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.
“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.”
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.
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
Modifications: Holders for electric motor, seat spring mounts, seat hinge/pivot, stripped down all unnecessary brackets and items.
Handlebars: Dragbar LSL
Grips: Louis modified
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”