Re: 2nd build, a few questions (fork especially)
Here's the bike with the new fork- The steer is 1 inch, and it was 8 inches long so I had to hack off a couple inches- short work with a hacksaw.
Between the thinner tires (1.75 x 26" and not the knobby wide 2.25" cruiser tires) and the shock fork, vibration is much much less and more pleasant to ride- with the 36 tooth rear sprocket, she really rolls! The fork is a little heavier than the stock one- I got it on ebay.
Now I hope to get the extended muffler on somehow, with some pipe insulation "motor mounts", and the noise and vibration should be even less-
I'd really like to try a motor on some lightweight and narrow 700c wheels. That size would actually fit on this cruiser, but I'd have to get some road bike brakes.