Custom motorcycles have long been an important part of the biker community and it recently got a lot of attention after none other than Keanu Reeves announced that he was starting his own custom bike company: Arch Motorcycle Company.
Now the same concept is coming to electric motorcycles and while it’s not accessible to everyone, it’s still interesting to see more options for EVs on two wheels.
Union Motion, a startup based in the UK, launched the ‘Phaser Type 1’ this week to showcase what they can do when it comes to creating custom electric bikes.
The company wrote in a press release:
The Phaser Type 1 started life as a ‘98 Fazer 600. We got it as a rolling chassis, just frame, forks, swingarm and wheels. Once de-tabbed, the double loop frame made a great base for experimenting with battery location and drivetrain layout. After a little trial and error, we settled on a conventional motor location, echoing the final drive output of the original engine.
You will find a 6 kWh battery right above the motor. The pack sits on a set of rails that allow it to be easily removed from the rear of the bike. The company says that the pack can be replaced in under five minutes. They estimate a range of ~60 miles on the 6 kWh battery pack, but again, you can customize the bike for your needs.
They released a gallery of pictures and it’s quite a simple, but stunning, motorcycle:
The Phaser Type 1 is the first model that customers can base their custom build on from Union Motion. The company has plans for other models to add to the lineup.
Co-founder Damien Tanner told Electrek that pricing for their custom bikes starts at “around £17,000” (~$21,500 USD).
You can also visit the company’s Instagram for more pictures, including images of the building process, and here are the main specs of the Phaser Type 1:
- Year of build: 2016
- Chassis: Yamaha FZS 600 Fazer
- Top speed: 110 mph
- Range: 60 miles
- Curb weight: 160 kg
- Type: Axial flux, Brushless,
- Three phase, Permanent magnet.
- Cooling: Passive air-cooled.
- Continuous power: 32 kW (42 hp)
- Peak power: 48 kW (64 hp)
- Continuous torque(@ motor) : 44 Nm
- Continuous torque (@ wheel): 120 Nm
- Peak torque (@ motor): 110 Nm
- Peak torque (@ wheel): 300 Nm
- Chemistry : Automotive spec lithium ion.
- Type: Modular.
- Capacity: 6 kWh
- Nominal voltage: 88.8 v
- Type: Off-board
- Power: 3 kw
- Input: 13 A household
- Charge time: 2 hours