Whilst the guys at Omega Motors might not be the first to convert an old motorcycle into an electric steed, we’re pretty sure not many will have done it better than with this super cool Honda CB200. Boasting a vintage vibe aesthetically, this brilliant looking machine has definitely caught our eye here at Coolector HQ. This striking steed does a remarkable job of keeping things looking sleek and streamlined considering that all the tech needs to be on display with an electric bike (unlike with electric cars).
The Omega Motors Honda CB200 is the brainchild of Nick Nieminen, James Hollis and Ian Iott. Nick and James previously worked at the San Francisco e-bike company, Monday Motorbikes, and after they left, started thinking about the notion of a ‘modern classic’ electric motorcycle and the end result of this is the breathtaking e-bike you see before you.
For the Honda CB200, Omega Motors wanted a bike that performs like a modern-day electric vehicle but inspires similar emotions to the motorcycles that they’ve grown to love—rather than a boxy, futuristic aesthetic that is all too familiar in many of the electric motorbikes hitting the market right now. As such, keeping much of the original CB intact was a pivotal part of this build and the frame needed only subtle modifications in order to accommodate the electric components to make it an e-bike.
The Omega Motors Honda CB200 e-Bike uses an off-the-shelf motor from Golden Motor, rated at 5 kW nominal / 10 kW peak power. Omega added a Kelly Controls controller and then set about making their own PCB. Those are all packaged under the seat and the modified fuel tank; with the charging port being accessed via the gas cap. Central to this bike’s performance is the 1.6 kWh battery pack, which is designed and built specifically for the EV200.
Visually speaking, this bike is a treat with crisp white livery on the fuel tank joined by bright orange cables which have been included with the intention of mimicking the spark plug cables witnessed on older bikes. Up top, the original seat was trimmed down, then reappointed in brown leather for a classy, old-school visual impact that we’re loving here at The Coolector. The same leather has been deployed on the custom tank pad and a section of this lifts up to showcase the battery display screen. But there aren’t any visible digital things on show with this build as Omega rewired everything to work with the original speedo and switches and even managed to reuse the clutch lever as an analogue regenerative braking control. Old meets new with aplomb.