): Jackal, Drift, Zortch, El Chopper, El Chopper ET, Cheetah, El Ninja, Blade, Esarati Electric Motorbike, Electra Cruiser


Get Ready for the Jackal.

We're talking about the awesome speed of an E-Tek motor and adjustable suspension for a ride that you will not believe. The Jackal is a high speed, high performance, standing or sitting, electric bicycle hand built in Northern California by Thunderstruck Motors. It's built using the highest quality parts and components. From the durable strength of the hand-crafted frame by Rotator Recumbent Bikes to the quiet power of the E-Tek electric motor, the Jackal is a masterwork of speed and agility.

Jackal Specifications:

  • Top speed: 40+ mph
  • Range: up to 20-25 miles
  • Charge time: 3-4 hours
  • Power: 15 hp peak
  • Weight: 130lbs
  • Batteries: 48V, 22 Ahr
  • Wheel Base: 51 in
  • Brakes: 6.5 in disc
  • Charger: 48V, 3A stock (4-6 hrs charge time) Upgrade : 48V, 3A CC Soneil (3-4 hrs charge time) +$100
  • Wheels: double-walled alloy rims with 4-cross stainless steel spokes
  • Tires: 20 x 2.25" available in slick or knobby
  • Suspension: 4" front and rear
  • Frame: hand-crafted brazed chromoly tubing in Red, Dark Green or Black
  • Forks: 7" of travel
  • Price: $3500

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Drift Electric Motocross

Ride anywhere without noise. This bike is extremely powerful. On a tight race course you will absolutely destroy similar sized gas bikes. Wheelies and burnouts cannot be avoided. This is not a toy and is strictly for offroad use only.

It begins with a 19+ horsepower (14,400 watt) electric vehicle motor and programmable controller. The power is stored in a special quick-change power pack that can deliver up to 600 amps. Then it's wrapped in the lightest handcrafted aluminum frame made in the USA. The design is so revolutionary, that we are patent pending on 3 patents.

The Drift is an intermediate sized bike. Perfect for young adult and adult riders, but small enough to be carried in a SUV or on our hitch rack. The size is similar to a Honda CRF150 (but with more power).

Available from:
Electricross, 3111 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, 831-438-3500, http://www.electricross.com

ShockRay, SwitchBlade, SwitchBlade Extreme
Zortch high-performance personal electric vehicles

ShockRay Mini-Chopper
Overview – In development for over a year, the ShockRay is an excellent overall personal electric vehicle product for riders of all skill levels. We start with the super strong StingRay and install an ultra-efficient 1000W brushless DC motor at 48V. This motor includes both an internal fan for improved cooling and a sealed core design that prevents contaminates from getting to the sensitive parts of the motor providing the best features of both sealed and vented motor options. We also build a custom three speed rear wheel and add dual disc brakes. We then add a larger 26" front wheel with a Maxxis Hookworm tire for improved handling, convert the pedals to fixed forward position pegs, and add the distinctive "ape hanger" handlebars. ShockRay can climb moderate hills with average sized riders, offers a 30+mph top speed, and a 20+ mile top range. While the ShockRay is built for efficiency over raw power, the hub gearing provides an excellent overall range of use. The ShockRay recovers most of its charge in under one hour from any standard 120V outlet using the included super charger package.
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price - $3995

SwitchBlade Standard
Overview - This electric mini-chopper is for advanced riders only. The SwitchBlade runs at 48V with SVR-14 electric drag racing batteries. The motor is the powerful ETEK, the controller is the powerful 300A Alltrax AXE. This ride delivers 14,400W of power (over 15 hp) with a top speed of over 30 mph and a top range of over 20 miles. Stylish spoke wheels. Front and rear disc brakes. Custom front springer suspension. Custom gel seat. Silent Kevlar synchronous belt drive system. The dual mode digital controller keeps this monster under control. Keep it in street mode to maximize range and comfortable enjoyment. Switch to race track mode and unleash the beast, unlocking the power of this outrageous design. The SwitchBlade recovers most of its charge in under one hour from any standard 120V outlet using the included super charger package.
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price - $4995

