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Old 12-07-2010, 10:17 PM
Desmond Desmond is offline
Motorized Bicycle Newbie
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: SoCal
Posts: 12
Default Firmstrong (ha) first ride

I've replaced all the original fasteners, weaker brackets and did away with the switch to the throttle. I cobbled up the front motor mount and rear tank bracket from scrap. My attempts at a juice can tank were foiled by the rapid growth of rust in the grapefruit juice cans and heartburn set in from drinking it, so I took an easier route. Works well so far.

I rode a mile and the Hi stop coaster flange sheared right off. The front caliper brake is almost worthless. I feel like Wile E Coyote, so the bike is now named Acme. These bikes are a puzzle that takes some care to make right, but that seemed obvious when I opened the kit!

Ordered a set of stronger alloy 12G wheels with a Shimano coaster and disk brake hub in front. Manic Mechanic sprocket mount is on it's way. Need to cobble up a caliper bracket for my fork. Ideas appreciated.

I plan to mildly port the engine, add an expansion chamber with mower muffler and perhaps a carb. Should be fun...

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