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    Default Looking for recommendations for a cheap OEM frame

    I want to put together an electric motorcycle by selecting a bike to use as a base and then buying the parts of that bike that I'll need - basically everything but the engine. The hardest part to find has been the frame, but I found that bikebandit sells OEM frames. The two options I've looked at are Honda Groms (top speed of 62mph, frame costs $150) and Kawasaki Ninja 250Rs (top speed ~100mph, frame costs ~$1500). I love how cheap the Grom's frame is, but the base bike can't really hit highway speeds, so I'd have no guarantees about the wheels and suspension if I got my electric one up to highway speeds. And the Ninja's frames are expensive.

    Does anyone have any recommendations on other bikes I can look at as the base bike for this project? Criteria are:
    • At least 45mph top speed, preferably 80+mph
    • Not a scooter or moped. Preferably standard or sport.
    • Reasonably popular, so it's easy to find aftermarket parts at decent prices if needed
    • New OEM frame is relatively cheap, ideally less than $500

    I'm posting in the Japanese bikes thread since the two I've looked at are Japanese, but I'd be ok with a base bike from anywhere.

    Thanks!

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    OEM frames are kinda heavy for e motors Could take sone of that potential power away

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    Do you have all the electric components sorted? Will if fit in the frame you are thinking about?

    seen this?

    Enrico “Ricky” de Haas doesn’t subscribe to the notion that future-forward electric motorcycles need to resemble futuristic science experiments. In fact, his Wannabe-Choppers AlSi9Mg—handbuilt in his Hüttenberg, Germany shop—is more a throwback than advancement in aesthetics, but that’s what he likes about it. His attitude reflects the laid-back nature of his community in the Taunus foothills.

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    What’s the inspiration behind building an electric chopper that looks so ‘old school’?

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    https://thevintagent.com/2018/04/18/...9mg-e-chopper/

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    A guy on ADVRider built a nice electric Vespa. Look for it on the "Needs Assembly" thread. Lots of good information about setting up the batteries and charging system.

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