SwitchBlade Extreme
Overview - This electric chopper takes extreme to a whole new level. The already intense SwitchBlade is juiced up to 72V with more SVR-14 drag racing batteries, the motor is upgraded to the beefy Lemco, the controller is a huge 450A Alltrax AXE. This ride delivers 27,000W of power (over 30 hp) with a top speed of over 60 mph and a top range of over 20 miles. Forged CNC machined aluminum wheels. Dual front and single rear disc brakes. Custom front springer suspension. Custom gel seat. Silent Kevlar synchronous belt drive system. The dual mode digital controller keeps this monster under control. Keep it in street mode to maximize range and comfortable enjoyment. Switch to race track mode and unleash the beast, unlocking the power of this outrageous design. The SwitchBlade Extreme recovers most of its charge in under one hour from any standard 120V outlet using the included super charger package.
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price - $9995

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El Chopper

A 30+ MPH Custom Electric Motorcycle You Build from Plans

After admiring El Chopper's classic styling, you'll find it a truly pleasant surprise to sit down into the comfortable riding position, grab a handful of throttle (0-30 mph in five seconds), and cruise around town in eerie silence, and with easy handling. The looks alone that you'll get from kids to yuppies to hard-core bikers will be worth the price of admission!

El Chopper combines the latest electric vehicle technology with a totally new approach to lightweight transportation. El Chopper combines rugged off-road bicycle wheels, brakes, and suspension with a high-power electric vehicle motor, controller and inexpensive, readily available batteries to achieve a very long-range, high-performance, 30-mph-class machine. El Chopper is designed to accommodate Harley-Davidson seats, tanks, and other accessories to personalize your machine with off-the-shelf parts. The unique, single-shock rear suspension, Harley seat, and off-the-shelf front forks provide pure comfort for around-town cruising. An assortment of battery, gearing, and cargo-carrying options are possible to adjust to your individual needs.

Building El Chopper is primarily a frame building and assembly project. If you have done simple steel welding, 'youll find that the frame is very easy to build using materials from your local hardware store. If you do not have welding skills or access to welding equipment, you can have the frame built by taking the frame drawings and Builder's Guide to a local welding shop.>

Most of the components for El Chopper are available at local hardware, discount, auto, and bicycle stores, and your local Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealer. The motor, controller, throttle, chain, and sprockets are available from mail-order/web electric vehicle component suppliers and go-cart suppliers.

Electric bicycles are useful and efficient, but are short on speed and range. There are many electric scooters and moped two-wheelers out there, but most 30-mph electric scooters and mopeds have low performance, short range, and they look like scooters. El Chopper now provides a superior performing electric in the 30-mph licensing class with the look of a $30,000 custom Harley. You can build El Chopper in your garage for about $1,000!

Plans are provided in a 67-page, 8.5 X 11- inch, photo-illustrated manual. CAD drawings are provided in both 2D dimensioned layout drawings and 3D perspectives to give you a complete view of what you are building. Many detailed photos and CAD sequences show a step-by-step build-up of the welded steel frame and the assembly of all the parts to make a complete motorcycle.

Plans: $39.95 + $5.00 shipping and handling.
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El Chopper ET

A 60+ MPH Custom Electric Motorcycle You Build from Plans

Smooth, fast, quiet, comfortable, clean, and economical—that’s what El Chopper ET is all about. It’s long, low, and has a fat rear&ldots;it’s a chopper, and it’s electric. At 50 mph, the sound of the wind is all you hear unless you turn on the optional MP3/speaker system that plays a rumbling tailpipe recording. The attention you’ll get from onlookers will be well worth the price of admission (about $1,200 in parts including the motor, controller, and motorcycle rolling chassis). And we’ll show you how you can build it yourself!

Plans: $39.95 + $5.00 shipping and handling.
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Complete Builder's Guide, by John Bidwell ($39.95)


Cheetah combines a lightweight frame with the flexibility to integrate standard mountain bike parts, a choice of electric motors and controllers, and different sets of affordable, readily available batteries. The result is a machine configured to your needs. You select the type and size of batteries for the required range, the motor and controller for the desired speed, and the mountain bike components for desired stopping and handling.

