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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 12-20-2016, 08:13 PM
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Very excited to see this build happen. I apologize if I missed it, but what engine are you using?
I am going with a 2 stroke china girl for now. I haven't chose a vendor yet. I leaning towards a PK80 with mods!
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Old 12-20-2016, 08:33 PM
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Since Ohio has temporarily froze over like the Arctic...
Latest action: I found some NOS middleweight fenders. Not the right colors, but I have a plan.




My NOS S-7 Rims are here. I am not going to paint these. They have some chips from shelf wear. I could never match that "off white" that time has created!
I also received my Shimano Cb-E110 rear hub. I am still waiting for the Sturmey Archer 90mm Drum hub for the front to arrive.


No more freezing or sweating to death in my garage for me! I am re-working my basement into my workshop. This is something I would never been able to do with Hot-Rods! The garage will be for welding, painting, engine runs, and final assembly only.
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Old 02-01-2017, 08:05 PM
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Hey, Robert any new updates on your Shwinn Hornet build?
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:26 AM
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Hey, Robert any new updates on your Shwinn Hornet build?
Hey Doc, thanks for waking me up that I need to update this thread.
Yea, my basement shop is finished and usable! I also picked up another Schwinn straight bar A 1955 ballooner!
I will post a much needed update tonight.
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:48 PM
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Okay, time for a little recap. I recently found a 1955 Schwinn Hornet Deluxe with some issues and negotiated a deal that I couldn't walk away from.

What do you all think of that springer fork? Believe it or not, the rest of the bike is straight! I knew of a springer and some extremely well taken care of Whizzer fenders on a parts bike for sale and bought them. Here are the parts mocked up on the 1955 Heavyweight Schwinn.


It's funny, I was so worried about the paint on the green 1956 Middleweight and then I find this basket-case of a 1955; complete with baby blue house paint. Don't worry about the green 1956 Schwinn. I plan to make her into my trail riding pedal bicycle. Northeast Ohio is blessed with some of the nations best bike trails in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The trail system is huge, and if you make a ride larger than you stamina, you can load you bike on the train and return for a $1! Unfortunately you can't ride a motorized bicycle on the trails. But, I still enjoy the trails and the exercise, so it is a perfect setup for the 1956 Middleweight bike. More decisions, I can paint the 1955 any color I want now...
Still a bit of a work in progress... my basement shop. That was a lot of work, but worth it!

Another perk of the basement shop is my helper is always available!
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Old 02-03-2017, 10:23 AM
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Nice bikes!!! Will a four stroke fit in that straight bar frame? Thanks
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Old 02-03-2017, 10:39 AM
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Nice bikes!!! Will a four stroke fit in that straight bar frame? Thanks
Thanks, I think that the Schwinn straight bars are the sexiest of bicycles. They are perfect for motorizing.
As to a four stroke, it's been done... very tight fit, and you will definitely need a wide crank assembly like this:
http://sportsmanflyer.com/shop/parts...rank-assembly/
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Old 02-08-2017, 04:25 PM
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Rob, so your going to motor the ballooner one huh? Blue would look good on that with the fenders you have on it. Can't wait to see your progress with it.
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Old 02-20-2017, 07:58 PM
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Rob, so your going to motor the ballooner one huh? Blue would look good on that with the fenders you have on it. Can't wait to see your progress with it.
Yep Doc, goin with the ballooner. I put the middleweight alongside the ballooner (heavyweight), although very similar, I just like the larger beefier frame for the motorized platform. As for paint, I have a plan and the next couple of posts will cover the latest.
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Old 02-20-2017, 08:29 PM
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Well, I have stripped the frame using non-toxic citrus stripping gel. I have had great success with this product, in fact I feel very safe using it in my basement shop.






Depending on how much archaeological paint discovery you are after, decides how you use the product. In my case, I want to remove all paint to the bare metal. Easy... brush on the stripping gel and leave it on for over a week. Yes, a week! Then take it along, to wash the car, at a pressurized diy car wash. Hit the frame with pressurized water and knock off most of the paint!



I love using old school methods to solve problems. In all the photos of the ballooner frame, there is a bent seat post. It was an attempt early in the life of this bike for a lay-back seat look. It was in the frame with two shims and I could only move it with a rubber mallet. To remove this stubborn problem without damaging the seat stay, I chose a propane torch and candle wax. All I did was melt the candle wax down between the two shims and the seat stay and then pull the post out. Worked like a charm.



Nothing bent or deformed. YES!

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