bones from southside chitown...

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  1. jbones9869

    jbones9869 New Member

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    27 year old funeral director from south chicago here. I've been trolling these boards for a while now... finally decided to enlist since I truly plan on getting a bike soon. I have the the type gf who dislikes the idea of motorcycles, and I've been seeing more and more of the mb stuff online... so I think it is something I can ease her into...

    1- Get a cruiser bicycle...
    2- Paint and polish it...
    3- Add a springer fork...
    4- Order the engine kit and, at first, only put the gas tank on...
    "Look at how cute it is with that gas tank on it honey!"
    5- Lastly... Intall the engine when she's not looking!!!

    For now I am still debating over what bike to use... torn between the nirve b1, the manhattan flyer, or just go with a cheap cranbrook (since it is my 1st build).

    Well, thats it for now... hope to share advice and pictures in the future...
     
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    Bones,
    Welcome and glad you've decided to join us. Sorry, can't offer any advice on GFs and motorized bicycles but anything else about bikes we're here to help. Good luck on your build and keep reading. There's a lot of good information here and especially on the Cranbrook. Its a popular low dollar bike that has a reasonably good reputation. Send us pics of your build when its ready to ride. Here's some reading material for you> http://motorbicycling.com/search.php?searchid=372581
    Tom
     
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    My wife is dead set against motorcycles, too. So first I got a moped, but I couldn't get it running. Flipped that for a Yamaha cub class scooter ... and that's not running either. But I'd managed to save up enough money to get a kit and a bike, so I went for it. She was not pleased, and shakes her head at me as if to say, "You are an idiot," but I don't care.

    My advice, especially since you have a girlfriend and not (yet?) a wife: it's your money, spend it however you want, and without regrets.
     
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    Hahaha... good advice nougat... I forget about the lack of a ring sometimes (she's just got this way of telling me what to do)! Women... can't live with em'... and can't live with em'! (and no, that was not a typo)! Lol...
    I read that link Tom... great stuff... a lot of those pictures of the cranbrook builds are amazing... pretty much made up my mind on the donor selection!
     
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    Friend of mine just got a kit and this bike:

    Amazon.com: Schwinn Southport Men's Cruiser Bike (26-Inch Wheels): Sports & Outdoors

    (If it's not selected, pick red/silver for the color.)

    Can't beat $105 shipped for a department store cruiser with front and rear cable brakes. The Cranbrook will cost you that much once you put tax on it, and Amazon ships to your door. It's basically the Target Jaguar and Walmart Landmark, with a different paint scheme. No fenders on it, but you can get Planet Bike fenders from Amazon for $13, also super saver shipping over $25, so order together.

    Speaking of fenders, if you go with the Cranbrook, either reinforce the fender mount to the frame or discard them entirely.

    Edit; Oh, also, if your wheels show up all out of round (which they will), just call the Pacific Cycles warranty number, and they'll give you one of two options. They'll refund you $10 per wheel if you take them to a shop for truing, or they'll just send you a new set of wheels. All they want is the frame number.
     
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    If my information is correct ( from the manager of the local Target store) the Jaguar has been discontinued and replaced by the Southport; same bike, different color scheme. I have two Jags and they are a good platform for motorizing however they do require a custom front motor mount, as do many of the cruiser framed bikes. Here's a link to that problem and how many of us have solved it. http://motorbicycling.com/f6/oversized-tubing-solved-6427.html Good luck, Bones.
    Tom
     
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    I did mine with a steel plate from farm and fleet between the motor and frame, with a 1.5" muffler clamp around the frame to the plate. Worked perfectly.

    A friend of mine just got his Southport today and mounted the engine by putting the flat "drill through the frame" adapter plate between the engine and the mount spacer on the rear mount, the front mount right to the frame - after removing the pedal chain guard. There's about a chain-width's space between the pedal chain and the clutch cover, but it works!
     
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    based on your profession, you gotta go with a coffin tank...
     

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    I picked up a cranbrook tonight... (im right by the indiana border where tax isn't bad)... $88 before tax. I also ordered the pugasta (spelling?) tank on ebay. Here are my plans for now...
    1- strip frame and tank... repaint flat black
    2- add tan tires, tan grips and a tan saddle (mounted boardtrack style)
    4- scrap the fenders and use a bent springer with front brake
    5- replace cheap huffy pedals
    6- add a manic sprocket adapter and motor mount
    7- ht engine

    im not good at sketching, but i can picture it in my head...

    p.s. - i actually thought about fabricating a coffin tank, but i have absolutely no welding skill... :(
    (maybe one day)!!!

    also... note to others... its near impossible to fit a assembled cranbrook in a chevy aveo... but it can be done!
     
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    Good start...Keep us posted.
    Tom
     
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    Hey, thanks for the great idea. So far in Alaska I've had a pretty good reception with my motorized bikes, but I don't feel like being a martyr to the cause, so when I go to another locale, I think I will just ride a regular bike with a fuel tank installed past the local police station while making motor sounds. If I don't get a second look, I should be good to go. :>)

    I don't have any advise on the donor bike or girlfriends, but welcome and enjoy.:-||
     
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    Sweet ride man... i ordered the same tank i think... pagsta on ebay? Was it hard to mount? I wanna paint it flat black and throw an old school pinup girl decal on each side... (still have to order the cap and petcock)... will take some time because im spending my money too fast! For now i have a disassembled cranbrook to sand and paint! SS REPRESENT! Lol... is there a motorbike gang around here?
     
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    yo jbones9869 hows the bike commin along iam on my second build the red baron
     
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    I started a new thread here...
    http://motorbicycling.com/f26/slow-going-14406.html
    I got most of my parts in, just a few things I'm waiting on. I have the engine kit in, but I ordered a motor mount from creatve engineering that might take awhile to get, so for now I'm just polishing out all the other details. I actually want to rid it around a couple times to make sure its intact as a "regular bike!" Have you posted pics of your build(s)?
     

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