Pocket bike powered bicycle

NLbike

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Hey, I'm new to this site and I wanted to share what I've been working on for the last little while. It started life as a Norco Dirtmaster that I found abandoned in a ditch when I was a teenager. I took it home, fixed it up and drove it as a bicycle for a few years. About 10 years later, my parents were cleaning up their garage and came across the bike again, so I took it back to my place, where it sat for longer, until I was given a pocket bike engine. I made a mounting plate for the engine and that's as far as I got with it until I got a new job close to home with lots of free time! I brought the bike in, and with the helpful donation of a 70s Harley peanut tank, finished it off! It did have ape hangars on it before, but I've always liked the look of café racers.


 

WECSOG

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That is a nice looking bike. It looks like you could fill it up, ride it every day, and still eventually have to dump out stale gas and replace with fresh!laff
 

NLbike

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Well I haven't had to fill it up yet!! Even though its called a peanut tank, there's more than enough gas for this engine! Eventually I will have to give the tank back, so I am working on a smaller tank. I had one mocked up out of cardboard before, but this was just easier in getting the bike mobile.
I just finished up some proper foot pegs and a (very necessary!) chain guard.
 
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Ludwig II

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Oddly enough, this bike is closer to a true cafe racer than the majority of customised motorcycles that are claimed to be cafe racers. Nothing unnecessary on it, and no ornamentation.

Well done.
 
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NLbike

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Thanks for the compliment! She definitely doesn't have any extras! I would like some better brakes though! I'm thinking discs if I can get them on a 20" rim..
 

NLbike

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This is what it looked like new (I'm pretty sure)


The ride is a little bouncy, I'm hoping I can service the front shocks to make it a little better, and maybe match up a couple shocks for the back..
 

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Great job with your cafe build! These are my favorite type of motorized bikes and I always gotta give props for a well made ride! I like the jackshaft axle in the bottom bracket.
 

NLbike

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Thanks! Yeah I wasn't sure how I would do the jackshaft.. I just so happened to have a couple of snowmobile bearings lying around, and they fit like they were supposed to be there! I am hoping in the next couple years to build a full size Cafe racer out of a Yamaha xs850 that I have lying around my garage taking up space!
 

NLbike

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I had a plastic pull start on my engine, but every now and again, it would twist enough to jam itself against the flywheel, so I bought a metal one. It's much tougher, but it was a bit rough looking when it came.. Nothing a file and a can of engine enamel can't fix!!

Before

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This is what it looked like new (I'm pretty sure)


The ride is a little bouncy, I'm hoping I can service the front shocks to make it a little better, and maybe match up a couple shocks for the back..
I looked it felt weak so it is too small chassis