The One Motorcycle Show is an annual exhibition of a certain breed of customized bikes, and as attendees stomped the unexpected snow from their footwear and filed into the Yale Union Laundry Building in downtown Portland, OR last month for the fifth edition of this two-wheeled-centered circus, one machine prompted more quizzical cocking of the head than perhaps any other: the "Baker" from Works Electric.

While it had many of the same elements as its chopper kin in attendance – springer forks with generous rake, a hard-tail frame, heightened handlebars – it seemed to be missing a few things. Something exhaust pipe-like, for instance. Or anything resembling a V-twin. There wasn't even a gas cap to gander on the hand-crafted, aluminum bodywork. That's because this particular expression of road-going freedom doesn't need any of that stuff. It relies on a bank of batteries and an electric motor within its bosom to bring bugs to the teeth of its rider.

Works Electric is, of course, best known for taking the toy out of stand-up scooters and inserting enough awesome to create beastly urban-commute assault vehicles. That continues to be the case and, in fact, the company has a couple new models coming out later this summer that we'll tell you more about soon. The introduction of motorcycles into the mix, though, is something a bit different from that effort.

Works Electric Chopper

Co-founder Brad Baker has been building electric motorcycles for some time now, and so it just seemed natural to bring that activity under the Works Electric marquee. Unlike its scooters though, each bike is a custom build, designed around the desires of buyers.

The price tag? About $25,000

For example, the "Baker" – every bike is given its own name – follows the iconic chopper formula and is built around a black (with red and purple metal flake) tig-welded frame. It's equipped with a ram air-cooled AC induction motor that puts out 70 horsepower, 85 pound-feet of torque, and is said to top out at 110 miles per hour. This 380-pound bike draws its electrons from a 6.12-kWh lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery pack and can travel about 60 mixed miles on a charge. Filling it back up from empty is accomplished in six hours using the on-board 1.1-kW charger. The price tag? About $25,000.

The company can just as easily, though, construct for clients a street tracker or road racer-style machine. Anything, really. They can come with DC or AC drivetrains with output up to 120 hp and 140 mph top speeds. Prices range between $20,000 to $35,000, and each comes jam packed with love and sweat, but no gears.

If you couldn't make it to The One for the "Baker" debut we've got you covered. Check out the gallery above for more than a glimpse through the crowd of something shiny. Better than that, see what the Portland crowd couldn't by scrolling below for video of the bike in electric easy rider action.



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      2 wheeled menace
      • 9 Months Ago
      Great looking bikes.. but the money factor... ugh. I'm currently converting an old Yamaha 125 DT enduro to electric and my cost will be $3,000 all in all, 50-55mph top speed, 50 mile range using a huge hub motor and batteries out of a Nissan Leaf that has been crashed. It will actually be lighter than the original bike! If you can't afford the bike of your dreams, a conversion is a great choice.
        DarylMc
        • 9 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Hi 2WM Which electric motor are you planning on using?
          2 wheeled menace
          • 9 Months Ago
          @DarylMc
          The motor i'm using is a bit wimpy by motorcycle standards, equivalent to a ~100cc 2 stroke engine, but it's ~$400-$450 shipped and just bolts into where the rear wheel went.. will be 15lbs heavier than the original rear wheel, but 110lbs of engine/trans/chain drive crap was removed, so.. a hub drive can be pretty awesome. http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/48V-72V-3000W-Spoke-Hub-Motor-for-Electric-Motorcycle-for-Converting-E-motorcycle-High-Quality/313864_575032775.html If you want more power, this hub motor is coming out soon, which will put an estimated 40 horsepower to the ground, and insane amounts of torque. I think the price will be around $800. https://www.endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=57942
          2 wheeled menace
          • 9 Months Ago
          @DarylMc
          Another link for the cromotor mammoth: http://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=55923
      2 wheeled menace
      • 9 Months Ago
      These bikes look kinda nice, but they paid no attention to aerodynamics at all. Top speed and range could be better..