My latest Schwinn Cruiser w/ rear mounted engine and trailer

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by Haggard, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. Haggard

    Haggard Guest

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    cheers all and exc. jobs Bill Snow and Jeffspeeder. Both very nice
    Exc. idea with the intake and the pvc
    I was reading a thread in a different forum a few days ago where we were discussing the viability of an artificial supercharging system.
    It would basically consist of a small campstove propane cylinder or something similar filled with compressed air.running an airline through a regulator to a neumatic push button switch on the handle bars and then on to the carb.
    A couple of us are playing with the idea a bit but I haven't heard of anyone having a fully functionable system setup as yet. Could be interesting. I've also been looking for a chrome airhorn or something similar to use as an intake and to point it forward as you've done but thats all i've done is looked around a bit and thought about it.
    My thinking is that by using a funnel, the air would slightly compress by the time it reached the carb and cilinder and with the right fuel mixture, might give a little more hp.
    This might be a rediculous idea and if anyone knows why it wouldn't work, please dont hesitate to educate.


    ~Haggard~
     

  2. That a wild one! I like the use of the old Honda Express gas tank.
     
  3. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    Very cool.
    I pull a cheap store bought trailer. Yours looks way better! Tell me how you have your trailer hitched to your bike. (if you don't mind :) )
    I am facinated by your drivetrain design. Could you tell us a little about your engine.....How the bike handles pulling a load...and anything else you'd like to share. thanks
     
  4. jeffspeeder

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    wow not sumething u see everyday but its awsome!!!!
     
  5. Bill Snow

    Bill Snow Guest

    Talk about being creative, These are the projects that are interesting to see. I think you must enjoy doing them and many of us like seeing what you have done.

    Thank you for sharing your one of a kind bike and trailer.

    Best Regards

    Bill Snow

    Lynchburg, virginia
     
  6. Dockspa1

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    Too cool

    Wow, that thing looks like it should be flying. The way you have the exhaust and the intake set up, it looks like a rocket.
    Bad!
    Dockspa1 :grin:
     
  7. Haggard

    Haggard Guest

    lol ; jeff that's what keeps it interesting as its not something you see everyday. .
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    What I would like to do next is post a vid on my bikes in action'
    and is there a way we can post vids of our rides???

    Milehigh:
    good eye the tank is indeed of an old honda but not sure what model

    Srdavo the trailer pulls exc. Ive hauled over 250lbs and maintained a cruising speed over 30 mph although she's slow to get going and any hills with a load like that will kill a man!!!!lol but i think if i guy kept the load down to 100 lbs or so ,she'd pullthe majority of inclines for awhile before getting hot or lugging .
    To attach , I have a steel plate on the back of my engine rack with a large eyebolt and another eyebolt on the trailer hitch. I use a quick coupler(it looks like a chain link but on one side, has a sleeve kind of that threads up and down to open and close the link) u can find in any hardware store in the fasteners section or where they sell the chain and rope. i found this gives very little play or slop but allows enough for when your leaning in turns etc. the worst problems i had was flipping her over when hitting potholes ,manhole covers etc. but only when she's empty and i'm cruising 35,40 mph so i'm forced to slow down a bit for the rough spots. not sure if you noticed the duallies??lol They really helped alot for stabilility. they are great for the pavement but i pulled it a few times in the snow and they really slowed me down as compared to when i went to just 2 tires as they had to plow thier way through the fresh snow so ixna on duallies for any soft surface but exc. on pavement. and if you noticed the spare, its not incase i get a flat on the trailer, its in case i cook the wheel bearings. lol
     
  8. jeffspeeder

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    yes haggard but the cool thing is since i got the bolt on kit it gets alot!!! of attention cause im like the only one in my part of town who has a kit.
     
