The Admiral (pictures)

Discussion in 'Motorized Mountain Bikes and Road Bikes' started by _Spyder, May 20, 2015.

  1. _Spyder

    _Spyder New Member

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    Here's the 20xx Schwinn Admiral + 80cc HT. She's not the prettiest or the fastest but damn, I love this bike. Already making the lady jealous and afraid ;P

    admiral:

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    Unfortunately, this is not the Admiral of yore, but a modern replica courtesy of Sprawlmart. It is, however, made of steel and seems decently sturdy anyway.

    the whole machine:

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    That gap over the engine makes me want a tank which I can sling under the bar which the tank I have now is attached to. I really wish I had the stock chain guard since it's sexy as ****, but I've been told it's impossible to fit with the modifications made to the running gear.

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    It runs great, as far as I can tell from my first MAB. The only complaint I have regarding performance is that it seems to struggle at a lower speed than I'd expect. Maybe something to do with those enormous 700c wheels.

    what makes it so happy:

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    This engine will take me to 30-something without much protest, but I like to stick around 20 in the interest of the bike's longevity. Right where it sounds like a chainsaw midway through a log is what makes me comfortable that it won't sh** itself with too much enthusiasm.

    In it now is the plug that came with it, which seems to perform fine enough. It has no markings other than the words "GREAT MASTER" (doesn't the name make you feel secure?) so I'm not sure of the efficacy. When the mag coil was bad I bought a Champion marine plug in some measure of desperation with the markings "L78YC". Next time I'm in the market for a plug I'll be getting an NGK BxHS, but does anyone know if it would be worth swapping for the marine plug in the mean time?

    the bad news:

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    A few of the pictures, notably the last, show the one real problem with the bike in the lack of true in the rear wheel. I've ridden some hundred miles on it without more than a small wobble at speed and goose bumps if the pavement gets wavy, but I swear it's getting worse so that's the top of my list now that she's running again.

    Feel free to comment in any way! If anyone sees anything that I can improve, that's what I'm looking to do.The clutch lever, ignition wiring, and the fuel line from the top down are on my list, right after the wheel is straight o_O .
     
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  2. _Spyder

    _Spyder New Member

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    The guy who built it (sorry, I was too poor to afford this hobby/commute without a good deal on entry ;) ) claims this engine is called a "Power King". I can't find any information regarding that name. I think the builder would rather not be quoted on that.
     
  3. dtv5403

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    Truing wheels is not too hard. You will want to disconnect and remove the fuel tank. Them turn the bike upside down. Need something to attach to the frame for a feeler. I have used needle nose vise grips in the past. Attach them to the frame so that the needle nose are pointing toward the side of the rim. When the rim rubs against the needle nose, loosen the spoke on the side is rubbing 1/4 turn and tighten the spokes on the opposite side 1/4 urn until it no longer rubs. Work all the way around one side of the rim, then do the same thing on the opposite side. Repeat the process until the rim is as true as you can get it. You will need to move the needle nose a bit closer to the rim each time, eventually getting so close that it is almost touching. I taught myself how to true wheels, eventually working my way up to building my own, and if I can do it then anyone can.
     
  4. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

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    Nice ride.
     
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    Well done. I'm glad you didn't name it "Admiral Obvious".
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