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    E15 Magna

    Well, I've been lurking around for long enough, both here in particular and 'EV land' in general. It's time for me to get moving.

    With that in mind, I picked up a 1985 Honda V30 Magna with a thrown rod this past Sunday. ...and so it begins.



    I'm picking up a used HPEVS AC-15 motor with a Curtis 6501 controller through frodus, which should give me a good amount of kick on this originally 400lb bike.

    I have a 55-65 mile commute (depending on route and traffic), so given the voltage limit of the controller I am currently looking at a 96V nominal (for LFP), 120Ah pack. For batteries, I would like to use 60 of Sinopoly's SP-LFPAHA (B) cells (30S2P), because I like the large-format LiFePO cell and these in particular provide about a 40% volume advantage over, say, the GBS cells. We'll have to see what they quote me for the order though...if they respond.. Anyone have any experience dealing with Sinopoly since the split?

    So, here's the start. Updates to follow. I'm planning to pull the engine/etc this weekend, and get a good feel for what kind of space I have available for the battery pack...see if the Sinopooly's will even fit.. I think they will, but before I put down any money on them I want to make damn sure.

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    Welcome X.

    Looks like a cool project. Don't see many of the V30 Magna's around anymore. Still see a few V45's.
    Keep us posted on the progress.

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    The magnas are very similar to interceptors, and we've had a few of those. You might be able to share ideas. Good luck with it.

    I think it's pretty cool that new projects are starting out like this rather than doing v1.0 using lead, and then doing it all over again with something better.

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    The magnas are very similar to interceptors
    The V-4 engines were similar, but since he's pulling that out, I fear it has lost all commonality with the Interceptor. Since he's got a V65 Sabre in the background, it looks like x88x is a fan of the Honda V-4, and may be intimate with any common parts.

    I'm also curious to see if he can fit all those batteries (96v & 120AH) into a 500cc chassis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoomSmith View Post
    The V-4 engines were similar, but since he's pulling that out, I fear it has lost all commonality with the Interceptor. Since he's got a V65 Sabre in the background, it looks like x88x is a fan of the Honda V-4, and may be intimate with any common parts.

    I'm also curious to see if he can fit all those batteries (96v & 120AH) into a 500cc chassis.
    Good eye on the Sabre. Though it's actually a VF700C, not a V65...silly tariffs. :P It's actually a new acquisition (found it while looking for a roller and fell in love), so not that familiar with it yet, but will be getting more so. My dad actually has an '84 V45 Magna that I helped him rebuild, so I am fairly familiar with the Magnas. Also have an '80 CM400T that the Sabre is replacing, but that'll be going to a friend later this month.

    I'm also curious to see if I can fit all the batteries in there.

    I skipped lead because, well, I have a 55-65 mile round-trip commute with no guarantee of charging at work. I'm going to talk to the building management company and see if I can get something worked out, but planning to not have that option. But given that needed range, with lead I would have ended up with probably at least an 800lb beast, and that just wasn't that appealing to me.

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    Welcome x88x

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    Welcome dude! Motor should be good to go! Can't wait to see whatcha got!

    I do think it'll be impossible to fit the batteries in there without side-bags or something, 11.5kwh is nothing to sneeze at, most of the bikes at the TTXGP didn't have that much and most of them used lipo.
    Travis

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    Been slammed at work and haven't been able to get much done on this yet. I did start stripping it down over the weekend though. Basically just started taking things off as they became accessible. Next step is the cooling system, exhaust, and chain/guard, then finally the motor. Probably also the instrument cluster.




    I'll hold off on saying for sure, but I did some initial measurements and I think I will be able to fit them all if I use the new Sinopoly 60Ah cells. I'm hoping to drop the motor tomorrow or Sunday, so should be able to say for sure if they will fit or not soon.

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    Hey X, I just noticed that you list your location as central MD. Whereabouts? I'm in College Park.

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    welcome X - im going to keep an eye on this one - you have the same forks that i do, and im curious as to how you set it up...

    if you need magna parts let me know - i have harley, shadow and magna parts crawling out of my skin...
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