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1993 EV Warrior
Bricklin Electric Bicycle

  • Premiere Collector Edition
  • Full electric, electric assist, or pedal
  • Aluminum frame
  • 26" wheels
  • Shimano  515 6-speed rear hub set
  • 20+ MPH top speed
  • 15-20 mile range (full electric)
  • Halogen headlights, LED tail/brake lights

EV Warrior Technical Data

I am looking for any manuals, advertisements, schematics, and other literature for the EV Warrior so I can set up a free online technical resource library for other owners.  If you have EV Warrior literature and are willing to share, please send a scan to me at posti@aol.com.
December 12, 2016 - The EV Warrior was available in a many colors, but the most popular seems to be yellow like mine.  The rear motor cover is very susceptible to damage when the top-heavy bike falls over, so it seems that all the NOS yellow covers got sold a long time ago.  I was able to pick up some NOS green, blue, and purple covers for $2.50 each, and a friend in the car club painted them for me using some PPG paint I had mixed up to match.  In the lower left photo, the best of the covers and a once-blue handlebar pod cover are in the center next to the original items.  The color match is perfect, and I had reproduction logo stickers made up.  The original items are on the right.  I installed the new items on the bike and it looks great.  I can keep the originals and the two other spare covers set aside.
November 9, 2016 - I've taken steps both to make the EV Warrior maintainable and restorable.  While mine is almost new in most areas, it has a damaged and very hard to find taillight.  And much of the electronics, such as the control unit, is critical and no longer available.  A seller on eBay offered not only a nice taillight for $12 with shipping, but also had a complete EV Warrior for $135.  Unfortunately, you had to pick up the bike in California.  However, he also offered all of the unique electronics for the same price post-paid!  The parts arrived today, carefully packed and in great shape.  The Catseye computer came to life with a battery, and looks new.  I also got the EV Warrior logo stickers duplicated by StickerYou.com so that I can get the NOS purple rear cover painted to match the bike and still have the correct logo just like it came new. 
October 24, 2016 - The full comic is now available on the EV Warrior Technical Data page!
October 5, 2016 - Marketing is a funny thing - and sometimes it is downright hilarious. Case in point - the EV Warriors comic book #1, featuring an entire super-hero team based on the EV Warrior Electric Bicycle! I have not been able to find a sales folder, shop manual, owner's manual, or even a magazine ad for my 1993 Bricklin EV Warrior, but the comic book I ordered from Amazon showed up today and was every bit as ridiculous as you might expect.  The Team Leader is Cyclotron, and they are fighting the evil Dr. Plague using EV Warrior electric bicycles for ground troops. After all, it is 'America's Solution to Pollution,' at least according tot the center page spread.  I suppose it is not all that silly since the EV Warrior was targeted to Yuppies and idealistic kids who wanted to fight the demon of combustion engines with electric vehicles. Oh, who am I kidding? This is absolutely ridiculous! Fun, though. I now have justification for building my EV Warrior Cave and my Fortress of EV Warrior!
October 3, 2016 - Look!  Up in the sky!  It's a bike!  Its electric!  It's EV WARRIOR!  OK - not a super-bike.  But would you believe it had its own comic book?  EV Warriors #1 (and probably only) promotional comic book is on its way to me from a seller on Amazon.  Published by the Electric Bicycle Company in 1996, it is 36 pages of action-packed electric bicycle adventures.  I can hardly wait to see what they put together.  I can't find an owner's manual, repair manual, or even a magazine advertisement - but I have a comic book!
September 24, 2016 - Although slightly too new to be registered for my antique car club's Wings and Wheels show, the EV Warrior was a big hit both with spectators and with me.  I used it all day to run back and forth between taking photos, judging, setting up presentations, and running errands.  At the end of the day, it still had two-thirds charge.  A lot of people thought it was a new product, and the bike got lots of attention.  I must have gone over its history a dozen times.  The general consensus was that just about everyone thought it was not only a cool ride, but wondered where they could get one for themselves.  I had a great time zipping about the field - it was perfect for what I needed!  One lesson learned - the field was still wet from nearly a week of rain, and the drive bar would slip on full throttle.  Easy acceleration worked fine.
