For our high school senior project, we have created a bamboo electric motorcycle. This project has been extremely fun, challenging, and time consuming; this is not something you can do over a few weekends. The end goal for us was to create a working motorcycle with a bamboo frame and an electric motor, as well as to create an Instructable.
The main stages for this project are:
- Setting your goals for distance and speed and creating a budget.
- Researching and ordering drive train parts.
- Testing the drive train
- Creating a model in SketchUp
- Obtaining and heat treating your bamboo.
- Hacking apart your donor bike
- Tacking the frame together
- Epoxy-ing the joints
- Creating mounts and attaching the drive train.
- Final parts and safety checks.
Bamboo (more than you think you need)
Hemp twine (or some other sort of absorbent twine)
Epoxy and hardener
A donor bike frame w/ fork
Hot glue sticks
Lugs or some other connectors (for wiring)
Electrical tape/heat shrink
Plywood (inch thick and ½ inch thick)
Hot glue gun
Drill (a drill press is nice in addition to a drill, but you don’t need one)
Wood saw (a band saw speeds things up a bit, as does a circular saw)
Screw driver (Phillips and flathead)
Computer w/ SketchUp
Batteries and charger
Bicycle breaks (front and rear)
Bike wheels and tires (front and rear)
Handlebars and stem
Two switches (one for controller killswitch, one battery circuit breaker Rear sprocket (match pitch with motor sprocket)
Chain (match pitch with motor sprocket)