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Has anyone ever used a Felt Cruiser

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Irish John

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I am thinking of mounting my grubee 4 stroke on a Felt MP cruiser. Has anyone got experience of mounting a V-mounted 4-stroke on a Felt MP cruiser. Or any other Felt Cruiser.
The MP seems good because it the strongest bike available with so much included in its price such as mudguards, rear & front rack, fat arsed sprung saddle, dynamo hub and lights. 12 guage spokes and really fat tyres Unfortunately it has a 3 speed hub with coaster brake which I think is a nuisance for a motor. I doubt if the hub would fit the sprocket wheel and it has no front brake which is a pest as well. Otherwise it is perfect. Any ideas? Picture attached.
 

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Large Filipino

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The one pictured is a single speed.
At any event,that would definetly be a great candidate for a frame mount 4 stroke.
 
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Irish John

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Your right

Thanks Large, Last years model is a single speed but 2008 model is a 3 speed hub. It's a great bike built very strong cos I've checked it out but what a shame about the hub plus the tyre and mudguard would get in the way of the chain I reckon. Very narrow clearance between rear stay and tyre/mudguard. Pity they don't just have the bolt studs on the front forks and rear stays for V brakes. I don't think the bike could take a 4-stroke. Their other Felt cruisers are very robust but have similar hub & brake problem. Here are detailed photos I took of an MP Felt in the shop in 2006.
It also has 12g stainless steel spokes which is a great help for strength. A nearly perfect bike but sadly not quite good enough.
 

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ocscully

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It sure looks to me like that bike in the photos above has a front drum brake? If it does not then what is the brake lever on the handlebar for? If you do a search for Felt cruisers here I'm sure you will come up with several with motors, I seem to remember at least one in the photo gallery that has a 4-stroke.

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graucho

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John, Sweet looking bike. It looks tight between the rear wheel and the rear frame. I had to trim my fender to make the chain fit. Your fender may be too nice to trim, Your inner frame looks like plenty of space. It looks like more room than mine. Rear mount maybe?
 

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Irish John It Is Good To Hear And See That Someone Else Is Considering Using The Felt Bikes For Motors I Have Done Over Thrity Felt Bikes And It Can Be Done The Tank Can Be Sealed And The Motor Mounted W/out Welding And Destroying The Paint .
The Rear Srocket Will Have To Be Milled Out To Fit But That Can Be Done On A Drill Press W/ A Milling Bit Or A Machine Shop Not A Big Deal.
Also You Can Get Away W/ Out The Chain Tensioner The Felt Bikes Are Not Easy To Build But They Sure Look Good And Run Good .
 
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The MP is the one I like

Irish John It Is Good To Hear And See That Someone Else Is Considering Using The Felt Bikes For Motors I Have Done Over Thrity Felt Bikes And It Can Be Done The Tank Can Be Sealed And The Motor Mounted W/out Welding And Destroying The Paint .
The Rear Srocket Will Have To Be Milled Out To Fit But That Can Be Done On A Drill Press W/ A Milling Bit Or A Machine Shop Not A Big Deal.
Also You Can Get Away W/ Out The Chain Tensioner The Felt Bikes Are Not Easy To Build But They Sure Look Good And Run Good .
Thanks HB, It's the MP I like best cos you get a lot of bike for the price (mudguards, racks, good saddle, great handlebars, a dynamo -prob pretty useless chinese one - and it's ultra heavy duty and well made. If you have any experience of putting 4-strokes in the MP frame I really would like to know more. Maybe a separate thread with lots of pics and close ups. I can't see how going w\out a tensioner would be OK though - I find them pretty essential. I'd really love to see MP pics of how you mounted the engine tray and the rear sprocket. How frequently do you have to service those coaster brakes and what sort of headache is involved? One hing about simple disc brakes (i.e. non-hydraulic ones) is they are SO EASY to service and keep running. I'll look at your gallery and see if you have them up in there HB but a special thread is required cos lots of people would want to know about these bikes. See attached pic below - I reckon a 4-stroke can't fit in the frame.
 

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Irish John

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John, Sweet looking bike. It looks tight between the rear wheel and the rear frame. I had to trim my fender to make the chain fit. Your fender may be too nice to trim, Your inner frame looks like plenty of space. It looks like more room than mine. Rear mount maybe?
You're right Graucho - there is more room between the seatpost and downtube but less between the bottom bracket and the top tube. The critical bit in the 4-stroke is height moreso than length and the Schwinn has a convex curving top bar which accommodates the height just where it's needed. Just where it's needed is where the felt top tube curves down towards the seat post tube and this is where I reckon the 4-stroke will be unable to fit. There are other problems too that I've mentioned elsewhere.
It would be great if Felt built a bike frame specially for grubee 4-stroke kits and Whizzers etc cos their quality control leaves the Schwinns for dead. I think the frames are that hydraulicly formed alloy which is a really high-tech method but very strong technique for making light and strong frames.
 

WhyNot

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Saw this on the web today. It's a motorcycle mfg that's making a 2 stroke powered bike out of the Felt's. AWESOME detail. I called them and asked what was up with their pricing and apparently the $1999 price includes everything (which it should). They told me the motor was rubber mounted which isolated the normally crazy vibration those 2 stroke put out. The front mount is made from billet (what, you mean its not stamped chinese pot metal?). And the fuel tank is the frame.

Check them out....

http://www.ridleymotorcycle.com/motorbike/

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Bigwheel

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Burrrrrrrrp

I guess I don't understand why the mods are giving the Firebike kid a hard time when at least the stuff he is pimping has some originality and the pictures of the bikes are at least real but nonetheless Spam always gives me gas. WhyNot, if you have something to sell just get on the vendor list, it doesn't cost anything. Otherwise you are just looking like a fool. Those bikes on the Ridley site are nothing to write home about really. Anyone can go down to the Felt store and buy one of those bikes and bolt on a HT kit (which is way less than zero emissions I am afraid) and do a tank job for less than half that cost and have fun doing it. No doubt you will sell some to those that are enamored with the whole idea and don't have any mechanical skills to do the former themselves, but those are not the type of folks you want to submit to the HT experience in my book.
 
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