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Panama Jack

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 08-22-2010, 04:27 AM
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Stopped by wally-world today to see what junk might be worthy of motorizing (snicker) and came accross two unworthy candidates. One was a black aluminum framed beach cruiser with Op stickers on it for $98, pretty cheesy but it looked kinda cool....the other was a "Panama Jack" Huffy, a steel framed beach cruiser with an adjustable rear rack, drink holder and a bottle opener riveted to the right front fork leg. Snazzy? $150.

http://www.huffy.com/products/PanamaJack.aspx
http://www.huffy.com/products/Product.aspx?pid=386|4|9

Kinda nice grips on the Huffy (fake wood foam), horrible grips on the Op. I did like the flat black frame on the Op....that's as far as that went. Cheap-n-cheesy....Walmart....roll-back my eyeballs
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There are currently two other members building a Panama Jack. Search the site for Panama Jack to see their posts. I do not recommend aluminum frames with gas motor kits.
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There are currently two other members building a Panama Jack. Search the site for Panama Jack to see their posts. I do not recommend aluminum frames with gas motor kits.
Yeah I've seen them and they look pretty good. As for aluminum frames for gas motor kits...I love them, no probs at all.
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i don't recomend the panama jack unless you wanna true the wheels.

my motor will 'twist' to the left throwing the chain, so i'm makeing some extra beefy motor mounts.
the pedals hit the pipe, too. i'm building another, so it didn't bother me to slightly kink it to the inside.

i'm also rubber mounting the plastic 'woody panels' & fenders/chain guard. i even got mine on sale for $125. for a cruiser i'd have been much happier with a more expensive schwinn i was looking at. but, i'll tear this one apart & rebuild as a bmx eventually.
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Yes, agreed......the PJ Huffy is what it is....and I'm not sayin' cuz I don't want to offend anyone that may think different. But it does look kinda cool, donut?
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Yeah I've seen them and they look pretty good. As for aluminum frames for gas motor kits...I love them, no probs at all.
I agree Scotto! well made aluminum is great for motorized bicycle riding. My Trek Cruiser Classic has token plenty of abuse, and is still very solid. I am sure at some point she will give out, but after 1,000+ miles she still fills as steardy as the day I bought her, and would but her strength up against many of the steel cruisers. As far as welds, and frame strength, you get what you pay for. Just a heads up, the ride is September 5. Check for the add on craigslist, and soon on this form under events. Looking forward to seeing what your 4 stroke can do, never actually seen one in action.
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I think you'll like it.....but you never know. It's not all that impressive, but it is a GAS! Let's ride!
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Where's the pics guys?
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Where's the pics guys?
I've got no pics, as I don't own one but there are some on this site.....just search a little.

Here's without the engine:
Panama Jack Cruisers - Huffy
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Crict' me if I'm wrong but, doesn't the Panama Jack now have much heavier spokes? I bought a Cranbrook last year and, if they had this bike out then, I probably could have saved in buying a rear wheel and possibly, a front wheel too (I wanted a drum brake).

I was just at Wally world looking at the bike and was telling my wife that if they had that bike when I bought mine, I would have got it for sure. It seems sturdier than the cranbrook ever was before swapping out the wheels. Just my .02.
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