A parts store called Omega Motors in San Francisco, USA converted the 1975 Honda CB200 into an electric motorcycle. The donation is the best-selling retro motorcycle designed by Cafe Racer in the 1970s and 1980s. The prototype did not attempt to redesign the bicycle in any way.
Manufacturing an electric car from scratch is a daunting task in itself, but when you need to retrofit a vehicle that is already equipped with an internal combustion engine, it is a brand new challenge.
We have already seen the implementation of such projects in four-wheeled vehicles such as Land Rover and Volkswagen Beetle. But this time the bike is equipped with an electric gearbox.
Named Omega EV200, it still retains the racing car with spare parts and the racing design with round headlights, integrated ribbed seats, and wire-spoke wheels, giving it a retro look. Minor changes to the chassis include a battery and an electric motor, shorten the frame and trim the welded rear fender.
The passenger’s footrest was also removed, and a small part of his spine was cut to weld the mounting plate of the controller. Interestingly, the engine mount of the original bicycle is intact, while the new battery and electric motor are connected by a set of custom mounting plates.
Specs & Features
Speaking of performance: this bike is powered by a Golden Motor electric motor and adjusted to run continuously at maximum output powers of 5 kW (6.7 PS) and 10 kW (13.4 PS). The engine is powered by a 1.6-liter battery Wh on sale.
Omega, designed and manufactured for the Omega EV200, has also added a Kelly Controls controller, which has been carefully packaged to fit the modified fuel tank and seat. In terms of performance, the numbers are fairly modest: the top speed is 96.5 km/h, and the electric bike weighs only 111 kg, which is 22% lighter than the original CB200.
A motorcycle can only travel 30 miles on a single charge, and it takes 5 to 8 hours to charge the battery. Function, but Omega comes standard with an analog speedometer, the switch works. Most importantly, the clutch lever has been reused as an analog regulator for regenerative braking.
The Complete Conversion of the Honda CB200 Electric Motorcycle
The growth of the electric vehicle market has triggered a new trend in the automotive industry: old cars such as Land Rover and Volkswagen Beetle have damaged engines and are being replaced by electric transmissions. It spoils your appearance, but everything on the motorcycle is in view.
Omega Motors is a spin-off company of Nick Nieminen, James Hollis, and Ian Yott. Nick and James worked for Monday Motorbikes, an electric bicycle company based in San Francisco. After leaving, they began to think about the idea of a “modern classic” electric motorcycle.
Retaining most of the original CB was the core of the project, so these people updated Honda’s front forks, wheels, and brakes, and even retained the cable-operated front brakes and rear drum brakes.
The framework requires only minor changes.
The team shortened it and removed the welded rear fender, cut through the passenger footrest bracket, and cut out part of the edge to weld the controller mounting plate. They are still intact-the new motor and battery are connected to a set of custom mounting plates.
The motor itself is a commercially available Golden motor with a peak power of 5 kW/10 kW. Omega added a Kelly Controls controller and made its own circuit board. All are mounted under the seat, and there is a modified fuel tank; the charging port can be accessed through the fuel tank cap.
The core of the bicycle is a 1.6 kWh battery, developed and manufactured specifically for the EV200. “We considered buying some off-the-shelf things,” James said, “but the choice of suitable packaging was very limited at the time. It was mainly small electric bicycle packaging or bulky golf cart kits, which would be a very frustrating experience. On the motorcycle”.
Their idea was to make a battery as a quick and dirty proof of the concept, but then these people visited Jeff Tedken, who was a welder and manufacturer of Roland Sands Design. Jeff saw more potential and helped these people build the sleek aluminum body you see here.
This inspired the guys to go to town to complete the EV200. The fuel tank is coated with transparent white paint and bright orange wires, imitating the spark plug wires on old motorcycles. The top of the original seat is trimmed. Come down, and then land on the brown skin.
The custom fuel tank pad uses the same leather, part of which is raised to expose the battery screen. But there is no visible digital elements-Omega redesigned everything to work with the original speedometer and derailleur, and even reused the clutch.
The lever serves as an analog control for regenerative braking.
Nick admits that keeping the original switch is actually a huge headache and wiring nightmare. “But we think this is an important commonality of this vibrant retro atmosphere.”
As for the numbers, they are humble, but people are still making adjustments and never expect high performance here-the current top speed is 60 mph, the range is 30 mph, and the charging time is 5 to 8 times. But the EV200 weighs only 245 pounds, which is 22% lighter than the original Honda CB200 Electric Motorcycle.
The maximum current designed for the drive train is 200 amperes, which corresponds to the original displacement of a motorcycle of 200 ccm. “The CB200 has always been a small bicycle,” James said, “therefore the EV200 drive is designed for urban use. The battery is sufficient for urban bicycles without overcharging. Steam running at maximum speed.”
EV200 is an interesting design and engineering research, excellent first draft, and beautiful custom bike. The team is already on the next logical step: converting the kit or at least partially customizing the kit. There is a ticket for a burnt-out classic in every garage, right?