Tandem owner - new here

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  1. mac077

    mac077 New Member

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    This looks like just the place to get information and hopefully a complete kit to motorize my tandem so that I can take my disabled wife out for some relaxing pleasure cruises!! Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

    Mac
     
  2. Saddletramp1200

    Saddletramp1200 Custom MB Buiilder

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    Hello Mac, Welcome. I think we have a Thread for Tandums, If not I have one. There not that hard to build. (c)
     
  3. rustycase

    rustycase Gutter Rider

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    Welcome aboard!

    ...I see a predator in your future...

    :)
    rc
     
  4. mac077

    mac077 New Member

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    Do tell?? Is there a kit that can be had depending on the available space inside the frame of my tandem?? I am very interested and the interest is growing. I have pics of the bike hanging in my garage!!

    Mac
     
  5. rustycase

    rustycase Gutter Rider

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    There's a lot of excellent information here on the MB forum, Mac.
    Run the search for 'predator' and review all the information in the threads to get the full story.
    Bottom line is, with your tandem, you will want all the torque you can get.
    And considering your wife will be accompanying you, the predator offers lower noise levels and improved reliability over the HT engines.

    I'd advise the 98cc model which you can pretend is a quasi legal <50cc assist.

    Best
    rc
     
  6. Wm Holden

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    I'm disabled...that's how I got here...the wife and I go down to the beach on this one....

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  7. mac077

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    Wow...so what did that run you if I might ask? That would be perfect for us!
     
  8. Wm Holden

    Wm Holden New Member

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    Bike $500...conversion kit to make it a trike...$400
    engine kit install $400
    Electric front hub kit $350
    Batteries $150
    basket $25
    rear seat $35
    seat post (both) $60
    thorn proof tubes $20
    Green sealant $10
    smaller front sproket $15
    Headlight $15
    allen head stainless engine screws...$30
    Paint $50 (with clear)
    battery carrier $25
    rear fold up footpegs $50
    Rear axlepegs $15
    custom rear exit exhaust (not shown) $100
    front suspension fork $100
    pedals $40
    alarm $25
    Sprung seat $30
    keyed ignition $45

    Labor too assemble....
    don't make me think about it..but I love it!!!
    It's my "TRUCK" of bicycles.
     
  9. Wm Holden

    Wm Holden New Member

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    We prefer the look of this one (well I do) but long rides are out on the chopper....just not smooth enough...


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  10. scotto-

    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    Welcome to the forum Mac.....did you say tandem?!? (^)

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    Unfortunately this is not a kit, but the potential in tandem builds is limitless. Don't get discouraged, you will find everything in this forum to build the bike you want.

    Have fun, it's why we do this!

    dnut
     
  11. mac077

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    Man, they all look great but I am really discouraged when I look at mine. I will go out and take some pics right now to show y'all. I have a chain on both side of the bike where it looks like all of you have the chain on one side only! Also it doesn't appear to be enough room with frame mods! Not sure that I have the tools and the ability to make the adjustments to the frame. Anyway, all your input is vital to my decision...I would love to have a nice slow cruiser to take my wife out on some bike paths around the area (paved). Thanks!!
     
  12. mac077

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    Ok, here is the first pic of the frame - front...would have been perfect without that middle bar!!

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    Here is the back part of the frame...still not alot of room!!

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    Here you can see the dual chain setup...

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    Also, have some other frame options for an individual bike...any recommendations or help is very welcome!!
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  13. mac077

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    Here is one last option...maybe for the wife!!

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    Any chance the motor would fint in that space??
     
  14. macAlpine

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    howdy mac, welcome to the forum.
    um, i'm pretty sure none of those small bike frames will fit an engine. as for the tandem, you could cut that middle tube in the back like scotto did, and stick a big honda gx160 in there with a qmatic transmission. that would require welding, and using a cutting wheel on a grinder. you'd have to weld a tube into the corner that looks like this: \ . then your 4 stroke mounting plate could go on in there. for more ideas look around and use the google search feature. i've never done a tandem so i'm mimicking scotto's design.

    cheerio
     

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