i have thought about this as well.
i dont see why it couldnt be part of a power recovery strategy. if you have or could get a motorcycle that has been wrecked, it would be easy to mount a genset and connect the 2 via a chain.
i like the idea because a lot of the smaller generators arent meant to run 24/7. most seem to have 2-3hr cycle times, whereas a motorcycle could idle/1st gear for much longer (assuming you can keep it cool)
This would be an EMERGENCY back-up generator, not full time. My cycle is water cooled, most back-up generators are air cooled, so I don't think overheating is an issue when running at idle, especially during Winter when this is most likely to be used.
This would NOT be hooked up to an alternator, but to an electric motor, and only if a back-up generator was needed. The cycle could be rolled onto a roller assembly that turns the generator flywheel, and rolled off again if needed for transportation. If you've seen a dynometer, then you know what I'm thinking about.
Seems to be a lot of naysayers here. BTW, If you think going to the store and buying another 2 stroke engine is the answer, then you might be on the wrong forum.
Then I recommend that you have a very strong support for the generator (made of steel) and not attached to the frame of the bike (typically aluminum).
Good luck with the project!
josh mccormick wrote:Motorcycles are gas pigs? I get 50mpg minimum at an average of 75 mph. There is a reason third world countrys are filled with bikes they are cheap, easy to maintain, and get great gas mileage. Unless you are reffering to a boss hoss( v8 powered bike) or some of the ludicrous bikes produced in the last decade with motors over 2000cc (110ci). My bike is more efficient than those god awful prius' and you don't have all the toxic materials from making the batteries,wiring, and plastic bodywork
I believe Dale was referring to motorcycle engines being less efficient than car engines in terms of work done per amount of gasoline used. Just making up numbers, but we could assume that it will take twice as much gasoline to accelerate a Prius from 0 to 60 MPH as compared to a motorcycle. While the motorcycle used half as much gas, the Prius engine was twice as efficient because the Prius weighs four times as much as the motorcycle. Since the OP's idea is to use a stationary vehicle, we are left with a scenario where the weight of the vehicle does not matter.