A chopper project dedicated to fallen officers of the California Highway Patrol, has all the usual chopper looks but it’s missing something normally associated with bikes like this,… sound. This chopper, looks like it’s powered by a 124 cubic inch S&S V twin, but the engine has actually been gutted and the whole bike has been built with batteries and electric motors in place of the usual gas powered components.
Big Bear Choppers and Hybrid Technologies teamed up to build this bike which has a Baker six speed transmission and will go 80mph. It has six 48-volt lithium cell batteries which they say are good for six hours of running which I think might be a little optimistic, after which there’s a cord you just plug in for the recharge. If you look at the engine, everything seems normal but even the carb has been hollowed out and actually functions as an air scoop to direct cooling air to the electric motor.
Nothing was mentioned about how much this bike cost to build but I have a suspicion it was pretty pricey, but then, how many custom choppers are cheap?
The bike is destined for the California Highway Patrol’s museum in Sacramento after it makes the rounds of various shows and fund raising events.
After the bike was seen on TV, another company contacted Big Bear Choppers about building a hydrogen motorcycle.
I have to admit, this thing is very cool. Think about all of the custom cars that look very old but are powered by completely new and updated power trains. With a car, if you keep the hood closed, no one will know but with a motorcycle, you’ve got a problem disguising the updated components. Using a little trickery, Big Bear Choppers pulled it off.
If that company inquiring about the hydrogen chopper comes through, that will certainly change the whole image of hydrogen motorcycles and you’ll get something that doesn’t look as wimpy as the ENV.