Motorized Bicycle!

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  1. Cowboy Camper

    Cowboy Camper New Member

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    How's THIS for a Mod, Folks? Add an Engine to your typical Bicycle! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cool">

    Has anyone ever tried this one before? Here's an Example of what one would look like.

    <img src="http://inlinethumb57.webshots.com/43960/2462001400100500874S500x500Q85.jpg" border=0>

    And Here's a Link for y'all to order one too! [url="https://www.bicycle-engines.com/index.php?osCsid=3bc3e4708051206c2413d59d32c23caa]Engine Kit[/url]<hr>A few days ago I tried one out from a Neighbor friend of mine who got one from a Family member, but he didn't know how to Start the thing.

    I hopped on it, cranked the pedals some.... and took off when the Engine Started Up! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cool">

    I just ordered a Kit for myself and it should be here soon. I'll keep y'all posted with Pics of my next new 'Motorcycle'!

    <hr><center><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper">~ Scott. ~ <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_happycamper.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Happy Camper">
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    bullfiddle New Member

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    I have thought about doing that, but we bought our bikes for exercise and I would feel guilty motoring around. Than again I havent rode my bike in a couple of years anyway. Looks like fun.

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    Cowboy Camper New Member

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    I do realize that most folks get bikes to Exercise. Heck, I'm in the same boat, huh? I sure could USE some exercise theses days!

    But when my knees crap out on me, this Engine sure could be a Salvation, huh? <hr> It just so happens that this looks like it could be a heck of a lot of Fun too! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">
     
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    Cowboy I have one rode 1 time about killed myself. 30+mph chain locked up skided about 45'.....Still working on it when i get time chain was too slack.

    FUN FUN FUN......
     
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    the video looks cool.

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    Ha! I like the break in instructions.

    1st gallon…………….…...7 ounces of oil to 1 gallon gas (Do not run engine past 1/2 throttle)

    2nd gallon………………..6 ounces of oil to 1 gallon gas (Do not run engine past 3/4 throttle)


    It would take you forever to break in that engine!

    I full bore my 2 strokes right out of the box or after a rebuild.

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    That reminds me of the Moped I had as a kid.


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  8. Cowboy Camper

    Cowboy Camper New Member

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    When the neighbor first told me about it, I had thought that it was a Moped. After seeing his, I knew this was some sort of an 'add on kit'. So.. I Googled "Motorized Bicycle" and sure enough, it was the first link on the list. A couple days later I talked DW into letting me buy one. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

    I saw them break in instructions too. Hmm. Seems like it would be a bit difficult to only run it at half throttle and 3/4 throttle for so long. My thinking is this. I'll use the recommended mix for the first two tanks of gas/oil, but I'll follow some rather 'old school' teachings on how to break in an engine. Take it easy at first, but don't baby it. And every once in a while give a full throttle run briefly. This allows the rings to wear in to the cylinder under various working loads and not get too set in any position.

    I do the same thing when breaking in new brake pads or shoes. Don't ram rod the new brakes from the start, but don't baby them either. Once in a while you should press a little harder on them to really break them into the rotors or drums. I'm sure I'm not explaining this very well, but that's what I've learned from studying things from the '50's and 60's cars Break In procedures.<hr> I'll forewarn y'all. You'll get a real good laugh after I post the pics of my bike. It's a real piece of crap and quite ugly. But after the install it'll do 35 MPH. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile"> Oh, and I'll be sure to be careful about that chain slack thing. Thanks for letting me know about that one.
     
  9. Tahoein Bunch

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    Cowboy these things are Chinese not really well made but really fun.

    http://motorbicycling.com/

    Go here they answer all kinds of questions, Almost as nice as the portal.

    Edited by - Tahoein Bunch on March 29 2009 21:24:31
     
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    Xolthrax Franconia, Pa.

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    Scott, I get in enough trouble on my own, thank you! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">


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    I've seen an advertising for this type motor kit for the bike also. It sure has my interest.

    http://www.clutchpoppers.com/

    I emailed this outfit (located in Michigan) and asked them if it would work on my bike with just the coaster brake (where you reverse the direction of your peddles) rather than the handle bar squeeze grip type of brakes and they relied that it would.

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  12. Cowboy Camper

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    <BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote> ...if it would work on my bike with just the coaster brake... <hr height=1 noshade id=quote></BLOCKQUOTE id=quote></font id=quote><font face="Verdana,Arial,Helvetica" size=2 id=quote>

    I can assure you for Certain that this kit WILL work with a coaster brake. The neighbor's bike I tried out is of the type with the coaster brake.

    Now then, did I pay any attention to the brakes before I just took off at full speed down the sidewalk? Heck no!! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Shock"> Lucky for me, I'm smart enough to figure these things out for myself by the time I got to the culdesac where I wanted to slow down and turn around. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile"> <hr> OK, so My bike has front and rear hand brakes and will soon also have the hand Clutch for the engine. I already have a Plan in mind to account for the fact that I do not have three hands available to operate three hand levers, and unlike ~ <sub>nevermind</sub> ~ I will tell y'all what that plan is right now.

