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Old 05-07-2008, 09:41 AM
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Really love the idea of getting around on a motorized bicycle. I've had motorcycles from 50cc to around 550cc, but somehow with the skinny bicycle tires, marginal brakes, put-put of the engine, and little-to-no-suspension makes it feel like what it must have been like when these were the fastest things around.
Here's my current ride. It is a 50's-60's Columbia frame labeled Goodyear HiWay Patrol. It has a detuned 125cc Zundapp motor with its gearbox hacked off. It runs a friction drive and idling goes about 10-12 mph. It has only a coaster brake that doesn't seem to funtion at all. I know if it were to run properly it would be scary-fast. I just use it around town.
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:45 AM
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wecome to the site! awesome ride. looks alot like the original motorized bicycles. front brakes will make all the difference in the world. glad to have you with us
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:15 AM
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Default Re: Introduction time.

Welcome to the forum. Cool looking motorized bicycle. Several people here real interested in that friction drive. How does it work on wet ground? Lots of good info and helpful folks here........................
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:29 AM
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Can't say that I've run in the wet, since I live here in sunny California... Since the "friction" wheel is a 2" diameter tube with a bunch of 3/16" holes in it (for the friction part), I doubt whether it would be great in the wet unless you adjusted the wheels VERY tight to the tire.
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:52 AM
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Default Re: Introduction time.

I love bikes that are old & crusty like this!
Get a front brake... Trust me!
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Old 05-07-2008, 10:55 AM
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Actually, the forks have hairline cracks where the fork tubes meet the fork crown lug. I'm changing out the whole fork for a stronger one setup for brakes.
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Old 05-07-2008, 11:29 AM
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I had my coaster brake crap-out at full speed heading into a major intersection here in Los Angeles. (I wore out my shoes dragging them to stop!)
After that, I spent the money to put a front drum brake on the bike for safety!
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Old 05-07-2008, 01:29 PM
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THAT is a classic bike.

Very nice......something about riding that thing would be REALLY fun!

WELCOME!!!
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Old 05-07-2008, 05:21 PM
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ABSORIGGINLOOTLEY AWESOME!
Welcome.

I have a Sachs 100cc engine without a gearbox, never thought about that kind of application for it.
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Old 05-07-2008, 05:36 PM
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Welcome to the Forum. Very cool looking bike!!
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