what did you do to your motorized bicycle today?

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by Skarrd, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. Don P

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    Hi all
    I had a flat tire to day 5 miles from home. thank God for cell phones and Good friends.
     
  2. flatblack

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    Spring for a hub adapter. You won't be disappointed! I'll never build another kit without one.

    Did some test laps around the 'hood today. Have a solution for "brake bosses" on the front. Just need to do a bit more head-scratching. The "adapter" I found on a craigslist bike works well but there's a bit too much vibration under hard stopping than I comfortable with.
     
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  3. droc089

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    Nifty trailer, but the ice cream cart is the shiznit! the name sucks though......bengals fan haha
     
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    Ran errands and I only had to answer questions about my build for three people today.. Phew. I should make a video and sell copies.
     
  5. Dymaxion

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    Right on. I recently rebuilt my bike since version 1.0 was a leaky, unreliable, rattely, shakey, scarey, death trap. Version 2.0 used a hub adapter and sprocket from Sportsman. I would never build again without one.
     
  6. killercanuck

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    lol Ernst, it does get tedious having to stop and chat when you're in a hurry. That's why I just hand out these and be on my way:
    [​IMG]


    I'm still trying to get in gear to go work in the heat... I wonder if I can make an ice mold out of my helmet :D
     
  7. Wm Holden

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    bought a 12v cooler for my drinks from a thrift store today...works good.
    time to head back to the beach...with two beers this time!
     
  8. ducedave

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    Converted junked moped's 6v horn head and tale lights I have high and low beams tale marker and brake light now-when I find turn signals I'll wire them in also - now on to the broken rear axle and cracked bearing race as I have broken them before I'm going to use the axle and sealed bearing form the junked moped front hub and weld in axle bosses, that should hold up to what ever evil I put it through
    I ride as hard and fast as I like and when it brakes I fix it stronger and faster-thank God for old mopeds and small motorbike parts as they are much better then HT motor kit parts
     
  9. PerryP180

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    I'm embarrassed to admit this one. I noticed the fuel in the in-line fuel filter was beginning to have more air than fuel. I figured the screen on the fuel valve must be clogging. Turned the valve off and on a few times. Shook the bike to remove debris from the valve filter. I needed just enough to get home. Finally decided tank must not be venting to allow fuel to flow. Removed the cap and discovered the tank was empty. VERY humbling.
     
  10. rustycase

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    I wouldn't feel bad abt that Perry !
    Years back I ran out of fuel more times with 5gal tanks... and when I ran the 2 gal tank I was always stopping at stations when I really did not need fuel!

    Only pushed the bike home from closing the bar once. about a mile with a slight upgrade. A block from home at 3am, sitting on the curb looking at the non-starter I noticed the petcock was not turned on.

    Did so, and it fired on the second kick.

    Gosh, I wonder how far someone can get on a HT running on fumes!
    ...Like Kramer and the fuel gauge test... LoL

    ............
    I switched out the MTB handlebars on my MAB-under-construction for some bmx type bars that have 4" more height to them. much more comfortable!
    ...and more room for all the stoopid cables and stuff.
    Now I gotta find a fix for the front center-pull brake.

    Back wheel comes off today to flip my dish sprocket around the better way.
    Will cut links from the chain and work on an improvement to the kit tensioner also.
    rc
     
  11. Acraze

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    Today after getting a six pack of drinks I head home. I guess the weight of beers shifted the basket towards the wheel and the basket caught and got ripped to pieces sending my six pack shattering on the road. It also ripped my rear brake tension screw out Makin my right pad connect with the rim, I have to get this worked out but I'm not sure what to do. Atleast 3 beers were unharmed :)
     
  12. droc089

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    Feel bad about the brews man.... ya the bike too, but those tasty brews lol.seriously that really sucks though man.
     
  13. KCvale

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    SBP expansion chamber?
    You can tune them for power band but no matter what you do they won't kill any part of the power band. I think your problem is elsewhere.

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    I had a chance to get a lot of riding my own bike in recently and did some minor things like beef up my big 'glass pac' muffler's bike mount.

    http://KCsBikes.com/pics/KCsuede7-25-11.jpg
    1065x1150 image so click it for the larger pic so you can see some detail.

    That big pipe is a bit heavy so it needs multiple mounts to keep it in place with no vibration over 30MPH and no issues at all riding around town at ~35 for a couple of hours today since we got some rain last night and still clouds and much cooler today, it wasn't even 100F when I went riding.

    Most of us that post in this thread know our personal bikes right?
    They are never 'completely' done right? I mean there is always something more we think we might want right?

    I was the same way until I went out riding today in total bliss and it dawned on me...
    That was the line between want and need with these things, and where you draw it.

    For example this bike. I needed to build a shifter bike when I first started, and needed it to be a solid bike.
    After riding awhile I wanted more gears but needed more power and the line was re-drawn.

    Fast forward a year and many changes for all the things that went from want to need and my small list of needs is nothing mechanical to be completely satisfied with everything about how it rides, runs, and 'feels' now.

