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Old 07-09-2013, 12:31 PM
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Default Re: Motorized Bicycle Take a Tip...Leave a Tip

I bought a camera the other day because I have a handful of mods and tricks that might be useful. But I've found that this cheap camera takes awful photos.
Oh, well........... Guess I'd better get a better camera.

Still, a couple of the photos I took are good enough. So I'll post them and I'll post some others when I can get decent pictures together.004.jpg

The first one is my front motor mount. The downtube is wrapped in some neoprene-like material. Over that, top and bottom, is some 1/2 by 1/8 steel. The muffler clamps clamp over this. I think that I've got any stresses involved spread over that down tube quite well. You need to drill through the 'crowns' of the muffler clamps in order to put a 1/2 x 1/8 steel bridge (actually I think mine is more like 3/4 x 1/8) between them. Another bridge between the two motor studs of the same material. Bolt these two bridges together, and you've got a motor mount. WARNING; don't make my mistake. This needs to be bolted by more than one bolt. Otherwise the engine will tip. How could I be so dumb? I got mine solid by doing a bit of wedging. And I'll know better on the next one I make. Those bridges will likely be made out of 1x1/8 and bolted with three of four nuts and bolts.

The next photo is my rear cargo rack. It's a very ordinary rear rack of the $25 or so variety, painted to match the bike. I added a rectangular cargo platform made out of 1/2 x 1/8 steel strips, bolted through the rack. Also bolt on a couple of loops of lashing strap material. Add a couple of lashing straps, through these loops, and you have a cargo platform that'll hold a good sized duffel bag without the danger of it's sliding over and then down into the wheel.

That's it for now, but I'll be back.
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