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Motorized Tandems, Trikes and Recumbent Bicycles Trikes (tricycle) and recumbent bicycles can give the ultimate in comfort for cruising on long trips or just around town. Ad an engine and they will really turn some heads.

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Old 12-19-2014, 09:04 PM
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Thankyou intrepid....not meaning to hijack this post but figured I'd add some
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Old 12-19-2014, 09:26 PM
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Very nice trike! That looks like it would be a lot more stable with how long and wide it is. I would do frame modifications, but that is outside my current capabilities and way out of my skill set. The reason I always bolt my stuff together is because I don't know how to weld, don't want to spend the money to have someone else do it, and it works. 30 sounds like it should be good for that. The reason I'm topping off around 10 is because this is just to putt around at swap meets, car shows, and maybe go around the corner to the store.
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Old 12-19-2014, 09:32 PM
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From the seat back and crash bars and foot pad areas I built..frame is just a simplex chopped behind the seat.
I know getting things welded is hard for people though. You can cheat on width easy but at 10mph it may not be worth other alterations I understand.
Lots of people are happy with the adult trike conversions...you will be too
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Old 12-21-2014, 04:56 PM
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More progress pictures as I slowly progress on this. I went to Tractor Supply about three times today to buy stuff only to return it because I couldn't use it and then get other stuff. I have what I believe is a 6" pulley mounted to the wheel, a 1.5" on the output of the transmission, a 2" on the input and a 1.75" on the engine with a 5:1 in the transmission.I have a good feeling that this thing is probably going to do 5 MPH at 4000rpm. If it truly is that slow, I have some extra pulleys to up the gear ratio. As you can tell by all the holes in it, it took a bit to get it on there. I "borrowed" the first bottle of nail polish I could find in from my wife's drawer of makeup stuff and put the wheel on top of the pulley and used that to try and mark the holes and it took a bit, but I got it to work. Then it also took a bit to get the holes right because I'm using a cordless drill. Now I just need to get out to a place in the next town over to get some bearings to support the transmission. The weird looking things holding up my tensioner are actually two "trophies" I had gotten at a local car show; one for my old, beat up, daily driven truck, and the other for my bike that had the GX160 on it. I needed something on the spot that I could stick out that far and bend or that already was bent, and I remembered I had them in the back room and they worked perfect once I drilled a hole in the base. Then I'm going to use that bar as a brace back to the mounting plate as a precaution against bending because I'm not too sure what they're made of and how strong they are. Now I need to work out how to actuate the tensioner and take it to work with me to try out belts. I'm thinking I'll just set the throttle where it sounds decent and leave it to run at a set speed. Then I can get the choke working again and put an air filter on it.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:56 AM
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Intresting got to watch this,love the trike builds...............Curt
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:28 AM
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Signing on for the ride...
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Old 12-22-2014, 11:34 AM
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I have everything mounted up and I just need to take it to work to try out different belts and get a tube for the right tire and see what happens. I'll post pictures later because the wife's at work right now and I've been using her phone to take pictures ever since I lost the charger to my camera. I'd use my own, but it's the $14 Walmart special. I gave up on supporting the transmission with bearings because I didn't want to drive 35 miles to go get them, so I drilled right through the plastic case where I figured there wouldn't be anything, made some brackets, and it's very sturdy. I did start it and vibrations don't seem too bad and I can still pedal it, but I'll hopefully have some real fun once I get some belts on it and find out the top speed is somewhere around 1 MPH. I will say it's a little awkward trying to get this in my truck since I can't lift it straight up over the side like I did before, but it's not heavy enough to be a problem. Now I need to make a trailer.
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:18 PM
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Keep us posted....good luck
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:45 PM
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Too heavy ,to be riding a motorized bike for miles the 2 stroke 49 cc/66 cc or less it's the lightest and easy to find that's for a mini bike need I mention it ?
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:25 PM
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Well, I got the chance to try it out and it's very fun to sit and watch it spin in circles, but the moment I get on it, it won't move. Then belt from the transmission to the wheel slips no matter what, so I'll have to go to Tractor Supply and get some sprockets and chain and just have the one belt on the engine. It should work that way because I wouldn't be putting downward force on something that's going to flex with it.
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