Been lurking decided to post my new ride.

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Noriegad88, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. Noriegad88

    Noriegad88 New Member

    It's a Fito Modena GT 1 speed. Plan on Mb'ing it. Very pleased with the bike, seems to be good quality, welds look good. Front brakes are great, love the fork setup, tires are beefy, only downside so far is the fenders are a little flimsy... I need to re-engineer/beef em up. Otherwise I'm glad with my choice. Paid $310 shipped from bikebuyers.com
     

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  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    As a matter of fact I noticed that model, within the last few days, when window shopping for bikes and thought, "That looks like a good bike for the job".

    I'll bet you'll end up proving me right.

    Have fun.
     
  3. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    What is the tyre size/specification on the Fito Modena GT?
     
  4. Noriegad88

    Noriegad88 New Member

    24" rim, 3.0" wide, kenda flame tires, measures 26" from ground to top of tire... So it's basically a 26"
     
  5. Bzura

    Bzura Member

    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg Welcome! Great choice of bike. Those 3" tires are going to require some slight modifications in order to get the chain to clear. I've built the Modena GT before, and it's not that difficult. I used 2 of the rubber ring spacers on the outside of the spokes with the raised side of the sprocket facing out. Also, I offset the motor by just under 1/2". I put pics of that up. If you're interested I can tell you more.
     
  6. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    I really like the "fat tyre" look, plus it will be a lot more comfy of the derriere when motoring along over rough surfaces.
     
  7. Noriegad88

    Noriegad88 New Member

    Bzura where did you acquire that pipe? Are you happy with it?
     
  8. Bzura

    Bzura Member

    It's from Arrow Motorized Cycles. It's called the "Torquer II Exhaust Pipe" and it does a very good job with low-mid range power increase. It also improves top end. I like it, but then again I don't have anything to compare it to. I did a lot of research before buying it, and afterwards I bought another.

    I advise using exhaust wrap if you run one of these. On the Modena it can't help but touch your leg when you're riding.
     
  9. jhammondcpa

    jhammondcpa Active Member

    I have the same bike and am about to make new plates for the motor mounts to make the shift as you have described. I bought a new aluminum rear gear that grips the rear hub that lets me shift outward to the max. Would 7/8's be better for the tire clearance? Thanks for the reply and really liked the pictures!! Jhammond.cpa@gmail.com
     
  10. Bzura

    Bzura Member

    I wouldn't offset it further because your left crank arm will hit the engine if you go too far. The sprocket adapter is a great addition to the built. It will make it very easy to align the chain once your motor is on, and it will also mean you won't have to bend the heck out of the coaster brake arm & grind it down around the edges. Good call.
     
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  11. vanillawafer16

    vanillawafer16 New Member

    Can you please tell more about the motor offset?
     
  12. jhammondcpa

    jhammondcpa Active Member

    I tried various ways of getting the 2 cycle China engine off center and to the left side of the bike. Those 3 inch Kenda Flame tires and the chain were a real issue for me. I ultimately made two brackets, a left and right piece that mated up directly to the standard bolts fore and aft on the engine. The attached pictures shows the 2 pieces I designed and had made from steel at a local machine shop. That worked best, but I eventually changed tires and went with GeaX Tattoo, Pro BMX tires. The bike now has about 400 miles on it and bike #2 is up and running with 80 miles on it. Both bikes can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/user/JimConHam/videos .

    I hope this helps!

    20140417_072122_resized new mounts.jpg geax tattoo 24 2.3.jpg
     
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  13. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    I got the 7-speed version and jackshafted it.
    No funky motor offsets, it bolts right in like it's supposed to, the jackshaft transfers the power over to the pedals, and pedals are already aligned to get around the tire.

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    It'll do wheelies in 1st and 40+ MPH in 7th.
     
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  14. vanillawafer16

    vanillawafer16 New Member

    What were the dimensions on the bracket you used?
     
  15. vanillawafer16

    vanillawafer16 New Member

    Anything funky with the jackshaft install? custom mounts? Also did you change the stock chain for a stronger one?
     
  16. jhammondcpa

    jhammondcpa Active Member

    When I started my first bike project I ordered the 24 inch with "Kenda-Flame" three inch tires made it a 26", but without a derailleur, thinking that was the way to go. I quickly discovered those tires were an issue for me. I tried to bush the rear motor gear out as far as I could for chain clearance, but decided moving the engine left was the ay to go. It did solve the tire chain problem, but It was too close for me and I opted for slightly smaller tires. Several builders I did talk to several builders that told me to stay below 2.35 inches to avoid the chain tire clearance issue. I may return to bike #1 this summer for the Jackshaft upgrade and I still have the Kenda-Flame three inch tires. Sadly, I didn't know about the Jackshaft alternative or Kc Bikes! Your rig is the way to go and it's a real looker!
     
  17. jhammondcpa

    jhammondcpa Active Member

    Here is a better picture the mounts I made and you can see all of my measurements on the drawing if you view in full screen. I used the standard hardware that came with the engine package to align hole placement in my new brackets which kept the engine in proper alignment with frame. BTW the Jackshaft recommended by KC Bikes solve the engine, chain and tire issue! Modified Motor Mounts Drawing with parts.jpg 20140419_170519_resized_1.jpg 20140419_170534_resized_1.jpg
     
  18. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    The engine dropped right in with the SickBikes jackshaft and front mount.

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    It's the ideal bike cavity for a 4-stroke shifter too.

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    Either way you retain the rear disc brake and enjoy the 7-speed with the engine.

    Drive chain of course is an issue.
    I would really like to find this bike with a 3-speed internal so I could use single speed chain, but for $340 delivered in a couple of days from BikeBuyers, a good price for what it has on it.

    The stock 7-speed chain is holding up so far but we are experienced shifting riders.
    There is an art to riding a derailleur under motor power.
    The most common mistake is made when down-shifting.
    For example:

    Riding along ~35MPH and the light ahead to turns red...
    You let off the gas, downshift a gear or two expecting to have to stop...
    And the light turns green.

    You open the throttle and the engine spins up to full RPM before it catches up with the back wheel and WHAP, you snap that chain like a toothpick.

    KMC 7 or even 5-speed Z-chain is pretty tuff, just not tougher than that souped up 66cc at a full rev engagement.

    I have another Fito here still in the box, a gray one, and I think I'll do a 4-stroke shifter on it and make the top bar a tank this time.
    I'm surprised you haven't asked about how I mounted the tank on the silver one ;-}

    I have the pre-production model of the new Grubee 10G long shaft transfer case coming, and that should make for a fine base bike to try it out with.
    The tank is only 1.6" wide but I did finally find an 1.5" filler tube and gas cap that should work, if my welding shop around the corner what to tackle after they finish with my tank design for the Columbia 1937 board tracker I have up there now but I stray from the OPs topic, offsetting the engine to run direct drive.
     
  19. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Just a note about making the top bar a tank...
    Even if you could completely seal each end of the top bar it only holds 1/4 gallon (4 cups).
    Drilled a top bar hole and tested it with water.
    In short not enough fuel to make it worthwhile.

    So, this next new Fito build will get a peanut like the silver one, but a 4-stroke jackshaft ;-}
     
  20. vanillawafer16

    vanillawafer16 New Member

    Wow this helps so much! Thank you! And yea I'm trying to decide which direction I'm going to take the bike. I'll probably just dish out the extra money for a jackshaft
     
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