Some of the motor options are: the high performance Etek motor, several Scott motors, and many readily available electric bikemotors.

Cheetah's unique design is especially versatile because it allows you to begin with a less expensive, limited speed, limited braking, limited range configuration. Later, you can upgrade the motor for more performance, and/or the batteries for longer range, and/or the brakes and suspension for better handling. One frame accommodates all the configurations.

By choosing the right combination of batteries and motor, you can produce a Cheetah with performance figures ranging from 20 to 45 MPH and ranges from 12 to 50 miles! A complete table is included in the manual to guide you in selecting the right motor, batteries, and brakes to achieve your design goals.

Plans: $39.95 + $5.00 shipping and handling.
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Secrets of El Ninja

A Converted-From-Gas Electric Motorcycle You Build from Plans

This book explains how to easily convert a gas motorcycle to electric power in your own garage with standard hand tools (no welding or machining required). It describes all the technology fundamentals, performance tradeoffs, and design decisions involved in converting a gas motorcycle. It then walks you through a straightforward and highly efficient example conversion of a 1987 Kawasaki 750 sport bike, showing you "The Secrets El Ninja." As a bonus, this book also covers maintenance and repair of the electrical components of any electric motorcycle.


Top speed (MPH)

Approx. steady 30 MPH range (miles)

Actual stop-and-go range (miles)

Approx. best acceleration 0 to 30 MPH (seconds)

Approx. maximum weight (lbs.)

Approx. cost to build (exc. cost of donor gas MC)

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For more information, see Introduction to The Secrets of El Ninja.

Plans: $39.95 + $5.00 shipping and handling.
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The Blade will run with a 250cc moto-cross bike. Silently. On a motocross track. Or in your own backyard. Urban MX anyone?

A lot of people look at our bikes and get it, but many are left wondering why someone wouldn't simply buy a cheaper gas-engined dirtbike and avoid the range limits inherent with electrics. You deserve an explanation.

E-style is the freedom to ride when and where you want. The 'range issue' is countered by the access benefits. You get to ride electrics just about wherever you please. Campgrounds, backyards, parking lots, horse trails, bike paths, woods trails, parks, BMX tracks; the list goes on. E-style provides more access than gas-engined moto-ing, so you get to ride a lot more. Lunch breaks, after work, whatever. No more waiting for the weekend and driving off to the desert or recreational riding area.


  • Frame: Triple tube, laser-cut heliarc welded steel. Powder-coated finish
  • Fork: Marzocchi Super Monster-12" front travel, adjustable rebound and compression
  • Shock: Works Performance-12.5" rear travel
  • Motor: Briggs and Stratton E-Tek
  • Controller: 19.2 kiloWatt Peak (25.7 electrical HP)
  • Horsepower (Rear wheel dyno tested): 18.2 HP
  • Top Speed: 45 MPH
  • Battery: Hawker Genesis-16.7 amphour-48 volt nominal-total capacity 800 Watthours
  • Wheels / Tires: 3.0 x 24 Rear, 3.0 x 24 Front
  • Rear Hub: Proprietary CNC billet aluminum
  • Front Hub: DT HUGI Swiss
  • Brakes: Hayes Hydraulic 8" rotors
  • Seat: Yamaha YZ -426 replica
  • Wheelbase: 56"
  • Weight (fully charged): 165 pounds
  • Charger * included: Iota 48-20. 960 Watts, 7.8 pounds. Charge time 20 to 60 minutes maximum.

Price : $5,995. Available from
ElectricMoto, 3165 East Main Street, Ashland, Oregon 97520
541-488-8226, http://www.electricmoto.com/electricmoto.php?id=specs_blade

Esarati Electric Motorbike

The Esarati Electric Motorbike was designed to utilize the very best of materials and with a focus on style, rider safety and comfort. Key aspects of the Esarati electric Motorbikes are:

  • Off the shelf, enclosed, light weight batteries
  • Readily available components
  • Proprietary design motor, controller, electrical system, frame and all other soft body parts.


