Murray Monterey - First Motorized Bike Project

junglepig

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Hi folks,
I'm just introducing myself, and letting you know I'll be starting on my first bike soon.
It's a blue Murray Monterey that I think dates from the mid 60s. I've ordered an "80cc" engine kit for it.
My initial thoughts are that I'd like to make a custom tank to sit between the top frame bars. I think the generic black tank will look wrong sitting atop that obvious gas tank space.
I'd like to go for a vintage motorcycle look. I'll need to add fenders, lights, speedometer, and some sort of front brake, I think.
I'm good with motors and electrical/electronics, but not so much with fabrication.

I'd love to hear thoughts or comments from others who've motorized the Monterey.
 
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Great looking bike and welcome, Jungle.

I'd be sure to remove the front fender and add front brakes.
 

junglepig

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Since the fork has no built-in hole/boss for mounting a front brake, what's the best way to add it? Change to a newer fork that is ready to accept it, or drill it myself? I'd like to keep the original fork if possible.
 

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There is also the option of a disk adapter kit. If ya have a drill press, drilling won't be too difficult.

I'd do a search and see which options your best setup for or would prefer.
 
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Thanks guys. A couple of notes. I think I was way wrong on the age of this bike. I now believe it's more of an early '90s Murray.
But that's OK. I like how it's turning out. Still waiting for my brakes to arrive. In the meantime I'm riding it with just the coaster brake.
I'm going to start with a rim brake up front. I'm ALWAYs reaching for a front brake that isn't there, lol.

Anyway, here is a picture of her as she stands now. My "Speedy Blue".

 
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