Pocket bike powered bicycle

Discussion in 'Motorized Rat Rods' started by NLbike, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. NLbike

    NLbike New Member

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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.
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  2. Dave31

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    Welcome to the forum NL, nice ride (^)(^)
     
  3. 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
     
  4. 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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  5. 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.
     
  6. 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..
     
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    Simple, elegant, and clean. I like it. Very nice work on your chain guard, quite professional.
     
  8. joetrammel

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    looks very clean what fork is that?
     
  9. NLbike

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    That's just the fork that came on the bike!
     
  10. NLbike

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    This is what it looked like new (I'm pretty sure)
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    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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    that fork is so sweet i got to score me one of those
     
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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.
     
  13. 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!
     
  14. 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!!
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  15. cali9x

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    Nothing unnecessary on it, and no decoration.

    Very good.
     
  16. NLbike

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    Live to dare, pose with a Canadair.
     
  18. cali9x

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    I look at this bike motorcycles seed stock
     
  19. NLbike

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    Yep, that's my plane! Actually 1 of 5..
     
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    I looked it felt weak so it is too small chassis
     

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