Done, but dealing with problem after problem =D

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by JosephGarcia, May 16, 2007.

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  1. JosephGarcia

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    Ok, so after a whole dang week of riding a normal bicycle to get around (I forgot what a workout that was...) I finally got my brand new frame. A nice '61 schwinn cruiser, Plus a really nice springer fork, becuase I love the way these look. I was looking for better handlebars than the standard cruiser one I have now, but this will do, I thought it would be bigger and more ackward than it is.

    I originally wanted to make a nice board track bike, a replica of a kind called "Cyclone", I thought it looked good. It required a whole new gas tank shell and new exhaust, some remodeling of the frame, and a Bigger engine for looks and power. This would have cost way too much and took too much time, many months.

    I have settled for copying Boardtrackers old bike (Heard his frame cracked) Not that it looked bad in any way.

    So after asking around at so many bikes on craigslist and other sites. I found a guy in my own city who had EVERYTHING I needed. He even had a 50 something Whizzer, Didn't have enough for it, and I didn't get to test ride it, but it was amazing to see.

    So $80 later, I have these new parts, tomorrow I will start building the bike itself.

    Now for the pics.


    There is a rusted seat post that is stuck in the tube, nothing a pipe wrench and sledgehammer can't fix. Also modifying the seat to sit farther back like Boardtrackers bike. The WHOLE bike, including handlebars and front forks, are going to be painted flat black. Pedal thingys going to be gone in favor of foot pegs, sheet metal fairings to cover and large open areas in the frame.

    Updates coming tomorrow! I'm confident that this bike is going look good and perform better.

  2. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    JosephGarcia has asked me to moderate this topic as a "project" thread...on-topic discussion directly with him only, please.

    i'll delete this reminder after things get rolling, joe...have fun :)
  3. Chopper

    Chopper Guest

    Nice silhouette.... looks like it might need a replica oil tank (with tools inside ;) ) between the seat post and rear wheel.

    I'll be watching this one with interest.
  4. jerryt

    jerryt Guest

    Joseph, that is one good looking bike (I'm too old to say it looks "sick") and I'm looking forward to watching you bring it to life.
    Seeing as how CVC 406b says you need pedals will you have to register it as a motorcycle if you take them off?
  5. JosephGarcia

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  6. SpeedyG

    SpeedyG Guest

    if you guys haven't figured it... I'm more into bikes than I am motors...

    I'm more into things going really fast than bikes or motors and therein lies my interest in motorbikes... but, apart from a nice frame and some sweet forks I have to say... NICE SPOKES! Those wheels look bulletproof!
  7. JosephGarcia

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    The rear spokes are thick as hell, like 1/4 in. I swear. Unbendable. I painted the rim black to make the tire(when it's done) appear thicker, kept the spokes silver.

    The front wheel is a cheapy alluminium from a huffy bike, but it seems pretty tough and hasn't bent yet.
  8. jerryt

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    Joseph, The laws are pretty clear and its my guess your cops haven't really boned up on them. Once you have a bike that attracts a lot of attention, the cops in your area may want to use you as an example especially for any kids that want a bike like yours.

    Or if you cruise down to the beach you might get noticed. Here's the Huntington Beach police website that helps me better understand California law* (as if anyone can)

    *edit: CVC 406 - law regarding 2 wheelers
  9. JosephGarcia

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  10. Guest

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    Looks like the raw material for a nice new build Joe. Can't wait to see the finished product!
  11. JosephGarcia

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    New update.

    Well, I thought I could complete it by today but that didn't work out because of a few problems that I had to creatively work my way out of. Will finish this tomorrow.

    Firstly, I painted all the parts this morning, so when I got back in the afternoon I could just assemble.

    First thing I did was put the tires on the rims and mount them on the bike, along with the handlebars and seat, to get a feel for how it will ride. The rusted seatpost that was stuck in there was hacksawed off, and I couldn't add a new tube for the frame, so I stuck the nose of the seat onto the stubby post, and came up with 4 different ways to get the back end stable... This took most of my time.


