Name: Aaron Laniosz
Bike: Electric Honda s90
BEHIND THE BUILD: I moved to Long Beach, CA almost exactly one year ago. Upon arriving in California, I knew I wanted two things: my first surfboard and my first motorcycle. I picked up both on Craigslist. I paid $40 for each. The surfboard was riddled with holes. The motorcycle was rusted and seized. The seller had used this Honda s90 as a parts bike to complete a restoration build on another. He had removed enough that there was slim chance it would ever run again. I didn't know what I would do with it, but I was desperate to own something with two wheels. So I told him, "If we can fit it in the back of my little sports car, I'll take it for $40" He promptly grabbed a wrench, removed the front wheel and together we wedged it in. Single-handedly lifting the motorcycle out of my car in the dark that night was far more sweaty and arduous. I began meticulously dismantling and removing rust piece by piece until I had a naked frame. I sprayed everything with two cans of satin black spray paint. Then, I began to reassemble. The summer before I moved to California, I taught a summer camp for elementary school students in which we built a collection of E-Go-Karts. That experience is where the idea of an electric motor conversion originated. I ordered the parts and began creating custom mounts for the motor, controller, and battery. Throughout the build, I had no access to metal working tools. All electrical and wiring components were replaced. The internal combustion engine was replaced with a 48v 2000w brushless direct current motor powered by a 17AH lithium ion battery. All work was done in my converted garage/studio apartment. The bike and all of its pieces sat on the floor between my bed and my kitchenette. I stepped over it each day getting out of the shower. I did, however, have access to a 3D printer and CAD modelling knowledge from my studies in architecture. I 3D modelled and printed all necessary custom parts at work during the day and fit them on the bike each night. The whole build was a learning experience with endless Google searching and watching of Youtube How-To's. The moment I mounted the new tires and got it rolling, I was so stoked I stopped building and rode the bike for over a month without proper brakes. Now, completed enough, I ride the bike to the gym and back every single day. It has its quirks, but nothing beats rolling around on something you built with your own hands, within a budget of $900.