Saturday, March 7, 2009
Auranthetic Electric Mini Bike
This is a sweet little minibike I stumbled onto when buying a Tote Gote trial bike. The Auranthetic Charger was built from 1973 to about 1974 in Los Angeles California. The bike were imported less engines from Taiwan as a Gemini bike. Aurathetic stretched the frames an added all the electric drive componets. Power is from a pair of group 27 deep cycle (automotive type) batteries. Motor is a KDB permanent magnet 1-hp, 24-volt motor. The motor measures 4.5 inches in diameter and 11 inches long.
When I bought her I had never even heard of one. After cleaning her up I tried to charge the batteries with the onboard charger, but after a few days I gave up. Installed a couple of used ones and was thrilled when I cracked the throttle and she came to life! Had to replace the rear inner tube, but otherwise she is as I found her. I have upgraded to a pair of modern [onboard] battery chagers that automaticly top off the batteries with out overcharging them.
Whats really cool is that it is a road legal motorcycle! all I need to do is update the tags so I can drive her around. It's only good for about 30 mph, so intown use only. The only noise is the chain and tires rolling on the road.