She says that one of the motivating factors that pushed her to make the bike was "the desire to fulfill my dream of owning and riding my own e-bike. An experience I had cruising along a beautiful coast road on a rented bike was enough to convince me I needed to make one for myself."
And she did. The initial design concept was inspired by Steve McQueen's Triumph TR6 Trophy Scrambler motorcycle that he rides in "The Great Escape." But that wasn't the only ride that set the new project in motion. Evie was also influenced by the book "Lone Rider" by Elspeth Beard, who was one of the first English women to ride a motorcycle around the world on a BMW R60/6 in the 1970s.
After looking at multiple cafe racer and scrambler motorcycles, she decided to take inspiration from the Yamaha SR 250 Scrambler to construct the Electraply. She chose the SR 250 because it is one of the most popular donor bikes for custom scrambler motorcycle fabrication nowadays. The style of the bike, as well as its components, reliable engine motor, and durable frame, making it ideal for customization.
After much-needed research and proper CNC machining, the wooden e-bike started to take shape. Layers of sustainably sourced poplar ply, as well as some birch ply for the outside layers, are what make the Electraply…well, Electraply.
For added strength, the drop outs were made of stainless steel. What powers the bike is a 26" smart pie front-wheel motor and a 36v 12.5ah Yose power battery. Torque arms connect the motor to the front forks, reinforcing the drop outs on both sides.
The battery attachment plate was attached to the top of the frame, making it look like a motorcycle petrol tank. As for the seat, she tried to replicate the scrambler motorcycle seats' raised portion at the end.
Currently, Evie is seeking to start a Kickstarter campaign for those who want to own this beauty. But if you're the DIY type of person, you can also build this ride from scratch. The woodworker was generous enough to provide two free e-books that show step by step the process of making a wooden e-bike like hers. You can check it out on her website.