Keith Williams has arrived!


Sep 8, 2008
Hi Guys. Finally figured how/where to post. I am 72, unemployed, and building a Lotus 7 replica (Locost) to keep my mind from fermenting. I have had about 145 motorcycles and still have about 7 plus 4 motorbikes. I have built about 15 since the 7th grade. I started out with a Briggs & Stratton WI from a Maytag washer. I didn't have brakes or a clutch, but I invented stoppies with my soles on the front tire, and about 3 legs along got it running again, so it took me-to school all year 10 blocks for a small square tank My latest one is a Monarch frame powered with a Jiang Dong OHV and a 3-speed Sturmy-Archer rear hub transmission as a jackshaft. Since it freewheels the wrong direction, I had to use another one behind it. I kept the governor on this one for cruise control. It turns 3100 on governor and runs 41 uphill, 42 level, and 43 downhill. I did an essay on the construction details of it and others as well as a lighthearted look at growing up with motorbikes in the
40's-60's :crash:I would like to share if someone would point me at the appropriate place in this jungle to copy/paste 2 pages.
I also bought one of those terrible Chinese 80cc moped kits. I WORKED MY BUTT OFF to make it fit a vintage Schwinn cruiser frame. I had to use a 12" metal lathe to cut the sprocket hole out to fit my Komet coaster brake, milled a piece of ally to space the air cleaner away from the seat post, and replaced the peddle sprocket with a little girl's sprocket to get the motor down in the crotch of the frame. The Chinese at one time made a bike that would take the kit w/o mods, but that was old news. No one would contact me, nor would the guy in my own state, Oklahoma who was an importer.
The straight cut primary gears are almost louder than the exhaust note.:rideAnyhow it works well except the gas tap is too restrictive. I plan to trash the screen and insert an inline filter A lean run could fry the engine. If anyone wants to talk or ask anything, Email me at
[email protected]. I live in Bartlesville Oklahoma, 50 mi. N of Tulsa
Keith (trackfodder)Williams


Well-Known Member
Dec 23, 2007
Kalamazoo, MI
welcome keith and glad to have you with us. copy and paste to any area that looks apropriate to what you want to post. if we think thier is a better place for it we will move it thier and leave a link from the original spot to get people thier. most of us are from your generation and not that great with thes darn computers and do the best we can, their is no right or wrong way to do things just sometimes ways to make it better and we help when needed. the rules are simple. have fun! dont be afraid to post! hope you enjoy the site as much as the rest of us :ride2:


Active Member
Mar 1, 2008
Aztlán, Arizona
Welcome Keith to the forum, glad you joined us :)

Like Cruiser said, don't be afraid to post. You sound very knowledgeable and am sure you would be a big asset to the forum.