Burley Recumbant and Tanaka 33.

Discussion in 'Motorized Recumbents' started by Hive, Aug 22, 2010.

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  1. Hive

    Hive Guest

    Past rig for information, viewing and add to forum.

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  2. GearNut

    GearNut Active Member

    Very clean and simple, I like it.
  3. Hive

    Hive Guest

    Burley Bent


    I struggled to get it going from a stop and needed a place to put feet, as they tended to tire on pedals when motoring.

    And around here, one needs to see well, very well, so the bent was too low.

    The crank forward (CF) machine I bought later offers the best of both worlds.
  4. Hive

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  5. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    That Burley looks great. It must have been pricey. Great build.
  6. Hive

    Hive Guest

    Recumbent Burley

    Thank-you. It was not that bad. Nice bike, but had to go to the CF Raleigh, recumbent was too low and I really never liked how tippy it was to begin peddling, especially on inclines. CF is great improvement. May put it all on a Rans Dynamik I picked up and shock forked.

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  7. rustycase

    rustycase New Member

    Nice bikes, Hive !
    I like them a lot.

    Among other projects, I'm collecting parts for a bent bike, and I also consider the CF configuration generally superior. The only problem I foresee is front end washout in a turn if there is any sort of sand or gravel on the roadway.
    We once had a Honda Hobbit moped that I just HAD to get rid of because everyone who rode it went down, even at low-speed, the front end washed out in turns. Weight balance was very poor. Perhaps I could have improved it with a handlebar change???

    Sole support of the bike and rider with the smooth lines of that bent really makes me suspect the chainstays will be the weak point in that design. They are probably engineered very well, but gosh! do they make me nervous! LoL


    Do you see any geometry change that could make those bent bikes any less 'tippy' from a start? It seems to be a common complaint...

  8. Hive

    Hive Guest

    Recumbent Geometry

    Thanks. It was excellent machine.

    Once I got it going, it was okay, but I can see with the weight spread over a long wheelbase, one could have some problems on sandy pavement.

    Aside from get it going, my problem was other drivers in this community, with many from rural towns coming to shop etc. They just don't seem to see low riders and moving along parked cars is major danger.

    The CF is a great compromise, low CG, visibility and comfy. All I have now are CFs, the Rans Dynamic and the motorized Raleigh. Love them both. Rans is so light and with the Rock Shocks, very smooth.

    The temptation to switch the motor to it is very great.
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