Finally pulled the trigger!

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Warner, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. Warner

    Warner Member

    Okay folks...as much talking as I've done here...I finally pulled the trigger and ordered my Staton kit. I went with the outside drive kit (the standard kit) with the Mitsubishi TLE43 engine and I told them I want it geared to CRUISE at 30mph with a top speed of around 40mph, and that I was willing to pedal up to 10mph or so to get things going. I also ordered their 48 spoke, 1" wide Ryno Lite wheel since I'm running road tires on my mountain bike that are only 1.25" wide (less rolling resistance and better fuel economy, plus much easier to pedal). I figured since I'm blowing a bunch of cash on this thing, why not splurge and order the tach/hour meter as well for another $36, right? I will (of course) keep everyone here up on how long it takes to get the kit, how difficult it is to install, and then info on how I like it and if I get into trouble with it!

    Warner


    PS - Now I'm thinking about what type of bag (s) I'm going to use. Performance has some nice Waterproof panniers on sale for $65, but I'd only need ONE of the two. Anyone interested in splitting the cost and getting a single bag? Here's the one I'm thinking about - if anyone has an opinion about or experience with this one, let me know:

    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/profile.cfm?SKU=23828&estore_ID=1754
     

  2. eljefino

    eljefino Member

    sounds great but look out for gravel; pinch flats really get the narrow tires.
     
  3. Warner

    Warner Member

    Yeah...I figure I'll give them a try and see how it goes. It shouldn't be any different than riding a road bike though. Proper inflation is critical - pinch flats usually come when the pressure is too low. I can always put bigger tires on if I want to (I have them in fact...I replaced them with the skinnies)


    Warner
     
  4. Warner

    Warner Member

    Okay, I never thought I'd say this....OR think this way, but here's my thought. I actually kind of WANT the bike to look a little nerdy.....because I think that if it looks more nerdy than cool, I'll get hassled a LOT less. I WANT to look like a commuter geek....that's essentially what I'm going to BE, after all! Just my thought. I may even do some mild cammo to the engine....make is less noticable. I've seen some REAL good jobs with that on here. Form over function...and NERD is IN! Haha.

    Warner
     
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  5. Go with MAN LAW!!!

    NO GEEKY!!!

    NO!!!!

    :grin:
     
  6. Warner

    Warner Member

    Okay....just got off the phone with Staton and he told me the kit should ship on Monday. If that's true it's perfect timing. In my original order, they ask what your weight is, the terrain you'll be using it on, and what you want your speed to be. I told them I'm about 180, our terrain is FLAT, and that I wanted to cruise at 30 with a top speed of about 40. In speaking with him today, he told that IS the upper limit and that I would have to pedal to get started (or burn up the clutch - my choice). I WANT to pedal to get started, so that fits perfectly with my plan. He told me that he has a customer using the same Mitsu engine that I'm ordering and has an 18 tooth sprocket and he runs at 43mph. Cool. I'll keep everyone posted once the parts start coming together.....


    Warner
     
  7. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    Are you sure you want to go that fast on a bicycle? The most I've had my bike up to is 37 downhill and its pretty sketchy. So unless you have a top end downhill MTB with long travel suspension you'd better be careful. You'll definitely love the tle43 and staton kit though. It just sounds to me like you're going to be stressing that engine out a bit more than necessary by loading it so much at any speeds around or below 20mph. Thats a bunch of pedaling and NO hills at all.
     
  8. Warner

    Warner Member

    Well, I guess I'll try it out and see. I'd like to be able to cruise at 30 without having the engine totally wound out. If the gear proves to be too tall, I will buy a smaller gear. I'm going to try it as is first though.....we'll see! I'm just winging it. Like I said if it doesn't work out it's just a matter of changing the gear out. Thanks for the advice.....appreciate it!

    Warner
     
  9. jimmyglitter

    jimmyglitter Member


    Here is my cammo job.
    http://www.motoredbikes.com/showthread.php?t=11377
     
  10. Warner

    Warner Member

    Thanks for the link to your cammo job. No cooling issues, huh? Did you ever finish by trying to quiet the engine further as you mentioned in your post? I'm thinking about using some stainless steel perforated metal that I have from my work....have to poke around in the garage and see what it looks like again. I think the engine disguise should look like SOMETHING. I saw a guy up in Canada that was using a meshy net over his engine and had saddlebags and other bags all over the bike.....you really couldn't tell at first glance that it even HAD an engine....really good job he did.

    Warner
     
  11. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    It wouldnt look pretty but a plastic milk crate with the see through holes all over would be a great disguise too. A bit of cutting but it should be about the right size. It would appear to be just a rear basket to most folks.
     
  12. Warner

    Warner Member

    I've seen that done, too.....I'm hoping for something a LITTLE nicer looking though...we'll see. First I need to get the kit and then install it and THEN start thinking about the rest of the work. I won't know what I have to work with until I get the kit installed, really....

    Thanks,

    Warner
     
  13. jimmyglitter

    jimmyglitter Member

    No cooling issues so far, and I take quite a few hills. The front of the engine compartment is open so there must be enough air flow going through there. I went through several police road blocks so far of course shut off my engine before I go through and I just keep going through and they don't say anything. If they do figure it out, I don't think they really care anyways. I haven't connected my silicone extension tube to the muffler yet as it was difficult to find the right sized connection to connect it to the muffler and I haven't found it to be a priority at the moment.
    good luck with your build, you will love it as I do mine.
     
  14. stringer

    stringer Banned

    Im going to make a big ole chinese take out box out of some material ill find at home depot. it will have the wire handles and some huge hollowed-out chop sticks that will help disperse the heat. it will say mr wongs chinese delivery and cover my entire engine. plus im going to fashion an antenae and instead of a little flag at the top it will have a miniture take-out menu. and no1 will ever know i could do anything and no1 an stop me ill be the best ever.
     
  15. Warner

    Warner Member


    Hahahaha! You're killing me! IF you are serious, I want to see pictures! Hahahaha....too freakin' funny!

    Warner
     
  16. Warner

    Warner Member

  17. Warner

    Warner Member

    Well, I just got UPS tracking numbers on the 2 packages from Staton....woo-hoo! I doubt if I'll get the pieces before this weekend, but next week I can start messing with it and try to get it all together. I'm still waiting for parts that I bought from Amazon too.....I'm probably just over a week away from riding the bike....should be an interesting build!

    Warner
     
  18. r5579

    r5579 Member

    What is the difference????

    I've looked at the Staton kits, but can someone please explain the differences between the "inside" and "outside" kits?
    Which is easier/straight-forward when installing?
    Thank you for any and all help.
    Randy
     
  19. r5579

    r5579 Member

    Ok, I've figured out the difference between the inside and outside kits, but why is the inside harder to install? That part I do not understand.
    I've been reading for 2 months it seems and am ready to purchase a kit, just not a big headache. :)
    Thanks for your help.
    Randy
     
  20. Warner

    Warner Member


    Randy, that's the conclusion that I came to as well and just decided to order their "normal" (outside drive) kit, as it comes with all the brackets and such. I figure I'll add a bag of some sort to the other side to balance out the weight and it'll be fine.

    Good luck!

    Warner
     
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