RoadBug Friction Kit

Discussion in 'Friction Drive' started by Bonefish, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. Bonefish

    Bonefish Member

    Has anyone purchased one of these and have pictures of it. Would like to see if it is the same quality when the company was BMP. Thanks
     

  2. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

  3. Bonefish

    Bonefish Member

    The pictures on the website are old stock photos when the company was BMP. If anyone has any current picts of a friction kit purchased from Roadbugmotors, please upload. Thanks
     
  4. rawly old

    rawly old Member

    Looks to be BMP reborn. I might just buy a kit to check it out. I made
    a modification to that checked type roller about 4 years ago that is still
    working very well with a Kenda Kross tire. Using a diamond Dremel disc,
    I cut deeper grooves parallel to the checking. It grips sort of like a pipe
    wrench.
     

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  5. Bonefish

    Bonefish Member

    I wore out my BMP roller. Adding those grooves wouldn't be a bad idea if it doesn't throw the balance of the drive roller off, thus wearing out the bearings. I also wore out my bearings on my friction drive. I've got a GEBE now but I've got a friend that wants to motorize a bike and if roadbug motors friction drive kit is the same as the BMP kit, I wouldn't mind steering him in this direction. So if anyone has any picts of their RoadbugMotors friction drive unit. Please upload in this post. Thanks
     
  6. scoot

    scoot New Member

    I just ordered the Roadbug friction kit with a 1.25" drive roller. (Going to power it with the 49cc/52cc monsterscooterengine) Will take some pictures and upload when it arrives. Not sure what bike Ill put it on, maybe buy a new one.


     
  7. rawly old

    rawly old Member

    Fish, I haven't had any problems with the roller. As long
    as the grooves are fairly uniform, it's a good way to rejuvenate
    an old roller.
    Say Fish, do have any idea what's going at GEBE, I've try a number
    of times lately to check out there site & all I get is 'server not found'.
    Have they gone out of business? Even tried on a different PC.
    Where I live it's too wet for friction drive much of the time, & my
    homemade belt drive eats clutches like waffles.
     
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  8. rawly old

    rawly old Member

    Scoot, is your HF 52 broken in yet?
     
  9. scoot

    scoot New Member

    No, It's new.
     
  10. rawly old

    rawly old Member

    That being the case, don't use less than the 25 to 1 mix on
    break-in. I was misinformed by BGF to use 16 to 1 which will
    quickly clog your filter & diaphragm. Having spoken with others,
    an hours run time varying the speed between 3000 & 7000 rpm
    is all the break-in you should need. They're really loud at first,
    but once some carbon builds up in the can, they quiet down
    a good bit. An after market muffler is kind of a waste on a
    cheap engine like this. (silk purse/sow's ear) Be sure it runs
    okay for a while before investing in mods.
    Scoot, if this is your 1st fric-drive, a tip. Pedal off to about
    7 mph before giving it throttle & do so gradually. This will
    save your clutch & your tire. What kinda of bike? What tire?
     
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  11. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    a minute run time at full throttle with heavy load is even better. just get it up to operating temp first
     
  12. rawly old

    rawly old Member

    Yeah Butre, that's kinda like the quick way to break a horse,
    snub 'em down, grab an ear, sack 'em down, & toss on a saddle.
    YeeHaw!
     
  13. Bonefish

    Bonefish Member

    The GEBE website is down. I don't think they went out of business because they still have active listings on ebay.
     
  14. scoot

    scoot New Member

    Yes, this will be my first friction drive build. Not really sure what kinda bike, yet. I have a old 26''schwinn, but I was thinking about getting something like this: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Genesis-Onyx-29-Cruiser-Bicycle/16203481 Thoughts? What kind of 2stroke oil would you recommend for break-in?
     
  15. rawly old

    rawly old Member

    Well Scoot, it would help if I knew what sort of Schwinn & how old. Walmart bikes
    in past have a rep for poor quality. The same goes for some of the more recent
    Schwinns since China bought the company. For that engine, which is quite
    powerful when in runs right, I'd say an old Schwinn cruiser would be fine. Old
    school cro-mo moutain bikes are fine as well, the important thing is a good solid
    frame. A three speed in good condition can be great with a fric-drive. It's
    simple, no derailleur to bend or constantly adjust. 1st to take off, click, 2nd
    to accelerate, click, 3rd to cruise.( With a Shimano 3 spd. you have to stop
    pedaling to shift, but that's the one to look for) Forget anything with disc
    brakes. they put to much stress on a motored bike's spokes. Derailleured bikes
    are OK, but they are higher maintenance.
    A good inexpensive tire for that type of roller is a Kenda K 809. You can usually
    find a solid older mtn bike like the one shown on craigslist for $80 to $120 or a
    3 speed cruiser for that matter. Shown also, the sort of rear tire I'd choose.
    P.S. that's not my bike,(cuban rikimbili), I do not recommend hauling fuel like that.
     

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  16. rawly old

    rawly old Member

    Oh yeah, Scoot, Forgot to mention oil. I don't think you need anything
    fancy just about any 2 stroke oil for motorcycles should be fine. I run
    an expensive Tanaka PF4000 engine no problem with fairly generic oil.
    I checked out that ' Genesis' online. With as much vibration as a 52
    puts out I'd say aluminum is iffy, the welds on a cheap one are prone to
    crack. Don't believe the reviews, they've probably got a smoke filled room
    with a bunch of guys that do nothing but write reviews.
    I don't what the laws are in MI, but It' s a really good idea to wear a helmet
    & reflective vest, gives the cops the idea you care about safety, & you should.
     
  17. rawly old

    rawly old Member

    WHoa Scoot, I showed the right picture but gave you the wrong number
    on that tire. got it mixed up with one of my pedal bikes. The tire you want
    is:
    Kenda K841, sry my bad.
     
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  18. Bonefish

    Bonefish Member

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  19. scoot

    scoot New Member

    ]I just Received the RoadBug Friction kit today. It only took three days to get here and Packaging was excellent. Looks to be well made, time will tell. pictures: Oh, and making my own. :cool:

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  20. Bonefish

    Bonefish Member

    The RoadbugMotors Friction Kit is identical to what the BMP used to be. That is great that he did not cut corners to cut cost when transfering the name of the business. Good Quality Product.
     
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