New old guy!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by k-wad, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. k-wad

    k-wad Member

    Hi everybody, name's Kevin.
    Some of you may remember me from years back (or maybe not! :grin5: )

    I started building motorized bicycles about 12 years ago when the little China 2-strokes were the new hot thing.
    Later, I moved on to a Whizzer and never looked back.
    I actually found this place while doing a google search of motorbikes, and saw my very first bike was being used in the "bikemotorkit.com" add.
    Here's a better picture.....
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    Kind of weird seeing a picture of my old bike flash up on the side-bar every few seconds!
    Anyways, I moved on for a while with other hobbies, and just recently got the bike bug again. I've decided to pull my Whizzer out of retirement to make a few needed upgrades. It's a 2005 NE-5 that's been ported, milled head and a few other tweaks I can't remember. It needs a set of mushroom lifters, and a new carb and a carb spacer (thing used to boil the gas in the bowl something terrible). Also looking into better brakes (gettin' close to 50mph on a bike really sucks when you CAN'T STOP :whistling:)
    Sadly, I've noticed parts availability for the Whizzers just isn't what it used to be!

    Here's what she looked like when i parked her a few years back...

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    I hope to be riding it again soon.

    Talk to you all soon,

    Kevin Waddle
     

  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Welcome back aboard.

    I've been riding china girls for about 6 years now and consider myself experienced.
    But if you're in the twelve year range, then that qualifies you as 'elder statesman'.

    Nice looking Whiz, by the way.
     
  3. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Welcome, red one is a museum piece, very nice.
     
  4. k-wad

    k-wad Member

    Thanks guys!

    Things sure have changed since I took my break. I see aftermarket parts for the China motors everywhere and Whizzer parts are getting as rare as hen's teeth!
     
  5. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    Love the club bars. I've been thinking of getting a pair for my bike. It's not a Whizzer, but it does have a 98cc flathead 4 stroke in it. Currently have some old ladies' ten speed bars (cruising type bars, not roadie bars), and they're comfortable, but I like the look of club bars better. Anyway, that is a very nice bike, and welcome back.
     
  6. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    You seem like you'd be driving an old ladies bike, makes sense. Your words remember " old ladies' ten speed " LOL!
     
  7. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    That bike is sweet, how much if you listed it?
     
  8. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Your China girl cruiser totally has the look and stance of an Iron 833. Where did you get that seat on the China girl? It looks perfect.
     
  9. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    $3500 is my guess.................ya know not many MABs impress me but that's one. Cool factor I think is it.
     
  10. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    You're right, I did word that funny. What I meant to say was an older model ladies ten speed. It was a Grantsport to be exact. Sold by Grant's department stores until the 70's, when Grant's closed it's doors forever. That was before my time. I found the bike at a yard sale for $5 and stripped it of all its good parts, then my buddy took what was left to the scrap yard. As far as my driving an old ladies bike, that's hardly the case.
     
  11. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    Here is a pic of my bike. Not a showpiece like Kevin's Whizzer, but I like it.
     

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  12. k-wad

    k-wad Member

    Thanks for the welcome everybody.

    The chrome bike was a fun ride. It was a 26" cruiser frame with 24" wheels and had a real low center of gravity. It rode like more like a BMX bike than a beach cruiser.
    It was geared real low and I built the motor to really wind out. Top speed was only 32 mph, but, it got there REAL quick!
    The motor on that one was one of the early 49cc "Pico WingDing" that Don Grube brought over from China. I did a full port and polish job on it, shaved the head (probably too much) and opened up the exhaust.
    It ran great up until it went off like a grenade!! :grenade4: Those old motors had very week bearings....
    After replacing the motor with a later 70cc "square head" I broke the frame stays, while playing "Evel Kenievel stunt cycle" :devilish:
    Sadly, that bike is no more. But, I do have the 70cc motor, the black Whizzer tank and the wheels hanging around in my garage....

    darwin,
    I never thought about selling it (really can't now, it's gone). I built that bike on a very slim budget.
    However, I did agonize over every little detail through-out the entire build.

    wheelbender,

    The seat that was on it is actually a cut down banana seat. I cut the front 4 or so inches off of it so that it would wrap around the top bars of the frame. The rear of it was supported by little struts connected to the top frame stays. I also had to cut the top of the seat post lug off of the frame to get it that low.
    It was surprisingly comfortable.

    Here's a side view that shows the seat setup a little better.....
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    Here's a pic of the 70cc I built to replace the original motor....
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    Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of this motor in the bike.
    I still have this motor and plan on some day using it. I've had this idea to make a copy of the first bike, but, using a 20" stingray frame. Maybe I'll finally get around to doing it soon.
    I kind of lost interest in the china motors when I got my Whizzer, but, it might be fun to start playing with them again.
     
  13. k-wad

    k-wad Member

    butterbean,
    I like it too. Looks like you got yourself a real workhorse there!
    What kind of forks are those?
     
  14. banned_for_life

    banned_for_life New Member

    Very nice bikes, k-wad.
     
  15. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Becareful bannedforlife wasn't banned for being an altar boy.
     
  16. banned_for_life

    banned_for_life New Member

  17. k-wad

    k-wad Member

    Thanks, BannedForLife.

    Thanks, I'll make sure to steer clear of that guy...... :whistling:
     
  18. butterbean

    butterbean Well-Known Member

    The engine is decent, it makes mild power, not a beast but it's reliable. I can do about 32 if I push her and she does ok on moderate hills. I actually geared her to redline at 32ish, so she is right on the money with that. About 5k with the governor removed. I didn't build her to be a race bike or anything. Built this bike about a year ago from the bare frame up. Had a little help from my good buddy jbcruisin, but did the majority of the work myself. The forks are Suzuki K10's. I got them on ebay for a steal, paid $39 plus shipping. I had to modify the cap clamps, because they were made for 3/4 bars. I used a dremel. Later on, the top cap clamp broke, probably from over tightening too much. I ordered two-piece atv top cap clamps on ebay and had to file them down to fit, but have not had any problems since. I've also equipped it with a moped headlight powered by a 60 led bulb and a brake light with an 18 led bulb. The lights are powered by a 12v, 1.2Ah SLA battery, and I have an old school 12v bottle generator wired to a scooter regulator to keep the battery charged. The generator works ok, but when the headlight runs it doesn't keep the battery fully charged. I don't do a lot of night riding and I don't run the headlight during the day, so it's not a big deal. Maybe some day I will figure out how to get it working better. Not everything I have done with the bike is completely 100 per cent necessary, but I figured if I'm going to go full custom, I may as well do as much as I can to it. It's worked out well for me, and I've learned so much from this build. To me, this isn't a motor-assisted bicycle, it's a motorcycle. The motor actually does do most of the work. I rarely pedal. Anyway I'm rambling. Thanks very much for the compliments.
     
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