Best bicycle for Friction drive

Discussion in 'Friction Drive' started by lifer, Feb 27, 2015.

  1. lifer

    lifer New Member

    Hey everyone, im about to order my first motor bike build. It'll be friction for sure.

    I'm pretty set on getting the Staton kit with the 1 1/8 roller and Honda gx35 engine , (I'm a heavier dude).

    What's the best bicycle to install a friction kit on? I live in AZ , so flat and not much rain.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated, thanks

  2. troyg

    troyg Member

    You've picked the perfect setup, that size roller with the gx35 should drag you anywhere, never too fast, quiet quiet quiet.Remember to pedal up (you're the granny gear) and pedal assist on throttle up's and it will last many 1000 miles.
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  3. lifer

    lifer New Member

    What bicycle would be your ideal one?

    Thanks man, what bicycle would you recommend? What setup do you have?
  4. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Nobody can answer that ? for you. There is no best for friction drive. Depends on your style and choices. Personally I like comfort/hybrid style bikes with a suspension fork. That Staton kit will put a smile on your face. Only real issue your going to have is what to do for a bigger fuel tank. The stock Honda tank will only take you 20 miles or so. You'll also want to use tire liners, thorn resistant tubes and a Kevlar lined tire...........If you really want to be happy get the Staton friction kit and then get the HS 49cc motor from Gasbike. Get the 1-1/4 roller with the FD kit and you'll have the best combo of speed and torque. With the 1-1/8th roller your going to have a lot of torque and a top speed of only 21mph. Once my roller wears out the 1-1/4 will be its replacement.
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  5. lifer

    lifer New Member

    Thanks for the recommendation darwin!

    What do you find to be the main difference between the HS 49cc and GX35?
  6. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    More power.
  7. lifer

    lifer New Member

    Fair enough, thanks!
  8. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Heck, put it on a fat tire bike, then you can play with it in the desert.

    And it's not always dry here, tomorrow is supposed to very wet and of course we get the monsoon, maybe a fat tire would grip a little better.
  9. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Lifer, if you do decide to go with a HS 49cc from gasbike get the one with the clutch on it. Another issue is the tire size. My bike has 700c wheels and uses pretty thin tires. They tend to wear faster than say a 26x2.125 tire because of less surface area in contact with the roller. I put up with it because I love the bike and the way 700c wheels roll. That's an issue you may want to consider. Another issue is brakes, a bike that comes with front and rear brakes is better than a bike with just a coaster brake in my opinion.
  10. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Friction kits fit darn near anything and work well on rear suspension bikes. I'd build a beach cruiser with the Staton kit, but I'm very fond of beach cruisers.
  11. lifer

    lifer New Member

    Good idea KC, where are you located?
  12. lifer

    lifer New Member

    That's helpful thanks Darwin. Do you mean get the HS 49cc with the centrifugal clutch?
  13. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Correct, gasbike sells 2 versions of the HS49cc. Different crankshafts.
  14. lifer

    lifer New Member

    Okay great
  15. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Sunnyslope, just off of 15th ave and Peroria Rd.
    It is not a retail store front, too much overhead, I have a big shop in my house.

    Your topic is a bike for friction drive, are you considering an in-frame 4-stroke now?
    I've done a few of them.
  16. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    You don't want skinny tire bike.
    Larger the tire equals longer wear.
    I'm riding a 26"X2.0 on a fifteen speed.
    Honda 50 Station friction drive.
    Have fun.
  17. Morpheous

    Morpheous New Member

    How about some links to these parts?
  18. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    Honda friction


    Station motorized bicycles in Oklahoma
  19. 2old2learn

    2old2learn Member

    Staton, Inc, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  20. larrybui

    larrybui New Member

    Propane vs gas engine

    Subaru made 4 cycle engine that run on propane that no need to choke when start and don't need to warm up the engine. I just finish the first bike and It work out well . The next one will be honda gx35 . I will compare the two when have a chance.

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