Do not motorize a huffy nel lusso

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by dougsr.874, May 15, 2013.

  1. dougsr.874

    dougsr.874 Active Member

    The frame on this bike is not fit to motorize....I have seen three of them that the frame has broken where the luggage rack is welded to the frame....perhaps the heat during welding is causing this.....and the tubing is so thin that it can't be repaired.........I have had good luck with other Huffy bikes however....
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  2. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    We need details, did you buy the bike? Try to mount the kit? Any pics?
  3. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    I have heard of one failure of a motorized Nel Lusso frame, but that's it. It broke in the same spot, where the rear rack was welded on. Too bad, because I like the look of the welded-on cargo rack.
  4. dougsr.874

    dougsr.874 Active Member

    Of the three broken frames, I built one of them....the other two were built by indiviuals...the Nel Lusso I'm speaking of is the one with the brown frame that was available about 3 yrs. ago.....from Walmart.....the new black frame, white tire model I have not seen break so far....maybe Huffy improved them...No pics. available....
  5. birdmannn101

    birdmannn101 Member

    I'll let you know about the black frame one mounted with a HF 79cc engine after I finish it.

  6. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

    worked on a huffy cruiser today & found that there is not enough room on the frame to put the CDI behind the carb where I like it : (

    going to try to put it under the motor & hope I can keep it dry
  7. Michael

    Michael Guest

    I just got the nel lusso bike put my 80cc on 2 days later frame broke on both sides where he said where luggage rack is welded anyway I'm ordering the kmb gt with built in gas tank frame only which is 139.00 parts from the huffy handlebars, forks, peddles, crankshaft, all will fit on this frame all have same diameters
  8. wacogerald

    wacogerald New Member

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  9. wacogerald

    wacogerald New Member

    Heat affected zone of luggage rack tubing attachment weld failed on both sides. TIG welded tubing with ER70S2 filler.
  10. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    since you can weld, gusset it. should be strong then
  11. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    I saw another huffy cruiser, it had the rear wheel arm thingamajigs come up and swing past the seat tube, and meet with the top tube and end at the yoke. The tubes were paper thin, welded at the seat and top tube. Both small tubes snapped at the seat post welds resulting in free rear suspension and chain derailment.
  12. Makjak

    Makjak Guest

    Yes just bought 2 nel lusso bikes less than a month old and both frames broke at luggage rack welds. No motors on either bike. Contacted huffy they told me to bring back to walmart. Walmart told me it's huffys problem to contact them since i bought bikes online.
  13. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    First, it's generally a good idea to avoid huffy, they are low on the food chain in welding and material choices.. I have one that is a fat tire bike, problem is that I do not trust it enough even though I have seen one and even worked on 2 for 2 other people with motors in them! One guy weighed probably a buck and ten and the other is this 6 foot pressing 300 guy...

    So far the big guy only popped tires and chains...

    Now, I'm not sure if it's good only because huffy is sometimes very good... Like when they make a good copy of an actually sound frame....

    Unfortunately I don't feel super secure with their bikes, since I could drill theirs in just a split second, same drill and bit take a second and a half on this mongoose frame.

    I might just give the bike away since it might get no use from me..
  14. CrazyDan

    CrazyDan Active Member

    Yeah...huffy cranbrook here. Chainstays flex when i make turns under power. I don't like it. I've been looking for another frame for a bit now, but have no dinero so its gotta be a dumpster bike or something. My second motorized bike (first i built) was the black nel lusso with red tires. Frame held up during the 3 months i had it before it got stolen :(. Put a over a thousand miles on it during that time. Its the bike thats made me take all my fenders off. Rear fender burrito'd itself between the tire and that awesome luggage rack sliding me to a halt between a city bus and semi while going roughly 30mph. Needless to say, i pooped myself :p.
  15. What do you think about frame building from scratch. the old school braze weld lugs