White Tires

Discussion in 'Whizzer Motorized Bicycles' started by MoonKS, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. MoonKS

    MoonKS Member

    I am on a quest - a mission - an adventure...to find white tires for my Whizzer. I have the 24" model which is not a common size in the tire world apparently.

    Thus far, the only tires I have found are Coker Tires - they are specifically made for vintage cycles - and they are perfect size 24 x 2.25 - but there is one drawback

    $249 each!!!!

    That puts the price for one tire at more than the cost of my first car - and more than the combined cost of the two new Bridgestone tires I just had put on my Xterra!

    Has anyone seen something comparable in quality - they sure are proud of those Coker tires! :lol:

    Regards,

    Matthew
     

  2. ocscully

    ocscully Member

    Felt Racing?

    Here is a link to Felt Racing. They have a 24 X 3.0 I believe in white, or they did at one time, and I'm sure that they are less than $249.00. The problem will probably be do you have enough clearence in the frame for a tire this wide?http://www.feltracing.com/08/product.asp?catid=1436&pid=8558

    ocscully
     
  3. MoonKS

    MoonKS Member

    I ordered the darn Felt tires after work - then I got home and measured for clearance - of course I didn't take into account of the drive belt....I think the belt will rub the tire.... oy....
     
  4. cory

    cory Guest

    Maybe your not sunk!

    Ask Quenton or Bill Green, these guys might know more about the 24" Whizzers. Dont despair dude, something can always be figured out. Round peg, square hole. Im sure I dont have to tell you every time you go to make a modification it will affect something els on the bike. Ive got a small box of parts left over from my board track Whizzer project that either didnt fit or I didnt like on the bike after mounting. Keep your receipts and keep building your dream. Cory...
     
  5. MoonKS

    MoonKS Member

    Hehe - thanks, Cory! The only problem I have is that the two bicycle shops in town have a "No Refund" policy - they only do exchanges or store credit - but I can live with that.

    My buddies said, "You are bound and determined to turn that Whizzer into a scrap pile that won't run!" I replied, "No, I am just trying to customize it a bit to give it more of a classic look that appeals to me" - but I have a feeling I will be accumulating a bunch of extras do-dads and parts along the way =)

    Regards,

    Matthew
     
  6. cory

    cory Guest

    Break the chains of conformity and mass production!!!

    I can tell your one of those individuals that would rather have something different that stands out from the crowd!? If so astonish the lemings and be creative. Your Whizzer will definitely not turn out to be a pile. Do you have an older 24" Whizzer? If so what year and mod. Do you have any pics of your project?
     
  7. MoonKS

    MoonKS Member

    Hi Cory, It is a 2007 NE5 Whizzer - I just purchased it two weeks ago. I only have pics of the chrome fenders - I have new handlebars (torrington style U shaped) - a leather tool roll, and soon to be white tires.

    It is a 24" - it fits my 5' 6" frame quite nicely - although the rim size of 24" seems to limit the tire choices in terms of white/cream tires.

    This weekend I will have better pics - I still need to find a suitable rear rack for her - I will keep checking eBay - or I may have to eventually break down and purchase the one made for the Whizzer. I have plans to get a more vintage seat (like the one you have) - change out the grips - and quite possibly contruct an underseat tank that will be my tool box.

    Here it is without any real modifications - I want to eventually get to a point where you got - that is what I was going for - then I came across your thread on your project and I got really inspired!

    Regards,

    Matthew
     

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  8. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    Moon, it'll be interesting to see how your bike turns out. I also have a 24" Whizzer (see my avatar), and I'm in the midst of making it look more retro by changing the handlebars, getting a rear drop-stand (and getting rid of the center stand), going two-tone on the paint and more. The round mirrors add more of a retro touch than the rectangular ones do, and I've added those already. I've got a klaxon horn waiting in the wings, and I've changed out the saddle with a retro-style springer saddle with crashrail. I also have a tool bag hanging off the back of the saddle now.
    Just a thought - if you can't get the white tires in the correct size (24x2.125), why not try red tires? They have a cool prewar look, and I have them on my '46 Columbia to help give it a more vintage look. http://www.motoredbikes.com//showthread.php?t=7862
     
  9. MoonKS

    MoonKS Member

    Hi Kilroy,

    Do you happen to have a larger picture of the one in your avatar?

