Electric Harley ‘Batpod’ Motorcycle Lights Up eBay

The seller says the bike is “titled, registered, & insured as a street-legal 2002 Harley V-Rod,” but if you want to take him up on the flamethrower option, well, you might be wise to check with law enforcement where you live.

Yep, as though converting a wake-up-the-neighborhood muscle bike into a humming electric wasn’t enough, this one is done up Badpod style, outfitted with a flamethrower setup – and canons that can shoot 12 guage cartridges. And of course it’s for sale on eBay.

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The flamethrower in action (image from eBay seller’s YouTube video)

Offered originally at a buy-it-now price of $27,500, according to Autoblog.com, the electric motorcycle is currently on auction, with the latest bid at $15,700 and the auction set to last until 3 p.m. PDT this coming Sunday.

What makes this bike go? “At the heart of this system is the AC-20 electric motor (by HPEVS) with a Curtis 1238-7501 Motor Controller,” the seller writes. “This system is rated at 650amp, 82ftlbs torque, 65hp, 7500rpm with regenerative braking…. The entire system is powered by Optima Bluetop D34M batteries (AGM chemistry, qty 8), wired “in series” to provide 96VDC (nominal) to the system.”

The seller describes the bike as "very quiet and stealthy." (image via eBay)

The seller describes the bike as “very quiet and stealthy.” (image via eBay)

And the inspiration for the conversion. (image via Warner Bros.)

The inspiration for the conversion. (image via Warner Bros.)

Range as always is highly dependent on how the vehicle is operated, but think in the neighborhood of 40 miles on a charge, the seller says.

And the weapons systems? There’s a special note about those:

Although the flamethrowers and cannons are in a fully authentic & operable state as pictured, the cannon trigger breach blocks and flamethrower pressure release valves are NOT INCLUDED as part of this sale listing. Without these components, the weapons are INOPERABLE. These INOPERABLE weapons that are included as part of this specific sale are to be considered as DECORATION ACCESSORIES ONLY. …..BUT…..  If the BUYER wishes to take possession of the cannon trigger breach blocks and flamethrower pressure valves (required to make the weapons operable), then he must contact the SELLER and ask that these parts be donated and shipped separately (for free). The BUYER is under NO OBLIGATION to take possession of these extra parts.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

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