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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.

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Old 09-14-2015, 08:30 PM
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Default Re: Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

Good plan.
Making sure the operating controls are second nature is important, it's playing in traffic that is the hard part.
Heck, some people never learn that as adults.
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:11 PM
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Dale -- I am with Silverbear...
what an exciting life experience you are providing Wyatt and all of us--kudos
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Old 09-14-2015, 11:16 PM
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Wyatt appreciates all the work and I'm trying to teach him something new each time we have a work session. Sunday I got him off his media device long enough to have him thread some holes to mount his gas tank and told him about the different types of taps. Next he's going to learn weights and measures. He has some experience with dirt bike fuel/oil ratios but I haven't asked him how many quarts in a gallon yet. Every new employee I hired when I was in auto parts got asked that question and 99% had no clue.
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:30 AM
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Wyatt and his dad stopped by today and we installed the motor. Still need to brace the muffler, run cables, plumb the tank to carb, fit the chain and make an idler support. Won't be long before he's cruising the neighborhood.







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Old 09-21-2015, 05:38 AM
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Default Re: Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

Any chance of a video of Wyatt's first ride?
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Old 09-21-2015, 11:23 AM
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Well, if I get my grandson to handle it. I'm pretty inept at that sort of thing, but I'll try.
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:27 PM
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Default Re: Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

I applaud your efforts and getting a young man to appreciate the finer points of mechanics. It sounds as if he will do fine with you and his father close by but I noticed your comment about fuel/oil ratios. Some will recall a thread I did a couple of years ago about building a bike for my 14 year old nephew. I felt confident that I had drilled into him the importance of mixing his fuel but to my dismay he ran it without oil and ruined a very nice little engine within weeks of getting the bike.

Make sure Wyatt has a good grasp of what is required when running a 2 stroke. Maybe a little schooling on why it is important?

A video of his first ride would be fun to watch. If possible please share it here or in the video section.

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Old 11-07-2015, 11:44 PM
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Thanks Tom. We're going to get him a designated gas can and make him mix the first batch. I think he'll be alright.
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Old 11-07-2015, 11:47 PM
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I made a tensioner bracket last week and got it on the bike today. May have to modify it some, but I'll wait until Wyatt comes over to help.


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Old 09-11-2016, 11:18 PM
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Default Re: Wyatt's Moon Dog Project.

Okay, back on the Moondog. We scrapped the tensioner and rag mounted rear sprocket in favor of a moped drum with sprocket attached. I added a brake stay and axle adjusters.





Then I made a muffler hanger.





I added a bobbed rear fender. Still need to install a double brake lever and cable, front fender, wiring loom, painted fuel tank, cable clamps, stickers, chain guard and bar mounted mirror.




Wyatt's getting excited to take it to Donut Derelicts. More photos when it's finished.
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