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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 09-07-2011, 11:04 PM
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Default coaster brakes on Hawthorne ok for motorbike?

I have an old Hawthorne cruiser that I recently got for about $25, but it uses coaster brakes instead of handbrakes (where I would have to keep continuously pedaling) so would this effect the drive from the motor? I'd rather not find out that my pedals will end up beating up my calves, haha. I'm fairly new to this so I figured that I'd go ahead and find out now before it's too late and I end up getting myself in too deep
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:16 AM
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Default Re: coaster brakes on Hawthorne ok for motorbike?

My Hawthorn has a coaster brake too. It will let the bike coast without the pedals turning.
The drive sprocket is attached to the left side of the rear wheel with a rag joint.
I will add that you do not want to rely on a coaster brake only. I recommend adding a hand brake to the front wheel. At least a standard caliper with Koolstop Salmon brake pads.
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Old 09-14-2011, 12:43 PM
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Cool Re: coaster brakes on Hawthorne ok for motorbike?

That is a cool bike, I like the lines alot! As gearnut said, you will need a front brake for many reasons, but mostly if the pedal chain falls off while crusing, no stop. Also I personally would change out the old school flat bar style fork for a more modern fork for stability and safety. Please post pics of the finished product.
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