1st Cruiser project

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by jmacpi33, Jun 4, 2007.

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  1. jmacpi33

    jmacpi33 Guest

    Here are some pics of my basic install on a cheap but sturdy Target Schwinn. Total project cost-bike, motor, oil/gas and accesories under $300. This is probably as inexpensive as it will get for all new parts install (including bike), but it is worth every penny for how much fun and satisfaction I get out of my creation, not to mention the looks I get. It's still going to get a custom cup holder on the handlebar, which will push it over the $300 mark-but for something I can cruz around town on all day for a couple bucks in gas and gives me a cheap thrill....you do the math :p


  2. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    That's a sweet ride! I like the basket. I had a rack on the front of my Schwinn and it came in VERY handy.

  3. lotsa_mpg

    lotsa_mpg Guest

    That is a very good looking cruiser...Nice job, jmacpi33. A cup holder, now there's a great idea.....I gotta get one too. Show us a pic when you get yours mounted. I did notice your RH bar looks a bit crowded with the twist grip throttle and twist grip shifter. My cruiser had a twist grip shifter too. I found it awkward to use the shifter with it so close to the throttle grip...so I ditched it and found a stem shifter from an old ten speed in the garbage dump (I like anything that's free) and mounted it near the LH grip. I guess it's not as high tech as the twist shifter, but it works good and all I ever use is first for starting and sixth for helping on hills, so loosing the indexed shifter was no big deal. Where did you get your basket? None of the stores round here seem to stock them and I sure wouldn't mind one.

  4. locoWelder

    locoWelder Guest

    Nice job, jmacpi33. :grin:
  5. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    Lookin' good. Where's the fuel filter? Is it just hiding? :smile:
  6. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    Man O Man! That has got to be the hottest running 80-cc engine running. Just look at the burnt grass under the pipe! WoW :razz:
  7. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    Pete is right! Get a fuel filter on that bad beast right away!
  8. 57larry

    57larry Guest

    nice looking set up. what type of engine is this. did you buy a complete kit? thanks, from a newby
  9. jmacpi33

    jmacpi33 Guest

    There is a built-in fuel filter in the petcock, but I was thinking about using an inline filter, i have one but I was going to use it on my next bike? The engine is an 80cc applebigusa special (but it's really a 70cc) with centrifugal clutch kit. The engine is great and I have had no problems with it...the install was almost too easy, I am sure my next bike will give me hell. Lotsa_mpg: it is crowded, but I just leave it in the middle gear to get things started, AND I have an extra basket, but its white. I would be willing to trade for some parts? Or you may want to check Walmart.

    My next motor is on its way, and my next bike wont be so basic. I want the next BIKE OF THE MONTH!!
  10. Barret

    Barret Guest

    You've got a beautiful bike, man! Nice job...
  11. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    The petcock filter only gets the chunks, a good inline filter picks up the fine grit that can block smaller jets or cause the flote to leak. It will also trap any water in the gas, be it from the hose or condensation within the bike's tank itself.

    Good luck, YMMV. :cool:
  12. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Perhaps you have a link to the kind of filter that traps water?

    Thanks in advance.
  13. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    A Fram fuel filter that uses a paper element is what I'd use. Once gasoline soaks the paper, water will not pass through it.

    Back in the day, racers of strokers (go-karts, bikes or outboards) would use fuel funnels that had a felt barrier in the bottom of the funnel. It was not uncommon to have a tablespoon of water on the felt after a 2 gallon fueling. This was just tossed aside. At a two day meet fellow competitors have been known to water others gas cans during the night. :evil:

    The additives that are sold for getting water out of a fuel systems are just alcohol based. The alcohol absorbs the water, then carries it through the system. Never leave this additive in a small engine because the alky will attack most inexpensive plastics. I would never use it.
  14. thatsdax

    thatsdax Guest

    Looks Great !!

    Nice looking ride for sure. The Jag is a good choice for sure. Looks like an auto Clutch motor. Make sure you get your Air box turned around as soon as you can. Having it pointed up invites Dirt and water to collect and then go directly into your motor. Not a good thing. You can grind down your tubes and then point it down..or ..Get the White plastic shallow High performace Air box that has the side mounts. Enjoy the ride !!!
  15. jmacpi33

    jmacpi33 Guest


    Thanks for all the great help and ideas. I will get an inline filter on this and change my airfilter ASAP. Plus I am still adding a mirror and drink holder, so I will post another picture here soon. :D
  16. quay1962

    quay1962 Guest

    yup i agree very cool, the basket is convenient if ya need to bring a bag of groceries and no back pack...lol.
  17. jmacpi33

    jmacpi33 Guest


    My Schwinn is now finished and I wanted to thank everyone for their input, especially Papasaun for leading me to the bottom bracket I desperately needed. Added some stickers, fuel filter, extended cranks, header wrap, mirror and a nice drink cozy. And I should have a license plate arriving soon.

    AND for my next project...
  18. Papasaun

    Papasaun Guest

    Thank you for the mention but,,, No Thanks needed! We all seem to take as much pride in getting these done as the owner! Very Nice cruiser, and a great looking first project. Now you will have us chomping at the bit to see the progress on that MP bike. What are you gonna put on it? 4 Stroke or 2 ?
    Keep a thread going in general discussion for that build, and don't forget the Pics! :D

    Very Glad I could help,

  19. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Yeah, Papas right, when you put the sticker on, it's kind of like a ribbon cutting for all of us.

    Loving these success stories. :cool: :grin:
  20. Barret

    Barret Guest

    jmacpi33 - I'm interested in your next project, the green MP machine! Make sure to keep us posted on its progress...