Suzuki Leafy Savage by Night Shift Bikes

All Photography: Harlin Miller

A common theme amongst many custom bike outfitters is the moonlight build. With their day jobs acting as a means to pay the bills, the passion kicks in once it’s time to clock out. Such is the case for Matt Candler, owner of Night Shift Bikes, who worked to build out electric bikes after the sun set on his 9-5er.

This particular build, dubbed the Leafy Savage, is one such finished product that shows Matt’s got some serious talent in the arena. It’s built out of a 2003 Suzuki Savage but looks born for the electric lifestyle. In the rear hub lies a black motor, hooked up by Enertrac. Cleary it doesn’t need a transmission but you can see the wires connected from the motor to the main Kelly controller -rated for 250 amps- under the bike’s swing arm.

He also gutted the motor for obvious reasons and replaced it with a Nissan Leaf battery pack of cells producing a total of 116 volts. Based on its current configuration the bike boasts a range of 100 miles on a full charge. However, this is easily adjustable thanks to the bike’s Eltek charger that provides up to 3000 watts and 220 volts. Matt also equipped the bike with upgraded shocks, a kickstand mod, rear disc brake and LED lighting. Who said electric motorcycles couldn’t be serious.