    You can see here how I stuck the front of the seat onto the frame, the back end was held on rigidly with a steel stick used to hold reflectors. When I sat on it, it immediately squished flat and rubbed the wheel.

    Strange thing about this frame is that the small bar on the rear that normal is used for brakes, or reflectors, or fenders is that the hole in it was drilled vertically, making it impossible to attach regular reflectors or fenders, or brakes to it. So I hacksawed 3 inches of my old seatpost and cut notches into it to grab onto the small accesory bar (Don't know it's name.) Used heavy duty zip ties to keep it down onto the frame. My body weight kept it down, but it could be lifted off the frame and stolen. so this fixes that. This new mount is pretty sturdy and holds my weight, Will do until I find something better.

    I don't have a pic of this yet.

    So at this point I looked at my frame for anything else I missed, and I realize that it doesn't have mounts for brakes.....

    I find a small hole in the front forks and ripped off some crappy brakes from an old bike. Going to mount these on tomrow.

    Got the engine mounted, I didn't realize how much extra space this frame has inside it. I need suggestions for filling this space. Some will already be used for the battery for the lights, and a small toolpouch for road repairs.

    Here is what it looks like, it got too dark to work on it any further. The front rim is off becuase it's being painted right now, the only part I forgot.
  12. Chopper

    Chopper Guest

    Re: New update.

    Racing number...... 8)
  13. JosephGarcia

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    I AM DONE!

    few problems...

    The original drive chain wasn't long enough, and the motorcycle stores around here don't have it in stock. So I have to order it online somewhere and wait like a week before I can really ride it.

    Second, the forks are very slightly wobbly when turning, and tightening the headset parts only makes it not turn.

    Third, my standard position for the footpegs (in the hole used by the pedal crank dealie) Makes the knee angle too sharp and very uncomfortable for riding. So I will have to put some footpegs 7 inches back on the tubes that connect the rear wheel instead, which will be hard to figure out.

    enjoy the pics.

  14. boardtracker

    boardtracker Guest

    Looks great Joseph! :D
  15. Guest

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    Nice jorb Joe.

    But wait! There's hope for the foot peg thing. Just get a pair of those clamp on style aftermarket pegs.

  16. spunout

    spunout Member

    8) 8) 8) looks great! i like the whole front end set-up, and with the light clear up top :evil: very nice.
  17. JosephGarcia

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    Give me a link of where to buy them, I wouldn't know exactly what to look for if I try to look myself. Thanks.
  18. azbill

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  19. JosephGarcia

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    Tightened up the forks, they don't wobble now. I checked out those footpeg thing some of you guys showed me, but the bars I'm putting the onto are horizontal, and these seem to be for vertical, or slightly angled bars. So putting them on horizontal bars would make them slide around and not work.

    Thanks for those links though. I'll probably make my own out of steel pipe and attach it right where the kickstand attaches. There is 3 inches of clearance where the bars are an inch away from each other, I have ideas for what I want to put there

    enjoy the less blurry pics.

    My first motoredbike.

    My all new one. :D

    When riding this bike the first thing you notice is how low everything is, the exhauyst is 3 1/2 inches from the ground, the engine is very low in the frame, and the seat is barely 2 feet off the ground. The position of the handlebars makes for an interestingly comfortable position. People see it and wonder if it hurts to ride but then they get on and see it's pretty comfy.

    Because all the weight of the bike is so low, it balances amazingly well.

    Even though all it does is roll, it even does that in style, rolling for a good 100 feet at a fast speed with a few leg pushes, you don't even have to give much effort. Can't wait to start the engine again for the first time in a few weeks.
  20. Stratocaster

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    Looks great! This is basically what I have in mind for myself.

    But - I don't get the footpeg thing. I thought you had to retain the pedals for starting, because you'll fry the clutch unless you pedal yourself up to speed? No?