Electric Motorcycle Green Guru Challenges Orange County Choppers

I would like to challenge Orange County Choppers, Siemens and the Smart Chopper to a head to head competition against the Electric Cruiser and anyone else that wants to join. Let’s have a fun challenge and see If the Smart chopper can own up to its claims. I have to commend Orange County Choppers on building an amazingly well designed and beautiful looking bike. As far as the design and styling goes it is first class.

As far as claiming to building the “first custom electric American chopper”, it is not the first. Others have built bikes and choppers. For example, the Electra Cruiser both prototype 1 and prototype 2 have been on the road since 2001. Maybe the cruiser does not have a radical raked out front end but that is where the difference stops. Otherwise the Cruiser is an all American bike using Harley style components.

As far as claiming to building the “first custom electric American chopper”, it is not the first. Others have built bikes and choppers. For example, the

Electra Cruiser

both prototype 1 and prototype 2 have been on the road since 2001. Maybe the cruiser does not have a radical raked out front end but that is where the difference stops. Otherwise the Cruiser is an all American bike using Harley style components.

While looking at the numbers and the specifications the numbers just do not add up. They claim the bike is only 350 pounds. If you look at the weight for the 8” Advanced DC series wound motor they claim to use it weighs a minimum of 107 pounds. Next looking at the batteries, they are using 6 AGM DieHard 12 volt batteries. These weigh about 50 pounds each (6 x 50 = 300 pounds). Looking at just the motor and batteries alone the weight is over 407 pounds. Add on top of that the tires, frame, drive system, motor controller, wiring, brakes and the charger this bikes number just do not add up.

Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.