What NOT To Motorize

Discussion in 'Pre-Motorized Bicycle Information.' started by wheelbender6, Apr 5, 2020.

  1. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

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    Forgive me if there is already a thread on this. Gotta bike you motorized that you would never recommend for an engine?
    -I built this banana seat bike from an old cruiser, thinking I may install an engine after a while. Not any more.
    -The bike is pretty difficult to control at low speeds (for me) with the ape hanger bars. They don't seem well suited for pedal starts using a hand clutch.
    -The small, 20 inch front wheel makes it steer quicker, making it less stable at high speeds.
    -I do like the banana seat. It's nice to sit back and stretch my legs.
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  2. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    Kent Bayside, Huffy Cranbrook, BCA Margaritaville...
     
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  3. domN8er

    domN8er New Member

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    i was thinking about putting a motor on this bike what makes it a bad bike to use
     
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  4. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Well-Known Member

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    Folder bikes w/20" wheels.

    Like wheelbender said, it must the short tires and tall handlebars.
     
  5. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    They are junk, and could fold up like a house of cards at 25 mph.

    Having said that, I will say I have built 2 Cranboobs.....don't do it, unless you weigh 120lbs, and go over the bike very carefully before each ride.
     
  6. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    It's that danged springer ordeal you got goin' on up front.
     
  7. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

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    True. My "rat trap" Springer fork leaves a lot to be desired. Rat trap forks may work better in stock trim. Mine has been modded because the painted part of the original flightliner fork was damaged beyond repair.
    I have used a cantilever style springer fork on a motorized bike (attached) with good results. The cantilever springer increases the rake a little, providing more stable steering at high speed
     
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  8. domN8er

    domN8er New Member

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    i have one on a cranbrook now and no problems longest trip so far was 7 miles
     

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