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Old 09-25-2016, 01:56 PM
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Hi guys. Just found this forum and figured it was right up my (slightly crazy) street!

By the way, in my haste I typed bpy.... it should be Petherwin Boy (Any chance of putting this right or do I need to re-register?).

I have several old 'bikes but I really fancy making something that resembles a turn of the (20th) century motorcycle, so here's hoping I can find some inspiration here!
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Old 09-25-2016, 02:14 PM
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Welcome from the colonies. You'll find tons of builds to look at here. Follow the build threads to give you an idea of what you are in for. There's a lot of beautiful bikes in your style in the Board Track Racer section.

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Old 09-25-2016, 02:33 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Bpy!
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Old 10-02-2016, 11:46 AM
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Petherwin, where are you? I'm in Brum.

Bist 'ee in Kernow?
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Old 10-03-2016, 12:32 PM
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I am in Kernow, where Brummie accents abound :-)
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Old 10-03-2016, 02:08 PM
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Are you intending to use it on the road, and do you know the rules regarding home brewed motor vehicles?
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Old 10-03-2016, 06:21 PM
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I haven't even thought about it TBH. I like the idea, and I have a vision of what I'd like to do. I have a fully equipped workshop and time on my hands as I'm retired. As for regulations, I know things ain't easy, but I'd be prepared to fight my way through them IF it was worth it. Conversely, I live in a very rural part of North Cornwall where you could ride a homebuilt contraption with little chance of being spotted! :-)
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Old 10-03-2016, 06:47 PM
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It's good news for you. SVA is merely a super MOT. Depending on Low Power Moped/Moped/Motorcycle classification, you have to have various requirements fulfilled. 50cc, 1kw/1.3 horse and 16mph flat out on a vehicle capable of being pedalled is the minimalist way to go. If you went trike or quadricycle moped qualified, then the intriguing option of 4kw non-spark ignition engine is available. Nothing in the rules prevents hot bulb ignition petrol engines, if you don't want a diesel or steam engine.

I have 2 slow projects on the go. One is a bicycle with a minimoto engine over the back wheel, that may go through SVA, I don't know. The other is the creation, using pre-existing parts and documents, of a Genuine Vintage Fake, to be titled the Gravis Et Lento.

If you haven't already looked, there's a section full of pictures, with all sorts of ideas and solutions. http://motorbicycling.com/forumdisplay.php?f=15

Look up also the works of Cannonball2 and his 90 degree direction changing belt drive. An engine may be bulky one way, but narrow if you sidestep convention.

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Old 10-04-2016, 03:01 PM
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Thanks for the info Ludwig. I have a few motorbikes on the go so this is 'interest only' at the moment although I really like the idea of creating a local pub/shopping bike!

I bought the bikes before I retired, figuring I'd just restore them all in a serial manner... wrong! I seem to spend most of my time doing woodwork to complete our barn conversion or keeping things like strimmers and mowers working. In fact, I found my way onto this site via online inquiries about Villiers 11C motors (I have an Allen Scythe powered by one which I'm rebuilding).
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Old 10-04-2016, 04:46 PM
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Howdy & welcome to the clubhouse!!
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