    I'll install that Clutch lever on the left handlebar (where it belongs) in a position that will allow me to operate it with my thumb. This will leave the rest of the fingers to operate the normal hand brake ~ Rear wheel, BTW. The Front Brake lever on the right handlebar should not interfere with the twist throttle at all, just like a real Motorcycle. <hr> FYI, to those who who don't know.

    A real Motorcycle's Clutch is operated by the Left hand, the Throttle is twisted by the Right hand, the Front brake is operated by the right hand, and the Rear brake is operated by the Right Foot. The Shifter is operated by the Left foot. <hr><hr> Hmm. Thinking a little here, I may have to swap the brake lever positions to fit my Motorcycle know how. If I'm not mistaken, the hand brakes may be reversed on a Bicycle. I'll be sure to look into this as I do the Install. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper">
     
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    I checked out the brake levers tonight after work. I'll have to swap them over to fit with the Motorcycle know how of operation. That shouldn't be much of a chore though.

    I wonder if it would be worth my while to get a rear wheel with a coaster brake on it. Not only for more of a motorcycle type of Foot Rear brake operation (and thus easier use of the clutch and Both brakes) but I also don't imagine that I'll be pedaling too often once the engine is installed. Hmm. ... <hr> Does anyone know if a Coaster brake can be had on a wheel that also supports multiple speeds/gears that are on the mountain style type of 10/15/18 Speed Pedal bike?

    Well... no. That ain't gonna work, is it. The reason the multi speed bikes free wheel in reverse (pedaling) is so that the derailer/shifting mechanism doesn't get kicked back out of whack. <hr> I guess I'm just thinking about stuff here folks. I'm sure there will be times when I want or need to use the bike as Standard, and with that I'll want all possible manual gearing available to me.

    But if anyone has any ideas on how to make the rear brake work with a foot, I'm open to them. Otherwise, I'll just mount the clutch lever to be operated with the thumb while the fingers operate the rear brake. Besides, if I'm wanting to brake, chances are good that I'll also be wanting to clutch as well. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile"> <hr><hr> Again, just thinking about things to myself on this. BTW, I want to thank you guys for those links provided. Motorbicycling.com was particularly interesting to check out, and I'll be looking more and more into that one to make sure I'm not gonna get a danged Ticket with this thing. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Shock"> Thanks for the link! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper">
     
  14. Yellowkayak

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    First I persoanlly would not buy a GAS powered one...even at 100 MPG. I'd get an electric scooter, and hook up my solar panel charging system to charge the batteries. Looking at that gas engine, you could seriously burn your legs on that engine..another negative. Made in China...another negative. Three negatives...go electric.

    http://kidsonroll.com/ElectricScooters/

    Only negative....made in China too. Not very many made in the US or Europe.

    JJ

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    Cowboy Camper--here's an idea from my youth for an easy-to-operate right foot rear brake: jam your shoe between the wheel and frame! My rear brakes didn't work on a bike I rode when I was in junior high and had to ride down a big hill to soccer practice. It wore the shoe out quickly, but it WAS effective!

    Of course, big difference if you're going anywhere NEAR 35 mph. . .

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    Or how about using an index-shifter on the left handlebar grip as you mentioned before? Instead of being spring-operated to return to an engaged position (meaning you'd have to apply constant pressure and attention to disengage it,) an index shifter you could use your thumb and engage/disengage by moving it from one end to the other with your thumb. In other words, no automatic engage. Just a thought!

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    Sorry, JJ. I already Ordered the Gas Engine. In fact, it just arrived today. BTW, those Electrics seemed more based at a Kid's weight, not my Adult weight. And they sure were a bit more Pricey compared the the kit that was delivered today. <hr> As for my project... WOW! There's a Lot of parts involved in this one! This is gonna be a heck of an install, I'll tell ya. But I will manage it. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

    One of my concerns was holding the Clutch in to use the bike as a bike. Well, it already includes a Manual Clutch Lock so that I don't have to keep the clutch released with my thumb to use the bike as a bike. Good deal!

    This will also help as I re configure the Brake Levers and ultimately install this kit.

    When the weather breaks for me to allow this Mod to my bike, I'll surely keep y'all up to date! Man, this is gonna be a Fun Project!! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_happycamper.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Happy Camper"> <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_scooter.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Scooter"> <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper">
     
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    I wonder if it would be possible to build a generator with this and mount it under the PUP.
     
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    I suppose a 2 cycle engine from a broken weed whacker or leaf blower could be geared to an alternator to recharge a camper battery. But it'd be pretty loud, and that would likely tick off the neighbors. Unless your a boon docker of course. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

    This Bike engine would not work for such an application though, cause it relies on "Popping the Clutch" basically to start it. There's no recoil starter on this one, like there is on a typical small engine. You pedal up to some speed, release the clutch and let the engine take over.

    It's also pretty small. 1.8 HP. I would think something bigger and more powerful would be needed to run a 110v generator. But I like the idea you have in mind! <hr> The weather should be OK to do the work on this tomorrow, so I hope to get to it. I plan on taking a few (OK, Lots!) of Pics and putting them into a new album at the Webshots Gallery. As I've said already, I'm sure y'all are gonna get a good <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_lol.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Laugh Out Loud"> out of the Bike that this is going on. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_eek.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Eek">

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper"> Scott.
     
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    you can get a pull start for them but i makes the engine wider, harder to clear pedals.
     

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