Disguising an engine

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  1. mifletz

    mifletz Member

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    Can one get away with diguising a driven engine with a thin zip-on nylon bag that allows air through?

    Or will any impeding at all of the air flow cause damaging overheating?

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  2. Cabinfever1977

    Cabinfever1977 New Member

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    I would'nt use a bag, i would think it would melt. You could try a plastic milk crate which has vent holes, should be easy to mount too.
     

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    Sometimes I see these guys down here in FL. wearing those camo. colored shirts and pants and I almost bump into them cause I can`t see them.....Or try painting it camo.colors.It would blend right into the surroundings.....Just kidding...The baskets with the bottom cut out might work good...Zip tie it....
     
  4. rockhopper

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    That's funny! You're not fooling me but how about those paperboy baskets? If you lined them with inner bags with handles that might go a long way towards hiding the engine. At least from the side.

    Or how about a seat post mounted rear rack with panniers?
     
  5. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Active Member

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    I had been trying to do something similar with my frame mounted engine. I was planning to cover the sides of the engine but leave the front, top and rear open for airflow. I plan to add some spacers between the cooling fins to reduce noise. To further reduce noise, I will use fiberglass wrap in the muffler, make an exhaust extension, and make a baffled air box for the intake.
     
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    DOC BOLM New Member

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    Great plan but how do you DISQUISE the sound,
     
  7. rockhopper

    rockhopper New Member

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    Air horn.

    cvlt1
     
  8. metalliatic

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    why would you want to hide the motor? maybe you should go electric. no sound and easy to hide.
     
  9. mifletz

    mifletz Member

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    Any photos yet of Staton's new "Bicycle Motor Disguise Kit"?!
     
  10. Catfisher

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    I just talked to Staton's yesterday about the saddlebag disguise kit. He told me to not hold my breath, it takes a long time to design and get molds made. He didn't expect anything within six months.

    There was a recent picture of a bike with the rear motor well disguised, I'll try to find it. Anybody else see it?
     
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    I found it! Here is the best diguised bike with your type of engine I have ever seen. The pictures are quite large, so here is a link to the original thread. When the link opens, scroll down the page and then click on the top of the pic to enlarge it. Very cool looking.

    http://motorbicycling.com/f17/illinois-1341-16.html

    .flg.
     
  13. corgi1

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    I think Staton has one of the stelth kits out,beacause I did not notice any motors on any of the bikes today around the neighbor hood
     
  14. Cabinfever1977

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    Engines are easy to hide but you can't DISQUISE the sound, i was pulled cause cops can here it running, not because they saw anything on the bike.
     
  15. mifletz

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    Any sign yet of Staton's "stealth kit"?
     
  16. mifletz

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    If one cut to size a piece of old sacking with holes in it, and carefully sewed and wrapped it round a Robin 35 to disguise its shape, would there still be enough ventilation flowing through the holes to provide sufficient cooling?

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  17. rustycase

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    Nope.
    The burlap is a bad idea.

    Any screen over the motor will hamper cooling.
    If not moving at a decent rate to force air through a cooling duct will be fatal.

    AND
    the burlap fabric will soak up engine fumes and become a combustion point.
    just like a molotov cocktail.
    probly not a gud thing.

    IMO, exhaust noise is first to bring unwanted attention,
    second would be erratic movements in the traffic pattern.
    Third might be NOT dressing as a customary bicyclist.
    Fourth would be a Pnut tank.

    Best
    rc
     
  18. mifletz

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    What is the easiest way to reduce the exhaust note of a Robin 35?
     
  19. rustycase

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    Maybe a little bit of steel wool, scrubby pads... stuffed into a soup can, added onto existing exhaust pipe?????

    don't pack it in tite... leave it loose to avoid creating too much back pressure.

    Or u can make a glass-pack with some fiber-glass insulation wrapped around a piece of hardware cloth, inserted into a length of tube...

    good luck
    rc
     
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