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  1. D Pope

    D Pope Member

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    Good Day!
    Found out about motorized bicycles late last year, only now having time to get started putting one together. Recently purchased a Murray Valiant that aught to look good with a motor. Can't help loving that retro look. Given time, I plan to fab an integral fuel tank and install a larger handlebar, but for now just want to get it running.

    Discovered this forum because of Lurker's V-twin build, looking good Lurker!

    About me; I have more interests than income so I limit myself to collecting old lighters and shooting darts. Mostly...
     
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    xseler Well-Known Member

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    Howdy & welcome!!

    "More interests than income".......I think that describes a good many of us on here!
     
  3. D Pope

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    Thanks mate! I'd hoped to be among kindred spirits. If I could find a way to finance my ambition, the resulting collection would rival or exceed the House on the Rock!
     
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    Welcome to Motorbicycling.com D Pope glad you joined us. Hope you share your Murray build with us.
     
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    Thanks Dave!

    Yeah, I was thinking I'd do just that. However, after reading Mr.Bs Excalibur build, I doubt that hanging a Chinese kit will add much to the show.
     
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    Show us anyway we like to see them all....Its in the way you put them together is what is inportent...the little details make a big difference.........Curt
     
  7. Huffydavidson

    Huffydavidson STREETRACER/MANUFACTURER

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    Welcome, most of here started with bare bones,I know I did and to this very minute it's still "a work in process". There is a thread here called " WHAT DID YOU DO TO YOUR MOTOR BIKE TODAY?" and this thread has been going on along time. Some members like myself do a reply (entry) daily for it appears for years . It's on page like 600 something!!!!
     
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    Its actually on page 182. Thats a little far from 600 yet, lol.
     
  9. D Pope

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    Thanks a lot guys! Sure! I'm happy to share!

    Near as I can tell, the Murray Valiant is a replica bike most likely from the ninties. Bought it last week, paid too much, and have only begun to identify its issues.
    So far;
    1) Loose steering head
    2) front wheel bearings 'grinding' (perhaps overtightened)
    3) rear wheel loose all over
    a) axial & lateral play on bearings (perhaps loose)
    b) loose sprocket
    c) bent rim, loose spokes (not too bad)
    d) mismatched hardware/improper washer stack
    4) seat tilt is tight but won't stay
    5) fenders fore & aft loose; bent attachments
    6) handel bar alignment
    7) suspension spring bolt over tightened (into the bracket) missing nut
    8) Misc; peeling stickers, corrosion (minor), filth...

    These are first approximation issues, I've yet to do much more than pedal around the parking lot.
    I have access to great quantities of Aeroshell 22 grease, don’t remember the MIL Spec, does anyone know if this will work on bicycle wheel bearings? High temp/ high pressure.

    <Pictures when I learn how to add them>
     

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