    What I mean is when you get your own personal bike to this point take a step back, get a refreshing beverage and your camera, and savor the moment after your long trouble free awesome ride like I did today ;-}
     
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  14. Skarrd

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    got my jackshaft parts in the mail today ^-^

    just sat and stared at the chain for the pocket bike for a good 10 minutes... couldn't get over how tiny it is.
     
  15. Dan

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    LOL, I think we all have done that a time or 2.
     
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    Oh yea, most of us have spaced on how much gas "we thought was left" and "why she won't start" :D


    OMG KCvale! So sorry to read about your house! Fire sucks so much!! I went over to find more pics of your glasspack and saw the thread. :( Hope you're okay! Glad the whole place didn't go. Hope your insurance covers the lost bikes... Brutal!

    You're right about the line between want vs need. Need is clear, like -need new tire/tube, brake pads/shoes, "this seat numbs my junk, need a new one."- Want's can get pricey fast. for sure. The ol' wallet(purse, for you gals) is the hard line drawn for most.

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    So what I came on to post about was my first 31Mi(48km) boot to a larger town southeast of me. I didn't have batts for the gps, but have a stopwatch on my cell, and using this calculator:
    Time, Speed and Distance Calculator I figured out my average mph(kph)

    Round trip on the road(stopped watch when I got there) was 1 1/2 hr, total distance 31Mi(48km), worked out to 20Mph(32Kph). And that was around half throttle, it's beautiful out, so I took my time. Plus the vibes got to me going any faster for that long... 45min each way.

    The best part of the trip? K, this morning my first stop is the gas station, I got 3L w/100ml of oil(30:1). Topped off my tank(almost to full, h8 sloshing leak) and away I went. I brought the can with me just in case, lol. Made it back no problem, she ran like a champ. When I pulled the cap...(drumroll)... I didn't even use half a tank :D That was the best part, and why I love MB's so much.

    Thanks all for keeping me inspired to keep working on my bike!

    cflg
     
  17. NunyaBidness

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    An even better story. Last time I had a motor bike, I spent about an hour getting the motor installed. I got everything hooked up and the test ride without motor went great. I proceeded to try starting it with no luck, my buddy tried and he also had no luck. After about a half hour or so, my buddy and I remembered the on-off kill switch I had installed. I flipped the switch to the on position and the bike fired right up. Man did I feel kinda stupid then.
     
  18. Dan

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    Har Nunya, lol. Done that one too.

    Don't know how many times I did the fuel off one.
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    Figured out what my tinging noise was. Spring broke off (again) where it bends to dead-man on the inside of the coil. I am running out of spring. Is really brittle metal. Can be snapped by bending it over.

    I broke my own rule and had no tools with me, was 6 or 7 miles from home 45 mins before work. I hate late! Pet peeve thing. Was in Hartford and a maint. guy was near so I borrowed a 8mm wrench to get the cover off and re-bend. I hurried so now have about 6' of starter rope hanging out. But she got me home to get my car. I called the guy I am subing for to say I would be 4 minutes late. He laughed at me. LOL, I got here exactly 4 minutes after 4.
     
  19. 5-7HEAVEN

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    I keep my bike in the house, so the petcock gets closed at home and at work. At least twice a week, My bike starts off strong in first gear, then falls flat on its face in second. After pulling to the roadside, it's ALWAYS the closed petcock.:-||

    Once I pulled into a gas station to fill gas. Left the petcock on and poured five ounces of oil into the tank, then filled with a gallon of gas. Less than five seconds after starting, the GP460 engine completely fouled out. The open petcock HAD allowed oil into my car-sized FRAM filter. I plugged the gas cap and flipped the bike upside down. This allowed the oil to flow back into the tank. After shutting the petcock, I righted the bike and stirred the mix with a twig. Surprisingly, the engine started up with a little bit of smoke. I rode home a couple blocks away. Since the oil/fuel mixture could not be calculated, I drained the tank, then pedalled back to the gas station and filled up again.

    After filling, I went to the library for four hours. When I fired up the engine, it was missing and bogging a LOT, so I started pedalling home, which was three miles away... through the ghetto.As The engine was running and sputtering, a few unsavory punks started approaching me. I pedalled a hundred yards away and rested, figuring I'd be pedalling all the way home. What the heck, I figured, Maybe if I opened up the low speed jet, something good might happen. I turned the screw a half turn and the 460 roared powerfully to life!!

    I jumped on my bike and full throttled it home, and the bike never missed a beat after that.xct2
     
  20. flatblack

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    Got my "new" front fork with brake bosses on it from good ol' ebay. Cut down the "adapter" plate I got from a donor bike off of craigslist. Installed the center pull brake system and took 'er for a quick 2:30am test ride. Under pedal power it seemed good, I dropped the clutch. At half throttle, applied the brake and she stopped like never before! I have another "adapter" plate and brake setup for the rear, so I went ahead and ordered the dual pull lever. Hopefully, I know longer have to worry about sliding down the road and using my body as a large brake...forearms wear out fast under that pressure...

    I just need to take the fork back off, scuff it, prime it and paint it. That should now cover most of the weak spots the bike had. It's got heavy duty rims, RT carb, center pull brakes, hub adapter, #41 chain, SBP xchamber, and a lot of other little bits and pieces. I've also got a plan for some lights.
     

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