Rake 40/45/52?

Discussion in 'Frame Mounted Engines' started by graucho, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    Im no stranger to handling a ride with a long rake so this is more of a visual
    question. Im curious of peoples opinions of the rake on a big tire frame.

    Top speed will only be 30mph or less since Im thinking of mounting a 40cc Tanaka 2-Stroke
    GEBE belt drive. Ill figure a way to attach the ring to a 17" low profile rim/tire. (15" high profile shown)
    I would offset the engine to the left and counter weight it (side by side) with a battery to the
    right for lights. The bike will peddal through a jackshaft/freewheel to a minichopper sprocket
    on the right side.

    Anyways, which rake catches your attention?

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jan 20, 2009

  2. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    Man..... with that EXTREME rear tire, my vote is extreme 52 degree rake.

    Question.... How are you going to STOP that big tire, once you get it rolling? Hydraulic disc?
  3. BrettMavriK

    BrettMavriK Member

    Depends on what you want......

    Show or Go.
  4. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    Perfect guess dave. Also im sure im going to get pulled over just from the looks
    of the thing. I need enough umph to get it cruising but keep it legal so I can laugh
    when im driving away ticket free. Im not locked in stone on the engine or drive train.
    I only thought belt drive cuz its never been done like this yet.
  5. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    I like the 45- good amount of rake and looks proportioned.
  6. Youngbird

    Youngbird Member

    My guess Graucho would be to stay at 40 and 45 at the outside. 52 seems a little exreme for stability/turnability. In general I like the style you use....oldskool angles with the fat look. Good workand good luck.
  7. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    I vote 45
    seems to be a good trade-off between looks and usability
  8. bikebum1975

    bikebum1975 Member

    I'm personally not a huge fan of that style of bike myself but to each his own whatever makes you happy and gives you the look you want then go for it. Tough choice asking what other think you can get a hundred different answers. I like more of a classic springer look myself
  9. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    Personally I like the 40 but the 45 probably looks the most natural for the frame your going with.