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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 10-21-2016, 03:18 PM
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beautyyen,

I received the notice that you left a comment but I don't see it here. I'll answer it anyway.

The tri car does steer. Just like a regular motorcycle. It was a fair bit of work to do it because I made the spindles for the steering but it would been a whole lot less work if I had used premade go kart spindles and just welded them on the axle. Other than that it was fairly straight forward.

The steering arms on the spindles were aligned with the rear axle using the Akerman Principal for ease of handling. If you search through the photos you will see what I did and how I did it. If you need more information please ask.

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Old 10-22-2016, 09:17 PM
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Sat staring creatively at the seat stays for some time today after I finished doing the oil tank photos trying to figure out how to get the seat stays spread out to clear the drive sprocket on the wheel. They need to come out at least 2 inches on the sprocket side and on the other side to balance them visually.

I cut the brace that holds the fender in place to let the stays move but I have a feeling that the bike will have to be taken apart and new seat stay tubes made to do it right.

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Old 10-22-2016, 09:21 PM
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More work more fun, lovin it ........Crut
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Old 10-22-2016, 09:30 PM
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All I can hear is banjos. You know what that means. Will the motor be effected at all if I leave it in the frame when I'm welding it. I'm thinking of the magnetism of the fly wheel.

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Old 10-22-2016, 09:49 PM
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Unless you touch it it will be ok, just wrap it with something. Plastic and wet rag on top, glad to here you are getting somewhere. Love the tank photos, thanks for posting ...........Curt
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Old 10-22-2016, 10:35 PM
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Thank Heavens someone shot the banjo player. While sitting there staring at the seat stay and looking around for divine intervention I saw a chain stay with the extension that was welded to the bottom bracket sticking out of a box of fender stays. It is U shaped.

Looked at the photos of the tri car that sold earlier this year at Mecum's Auction who took so many excellent photos of it and the original seat stays turned in at the top and are welded to the seat tube. Almost like someone had cut a U shaped piece of tubing in half and welded them on.

The chain stay was from a 24" bike that we took apart at Bike Camp a few years ago and Silverbear let me take home with me. Part of our on going part exchange system.

That would give me all the room I need and maybe a bit to spare. I'll have to make another slightly wider oil and gas tank to fit but that is not a problem. I know someone who has experience in doing that.

The game is back on.

Steve
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Old 10-22-2016, 10:38 PM
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Thank's Curt.

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Old 10-23-2016, 08:50 PM
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Here are the measurements for the oil tank and how I did it. you can combine this with the photos I posted earlier.

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Old 10-23-2016, 08:55 PM
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Steve that U tube is something I will eventually have to build into a wide. rear suspension swing triangle for motorcycles! You are the man on Camel back tanks & that's a fact. Rick C.
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:55 PM
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Thank Rick. I'm the tank guy by default but they are fun to make. I have some photos of just what I am doing but the first one blends into the back ground to much to be really good. I was going to go from up near the top of the seat stay down onto the drop outs but may wind up just joining the tubes coming up off the drop out as they are.

I'll just put a slug inside the tube and weld it up. Just how to get room for the sprocket and chain has been slowing the build up for a long time but hopefully this will get things back on track. Need a day between the week long monsoon rains we're having.

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