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.

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