Re: Tandem w/ shift kit?
May I submit a donor bike?! I've got experience building two motorbikes in the past year and am ready for my next challenge. The biggest drawback to these things is riding side by side while trying to talk to someone....down right dangerous! So why not a tandem? I started poking around on the Forum for info while at the same time looking for a bike to be my next victim. Just picked up this 5-speed tandem on Saturday.
This post led me to your site, and I think a shift kit would be the right way to go on a tandem. I really don't need 2 big long chains slapping around. After looking over your kit, here's my thoughts
Mount the motor up front in the "normal" spot. Jack shaft across, and then chain back to the free wheel sprocket in the second rider's(2) position. Somehow we'd have to add a sprocket to the "hard" side of the (2) freewheel sprocket, and chain that up to the first rider's(1) crank...that way no mods would have to be done to the (1) assembly. From the pictures you can see the (2) sprockets are bolted together, so it would nice to take the sprocket we need and add it to your freewheel assembly.
What do you think? Any info you can provide would be helpful---looking forward to getting started!