Spanish designer Pablo DeChaves has been sketching up motorcycle designs for years. About 18 months ago, however, he decided it was time to put the pencil down and pick up a welding torch- announcing that he’d be building his vision for a powerful, nimble, and purposeful electric motorcycle design on his own. After a lot of hard work and a steep learning curve, DeChaves 13, Pablo’s first prototype, is ready to hit the road.
Pablo published a comprehensive spec. list for his bike, which includes a 40 hp electric motor that can maintain about 14 “road hp” at cruising speeds, which should be good for well over 50 mph with a top speed well in excess of 60 mph. I’ve included the specs, as they appear on DeChaves’ blog, here.
You can read a bit more about Pablo’s growth and experience throughout the electric motorcycle building process in his own words …
It was a project that I started as a hobby and as an excuse to learn, and I have to say that I have learned a lot but it has also been exhausting. I have learned to accelerate the design process and the prototyping stage. I have learned about electric bikes, batteries, controllers, BMS, etc. Now I can TIG weld steel and aluminum and I can also do the motorcycle wiring pretty fast (I have crimped so many terminals that I am an expert now …). I have even learned to make “professional” studio photos.
Perhaps one of the toughest things to resolve was the electrical system of the bike. I have always been responsible for the mechanical design and the aesthetical part and this electrical issue was pretty new for me. However, I have to admit that after this project both electronics and everything related to light electric vehicle or batteries, catches my attention.
… and take a look at a few photos of DeChaves’ electric motorcycle prototype, below- but keep in mind that this is just a “proof-of-concept” type build. A stepping stone, in other words, for Pablo to perfect his ideas before he moves on to the “big” build.
Stay tuned for that!
Source | Photos: DeChaves Motion.