Trike motor Candidate?

Discussion in 'Motorized Trikes' started by imperfectionst, Feb 17, 2010.


Good for a motor?

Poll closed May 27, 2010.
  1. Excellent, buy it!

    4 vote(s)
  2. Would need some work, think about it.

    2 vote(s)
  3. Probably not worth it.

    0 vote(s)
  4. Definitely not a good pick.

    1 vote(s)

  1. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Price, ($199) is good, handling would be better than a single wheel up front....

    Rackmounts (belt or chain) are out, because of the width of the rear tire.


    Whatever you install on it, I'd limit the speed to about 20-22 mph.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2010
  2. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Here's that 20" rear wheel, because it is an intriguing idea !!

  3. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    That is sweet!! Wait till SimpleSimon sees this one!!!

    I voted "buy it" , but I have to agree it wil take some work to motorize it. I see the need to add front brakes, too. of a kind, for sure!!
  4. Maybe a friction drive would work well?
  5. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    Thar works for me.... I'm a big friction drive fan.
  6. motor_head

    motor_head Member

    you should still be able to chain drive it the tire is wider but so is the hub, they could put a pedal chain on why not a motor chain
  7. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Honestly, imperfectionist, I'd grab that thing if I were in a position to do so. bama says a rackmount is out due to tire width, and he has as much if not more experience motorizing more different models and types of bikes as anyone around, so I'd take his word for that.

    However, it looks to me like there is room in the frame to put in a frame mounted engine, and a jackshaft. With that combo, you could run the power through the pedal chain loop, and there you are. The builder knew what he was doing, the front end is set up for both full Ackerman and zero point steering. Very nice work on someone's part.

    Now picture that same front end, but with the triple tree forks forks being shock forks and independently pivoting suspension trianges both side, with a vertically aligned brace triangle centered to support the steering shaft and bell crank. Tie rod/connecting rod ball joint ended to allow flex as the front suspension works. You end up with a front suspension upright tadpole, crank forward design, which would function as a true "leaner", instead of the "bicycling" (only one front wheel on the pavement) most upright tadpoles use for cornering tightly at speed. Add a mountain bike style rear suspension, rather than a fixed rear triangle, and you'd really have a sweet little tadpole softtail chopper.

    Oh, yeah - put mechanical disc brakes on the front end of that little beast.
  8. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Well, GEBE is out of the question, the ring fits 26" or 24". And the clearance of the motor's mount just barely lets the belt pass by a 2.25" tire.

    Staton's MIGHT work if, when installing the left side's wheel sprocket, it was somehow spaced out from the hub....(I've only used their 3 wheeler setups, so I dunno). There are a lot of Staton customers who could give you that info.

    SimpleSimon's idea should be considered Plan A, but if you want a second (more expensive) option, you might send the link to David Staton, see if his new hub mount setup would work.

    Tell him its a demonstration project, I don't think we have a review of it yet.....
  9. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    It does look like a bargain, and that is probably because of the reality, that one of us normal folks have difficulty pedaling it for medium to long distances.

    But it DOES have those possibilities, to become an ultraMB comfortable ride.

    And, if you find yourself unable to complete the build, or you get in a crunch, there are a lot of Oregon folks on board who might take it off your hands. Either way, looks win win.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2010
  10. Pauly20782

    Pauly20782 New Member

    Is that bike a custom built bike or is it a factory built. I want one. I might add a trike kit to the rear and have a four wheel bike.
  11. Stan4d

    Stan4d Banned