Custom Livewire One motorcycle debuts on Autopia 2099

2021-12-14 12:39:38 By : Mr. Joe Chou

Curious about the future of electric bike customization? This is a good beginning.

The customization potential of LiveWire One™ electric motorcycles will be fully demonstrated on Autopia 2099 on Saturday, December 4th. This is a brand new dedicated electric vehicle event held at Optimist Studios in Los Angeles to showcase electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles. And other mobile solutions. More than 80 cars were on display at the event, ranging from self-made and modified electric cars to brand new cars and trucks, as well as what the event organizers called retro-futuristic displays. Two custom motorcycle manufacturers, SMCO and Earle Motors, showed off their first fully custom LiveWire One motorcycles, both of which originated in Los Angeles, a city that quickly became LiveWire’s most successful market.

"The custom bikes shown on Autopia made an important statement on behalf of LiveWire," said Ryan Morrissey, chief electric vehicle officer. "Personalization has always been an element of motorcycle culture. This weekend SMCO and Earle Motors demonstrated the customization potential of LiveWire One. These custom bikes and components are digital bike manufacturers that we intend to include limited edition models and accessories on LiveWire.com Early indicators of your intentions."

SMCO: LiveWire One Hooligan Racer

The brothers Aaron and Shaun Guardado started racing in their teens, first with variable speed karts, then high-performance imported cars, and then turning their attention to motorcycles. They founded SMCO in 2010 to sell branded T-shirts and started manufacturing custom racing motorcycles in their store in Long Beach, California, to support the brand and meet their needs for racing and performance. Now 30-year-old brothers have built serious Harley-Davidson flat trackers and high-performance bicycles for rogue racing, and even converted a pair of Harley-Davidson® Street Rod® motorcycles into snow bikes for use in the winter of ESPN X Hill climbing game.

"When we got LiveWire One, we immediately wanted to participate in the competition," said Aaron Guardado.

Last July, Shaun and Aaron participated in two LiveWire One bikes in the Roland Sands Super Hooligan Championship at the Laguna Seca Racecourse in California. The series is open to almost all motorcycles. In this event, the bicycles are not illuminated, but other aspects are in stock.

Aaron said: "These bikes are very fast and very fun to ride, but we wanted to find a way to improve performance." "We first used a set of carbon fiber wheels from BST to reduce the mass of rotation. Then we removed all the stock car bodies, And use it to make our own lightweight carbon fiber body parts molds. We also designed our own rear pedal controls to put us in a more aggressive posture in road racing."

The LiveWire One bike prepared for SMCO was shown on Autopia last weekend, with an unpainted carbon fiber body.

"This project really pushed us to adopt some new technologies," Aaron said. "For example, we learned to use CAD and 3D printers to create post-groups."

All carbon fiber bodies made by the Guardado brothers use the stock installation points on LiveWire One, and if other car owners are interested, these parts may be sold in the future.

Earle Motors: E/MULHOLLAND CUSTOM When designer Alex Earle needs to relax, he often does it on his LiveWire One electric motorcycle.

"I spent a lot of time cycling on the road, but I found that LiveWire One is a perfect decompression street ride," said Earle, who teaches dynamic sports design at the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California. "I live near the bottom of Mulholland Drive, a famous and very winding road that winds up from Los Angeles to the mountains. On weekends, cars and bicycles are crazy, but during the week No one was there one night in the city. It’s like my private road. Unlike the internal combustion bike, the LiveWire One is quiet, stable and cool. I can run up Mulholland Road or Dirk Canyon Road, in the old place or at the Rock Store Stop. This is a great escape."

Earle Motors is more like a way out of Earle's creativity than a business. He turned his creative design to his LiveWire One in a very dramatic way.

"At first this bike was intimidating because it was electric," Earle said. "For example, there is no exhaust, which is always a simple starting point for customization. And there is no fuel tank. I have two goals-to consolidate the design and adjust the ergonomics to make myself comfortable. I want it to be like a tailor-made suit fit."

Earle replaced most of the body with parts of his own design, made of composite materials on a 3D printer, except for the "fuel tank" in front of the seat, which covers tightly packed electronic devices that cannot be reshaped. He removed the rear fender and lights, and replaced the tail with a tail he made of welded steel.

"I drew an electronic device cover that looks like a fuel tank in Synthetic Haze. This is a gray to blue gradient developed during World War II to help the plane be less visible in the sky, thereby reducing the outline of the entire bicycle. ," Earle said. "I filled the space under that lid with a new fin, which wraps around the front of the seat. The shape of the fin is the same as the shape of the fin on the battery box in the center of the bicycle."

The parts that Earle removed contained air intakes to cool the electronic components, and instead of this cooling capacity, he created hollow channels in the heat sinks through which the coolant could circulate. Show the two small hoses on the bicycle to transport the coolant to the finned heat exchanger located between the front forks. To create this part, Earle produced detailed drawings and asked Mimic 3D to digitally scan the entire motorcycle. His drawings and scans were handed over to PROTOTYP3, a company founded by two of his former students. They recreated it with CAD and then integrated the parts with a 3D printer.

"Surprisingly, when I got the parts, the holes were perfectly aligned with the mounting points on the bike." Earle said. "Now, this is an idea, not a feature. I have no way to test it, but I designed it so I think it will work. The next step will be to 3D print it with aluminum."

The lower body behind the front wheels is designed as an air curtain to smooth the flow around the battery box. Its bright orange is designed to attract attention and reduce the perceived contour of the bicycle. Earle removed the original headlight and its cabin to install three LED lights.

"The new tail section and custom motard-style seat I designed increased the seat height by a few inches, which fits my 6-foot-3 frame very well," Earle said. "Saddlemen covered the seats with black leather, which looked great. I also installed a chrome-plated handlebar lower than stock, chrome-plated, because it won’t be worn out when I transport the bike.”

The final customization details can be found on Earl’s logo for the new charging port cover, which combines the number 23 (he has always used his game style habit) with the elk antler design also used in the old place. .

"Some of the inspiration for this project came from my students, who showed up in class with these computers they made. They are liquid-cooled," Earle said. "For 70 years, people have been riding motorcycles the same way, but what will happen in the future when bicycles are electric? How will this generation customize bicycles? They can 3D print their own parts. They can cool electronic devices with liquids. I hope this project can be posted on Instagram so that a 17-year-old child in Portugal can see it and be inspired. That will be the future of customization."