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Old 02-21-2011, 10:46 AM
EliCash EliCash is offline
Motorized Bicycle Newbie
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: USA
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Default Cranbrook Pre-Build Mockup and Advice

Not sure if this should be here, or in the classic/board tracker forum, but...

Hi everyone. I'm new here, and very new to this motor bicycle scene. Just starting to learn about motor bicycling and how popular it is among home-builders. I had seen the Derringer cycles and the Imperial Cycles that were being sold for ridiculous prices years ago, but never thought to go and make my own. Then I just yesterday stumbled across this forum which is an amazing resource.

So I'm thinking of building my first motor bicycle. I love the classic look of the old style motor bicycles and would like to go with that style. I also want to build this thing on a budget as it's my first and I just want a taste for it.

Seeing that the Huffy Cranbrook is such a cheap complete bike, I figured I'd use that one as my base. I've been messing around in photoshop and have come up with this (colors will be different):

What do you think?

Some questions I have that I hope you may be able to answer:

The engine kit I'd like to use is the BGF engine kit. I've read varying reviews that people have posted regarding mounting this kit to this frame. Is it a relatively easy mounting process? And since the Huffy is a coaster brake bike, will there be any issues with installation on the rear wheel?

The tank is an Imperial Cycles tank, so I'm assuming it should install pretty easily, no? What kind of hardware is required to mount a tank like this to the frame of the bicycle?

And finally, the setback seatpost.... Can't figure out where to get one of these that will take a saddle with standard rails on the bottom. And I don't know how I could make one myself. Any tips?

Again, I'm new to all of this so it's all a learning process, and I appreciate any advice you might be able to share.


Last edited by EliCash; 02-21-2011 at 10:57 AM.
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