Anyone Pedaling?

Discussion in 'Friction Drive' started by Harvey, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. Harvey

    Harvey New Member

    I want a motor on my bicycle but still want to ride by pedaling.
    Here in Massachusetts, I can ride a motorized bicycle on the streets and bike lanes, but not on bike paths.
    I would like to motor to a bike path and pedal around, then motor back home.
    Friction drive seems to be the best option for me for its simplicity and ease of installation. I'm considering the BikeMotorParts kit with Honda GX35.
    Would pedaling this motor around be a problem or would it become more difficult to pedal with the additional weight?
    Does the fact that the whole motor hangs to one side cause much of a problem?

  2. tjs323626

    tjs323626 Member

    I have the same kit but with the robin 35cc on a full suspension mtn bike. I have no problem pedaling it the motor is hardly noticed. The ride is ths smoothest motorized bike I have ever riden.
  3. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Pedaling on bike paths with that kind of set-up won't be much of a problem as long as you kill the engine and raise the drive assembly off the tire.
    Also, as long as you stay within the mini utility engine weight category, the side-weighting is primarily only a problem of the bike wanting to fall over when stopped if you use a traditional kickstand.
  4. robin bird

    robin bird Member

    My bike fell over today with Subaru-Robin engine no damage only cus i was walking down a steep hill talking on a cell phone--no problem at all pedalling i could definetly do it all day.

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  5. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    I have several bikes, but only one is motorized. I ride the non-motorized bikes much more.
  6. robin bird

    robin bird Member

    :ack2::001_9898::drool5::drool5::beatdeadhorse5:i pedal about 1/4 of the mileage and use the engine for the rest it is a great way to stay enthusiastic too much pedalling is drugery--too much motoring and you feel like a slug !
  7. mlcorson

    mlcorson Member

    Kit and engine...good choice all around. I frequently, with my friction set up, motor and pedal all the time. Just kill the engine, the centrifugal clutch will disengage and there is no drag. I ride to the park, cut the engine, and ride (pedal) right along side the silly civilians.
  8. andyszyd

    andyszyd Member

    I have BMP set-up with Subaru Robin EHO 35 from Silvaire (much less than Honda 35 and just as good or better than Honda according to some opinions).

    Silvaire, member of this board still has some for sale, brand new engines still made in Japan.

    No problem with engine hangin on left side.
    Even people who use much heavier Honda GX50 with friction drive report no problem of any weight imbalance.

    When you lift the roller off the tire there is no resistance whatsoever.

    You pedal it just like bike, 35cc engine weighs only 8 lb dry + weight of the kit.

    Get both rollers: 1 inch and freewheeling 1.25 inch, easy to swap.

    Last edited: Jan 22, 2010
  9. moondog

    moondog Member

    That may be the best feature of friction drive. I can lift up the engine and the bike is just about as easy to pedal as a bike without an engine.

    I pedal when taking off too. And when I run out of gas !
  10. backazimuth

    backazimuth Member

    My wife and I are long distance bicycle tourists and have got to the age where we need the little motor to help us out at times. We still pedal 40 to 60 miles a day. We don't even know the motor is there with the friction drive released. When we come to a steep hill, the drive goes down, the engine goes on for a few minutes, then we pedal again. We would not be able to to do the type of riding we do otherwise. I also put a little black bag on the engine (from Wal-Mart for about $5) to hide the it when not in use, not because of legalities, but out of simple pride ;0)

    I have to discipline myself the follow the routine I just outlined. That stupid engine is just too much fun . . .:evilgrin:
  11. Harvey

    Harvey New Member

    Well, it's been a while since I started reading the posts here and asking questions.
    I found a used 2004 Gary Fisher Wahoo mountain bike with a new Rock Shox front fork, a new front brake caliper set and new gearset. Someone had a lot of work done on the bike and decided he didn't want it so the dealer gave me the bike for the cost of parts and labor. I put a new Bontrager H2 26 tire on the rear and left the original MTB tire on the front. I ordered and received a Honda GX35 from Tulsa. I ordered the BMP kit and am still waiting for that. Now I have to go to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to get a sticker.
    Thanks to everyone on this forum for sharing their thoughts and experiences.
    I should hopefully be able to try this thing out soon.
    Last edited: May 17, 2010
  12. vegaspaddy

    vegaspaddy Member

    have fun with that thing and remember to post some pics when you build the bike up !!!!!
  13. Virginian

    Virginian Member

    I pedal all the time. I am a lifelong pedal cyclist and I just enjoy pedaling. It just seems to me that a bike should be pedaled.

    I have a Tanaka 32cc with the GEBE system. At 30 mph, pedaling casual pedaling adds only 1 mph. Hard pedaling (unsustainable for long) adds 2 mph.

    I have tested the effect of pedaling on big hills. With hard pedaling I go about up at 24 mph. With no pedaling the speed uphill is 16 mph. Thus, pedaling really helps on hills.

    When I hit a bike train, I just turn off the motor and pedal normally at about 12 to 15 mph on flats, which feels really slow! There is very little friction, but I really feel the extra weight going up hills.
  14. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Folks who pedal their bikes without using the motor are lazy!