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  1. MacZulu

    MacZulu New Member

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    Hey Chaz. I'm still shaping the down pipe for the exhaust, I am going to bring back over to the left side. and I will wait to dial in carb until I'm running 100:1 opti-2, then see about jet.

    from going through the mega thread, the only direct negative was the guy who had a dax motor that failed(gtr50 or something not ht). if I remember correctly he first blamed opti, then said it was engine failure, then came back later saying he blamed opti again. and didn't like it at 32:1 either. as opposed to, like you said many respectable riders and many other lesser known members love it. so I'm down.
     
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    Here is a photo of the Monark and the sidecar. It will take you to my Photobucket site so if you look around there are other photos as well. I made it so the bike tilted independent of the sidecar and the hub motor was in the sidecar wheel.

    That didn't work out as well as I had hoped so I made it solid and put the hub motor on the back. Now I'm going with a 48V midmotor that I purchased from Sick Bike Parts.

    If you click on the right side arrow it will take you back towards the beginning. If you click on the left side arrow you can see Silverbears canoe sidecar we built a few summers ago.

    Steve.

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  3. MacZulu

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    hey Steve I hope you get healthy soon, sorry I missed that in my first response.

    you weren't kidding about the chris craft, that is pretty cool and unique. never seen a side car like it, and then I saw silverbears. and it is just as unique. yours be a sea going cruiser and his for the lakes, very appropriate considering your locals.

    how is that e power for moving that boat?

    you guys do nice work too, impressive. you would cringe at my oxy ac shaping of my muffler down pipe, but muffler wrap will cover it anyways.

    any pics of the summer projects you guys are working on? they sound pretty interesting too
     
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    fasteddy Well-Known Member

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    Hi MacZulu,

    Been fighting a Staph infection in my left knee that got into the bone for the last two years. One more operation and it will be over.

    The hub motor in the sidecar wheel didn't work for a number of reasons. Then I moved it into a 26" rear wheel and at 500w and 36V I was asking to much of it to move the bike, sidecar and me at 209kg or 450 pounds. I now am going to a 3,000w, 48V midmotor that clamps to the seat stay and drives one of two sprockets on the pedal crank to the back wheel. When the motor is off it free wheels so the bike can be pedaled if need be.

    I'll be working on it late this spring when the money for the battery becomes available. Grin Technologies in Vancouver has a toe tapper of a battery with the latest and best but at close to $1,800 plus the tax. I have to decide if I need that much battery. There are a lot of batteries for half that cost. It's just how much do I need.

    I'll ask Silverbear to post what he has that we are working on. I just have the Monark and sidecar and the Indian tri car. He has a few going on that we work on sort of round robin if we get bogged down on one.

    Steve.
     
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    There is a hand crafted show at the P.N.E. usually in June called The Vancouver Mini Makers Faire. They have much bigger ones around the world so we're a Mini Faire.

    I'm planning on having the tri car there or if not the Monark. The machinist that did the motor work and other machine work on the tri car is set up there and I would like to tie the two together. Great work and reasonable prices. He also rebuilds motorcycle and scooters so he's tuned into what I need.

    I was thinking we could possibly make a display of our bikes there. I'll get a booth big enough to display them. When I hear when it is I let everyone know.

    Steve.
     
  6. MacZulu

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    two years! glad to hear your near the end of that painful saga.

    wow 3000w, no doubt you need a good battery. and pedaling 450lbs? i think I'd phone a tow truck. well I'll have to try and get to the pne this summer and check it out, sounds pretty interesting.

    I've been playing with my new poo poo exhaust. I opened it up a bit, and put on some new wrap. it is still running out to the right side, but I am enjoying the ride. I'm running with a 70 jet (back to stock) and needle is in 2 down position. when I run the opti 100:1 (if my engine likes it) I will finish tweeking.

    again best part of this pipe is that it is much quieter than I expected.

