BICYCLE MOTOR FRICTION DRIVE KIT Honda GX35 35 cc 1.60 hp Four Cycle Complete kit

Discussion in 'Spare Parts, Tools & Product Developement' started by smittrailfire, May 19, 2008.

  1. smittrailfire

    smittrailfire New Member

    what do you guys think about this
     

  2. smittrailfire

    smittrailfire New Member

  3. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

  4. motman812

    motman812 Member

    I have a Staton Honda 35 friction drive on my 1981 Schwinn Cruiser 5 and it works flawlessly (about 600 miles in the last four months). I ride on paved, dry roads here by the beach and with the smallest drive I have decent low end torque and a top speed of 22 mph. In the last 60 days I've been able to ride two Whizzers, a Chinese two stroke and a four stroke Grubee Skyhawk and mine is much a smoother ride. It doesn't have the "soul" of having a engine between your legs but it's a smooth ride, doesn't leak oil and is absolutely dependable.
     
  5. bicycle ron

    bicycle ron Member

    I have a Staton Subaru 33.5cc friction drive on 2 Micargi Mustang GTS, and a KK GT Dyno roadster. I've road them all for almost a year now with no problems and no oil leaks.They all goe around 30 MPH! It's not intimidation,It's dependability!!!!
     
  6. smittrailfire

    smittrailfire New Member

    the one i am looking at is that an inside drive?? how can you tell??
     
  7. bicycle ron

    bicycle ron Member

    The friction drive your looking at is a tire roller pressed on the engine and then mounted to the black housing that mounts to your bike's frame and sets on top of your tire.
     
  8. smittrailfire

    smittrailfire New Member

    so will it be heavy on one side or not too bad
     
  9. bicycle ron

    bicycle ron Member

    These engines are not heavy at all period. The center balance is good. The only small problem that I had was the kickstand holding the bike up when not riding. All of my bikes are friction drive[5] And the original kicks on a couple worked fine,and on a few I had to go to my local bike shop and get a more heavy duty one.[5 to $10.00] A couple of my bikes I used 2 to be on the safe side!
     
  10. smittrailfire

    smittrailfire New Member

  11. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    Well, Dave Staton likes the Robbins-Suburu a little better, as they're still made in Japan. The Honda's are now made in Thailand. The Honda's are about .3 pounds lighter, the Suburu has a cast iron sleeve for longevity.

    My wife's bike is the Honda GX25, and it is a very nice engine. (I've got the Mitsubishi TLE43) It's quieter than mine, and nearly as fast. It just can't accelerate as fast as the Mitsubishi, though. (But, I pay for it with a louder engine, and I have to premix the oil.) The Honda is very smooth, very quiet, and just hums right along.

    You don't notice the weight being a bit off-centered. The motors only weigh about 5 or 6 pounds, and it's not that far off-center.
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2008
  12. bicycle ron

    bicycle ron Member

    All of my engines are Robin/Subaru. I've never had any problems with them. What I'm told by Staton Inc. is they are the only 4 stroke bike engines made in Japan now. Better internal parts, better quality engines. The Honda is now made in Tiawan. Built cheeper.Staton sells them both with the friction drive kits.You should visit they're site.
     
  13. bicycle ron

    bicycle ron Member

    My bad loquin, Thailand,OK, not Japan.
     
  14. bicycle ron

    bicycle ron Member

    I have 2 KK Slick Daddy's with 3'' wide Fireballs rear that I plan to soon install Honda's GXH50 for more power, so I guess it does'nt matter which engine you use as long as your OK with it!
     
  15. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    BTW. That picture from cyclehappy IS a staton-inc system. (Marked up about $20 more than at Staton.) He also mentions that his chain drives systems are statons.

    As an aside, I was looking at the staton site, and I noticed that he has derated the honda engine by .3 HP, (calling it a 1.3 'Net' HP) but he didn't do the same for the Robbins-Suburu. ??? Both of those engines have identical HP ratings.
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2008
  16. bicycle ron

    bicycle ron Member

    Hey man, I agree with ya bro, Staton dude pretty much sold me on the Robin/Subaru over the Honda last year when I was a beginner.It cost a little more but I went with it anyway! Even though, I'm not disapointed w/the Subaru at all. I have 5, and they have all been good to me so far!
     
  17. smittrailfire

    smittrailfire New Member

    i ended up buying the honda
     
  18. bicycle ron

    bicycle ron Member

    Thats great man! Who did you end up buying from?
     
  19. smittrailfire

    smittrailfire New Member

    staton inc off ebay
     
  20. chuck1980

    chuck1980 Member

    Questions about friction drive kits in general

    I'm getting a bit turned off with the chain drive systems and considering getting a friction drive setup because there are a lot less parts and installation is easy and will fit just about any bike made. I can envision some pitfalls but was wondering if anyone has used a friction drive on dirt roads (and muddy roads) and how well it works. There are a lot of dirt roads in my area. And what's the lowdown using a friction drive on a wet street? Is there much slippage? I don't make a habit of driving in the rain, but have been out many times AFTER a rain when the streets are still wet. And just HOW much tire wear is there with the friction drive. I'm assuming it doesn't work well with knobby tires.
     
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