The ESARATI 300's streamlined and modern design provides the rider with a safe and stable ride. The torque of the Esarati electric motor provides ample power to navigate steep hills and inclines and the powerful Esarati battery system will allow the rider to ride all day on a single charge!

Key Benefits:

  • Streamlined design
  • Top speed of up to 50 MPH (80 kmh)
  • Range of 50 miles when traveling at urban speed limits
  • 3.0 Horsepower
  • High range radius with the assistance of the ET Auxiliary twin powerpack ( > 100 miles/160 km) Can carry up to 2 persons

Esarati 400 "Blackhawk"

The "Blackhawk" was originally designed for a specific market off-shore, but will be available for the North America market! The E-2 Name can reach speeds of up to 60 mph.

Key Benefits

  • Can carry 2 adults and 2 children.
  • 60 mph (96 kmh) top speedl
  • 10 hp motor
  • Powerful with sleek styling

Esarati, 10900 NE 8th Street, Suite 900 , Bellevue, WA. 98004
TOLL FREE: 1-877-843-1989, TEL: 425-990-5949, FAX: 425-990-5981

Electra Cruiser

How to Get the Electra Cruiser

Vogelbilt is building future prototypes for testing and development, but commercial sales await further company expansion. Presently we are seeking funding and grants to move production and development forward. Custom built prototypes can be manufactured for sale.

Pricing for the Electra Cruiser will be from $15,000 - $35,000 for a custom hand-made bike.

Please contact Vogelbilt Corporation for more details, comments and questions. Check back to this web site often for updates.


  • Performance - Top speed over 80 MPH, Acceleration 0-60MPH in 6-8 seconds
  • Batteries - 10 Trojan 12V Deep Cycle TMH 27.
  • Motor Controller - Zapi 120VDC at 400Amps with regenerative braking.
  • Transmission - 5 speed Baker Right Side Drive with hydraulic clutch. Belt Drives LTD. Primary 3" belt drive. Reverse achieved by switching direction of DC Motor.
  • Electric Motor - advanced DC Series wound 120VDC 78HP.
  • DC-DC Converter - Vicor 120VDC input 12VDC output @ 200W .
  • Suspension - Rear = swing arm dual coil over shocks, Front = Harley style wide glide front end.
  • Cooling System - Custom made centrifuge pump located on tail shaft of DC motor. (Used for cooling of optional high amperage motor controllers. Future use for managing battery temperature. )
  • Frame - Custom designed frame built to contain the 10 batteries within.

A feature article on Carl's Electric Hog (predecessor to the Electra Cruiser) is in the V is for Voltage.archive:

From a 5/28/04 e-mail: The bike is now part of a TV series called the “Eco Trekker” that is still being filmed. I also have a Diesel motorcycle coming out soon. This bike will run on Veg oil, Biodiesel and diesel in addition to meeting the 2006 emissions.

Please contact Vogelbilt Corporation for more details, comments and questions.
Vogelbilt Corp., 204 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor NY 10567, 914-736-6225, Fax 914-992-7540, Cell 516-443-1715, mailto:info@vogelbilt.com, www.vogelbilt.com

Gas-Powered Bicycles

The Gas-Powered Alternative

The following sites offer information on gasoline-powered bicycles and motors.
Generally speaking, they cost about the same as electric drives. However, they are noisier, hotter, require more maintenance, and accelerate more slowly. Also, the fuel smells, costs more, and can be messy to work with. Here in California, they bear the added legal requirements of a motorized vehicle (license, registration, insurance). On the upside, they have greater range, can fuel up in minutes, and have higher cruising speeds (30 mph by just the motor itself). (If you're after "MORE POWER", check out Do-It-Yourself (DIY) for interesting power assist stuff and advice.)


The Terratran, in continuous manufacture for 20 years, offers a compact 35cc motor that attaches to most bikes including Dahon folding bikes. Ideal for planes, boats, and travelers. Marbel Associates, 1819 Timerlake Drive, Delaware, OH, 43015-7977, 740-548-5730

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