    Aye, I looked into the red seats - and I do like them - but I have a vision in my mind of the white/cream tires on this one. I have a feeling this is going to be addictive - so I have no doubt I will have another project bike when I am through with this one!
     
  10. RdKryton

    RdKryton Active Member

  11. bill green

    bill green Member

    Hi moonks on Accys. take A look at electra bicycle accys great seats, That tank can be orderd from whizzer without painted hilites on name . I have 26mm whizzer carbs matched manifolds and large hi flow k&n aircleaner .you can also shave the head .070 and bump compression to aprox.140psi. these are all tryed and true things.Model A tail lamp fits and looks great. you can also flip speedo mount and mount speedo low . with 24 wheels I use 90mm auto clutch .It flys....hope this helps Bill Green Vancouver Whizzer PS.I also use cr7iex ngk plugs clean burn
     
  12. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    I do, but keep in mind the photo doesn't show much that I've done yet. In fact, I still didn't have the wiring harness sorted out yet (it was disassembled without the wires being tagged). When the photo was taken the only things I had done so far were to remove the modern carry rack, add the offset seat post, the springer seat and the toolbag.
    http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z21/KilroyCD/My Bikes/100_0822.jpg
     
  13. lobsterboyx

    lobsterboyx Guest

    not sure about 24's but my lady got me some 26's from ebay.
     

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  14. MoonKS

    MoonKS Member

    Aye, I can find the 26"ers everywhere. But finding the 24"s seems to be a bit of challenge thus far. I ordered the Thick Brick in white 24 x 3 - but after getting home and looking, I do not have the clearance - the drive belt will be hitting the tire...
     
  15. cory

    cory Guest

    That Sucks.

    Sorry you didnt get a perfect fit. You might try and send a private message to Bill Green or Quenton. It would be sweet if something could be figured out to mount those fat boys and make it work.
     
  16. MoonKS

    MoonKS Member

    Schwalbe makes some sweet cream colored tires - just not in 24". It seems every place I find that makes white/cream tires does not make them in 24" - except Coker...but I absolutely refuse to pay $500 for two tires.

    I am friends with the head bike mechanic at the local bike shop - maybe we can come up with something to get those 24 x 3's to work....I am undaunted!
     
  17. bill green

    bill green Member

    Hi moonks the problem with 3inch tires is tire clearence, aliegnment, then frame clearence.It can be done .offset wheel 1/4 inch aprox. to right, reset fender ,realiegn motor and clutch,then tweek rear frame for belt clearence..hope this helps... Bill Green
     
  18. cory

    cory Guest

    Hey Dude.

    Hope you have been getting some questions taken care of on the forum and hope your still going forward. Has your wife rolled her eyeballs yet when telling her about the next idea for a modification? Mine never used to till afew years ago. Hope everything is moving along.:grin:
     
  19. MoonKS

    MoonKS Member

    Well Cory...we were all out today with the kids (1 yr and 4 yrs) and she said, "What are you going to do when the kids go down for a nap?" I said, "Work on the bike." She said, "What else could you possibly be doing with it?" Before I could answer she said, "Nevermind. I don't even want to know"

    The new handlebars went on yesterday. Had to drill a little - snip wire ties - rearrange cables - but it came out good. I went with a Torrington style u-shaped bar :cool:
     
  20. cory

    cory Guest

    Cool man.

    One step at a time, sounds super. Cant wait to see you impress everyone with your personalized ride. I have had my butt glued down to the computer for two days doing parts research. Hope you had more fun than I did. Although the start of the project is alot of fun come to think about it.
     
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