Motorized Bicycle Engine Kit Forum  

Sponsors



Go Back   Motorized Bicycle Engine Kit Forum > Motorized Bicycle > Motorized Cruiser Bicycles

Motorized Cruiser Bicycles The beach cruiser has always been great bicycles to motorize. They just look good with a motor. Use this section to share and discuss about motorizing this classic.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-29-2015, 11:28 PM
msrfan msrfan is offline
Motorized Bicycle Elite Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,600
Default Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

My friend Wyatt is 14 and is the son of my good friend Jeff, (we go way back). Jeff's got a Whizzer that I've been storing in pieces for about 25 years. I'll start that thread later. Anyway, Wyatt got interested in a motorbike so I gave him an old beat up Kulana Moon Dog and promised to sell him one of my left over Chinese motor kits and help him with the build. He wanted a regular one-speed cruiser so we stripped it down and got rid of the hand brakes and gears. Then his dad shaved all the brake and cable mounts off and had it powder coated a nice green. I laced a Shimano coaster hub into the rear with heavy spokes and rounded up a moped front drum. As soon as I fab a brake plate bracket to attach to the forks, then I'll lace it into the front rim with heavy spokes. That's where we're at right now but Wyatt has a lot of ideas about the way he wants the rest of the bike to look. Meanwhile a guy Jeff works with sell's Jeff his motorized cruiser and we'll be getting it running soon. That makes seven or eight bikes I'm working on now. Got to keep busy.









Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-30-2015, 03:02 AM
Dingbad Dingbad is offline
Motorized Bicycle Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Huntington beach
Posts: 1
Default Re: Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

Hey that looks like my bike (dingbad)/Wyatt
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-30-2015, 05:28 AM
silverbear's Avatar
silverbear silverbear is offline
The Boy Who Never Grew Up
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: northeastern Minnesota
Posts: 8,147
Default Re: Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

Hey Wyatt,
Welcome to the forum. Lucky you having a cool project and the help of msrfan to make it happen right. Listen closely as you can learn a lot from this guy... one of the best teachers you'll ever have. Take notes; there will be a quiz.
SB
__________________
Someday when I grow up I will probably lose interest in toys with wheels, but until then...
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-31-2015, 08:58 PM
msrfan msrfan is offline
Motorized Bicycle Elite Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,600
Default Re: Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

OOPS! We got a little ahead of ourselves on the powder coating and didn't provide a welded nub for the brake plate. So a couple hours of fab work yielded a usable clamp set-up.





Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-09-2015, 09:52 AM
msrfan msrfan is offline
Motorized Bicycle Elite Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,600
Default Re: Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

I got the front wheel all laced up with heavy spokes and painted. Wyatt's picking up some tires and dealing with opening up the sprocket to fit over the coaster brake dust shield. If the brake arm hits the bolt heads, I countersink the holes and use flush screws instead of distorting the arm. I told him about hub mounted sprocket holders, but this is a budget build. He may also purchase one of my extra moped fuel tanks, depending on how it looks. Got to be better than the Chinese tank. More pics to come soon.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-17-2015, 12:47 AM
msrfan msrfan is offline
Motorized Bicycle Elite Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,600
Default Re: Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

We got the rear sprocket installed and the bike rides very nice. Wyatt's happy and ready to motorize it.








Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-14-2015, 12:24 AM
msrfan msrfan is offline
Motorized Bicycle Elite Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,600
Default Re: Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

Wyatt brought his bike over today and we fit the gas tank to the frame and began installing the engine. Once I make a custom rear mount, it should bolt in nicely. It shouldn't take too long to finish and be on the road.





Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-14-2015, 05:38 AM
silverbear's Avatar
silverbear silverbear is offline
The Boy Who Never Grew Up
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: northeastern Minnesota
Posts: 8,147
Default Re: Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

If I were Wyatt I'd be getting pretty excited about now. Can you imagine being twelve or thirteen again and some kind elders were making you a motor bike? A cool motorbike!!!? This is the stuff a boy's dreams are made of. In another time and place a boy dreamed of his first pony, riding free with the wind in his hair. Woohoo!
SB
__________________
Someday when I grow up I will probably lose interest in toys with wheels, but until then...
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-14-2015, 03:37 PM
KCvale KCvale is offline
Motorized Bicycle Elite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Phoenix,AZ
Posts: 3,698
Default Re: Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

Spiffy.
But does the kid know the rules of road?
Mixing with traffic at high speeds with no experience driving a car or the rules is not really wise in my book.
__________________
KC's Krusiers Builds
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-14-2015, 06:35 PM
msrfan msrfan is offline
Motorized Bicycle Elite Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,600
Default Re: Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

Quote:
Originally Posted by KCvale View Post
Spiffy.
But does the kid know the rules of road?
Mixing with traffic at high speeds with no experience driving a car or the rules is not really wise in my book.
No yet, but he has lots of dirt bike experience on and off the track and his dad is very involved with this project. Pop owns a Whizzer and is very protective of his boys, so together we'll make sure he learns the rules and never goes out without us until he's old enough. His motorcycling experience will make riding the Moon Dog a lot easier so he can watch the road once the controls become second nature.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:05 PM.


Sponsors

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
MotorBicycling.com