Old Guys Simplex moto-peddle bike

Discussion in 'Board Trackers and Vintage Motorized Bicycles' started by indian22, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Messages:
    8,191
    Likes Received:
    37
    They might not be original Simplex, but I'll bet there are fenders and gas tanks out there which are very similar. I had a gas tank given to me from a 1930's German Wanderer which I had no use for and passed along to Fasteddy. Looks very much like the Simplex tank. And I have a tank on a Harley Davidson Sprint which memory says is much like the Simplex and about the same size. And if there are motorcycle wheels out there of the right diameter and tire width, then there are fenders of the right size, too. With the right paint and decals you could build your own Simplex. I've seen farm implement seats that look a whole lot like the Simplex seat. "In the spirit of" might be even better than a high priced original... better engine, better brakes and done to suit your tastes and needs.
    SB
     
  2. racie35

    racie35 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2012
    Messages:
    1,700
    Likes Received:
    1
    Yes..there are always options....mainly wanted him to know the frames are readily available.
     
  3. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Messages:
    8,191
    Likes Received:
    37
    racie,
    I should not speak as if I know much anything about a Simplex. I don't other than thinking they are very cool. No doubt you have researched them as much as you can and have a good idea of what is and isn't available and what kind of options there are. Your truck version of the Simplex is a fine example of making something different from and perhaps better than the original, yet still very much in the spirit of the original Simplex. I've been following your build thread and look forward to future progress. And now we have this thread to follow as well. I'm quite sure I'll never have a Simplex of my own so I'll content myself by watching what you guys do with yours. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us!
    SB
     
  4. racie35

    racie35 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2012
    Messages:
    1,700
    Likes Received:
    1
    There's one on eBay as we speak...frame with fork and fender...its cheap right now...maybe it'll stay cheap
     
  5. kevyleven007

    kevyleven007 Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2008
    Messages:
    1,217
    Likes Received:
    7
    Hey nice plan man! I'll be checkin back latter on this one!
     
  6. butchl

    butchl Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2008
    Messages:
    281
    Likes Received:
    2
    I have One. 1945 Perfect frame-with front and rear fenders. I have changed my mind and decided to build a boardtracker from scratch. Ireally haven't thought about selling it but I', busy with a T bucket. I also have a Great 1945 tank of which I sold one last year for $200 and it was a later model. Also got a front Worksman wheel. These tanks are contured to the Simplex frame. Contact me if you're truly interested in one.
     
  7. racie35

    racie35 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2012
    Messages:
    1,700
    Likes Received:
    1
    Works man wheel with drum?
     
  8. butchl

    butchl Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2008
    Messages:
    281
    Likes Received:
    2
    No front drum, just the rear.
     
  9. indian22

    indian22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    3,086
    Likes Received:
    2,438
    Silverbear you've more than shown your abillity to see the potential beauty and utility of others "castoffs" it's one thing to buy, another to create...my congratulations sir. Rick C.
     
  10. indian22

    indian22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    3,086
    Likes Received:
    2,438
    Thanks, I'm ordering a few parts and the CG-150 should already be coming my way...so right now I'm doing some of what Silverbear called "creative stareing" Some form of metaphysical bike building 101 that I will embrace and grow with. Rick C.
     
  11. indian22

    indian22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    3,086
    Likes Received:
    2,438
     
  12. indian22

    indian22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    3,086
    Likes Received:
    2,438
    Checked the frame on ebay and going to catch up on your Simplex builds. I'm pleased to find others with an interest in Servicycles. I've also registered on the Simplex forum & am trying to catch up on what others have and are doing with the little New Orleans motorcycles. I've had the Cushmans, Mustangs and Whizzers...time for a Simplex of sorts. Thanks for your interest in the thread. Rick C.
     
  13. racie35

    racie35 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2012
    Messages:
    1,700
    Likes Received:
    1
    I'll take the fenders if they're saveable.
     
  14. butchl

    butchl Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2008
    Messages:
    281
    Likes Received:
    2
    wHAT'S The price of the frame on E-Bay?
     
  15. indian22

    indian22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    3,086
    Likes Received:
    2,438
    $100. 1 bid no reserve + freight....includes, front fender (only), forks, foot pads. 4 days left on auction
     
  16. indian22

    indian22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    3,086
    Likes Received:
    2,438
    Racie look at page 2 & post #12 of this thread for a photo of the front fender...it's in pretty good condition. The rear fender however is not original & BAD, I wouldn't think of pushing that one on you. PM me if you have further interest and I'll take some real photos of the good fender for you.RC
     
  17. indian22

    indian22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    3,086
    Likes Received:
    2,438
    I've mentioned that I retired & sold my shop with the condition that I have access & use of all facilities and equipment. In addition to bikes I also am involved in reviving old cars and trucks of interesting vintages. Currently working on several... 1936 & 1938 Chevys, T bucket Rod, 1951 Ford F-1 PU (sold), 1968 Chevy PU (sold) and a 1946 Chevy rat rod PU. Along with the 3 almost completed motorized bikes and the just beginning of the Simplex motorcycle reto mod. I guess I don't understand what retirement really means. Some of my 4 wheel projects...Rick C.
     

    Attached Files:

  18. racie35

    racie35 Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2012
    Messages:
    1,700
    Likes Received:
    1
    Sent you a pm indian22
     
  19. butchl

    butchl Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2008
    Messages:
    281
    Likes Received:
    2
    Indian: That's a good price and start piece. I paid $600 for my frame and rear rim and and a BAD gas tank.
     
  20. indian22

    indian22 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    3,086
    Likes Received:
    2,438
    Butch, bid still at $100. on the ebay Simplex frame, it's pretty rusted up but still...I'm fortunate to live in an arid area, desert maybe? Things sit out for many years with little rust damage. The 1946 Chevy truck shown under build in a previous post was bought new at WW2 end and was a work truck on a nearby farm until it was retired in the 1960's....been setting out in a field exposed for more than 50 years...the frame it's now sitting on is a T model Ford & 30+ years older still... neither of which had much rust. The Texaco Tanker which was a 1st. place truck at Nationals a few years back didn't require a single rust patch and it's now a 100 point show winner. Collages1.jpg
     

Share This Page