My first build log

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by unrealtrip, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. unrealtrip

    unrealtrip New Member

    I figured I'd start a thread detailing my first build, who I got the motor from, the donor bike etc. This first post doesn't have much, but as I make progress I'll add more details and photos as things come along. I'm pretty good with bikes, but I've never put a motor on one so I'm quite green to the whole idea but I don't think it will be too bad. I'm fairly handy mechanically and I try to do most of my own work on my cars/trucks, so I guess we'll see how things go.

    Initially I'm going to install the motor on a "test" bike if you will, a bike I had put together with spare parts and a Nasbar $29 frame a few years back when I was commuting to school. I was logging a good 18mi a day, 5x a week on that thing, or a good 350+ miles a month. I sure would have liked having a motor back then! :)

    Anyway, the eventual goal is to move the motor onto a Nirve Kilroy, but I figured I'd work out the kinks of the motor and installation on the test bike first.

    So far things are looking good, I've found a great forum here that seems to be overflowing with good information and my motor purchase from Powerkingshop has gone smoothly. Though I haven't gotten it yet, I have to say I'm pretty happy so far. I placed my eBay order and in less than 3hrs I got the UPS shipping notification, impressive! Anyway, I'll definitely be reporting back with pictures of the motor, unboxing, the donor bike, etc as I go through the process. (and a fair share of questions as well I'm sure)

    That's all for now I guess :)
     

  2. NunyaBidness

    NunyaBidness Member

    that sounds real cool
    welcome aboard
    I like the name and when you ride that motorbike thing the first time, you'll think 'unrealtrip' then lol
     
  3. unrealtrip

    unrealtrip New Member

    As we sometimes say in California, "for sure man" :)

    I can't wait to move past the test phase and into that Kilroy, will look great with whitewall tires and an old school bullet headlamp. I'll just have to bust out a leather jacket, white scarf, leather helmet and goggles for the morning commute lol.
     
  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Welcome aboard. You'll find good info and enthusiasm here. But it looks like you already know that.

    That Kilroy looks like a great bike to motorize.
     
  5. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    welcome -- once you are with your engine -- have fun when you ride that thing
     
  6. itskeith

    itskeith Guest

    Build Away

    Hey Unreal,

    That Nirve Kilroy bike kind of looks like the felt bike I did, take a look. Should be a fun build when you get to it. Have fun,

    Keith
     

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  7. unrealtrip

    unrealtrip New Member

    Wow that bike is awesome, totally the same theme I'm going for :)
     
  8. unrealtrip

    unrealtrip New Member

    Dug out the donor bike today and gave it a quick once over, looks like the chain is pretty bad, but otherwise mostly in decent shape. Will need a new rear canti-brake and the rack seems to be missing, picked up a couple inner tubes but the tires seem fine. Still waiting on the motor, the last UPS update was it clearing customs so I think I'm looking good to get started sometime this week.
     

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  9. unrealtrip

    unrealtrip New Member

    Sweet, I just called my wife and confirmed my Powerkingshop motor has arrived, very impressive. I won it on eBay on Nov 7th, he shipped the day I ordered it just hours after I paid for it and today only 5 days later the package arrived at my house. So far so good, I can't wait to get home from work to open it up and get some pictures. Then I get to start assembly on the bike. :D :D
     
  10. Accender

    Accender Member

    Hi unrealtrip!
    I remember you from BARF You have the CBR F4i
    Welcome to the MB world and this forum!

    A
     
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  11. unrealtrip

    unrealtrip New Member

    Haha wow small world yeah that's me, thx for the welcome :)

    Ok, so I'll get pix added in a moment, I got a bunch while unboxing, the Powerkingshop btw has a full set of instructions written by a native english speaker in addition to the engrish ones.

    Anyway, I ran into trouble, turns out my medium size Nashbar frame is too small and the bottom downtube is WAY to wide, which would be ok if there was room to space it off but there isn't. So I was thinking I'd buy some cheap a$$ bike to try this theory out on before I go monkeying around with a Felt or that Nirve bike (both ~$600) so I popped into Wal-Mart, spotted a bike there called a Roadmaster something or other, CHEAP at about $69 but I couldn't tell by eyeballing if the motor would fit in there or not.

    Anyone know?
    thanks!
     
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  12. unrealtrip

    unrealtrip New Member

    Ok quick update, forget the Wal-Mart bike, I figured out a way to shoehorn that motor into my frame after all, it will just require some trickery with the mounts which I've already started. Ok, here come the pictures as promised.

    The package as it arrived :) :)
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  13. unrealtrip

    unrealtrip New Member

    Everything looked boxed up well
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    Upon opening I found two sets of instructions
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    One from the mfg and one from Powerkingshop (which at a glance look infinitely better, aside from the typo at the beginning that says to run 16-18 parts oil per 1 part gas for the first tank) oops
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    Some of the parts, no scratches dings or dents
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    The fuel tank in its box
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    And out on display
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    The "misc" box
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    Muffler
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    The only "damaged" piece, although it looks to have just been poorly made honestly, gotta blame the mfg on that one. Easy fix though.
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    Carb
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    Throttle etc
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    Chain
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    Some motor pix
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    The sprocket, scratch free
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  14. unrealtrip

    unrealtrip New Member

    To wedge the motor into my frame I had to modify the seatpost tube mount a bit by shortening it and also opening it up on the inside as it is a bit tight, but its easier to remove material than add :)

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    And here she is wedged into place for fitting purposes note the poor downtube fit
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    It actually has room to come back and up just a tad, enough for me to get the motor mount I'm making into place.
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    A little bit of progress :D Will get some more updates tomorrow.
    -Tony :)
     
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