Hi from the UK

Petherwin Bpy

New Member
Sep 25, 2016
5
0
0
UK
Hi guys. Just found this forum and figured it was right up my (slightly crazy) street!

By the way, in my haste I typed bpy.... it should be Petherwin Boy (Any chance of putting this right or do I need to re-register?).

I have several old 'bikes but I really fancy making something that resembles a turn of the (20th) century motorcycle, so here's hoping I can find some inspiration here! cvlt1
 

Chaz

Well-Known Member
Jun 3, 2012
1,004
70
48
Vancouver, British Columbia
Welcome from the colonies. You'll find tons of builds to look at here. Follow the build threads to give you an idea of what you are in for. There's a lot of beautiful bikes in your style in the Board Track Racer section.

have fun
 

Ludwig II

Well-Known Member
Jul 17, 2012
5,071
646
113
UK
Are you intending to use it on the road, and do you know the rules regarding home brewed motor vehicles?
 

Petherwin Bpy

New Member
Sep 25, 2016
5
0
0
UK
I haven't even thought about it TBH. I like the idea, and I have a vision of what I'd like to do. I have a fully equipped workshop and time on my hands as I'm retired. As for regulations, I know things ain't easy, but I'd be prepared to fight my way through them IF it was worth it. Conversely, I live in a very rural part of North Cornwall where you could ride a homebuilt contraption with little chance of being spotted! :)
 

Ludwig II

Well-Known Member
Jul 17, 2012
5,071
646
113
UK
It's good news for you. SVA is merely a super MOT. Depending on Low Power Moped/Moped/Motorcycle classification, you have to have various requirements fulfilled. 50cc, 1kw/1.3 horse and 16mph flat out on a vehicle capable of being pedalled is the minimalist way to go. If you went trike or quadricycle moped qualified, then the intriguing option of 4kw non-spark ignition engine is available. Nothing in the rules prevents hot bulb ignition petrol engines, if you don't want a diesel or steam engine.

I have 2 slow projects on the go. One is a bicycle with a minimoto engine over the back wheel, that may go through SVA, I don't know. The other is the creation, using pre-existing parts and documents, of a Genuine Vintage Fake, to be titled the Gravis Et Lento.

If you haven't already looked, there's a section full of pictures, with all sorts of ideas and solutions. http://motorbicycling.com/forumdisplay.php?f=15

Look up also the works of Cannonball2 and his 90 degree direction changing belt drive. An engine may be bulky one way, but narrow if you sidestep convention.
 
Last edited:

Petherwin Bpy

New Member
Sep 25, 2016
5
0
0
UK
Thanks for the info Ludwig. I have a few motorbikes on the go so this is 'interest only' at the moment although I really like the idea of creating a local pub/shopping bike!

I bought the bikes before I retired, figuring I'd just restore them all in a serial manner... wrong! I seem to spend most of my time doing woodwork to complete our barn conversion or keeping things like strimmers and mowers working. In fact, I found my way onto this site via online inquiries about Villiers 11C motors (I have an Allen Scythe powered by one which I'm rebuilding).
 

Ludwig II

Well-Known Member
Jul 17, 2012
5,071
646
113
UK
If you want a 2 speed 98cc fan cooled late Villiers, Doug Pinkerton has one kicking about.