Hey all from NW Arkansas in the Ozarks ... This is going to be fun!

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  1. LaughingSinner

    LaughingSinner New Member

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    My wife and I have a small pub in one of the coolest little towns in the USA and this is going to make living here even more fun.

    I do need some advice and I appreciate any and all suggestions. I am really looking for the easiest build to start with and get more complicated as I learn. I dont heal as fast as I use to and I am going to take this a bit slower than my usual projects. I was thinking about a Panama Jack and a 49cc motor kit to put on it. I wont be going fast at all and frankly due to the hills around here this will be more for cruising slow and exploring the side streets.

    And to all of you here, thanks in advance for what will be nonstop advice asking!
     
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    Welcome to the community, Sinner. You've come to the right place to get started with your first motorized bike project.

    Your choice of the Panama Jack is okay. Many have been motorized by members here. Try typing 'Panama Jack' into the 'Search' box and you'll have some reading to do about that particular bike.

    For hilly terrain you might want to explore installing a larger rear sprocket than comes in some kits. Typically we recommend something in the 40 tooth range but for better hill climbing performance you might want to go to a 44, 48 or even bigger if you're a big guy. This will slow down your top speed but will help you over those Ozark hills.

    Good luck and we're always here to offer help, advice and assistance if/when you need it.

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    Thanks 2Door.

    Yeah, with my size I am definitely in need of torque! Last thing anyone needs to see is a sweaty, chubby guy pushing a motor bike up a hill...
     
  4. ZipTie

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    Welcome to the forum. Wal-Mart also has the 99.00 buck Huffy Cranbrook that's ls pretty plug and play and looks pretty nice. My son and a friend just built one in a couple of easy eves he has exactly 203.00 bucks into it total. He will add a front squeeze brake is all. For the Cranbrook you need to make sure the gas tank comes with the angled bung on the gas tank to clear the double bottom bars with the fuel petcock installed, theirs had it and so they lucked out. I do have a link of where they bought their kits and was impressed with all the components that came with it and that it had the special angled fuel bung and also included the extra engine front clamp for the wider front bar. It was like it was made for the Cranbrook. All you have to alter is the grind down one welded on lower washer used for the lower water bottle bolts. There are vids on you tube specifically for motorizing this bike. The sprocket also has to be installed dish side out for clearance and or chain alignment. Just Remove or reinforce the fenders for safety and watch the welds. The Panama is known to crack at the rear seat stays were the luggage rack is welded as the metal gets softened near the weld. I was amazed that they have so little money invested in what looks like a fairly solid bike for the money with 12 gauge spokes and a 50s style. It has orange stripe tires and seat with silver blue paint. I am planning on building one also before summer, what can one get for 200 bucks besides a half a cart of food at the grocery store.
    Here is a pict of his build before the final chain was installed.
     

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    Here is a Close Up shot of the double angled fuel bung on gas tank needed for the Huffy Cranbrook ( not all gas tanks in these kits are the same, most kits come with the straight fuel bung) What was so cool is the fuel shut off faces the seat and is the handiest spot I have ever seen a fuel valve end up on any Motorcycle or motorbike.
    - I've seen people even saw out one of the bars to install the fuel petcock. Yikes. Just tape dope the threads, use the little red washer in kit, toss the upper fuel screen in the trash and install the petcock before the tank is installed on the bike. I hope I saved someone a heap of frustration for a future Cranbrook or other double bar cruiser builders. Perfection by sheer luck.
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    Hello NW ar,I'm in NE OK not far from you,I have a build on an Huffy Cranbrook,and also a Schwinn New City,I like them both,the Huffy is built like a tank,after nearly two month of riding the Huffy,60 miles in the last three days,I inspected the wheel bearings,all was well.I added a squeeze brake to the back wheel,I would like some kind of shocks or springs in the front,maybe later.
     
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    This is great! Thanks to all and now I have some really good options... Yeah, this is getting addictive already!
     
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    If your going to use fenders on any bike you need to notch them for chain clearance so get some plastic automotive u channel door edge trim from any auto parts and trim the 9 x1 inch notch and it will look factory and no sharp edges. and always reinforce the fenders and attachment points many threads on this. use the search engine.
     

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