California motor bikes

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by KenM, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. KenM

    KenM Member

    Hi all, I an new to your forum .
    Looks like a good place to learn about gas bikes.
    I should of asked here first, but you know how that goes.
    I was wondering if anybody here knows anything about California motor bikes web store.
    I just ordered a engine kit from them and I have not gotten a email from them about them receiving. my order.
    Just looking to see if they are legit .
    Thanks for your time, and I reckon I will learn some good stuff here as I build my first gasser !!!
    Keep looking up! Ken.
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2015

  2. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    had some questionable stuff come thru for repairs that was supposed to have been from them, but may have been from elsewhere, also, I think they require one to assemble their own motor, so than can cause problems for some folks
     
  3. KenM

    KenM Member

    Thank you for your reply.
    I would have no problem putting the engine, or what ever together .
    Just hope I get it to put together .
    Thank you again , Ken.
     
  4. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    on their site I see that they use sealed crank bearings. From what I know that only works for minimum spin applications, not on a crank spinning at 100 revolutions per second. They will wear out prematurely. I know because I tried sealed bearings on my crank and they were pitifully dry before I could shake a stick at them. Just remove the seals and they will work fine.
     
  5. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    some use a sealed bearing with the inside seal pulled out
     
  6. KenM

    KenM Member

    Thank you for your input about the sealed bearings. I will take the seals off when and if I get the engine. I still have not gotten an email from them at all yet.
    Keep looking up ! Ken.
     
  7. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    be sure not to do that with the driveshaft bearings : )
     
  8. KenM

    KenM Member

    Yep, 10-4 on that!
    That would not be the thing to do.
    Would make for a bad day for sure. Keep looking up! Ken.
     
  9. KenM

    KenM Member

    Well I still have not heard anything from this company.
    I emailed them this moring to see if they even got the order, or if they are working on it, or if it is shipped . No reply, so far anyway.
    Pay pal has paid them. I am not worried about getting the money back, I would just like to know what is going on with the order.
    I do not care if it takes a while, I do not even have a bike to put it on yet. I just would like to know what is goin on.
    If I get the kit, I guess none of this will matter. But nothing good to say about them so far.
    Keep looking up. Ken.
     
  10. KenM

    KenM Member

    Well stil nothing about the engine kit but I did get the bike to put it on.
    I know it is not the perfect bike to trun into a gasser, but it should work.
    It is and old Huffy road bike. Probably a 1970s ear. It will give me something to do anyway. Already have about three hours in it cleaning and greasing the pedal and bottom brack bearings today. Will do the front end tomorrow . A lot of rust on it too .
    It also has an old 12 volt generator on it. It would be nice if it worked, but I do not think it works. I hooked up a taillight bulb to the wires and spun the wheel and the bulb did not light. Oh well. Keep looking up! Ken.
     
  11. KenM

    KenM Member

    Well, I still have heard nothing from California motor bikes.
    Put I did get an update from PayPal . They said that California motor bikes said that they have shipped the engine kit. But when I looked down the page it said= shipper= none
    tracking number= none
    This is the strangest company I have ever dealt with.

    I did get the Huffy bike that I plan to but the kit on all taken apart and cleaned and greased all the bearings, got the wheels true and strait, the brakes working, oiled all moving parts, and road it down the street to see how it rides. I thing it is a good riding bike!
    I just have to get shift cables for it and set up the shifting and I think it will be ready for the engine whenever it gets here!
    Keep looking up! Ken.
     
  12. KenM

    KenM Member

    Well the engine kit came in today!
    I still do not know what to say about this place . No communication at all. But I got the order in less then a week, and it all seems to be their . Even something I do not know what it is. Looks like a cheap junk crank puller, but I do not know what it is.
    The kit was packed real good, and looks like everything is there.
    So now I will start to put it together . Will take my time and try to do a good job of putting it together . I want to rubber mount the motor, gas tank, and the electricts.
    I might see if their is some way of using the drop bars that are on the Huffy now. The only hard part would be getting the throttle to fit over the bend of the bars to go in the middle where I want it ot be.
    Keep looking up! Ken.
     
  13. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    rubber on motor mounts will cause serious breakage (read on this board)

    that puller is used for small bevel gear, clutch hub, and drive sprocket - you'll need it at some point
     
  14. bakaneko

    bakaneko Active Member

  15. KenM

    KenM Member

    OK, thank you guys for your input,
    I am glad you posted your replys.
    That stopped me from a big mistake. I will make sure the engine is mounted hard and flush to the frame. Thank you for telling me what the puller is for too.
    Thank you again!
    Keep looking up! Ken.
     
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2015
  16. KenM

    KenM Member

    Ok! Got it altogether ! Really poor quality.
    Had to file the choke to get it to even move.
    Had to finish drilling out the clutch lever( on the engine) so the cable would go through it.
    Had to file the engine flashing where the rear mounting bracket goes.
    I kept the drop bars and cut down the throttle so I could use it on the upper flat part of the bars! Looks cool, and I did not have to buy new bars.
    So for under $200 I have my first Gasser!
    Now I just have to work up the nerve to put gas in it and try it.
    Happy Thanksgiving everybody !
    Keep looking up! Ken.
     
  17. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    don't forget oil in the gas
     
  18. KenM

    KenM Member

    All to I have too!!!
     
  19. KenM

    KenM Member

    Well I hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving !
    I took the Gasser for its maiden ride today! The engine ran good! BUT
    The chain kept comeing off, in to the spokes naturally. Bent a few, but the wheel still seams to run straight .
    The chain rubs the chain stay. I already have the sprocket bevel facing the outside.
    I took a grinder to the frame, and opened up some more room for the chain, but it still hits a little. It was better that way. Got about a mile out of it before the chain came off.
    It ran nice though. Sounded good. Quiet. Did not seam to vibrate to bad to me. If I can get the chain to stay on , this might be fun.
    Sure is strange to ride a bike and not pedal it. At least I got to pedal it home when the chain came off! Keep looking up! Ken.
     
  20. bakaneko

    bakaneko Active Member

    Assuming that the chain is falling on the inside of your sprocket (towards the spokes), try angling your tensioner slightly towards the outside of the bike and increasing tension from the tensioner to the bottom of the sprocket as this is where the chain feeds into the sprocket. This will require a slightly unnatural position of the tenisoner (angle more towards outside) and you will need to tighten the tensioner and/or wrap the tensioner with two hose clamps to keep it in place. I am doing this atm; I know it looks like Frankerstein's monster. It is hard to see in the picture but the tensioner is angled slightly away from the bike. Also, the hose clamps provides additional support to the bolts. Tighten the hose clamps with a flat head screwdriver and wrench for mechanical leverage. The hose clamps are like $1 each.

    Have fun with the bike! :helmet:

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