I am looking for advice on what motor kit to use.

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Ace85258, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. Ace85258

    Ace85258 New Member

    I have a 26" Huffy Beach Cruiser that I used to ride on the Strand in Southern California; I now life in Scottsdale, AZ and have decided that I'd like to motorize my Cruiser.

    I am looking for some advice on what motor to use and where to get it. I am looking for something on the low end price-wise but I would like something fun and reliable.

    I suppose I should have first asked if my Huffy is suitable for use with a motor kit. It seems a little "light-weight" to me but I am comparing it to bicycles I had as a kid; as the say; "they don't make 'em like they used to" but I want to make sure the frame is strong enough to be used as a motorized bike. BTW, It has no fenders (I have read that they can be a problem).

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,

    ACE85258
     
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  2. gothicguy64

    gothicguy64 Member

    if i was u ,, before anything take measurements of ur frame an take pics so ppl can help u more ...

    u want at least 18 inchs from centre of crank to top bar
    thats ur seat tube
    an 13 inchs for vee
    most beach cruises can be retrofitted with a motor
    failling the get a stanton drive


    try looking at cycling8zone.com


    brad
    sydney nsw
    oz
     
  3. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    A lot of guys here have motorised Huffy Cruisers.
    I'd suggest a search. (Top of page.)
     
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  4. For reliability at a reasonable cost and ease of mounting, a rack mount friction drive with a 4 cycle engine is tough to beat. Since the engine and drive mount above the rear wheel the frame size is unimportant. If your cruiser has only a coaster brake on the rear wheel, I would strongly advise you add a brake on the front wheel also. At the speeds we can go a good set of brakes are quite important.
     
  5. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Two stroke, four stroke - rack or frame mount should all work. Just read a lot of the posts on this forum and decide what will work best for you. Start with the photo gallery.
     
  6. Stan4d

    Stan4d Banned

    Welcome!
    Here is a pic of my huffy. Whatever you choose for a motor is up to you. Read alot in the 2 stroke and 4 stroke section and you will get an overall view. Also remember that rack mount is an option as wheelbender suggested.
     

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  7. strotter

    strotter Member

    My $.02
    You can't use HT and reliable in the same sentence.
    4 stroke all the way. Honda 50 or Subaru 35. Carrying oil to mix is a pain.
    Friction is the least expensive and quickest to set up.
     
  8. Hawaii_Ed

    Hawaii_Ed Member

    happy time is cheap, and does take tinkering, but can pretty ran reliably if looked after. Just tightening all your bolts frequently is a big help!

    Read up and see what you like, the hobby is cheap enough you can do it a few times and have fun with all of them. I started with a cheap beach cruiser and a happy time kit, upgraded it a lot, and now ride what you see in my sig almost daily.

    I got my last motor kit from bikeberry, the 66cc GT5 grube seems decent so far!

    Ed
     
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