September 23, 2016 - My EV Warrior is one of the earliest production models from 1993 - there were a couple of design changes, including replacing a removable plug for covering the charger port with a pivoting hard cover.  I lost one on the very first ride on the bike, but there were four of them with the original bike pack.  Obviously they knew it was easy to fall out.  Instead of swapping out for the later version, I made an easy fix for the original style.  I put a securing line through it and fastened it inside the motor cage.  That prevents the plug from being lost even if it vibrates loose.
September 16, 2016 - The EV Warrior is looking spiffy with its new RH mirror.  One of the most critical items for an electric bicycle is its battery charger.  I was able to find a NOS unit on eBay and got it in yesterday.  At first it looked to be dead as it would not power up, but when I opened it up a spade connector had come off a transformer contact.  After pushing the contact back into place and putting the case back together, the unit worked perfectly (The one on the left with the lights on).  I also got in a 1995 Popular Science magazine with a centerfold article on the EV Warrior (check my EV Warrior Technical Data page to see it).  Pedaling the bike has been frustrating, as it seemed to be geared too low.  The hub setup is Shimano 515, a good name brand. I checked the gear cluster tonight. The protective cage around the rear derailleur had gotten bent in and was holding the derailleur back so it could not engage the highest two gears.  Once I bent it back out, I had full gears again.  A quick test ride showed I can pedal and assist or even roll pedal only at a decent speed.  This will greatly increase the EV Warrior's range. 
September 10, 2016 - I got a big box of NOS EV Warrior parts in from Staton Inc. that included a new right hand mirror.  I pulled the blanking plug and installed the mirror, but saved the plug as an 'original' part.  I took the bike out again today, this time putting 6.2 miles on it and showing just under a third discharge at the end.  Top speed was 21.3 (see computer image at left) and I estimate the  range to be 18-20 miles, so the EV is exceeding manufacturer claims even with a large guy riding it.  It probably helps to have the improved 22 amp-hour batteries instead of the EV's original 17 Amp-Hour set.  Still, I am very pleased with the performance.  Now I just need to figure some sort of rack or seatback bag for carrying small items and it will make a great small errand vehicle.  Out of curiosity, I checked the specs of one of the most highly-rated 2016 electric bikes out - the Specialized Turbo Levo FSR.  It provides 'assist' for 25-55 miles, has a 20 MPH top speed, and weighs 50 lbs.  It costs $5500.  Considering the EV Warrior is 23 years old, I'd say it is doing well to have full electric drive for 18-20 miles, better than 21 MPH top speed, and just fifteen pounds heavier!
September 9, 2016 - The replacement taillight came in today and looks good.  I was lucky to find a NOS unit right when I needed it.  I also picked up a spare charger on eBay tonight.  I plan to hang onto the EV Warrior - it is fun to ride, takes up very little space, and doesn't need much of anything.  Not that I am not buying up a bunch of spares.  When you can get a new wiring harness for seventy-five cents and a spare motor box cover for $1, it is foolish not to grab what you can.  The one area that is amazingly lacking is literature.  So far I have found absolutely nothing other than some Internet news articles.  No sales folders, no manuals, not even an advertisement!  For all the press the EV Warrior got when it was new, there seems have been nothing done to promote it.  I took it for another long ride today.  I want to try the range out on it.  I've had it up to 19 miles per hour, but even going 4 miles has not really shown much discharge. 
September 5, 2016 - I got confirmation on the wiring hookup, and plugged the security module in.  It worked great - when the EV is turned on, the motors are isolated from power until you press the remote.  The unit beeps, and you have power to the motors until you turn it off.  Then you need the remote to activate the motors again.  I used the EV for a real run today - rode it over to a friend's house about 2 miles away.  The EV reached better than 18 MPH and showed no appreciable discharge.  I think the evening ride with the halogen lights going took a bit of the operating voltage.
