Longest Living Robin/Subaru

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by mikem, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. mikem

    mikem Member

    Hi All,
    I've been researching bike motors for about a month now hoping to do my first build next summer. I don't think I've read any bad reviews on the 35cc Robin/Subaru Mini 4-Stroke. Everybody seems to love it. I was wondering just how many miles (or hours) I might expect to get out of one. Anybody had one for a long time?

  2. terrence

    terrence Member

    Hi Mike. I started out last season with 1750 miles and this season with
    famliy/friends/neighbors riding constantly (approx 25 mi/day) weve got almost
    4000 HARD mi. Gebe, on the 2nd belt. 2nd set of tires

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  3. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    well -- not sure about the long haul -- but

    the Subaru comes from a long strong blood line -- Fuji Industries

    thirty five years ago in my bicycle shop
    Fuji was my top of the line bicycle
    and they also make so many other quality products

    maybe I am wrong -- but -- it seems that I read somewhere
    they should last for 6 thousand hours of service ???
    I admit -- that doesn't sound right -- maybe someone will correct me ???

    I am thinking that it will be a long time before we wear our Robins out

    many many happy miles as we ride those THINGS
  4. mikem

    mikem Member

    Thanks Terrence

    Thanks Terrence ... just the sort of thing I wanted to hear!
  5. jimmyglitter

    jimmyglitter Member

    I think on the Staton website it says some have had 50000 miles with them.
  6. mikem

    mikem Member

    Thanks Mountainman

    Thanks Mountainman.
    That sounds very good coming from someone with your experience.

    About the 6000 hours on the Robin/Subaru ... I'm not sure but seems to me I just read the figure somewhere as 600 hours.? I think the person went on to figure that at 30 miles an hour that would come to 18,000 miles ... but as I said, I'm not sure either.

    Anyway, I'm glad to get another thumbs up for the little 4-storke as it's looking like the way to go.

    Appreciate the help ..........
  7. mikem

    mikem Member

    Thanks jimmy ... Wow! That's a lot of bang for the buck!
  8. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    come on Mountain -- too many zeros !!!!!!!!!!!!

    sorry about that -- been a long day here on the mountain top
    remodeling job ongoing here at home
    and we all know that I would rather be riding my motor bike.....

    yes - I only had one too many zeros in there !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    it's 600 hours -- which comes out to a whole lot of riding that THING

    I just went to the Fuji site for the heck of it
    they just started building Japan's first Jetliners
    have been into MANY THINGS -- railway cars, bus bodies -- list goes on

    as the list goes on you can't go wrong -- ride that Robin THING
  9. mikem

    mikem Member

    Many Miles to Go Before I Sleep

    Know what you mean about the remodeling ... hope you don't have to do any WALLPAPERING!

    600 hours still translates into many, many miles. It's looking like the Subaru is going to win the poll.

    Thanks again for the input........
  10. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    Mike, I only have 1500 mi on mine (GEBE BELT) and 800 on the wifes (Staton friction) and they always start between the first to third pull. The only time I had to
    pull it more than 3 times is because I forgot to turn the on/off ignition switch. :smile:
  11. mikem

    mikem Member

    Pesky On-Off Switches

    Thanks graucho. Looks like another good report for Subaru.

    About the on-off switch ... I once sold an outboard motor to a friend who told me he cussed me out a little bit when the motor wouldn't start way back in the Canadian boonies. He pulled on it a LONG TIME he said before (you guessed it) he noticed the on-off switch was off. (Technology!)

    Happy riding......
  12. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    There's a bike shop in my area selling a bike already built with a 35cc Subaru on a friction drive setup. Guy in the store says it's good for over 30mph.
  13. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    I just don't understand that top speed ???

    got a big roller on that THING ???

    my Robin 35cc was ordered with a 1" roller
    but - I do admit - I haven't measured it

    it tops out at around 22-23 mph -- checked it many times now ---- 22.5 mph level ground
    plus - even if on a slight down hill - at around 25-26 the governor kicks in
    mine don't do no 30 much less over 30
    but - I also have heard these claims before
    maybe I got a slight slower one -- but - love it anyway

    it don't matter cause I am happy with the speed
    and that little engine runs sooooo sweet...............

    as I ride that THING
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2008
  14. terrence

    terrence Member

    Yes my roller and speeds are EXACTLY the same as yours. The only
    time ive ever hit 30 was in 21st gear pedaling like crazy. Its the perfect
    set up for me. I like running around 18-20 anyways.
  15. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    I'll put that to rest now -- happy with my speed also

    thank you terrence

    I could have put my wondering thoughts to rest
    regarding my top speed
    if I would have asked you what your's was doing

    and as you say -- 18-20 seems to be perfect for Mountainman
    then when I am really hauling mountain rock buns
    I hit the big 22.5 and love the fact that I am alive

    and riding my MB THING
  16. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    I've never rode it myself to confirm the speed of course, they could be BS'ing me and it only goes 20 or so......but the Subaru engine got my attention, and I'm pretty sure they'll say anything at this point to sell the bike, it was there BEFORE I built my trailer months ago.........

    Subaru makes a 6.0HP OHC engine, and it's supposedly slightly higher RPM than OHV engines. Anyone know about these?
  17. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    ride those THINGS big and small -- no honey !!!!!

    yes -- ZnsaneRyder

    Subaru has that 6.0 THING on many of their

    power washers, generators, high output blowers -- just to name a few

    thinking that in time -- a big THING coming just for MB riders ???

    always love to ride those THINGS big and small we love them all
    no honey that wasn't me talking !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  18. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    what are the max rpm's on the robin/subaru 35cc 4-stroke ?
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2008
  19. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    looks to be 7000 rpm

    as we rev and ride that THING
  20. wavygravy

    wavygravy Guest

    fuji who makes subaru also made the absolutly bullet proof hodaka motorcycle engines! my belt drive will do 28 , 30 with a good tail wind, buddy don & i were doin 34 down fairly steep hill the other day totally tacked out i thought she was gonna blow i thought about backing off but i just pegged it to see if she'd take it, it did with no adverse affects, ticks or smoke! if it wasnt for the headwind ,weight,drag & friction ,these things could really sing! just give it a full rev with the wheel off the ground , it zings! ill be buying another at income tax time!!
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