Electric bicycles and electric motorcycles, like the Zero, are still kind of rare. But if this video is any indication, they have a bright future. This gentleman has rigged up a bicycle with an electric motor and a 72-volt, lithium-ion nano phosphate battery in his backpack. The custom built cycle can be recharged in two hours, although it isn't clear if this is on a wall outlet or something a bit heartier.

Meanwhile, given level ground, the custom-built electric bike can hit 50 miles per hour and travel 37 miles on a single charge. If you're concerned about its speed on hills, don't be. The two-wheel-drive bike has no issues tackling Mulholland, while getting plenty of questions from spectators. Take a look below for the full video.


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      ngiotta
      • 1 Year Ago
      As neat as this is I'd have reservations about going 50mph on such small tires. Then there's the part where you're tethered to the bike with a backpack. It just seems like a recipe for great bodily injury.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ngiotta
        Naah..the backpack disconnects with a pull.
        thefinalmonster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ngiotta
        Great bodily injury - and the sad fact that these days you show up anywhere with wires hanging out of your backpack you will probably end up being shot in the head.
      john
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nifty! Been developing an interest in scooters, light-weight motorcycles, motorized bicycles...this is an interesting example. Personally, I'd be wearing some sturdy shoes, gloves and a helmet but to each his own. And for those of you concerned about the bike holding up - it's not likely the tires can generate enough stress to damage the frame - just not enough available traction from what appear to be MTB tires.
      FRD
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the Tour de France they go 65 mph downhill. But yeah, if he keeps riding that thing he is going to get a ticket.
      cynicalrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. Fast
      George Krpan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was climbing this same stretch of Mullholland on my bicycle when the guy in this video zoomed up from behind. He said he was cheating "a little bit" with the electric motors. His batteries died and he dropped back like a stone. The last thing I heard him say was "you're going to make this hard on me". I waited at the top for him but never saw him again.
      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would be funny if he chased a pretty girl in a motor vehicle with this bike... get her to think that because he likes her so much he can chase her down on a bike (idea from Golden Boy).
      Peter Middleton
      • 1 Year Ago
      Waiting for the highside!!... Dude could use a little more protection for real though
      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't think of a better place to test a bicycle than on Mulholland Highway on a Sunday. Jackass...
        Brex
        • 1 Year Ago
        @marv.shocker
        You're not in marketing, I presume.
      RomanM
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't think bicycles are built to go 50mph on real roads! 30mph tops, otherwise you are risking your life.
      Ricardo Gozinya
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nifty that he pulled it off. Complete asshat that he thinks it's a good idea. Seems like something Wile E Coyote would do. The tires, brakes, and frame aren't going to last long with that kind of punishment.
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ricardo Gozinya
        Eh...it's a mountain bike...they're pretty tough. It will last quite awhile..I doubt he does 50mph all the time.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Impressive but stupid, dangerous, and I presume illegal.
      q3a7vodk4
      • 1 Year Ago
      This guy is an idiot. 1. He's got himself on youtube admitting a crime. - Anything faster than ~25mph unassisted on a flat with a 180lb rider is classified as a motor vehicle and needs a license plate. 2. He does 50mph on a bicycle. Without wearing armor. 3. He boasts about 'nano' LiFePO4 batteries, that's just a marketing term. 4. He admits to selling these non-street legal vehicles on camera, while riding one on the street. It's idiots like this that ensure we can't have any fun in this world. I'm just waiting for the legislative crackdown.
        evan_kay
        • 1 Year Ago
        @q3a7vodk4
        Maybe its the legislation killing the fun? How is this more dangerous than a Harley with oversized handle bars and ridiculously wide rear wheel??
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @q3a7vodk4
        1. maybe some laws are meant to be broken. He cannot get a license plate. His vehicle is unregisterable. That's a problem with the law, not him. 2. Sure, but a lot of motorcyclists do the same thing. 3. "nano lifepo4" batteries is not a marketing term, it's a description of A123 cells, which have about 10-30 times higher output than typical lifepo4 cells. 4. I don't believe he sells them like these. He'd be insane to do it. And lastly, enjoy the fun of high speed ebiking while you still can. I do, he does, why don't you?
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