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Old 10-31-2013, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Moto View Post
you need one of these:

too bad they are out of stock (forever)

sweet bike!
Freedom Bikes USA in Tucson bought the last of those Russian motors from Grubee then they went out of business.

Dave31 worked for them so maybe he knows?
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:14 PM
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Default Re: everything you ever wanted in a motorized bike, except a motor...

Originally Posted by bairdco View Post

while the rixe tandem is an awesome design of tandem overkill, it's just not something i can ride around, especially without a girlfriend...

i picked it up locally for really cheap. the rear wheel looked like someone ran into a curb, then went back and dropped the sidewalk on top of it.

had to bang out two spots where the side of the rim was bulged out, and manhandle a foot long flat spot till it was round again. it seriously looked like someone dropped the bike off a roof onto the back wheel.

after i got it mostly round, i had to tighten and loosen the spokes at least ten times to true it back into shape. now, you can't even tell. not even the slightest hop.

the fork is a real piece of work, too.

the 4 link arms are threaded, with one side being left hand thread. it all has to be built as a unit and took a lot of head scratching to figure it out.

by adjusting the tightness of the links, you can vary the spring rate, either making a loose bouncy ride that hops all over and absorbs all your pedaling strength, to a nice stiff ride that only compresses on big bumps.

if i could find a russian motor or anything small besides a cheap chinese kit, i'd motorize it. but for now it's a bar hopper.
While I always wanted a vintage tandem to add to my old bike collection I have the same problem as you, - nobody to ride it with. Great save on that rear wheel rim by the way, - compared with most modern rims that seem to rust the moment it's damp outside vintage rims seem to last forever and I do my best to preserve them too.
The way those link arms are setup with right and left hand threads sounds to be typical quality German engineering. That's a great fork you have there, it's a pity they don't make them like that anymore.

Sorry about my initial reaction to your newly built bike, - I've been a bicycle nut for years and my daily rider is a 60+ year old English Hercules.

One of those Russian engines would be perfect for your bike, the only problem will be finding one.
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