  9. Haggard

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    please dont take me out of context jeff . i am humbled by your workmanship and that of some of the others. much nicer than i could do

    I honestly had no intention of demeaning or belittleing a bike with a kit. sorry if it came across that way.
    reading it back tomyself, i might of been making an excuse for not going the extra mile in the finishing and detail as yourself and others .
    I'm proud of my work and at the same time,(cant think of the right word )in awe of the bikes you guys have created
    I am fully aware that the only thing nice about mine is the fact that they are different and unique but they are getting nicer with each build : )

    ~Haggard~

    ps. I edited so as to not unintentionally offend anyone else
     
  10. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    Thanks for the info on your trailer. No, I didn't notice the duals. :)
    I don't think your un-edited post would have offended anyone. I can relate to what you said about, being of the age to only have to impress yourself. 8)
    keep up the good work.

    just a thought...when pulling 250 lbs. up a hill, that same 250 lbs. will be pushing you going downhill. Have you given any thought to trailer brakes?
     
  11. Haggard

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    yes srdavo i've contimplated trailer brakes but to be honest, I'll never pull a load that heavy again, as i said, the hills will killl a man lol .but i had no problem braking or keeping the trailer behind me at all but i'm also sharp enough to slow down before decending a hill and keeping the speed in check using engine compression aswell as bike brakes.

    cheers ~Haggard~
     
  12. psuggmog

    psuggmog Guest

    I have thought about making a motorized trailer to prorpel a nonmotorized bike via a rigid hitch. I met a guy who lives in Oregon who bought an electricpowered VW golf. He then took the front clip and drivetrain from an identical diesel golf with an autotransmission and made it into a trailer. The engine and transmission were controlled with servos via an umbilical cord from the electric car. The diesel could be started and stopped, and the trasmission shifted remotely from the car.The diesel trailer could extend the range independly or in conjunction with the electric car.
     
  13. Haggard

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    I;ve seen such a thing. The fella used what looked to be an old garden tractor frame and rear axle with a small b&s side shaft engine. It was a single axle trailer with engine mounted pretty much directly over the axle with the cargo area forward of engine, A long arched steel tube connected the trailer behind the seat post. I highly doubt he got more than 10 or maybe 15 mph with the setup and although he said it worked real well, I really dont think it was very functionable or stable. I'm sure a person could make a much better designed rig than this monstousity but hey,you got to admire the initiative and it did indeed propel him and his loads of scrap metal around so hats off to him.
    good luck and let me know if you go ahead with this project as I am always ready to try new ideas.
    I really am intrigued with one of the forum members sidecars. (sorry i can't recall the name) and am playing with the idea of building one myself and mounting an engine on the sidecar itself to drive the rear bike wheel. i have a few decent engines around that are to large to mount in the bike frame and to heavy for a rear mount as on my other bikes but would be a snap to mount on a side car and still have plenty of room for cargo or a passenger seat above motor compartment.
    im thinking something along the lines of a 250cc or 5 hp 4stroke!!! : ) with a couple of gears.
    When the wife inquired as to what the heckk iwas building now and I explained it was a side car for her so i could take her fishing ,I swear she nearly lost it.lol
    I had a bad fall on my bike a week before christmas and ended up with 7 fractures and casts on both arms and she's terrified of these bikes and there is no way in hell she;'ll ever get on one which is why she came unglued when i started explaining our upcoming fishing adventures.
    heh heh

    ~Haggard~
     
  14. jeffspeeder

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    hey i love the bike you got it makes it look like a rocket bike and i like mine because it gets me to work everyday and im shure you can do very good work on a bike i could bet u do better then me the meaning of these bikes is to have fun and ride and thats what we all here do and im shure we all love it. :grin:
     
  15. Haggard

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    picked up another bike this morning . a dyno glide cruiser. its in failry good shape and got it for $50.00
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    It was only about 15 miles to the fellas place so took the schwinn and trailer to pick it up. what a beautiful sunny morning it is.

    While there i stumbled across this old relic of a bike in just horrible shape. the rims are rusted right through but the frame seems to be solid yet. started talking with the fella I bought the dyno from,an older gent in his seventies and this was the only other bike he had. said he was quite sure it was from the 30's but couldn't remember the excact year and after we hunkered down and swapped a few lies , he up and gave me this antique under the condition i show him the bike after i do a restoration and maybe let him take it for a short ride .lol
    Too cool huh?? :smile:
    ~Haggard~
     
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