September 3, 2016 - I got a big surprise today - the batteries I ordered just Wednesday night arrived today in the mail!  The bike was all ready for them, so I got the new ones installed and hooked up the official EV Warrior charger.  It charged up full in just ten minutes, so I put the back cover back on and checked it out. If you look at the console display, you'll see the power use meter showing 0.22 power usage and a green bar showing full charge (on the right of the display).  The weather dried out this evening, and before it got dark I took the EV out for its first ride.  Everything works perfectly. I got up to 17.2 MPH with just electric drive, and just shy of 20 pedaling some to assist Horn, lights, and flasher all worked great.  I did have one mishap before I started, though.  While checking the air pressure in the back tire, I knocked it over and the back tail light assembly got broken.  Luckily, I had already located a replacement unit on eBay and it is now purchased.  I need to be really careful - the bike is very top-heavy, but so well balanced that you don't realize it until it starts to go over!
September 1, 2016 - The first flicker of life for the EV Warrior came in the form of a new battery for the cycling computer (top left).  Once I installed the new 2032 battery, the computer came on and works fine - just had to set the wheel size (2030).  That console it sits on has a lot of electronics in it (top right) that look new - hopefully they will work as well once I get the batteries in next week.  I also got a new security fob and receiver (left) dropped off by the seller - this prevented the electronics from working unless the owner was there.  However, my EV Warrior is an early model with some differences, and I cannot find an old receiver anywhere on the bike.  It may not have been equipped with the device.  Later models also had a disc front brake and LED turn signals in the mirrors that mine doesn't have.  While looking for parts, I came across a site with new factory EV Warrior stuff for silly prices - five cents for a full set of side reflectors, $1 for the rear top motor cover, seventy-five cents for a main wiring harness.  Staton. Inc carries parts for a variety of equipment. I ordered almost everything they carry for the EV Warrior as spares.
August 31, 2016 - With no space in the garages or driveway, you'd think I would not be adding to the inventory, right?  Wrong.  I picked up an EV Warrior Electric Bicycle today.  The EV Warrior was brainchild of Malcolm Bricklin of Bricklin SV-1 fame (a gull-wing 'safety' vehicle built in the mid 1970s) and Dr. Malcolm Currie, former Chairman and CEO of Hughes Aircraft, GM Delco and former Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. They formed the Electric Bicycle Company and came out with the EV Warrior in 1993.  The rider could pedal unaided by the motors, or could activate them with a thumb switch on the handle bar. That took the bike up to 20 mph for about 15 miles before it needed a charge. It featured LED brake/tail lights and headlights, and incorporated a CatsEye cycling computer.  The EV Warrior has an aluminum frame and is set up to work as a 6-speed mountain bike.  The electric drive used two 12-24-volt electric motors powered by two 12-volt sealed batteries, and is housed in box behind the seat that straddles the rear wheel. The suggested retail price was $1,399 to $1,899, depending on options.  As you might expect, a bicycle, even one with electric motors, was a hard sell at that price, and the company filed for bankruptcy in 1997. 

This particular EV Warrior is one of the first, a 1993 Premiere Collector Edition in bright yellow.  It was originally won by someone in a 1993 promotional; giveaway who had no use for it and stuck it in his attic.  The Warrior was then purchased by a now-deceased friend in the antique car club to display with his son's Bricklin SV-1 car.  The EV Warrior was never actually used - the tires (at right) still have the flashing on the tread and I unwrapped the factory tie from the charger cable.  Except for some minor bumps and scratches, it is in like-new condition.  However, the 23 year-old batteries will have to be replaced.  They were readily available, and I ordered a set tonight.  I am hoping to locate an owner's manual, as the electronics are fairly complex.  On the bright side, the EV Warrior looks like it is nearly perfect and should work fine once the batteries come.  Oh, and the remote fob that unlocks it is being dropped off to me tomorrow.  The batteries should be here next week.

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