Different. Electric. Real.

//Different. Electric. Real.

Different. Electric. Real.

That is the definition of Switzerland-based Sine Cycles’ electric chopper.

Using a Tha Heist frame from Cleveland Cyclewerks and a 2013 Zero Motorcycles engine and drivetrain, bike builder Bruno Forcella created a one-of-a-kind bike that performs like no other.

Sine Cycles Electric Motorcycle
Sine Cycles Electric Motorcycle
Sine Cycles Electric Motorcycle

“I always had the idea to build a chopper different from anything else. It was quite hard to find a way to differentiate from all those amazing custom bikes already out there and built by so talented people.

“At last I found a way to do so,” said Forecella. “An electric drivetrain in an open frame style chopper pointing out the main components: the heatsink, the battery housing and a good looking, highly efficient electric motor…Welcome to the future.”

With no clutch to operate or gears to shift and full torque immediately available, the electric chopper has accelerations equal to, if not better than, many gasoline powered motorcycles. While the range is limited to 55 km (34 miles) and 120 km/h (75 mph), Forcella said it’s perfect for his personal needs of commuting to work and simply having the “coolest electric ride in town.”

Sine Cycles Electric Motorcycle

Forcella purchased the Cole Foster Gas Tank (solely for aesthetic purposes) from J&P Cycles.

The electric chopper can be connected to a smartphone app that provides detailed information about the time charged, average watts per mile, total charge cycles and more, and can be synced using Bluetooth.

While Forcella’s electric chopper started as a hobby project in his garage, he has received praise from all over the globe. As of current, he hasn’t released any details about the future of his electric chopper prototype, but he says this story is definitely to be continued!

Electric motorcycles are available today through Zero Motorcycles and start around $13,000; however, you may have to wait a while to get your hands on one of these electric choppers.

Advantages of Going Electric:
Zero Motorcycles Electric Motorcycle Infographic

Builder: Sine Cycles. Steffisburg, Switzerland
Owner: Bruno Forcella
Check them out on Facebook for build pics: https://www.facebook.com/sinecycles


Drivetrain: 2013 Zero Motorcycles California
Motor: 3-phase high efficient permanent magnet motor
Max. Torque: 57 Nm
Max. Power: 27 PS (20 kW) @ 4000 U/min
Max. Capacity: 2.8 kWh
Voltage: 102 V
Range: 55 km (34 miles)
Max. Speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
Transmission: Clutchless direct drive
Battery Housing: Bruno Forcella
Heat Sink Motor Controller: Bruno Forcella
Connectivity: Smartphone app with detailed information about the motorcycle such as the time until charged, average watts per mile, total charge cycles and much more. Customizable riding modes performance profile.
Synced using Bluetooth.


Frame: Tha Heist, Cleveland Cyclewerks
Chassis: Hardtail
Modifications: Holders for electric motor, seat spring mounts, seat hinge/pivot, stripped down all unnecessary brackets and items.


Handlebars: Dragbar LSL
Grips: Louis modified
Switches: Motogadget
Digital Instrumentation: Motogadget
Cockpit Housing with LEDs: Bruno
Bremslever Rear: Bruno
Gas Tank: Cole Foster modified from J&P Cycles
Rear Fender: Led Sled Customs 6” modified
Fender Struts: Bruno
Seat: Rich Phillips
Seat Springs: Lowbrow Customs 2” Barrel Style
License Plate Holder: Bruno
Rear light: Louis LED
Colors: Mercedes Silver, Black


Front Wheel: 21”
Rear Wheel: 18”

By |2015-04-15T14:37:11+00:00April 6th, 2015|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles|7 Comments

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  1. Eric April 25, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Great idea, and not bad looking; maybe he could increase the range by stuffing that gas tank full of batteries! Seriously, though, a cool effort.

  2. john garzanitiu April 24, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I’d love an “electric Chopper” at a competitive price with at leas a 100 mile range and I think that’s technically possible. Congrats to bike builder Bruno Forcella. Here is why I think improvements in builder Bruno Forcella’s bike are possible. The 2015 Zero S Motorcycle has a range of +150 miles, why is Bruno’s motorcycles range so much less? I’m guessing it may be a lot heavier? The Zero S is 376 lbs curb weight. The 2015 Zero S Motorcycle has a Z-Force® 75-7 passively air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux permanent magnet, brushless motor. The 2015 Zero S Motorcycle motor produces considerably more horsepower, 54 hp (40 kW) @ 4,300 rpm. All that being said

  3. bruce April 24, 2015 at 7:45 am

    What a come-on! It’s actually an interesting bike; I like the looks. kudos to Bruno. But does the come-on “performs like no other” refer to it’s 34 mile range? I assume it doesn’t refer to “has acceleration equal to… many gasoline powered motorcycles”, since many motorcyles have acceleration equal to many motorcycles.

  4. Troy April 24, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I’m always looking for something new and truthfully this could be great. You don’t have to wake neighbors up leaving late at night and when you get to where you are going you don’t have to smell like fumes. I like the style of the bike, it’s not so robotic and not over done to let you know that it’s not gas. Keep up the good because it’s what we will all be riding soon

  5. Steel Pony April 14, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I appreciate the build but just can’t get interested in electric bikes. Part of the coolness of motorcycles is the engine and exhaust. There’s nothing to look at on this thing. “Wow, those are some nice . . . fenders?”

    At a 34-mile range, that wouldn’t even get me to work and back.

    • dougroadking April 24, 2015 at 7:32 am

      I’m feeling ya…..where’s the sound, where’s the chrome. I like to know I’m on a bike!
      Maybe in a hundred years.


  6. romuald paul henry April 12, 2015 at 5:25 am

    what a concept!! sounds like geatest thing sence two wheel bike!!

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