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  7. MacZulu

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    well changed my air filter housing. I had the black punisher skull looking one with extra holes drilled in it. I replaced the foam with rain sock material awhile ago. so now I have taken the black grid disc that comes in the nt and nt speed carb air filters and adhered the rain sock material to the face of that disc, then it holds on a steel rim for appearances I guess. it sure not a velocity stack, but she's sucking a lungful.

    went for a 30 k ride, she loves it. it was cold and rainy. 10k or so out I blew the front tire, my fault with the brake pads rubbing on one side. luckey I had checked my tool bag for an innertube in the afternoon and found it missing. so I had just put the new innertube in, I had a patch kit always though.

    well my custom front fender makes it interesting, but I was riding again in 1/2 an hour. in 10 minutes my carb got loose and fell off. that was weird, also my jackshaft crank set seemed to have let go, broke, snapped, gave up. one or the other. it's not under engine power yet, but it was free so whatever. so about 10k away from home now, pretty hilly. but she got me home, and a new top speed around 60kph.

    looking for a new crank set I called around, and before go to grab one for $80 I called the store I bought the bike from and they had an unused townie crank set for $20. so painted that and put it on. just missing the pedal in the pic.

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    so switched up the air filter set up again. small changes. I also fixed the townie chain guard, one of these days you'll see a thread call "Goop I put that [email protected]#t on everything"

    a few hundred miles ago I was playing with intakes and split my jug at a intake stud threading. my bad. i used jb to hold the stud in place and today it let go. I have a Cheez jug on hand thanks to Legwon. I have cleaned up the transfers and am leaving it at that. I am painting the new jug right now. but I wont run it until tomorrow, when my opti-2 arrives.

    I know this is one of "those" topics, but I am breaking in this jug and rings with opti-2 100:1 and I am not pampering it in anyway. call it a personal experiment. I'm not the first, and I have not read any convincing 1st hand negatives to offset the users predominant love of the product.



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    well not only did I not pamper her, I let my maintenance slip. lost a rear mount bolt, resulting in a cracked frame. so I killed her, I thought I liked her. once I knew she was gone, I realized I loved her. my slothfulness snuffed out a young frames life. repairs unlikely, and in 90 minutes she lay naked and cold on floor.

    I am already busy on recovery, but it will be a week or so before I'm rolling.

    but I will be back...
     
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    Oh carp! Sorry to hear that. You have my deepest sympathy.
    I know you'll bounce back.
     
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    fasteddy Well-Known Member

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    Bad luck. Any ideas for a new frame?

    Steve.
     
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    thanks Chaz, I'm mid bounce.

    Steve I have frame, stripped and waiting for prep and paint.
     
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    so got out for a short maiden ride tonight, was pouring rain quite aggressively so I only went for a short ride of 7 km. now familiar readers will remember before the frame breaking debacle to start the new year, there was a new jug and rings to be broken in on opti-2. well 7 km is not going to say much, but I did hit 33 mph and the jet isn't right. when I get it out for a proper warm up ride I'll do a plug chop and see what's up.

    so what is it you ask. well I hit up CL and found a townie 3i

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    so now it is a 3 speed internal hub with coaster brake, frame differs in two spots of stronger build and narrower chain stay spread. front gusset and tube fattens up right where my old one cracked (not of it's own fault of course) giving this frame a little more strength. of course my rock shox are on now, and painted finally.
    it's not finished. drive chain is too tight, post mount need better shimming, fenders still need to be mounted. and my beloved poo poo pipe needs to adjusted to fit this mounting.

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    so on we go...
     
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    well I've been busy and distracted, and also dealing with the chain rubbing the chain stays. the townie 3i chain stay spacing is a full inch narrow than the 7d, thanks to the stack of 7 sprockets attached to the side hub to 1 sprocket. so the tensioner is back as a path guide, yay I'm so happy. still a close call on the top chain stay, and I refuse to go double tensioner. I'll switch frames before I do that, I also have a 41T I could swap out the 44T with. But I like the tourqe, and I think I may have settled the rub issue. also put on a pair of 2" schwalbe marathon tires, better handling and the ride is still good.

    I did get it out for a ride yesterday for the first time in awhile. since the new rings and jug I'm still only around 40 km in total maybe. and she is running like a hot damn, with stock muffler, still reshaping my poo poo pipe. I'm riding it normal, with no break in pampering and 100-1 opti 2. way too early to tell I know, but man she is running well. probably the best feeling I've had riding this bike yet. hitting my highest top speed of 57 kph (tires probably help top end) so far, and pulling up hills seems stronger.

    onward and upward
     
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    My first build is the electra 7.... Rear hub is giving me trouble. A touch smaller than an inch in diameter. My shim work failed and I have some broken spokes... otherwise a great classy looking ride.
     

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