Bike builders that have machine tools/shops

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  1. EZL

    EZL Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Rick for the reply and I am wondering if I have the room in that extended stock frame for a Lifan? That would be
    a concern. We are getting a couple of inches of snow this AM and the fellas with the bean fields might be in trouble if
    the weather goes into a deep freeze. The corn can wait and can be combined with several inches of snow on the
    ground.

    I've had less problems with the 212 engine and bike versus the 49cc on the other bike. Granted, the 49cc has to work
    harder than the 212 since the 212 just loafs along on the road. Need to be living in a area of the Country where a
    person can ride year round in good weather. :D I need to look up the size specs on the different Lifan engines and
    decide if a semi automatic versus a manual transmission would also be the choice if I decide to change over.
    Keep warm over there...
    Dennis
     
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    indian22 Well-Known Member

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    Dennis the Lifan's make about 7 & 3/4 hp and are pretty smooth running. I had issues with the auto, we were pretty rough with them to be fair, but the 4 speed manual held up much better to the abuse...this was in off road carts driven by teenage kids, more weight & I'd hazard a guess here; more bad behavior than you would ever subject a moto bicycle to.

    They are long motors, but this keeps the bikes center of gravity quite low when mounted in a proper motor cradle. I'd think a major frame stretch would be necessary for most frames. I have seen several nice bike builds with duplex tubes used to replace the single down tube and the engine jug going through these two support tubes. The engine base plate fabricated to connect the twin down tubes to the bikes bottom bracket, but a simple stretch of the frame is easy with this engine because there is no need to change frame height to clear a big vertical motor. All the tubes lines remain the same, if you want.

    The Predator is a good motor & CVT a good transmission device, it all depends on what you want. I'm just filling in some blanks for you to consider.

    Rick C.
     
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    EZL Well-Known Member

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    Rick, thanks for the input! The engines/trans aren't too far out of the price range. I might have to order the engine/trans
    just to see what I would be dealing with. The engine/trans are being used on dirt bikes and you can be sure that they
    are being abused and holding up in the reviews I've seen. The ole Predator engines are pretty reliable too and a Lifan
    doesn't draw as much attention like a Predator with a CVT on it. I was wondering how the noise level was with a decent
    muffler on the Lifan was compared to the 212cc Predator? The next few months I need to decide one or the other to have
    it ready for Spring. I need to sell the 49cc bike and put those $$$ into upgrading things. Again, thanks for the input...
    Dennis
     
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    No problem Dennis the things run quiet with a quality muffler.

    Rick C.
     
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    Tom from Rubicon Well-Known Member

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    Ramona will have been in hospital a week on Monday with a preliminary diagnosis of.
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiple-myeloma/symptoms-causes/syc-20353378

    Ramona has always been the rock upon which my life exists. The sweetest person I have ever known is now afflicted with a life threatening disease. Prayers are like pissing in the wind. I told her where she is at and how fragile her present quality of life is. I would give a nickle if she took me serious
    Tom
     
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    Tom,

    What terrible news. I hope it was found at an early stage.

    Steve.
     
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    Tom, sorry to hear that and I hope something can be done for her.

    Dennis
     
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    My wish for great love,strength & courage for your entire family at this time Tom.

    Rick C.
     
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    Yes piece be with all, will pray for her........Curt
     
  10. PeteMcP

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    You have my deepest sympathy Tom. Diagnosis sucks, but Ramona is fortunate to have the love of her life care so deeply for her when she needs it most. I'm in a similar situation with my wife Jen who, after 45 marvellous years together, is now enduring her sixth year since dementia diagnosis and being cared for at home solely by me. It can be tough, but there are always rewarding times and many happy memories to help make up for it. Hang in there.
     
  11. Tom from Rubicon

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    Thanks Pete, you have a hard row to hoe. Having one so dear to you afflicted as your good wife has been, is one of humanities great tragedies. Ramona and I have had 32years of normal, but is 73, about the time what will go wrong most certainly will.
    Tom
     
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    Acording to #2 son whose day job is Health Care Lawyer Mona is stage 3. the L4 vertebrae chewed up by white cells to the point of pinching the spinal cord. It is just there on her spine but we awaiting a second biopsy to confirm that it is correct to the original diagnosis.
    Tom
     
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    Thanks Curt, I will tell Ramona she is in your prayers.
    Tom
     
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    Tom from Rubicon Well-Known Member

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    [QUOTE="indian22, post: 680991, member: 47035"]My wish for great love,strength & courage for your entire family at this time Tom.
    Rick C.[/QUOTE]

    Thank-you Rick,
    It is the most singular trying time to date. It is my turn to be Ramona's rock and if it does not kill me I will be stronger. Having a soul mate suffer is incomprehensibly more difficult than I could ever have imagined, and today was just another one.
    Tom
     
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    Thank-you Dennis,
    It is fortunate that Ramona's youngest son is a health care lawyer and has full access to Mona's transcript and my nieces husband Brent Williams is head of radiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. Brent is mildly distracted as he has to pass his boards at the University of Chicago School of Medicine after his two year internship in Milwaukee, but Brent will be there for Mona
    Tom
     
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    I hope something can be done for her and it's depressing to have something like that come up. There are so many young
    people dying these days and it seems when Winter comes a friend passes away or a relative passes on. Well, everyone's
    prayers are with her and the family. Take care...
    Dennis
     
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    Still no results of Fridays biopsy.
    Mona was measured for a back brace Friday and it was strapped on her Sunday afternoon and adjusted while Mona was standing and the technician took off.
    It wasn't right he had to come back. When I came in her room today she was fighting the chin cup, and she is not a happy camper. But Mona smiled anyway.
    Pardon the hospital hair.
    Tom

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    Down to visit Mona at St. Luke's today. Up to eleventh floor and as I pass the nurses station "her" nurse tells me she was just been moved to the twelfth floor Room T12-129,
    About face, forward and up to her room and she surely was a fresh arrival, with all her belongings still bagged and packed.

    12th floor is Oncology, so it is time now for Mona to be treated for her cancer. Today Mona got her crosshair targets to zap the most severely damaged vertebrae. Monday the zapping ...

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    Prayers from us all on the forum for Mona's treatment to have the desired effect, Tom.
    My brother-in-Law's MRI scan last Thursday detected his bowel cancer returned for round two this last week - so our family and yours are kind of fighting the same enemy.
    It may sound trivial, but your music choices can be a great help during these times. I often sit alongside Jen on the sofa with tears streaming down my face listening to and viewing our favourite oldies on YouTube..
     
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    Tom from Rubicon Well-Known Member

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    I hear ya Pete, loved ones in harms way is so painful and more so when it is irrevocable.
    Tom
    Only work accomplished in my machine shop today was splitting kindling for the wood stove and quaff a local lager.
     
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