Hello from Mesa AZ

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by bamotor, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. bamotor

    bamotor New Member

    Hello All, Just introducing myself and posting some pics of the bike I call "The Garage Sale Special".

    The story is a guy in the neighborhood had this thing in his garage, and just wanted to get rid of it. It had a fuel leak and ran pretty rough, if at all, he said.

    I ended up getting it for $80 US

    This has been a fantastic little project, and even more fun to run this thing around the community. I am hooked and cant wait to build my boys their own over the next few years.

    Stuff I did to this extremely fun machine:
    • Fix the fuel leak coming from the overflow in the Carb.
      • Tore apart the carb, added a rebuild kit, and adjusted the float pin.
      • Added a new air filter
      • Replaced fuel line and added fuel filter
      • Replaced clamps
    • Bolt-On Adds:
      • Chrome exhaust (was black)
      • Blade Mirrors
      • Pedal extensions 9/16 to 1/2 inch, to accommodate better pedals
      • Anodized red pedals
      • Classic springer quilted saddle
      • Fold up "V" style kick stand
      • Analog Speedometer
      • Classic style bullet front light
      • Ultra bright rear lights
      • LED strip lights to illuminate motor at night
      • Foam Grips
      • Aluminum handle bar accessory extender
      • 3000 Lumen front light
      • Red hand-grenade valve stem covers

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  2. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum. I used to live in Gilbert. You did a great job of reviving that motorbike.
  3. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Yup! Real nice.
  4. bamotor

    bamotor New Member

    Thanks guys, appreciate your comments.

    The one thing I have been considering is a springer front end. Any preferences you guys can suggest, please let me know. I have been considering both the single spring classic style and the dual spring style.
  5. JunkyardDog

    JunkyardDog Active Member

    Welcome. I'm in Chandler. What are you using for a chain tensioner? It doesn't look like that POS that comes with the kits. Any close up pictures of it?
  6. bamotor

    bamotor New Member

    Hey JunkyardDog,
    That is actually a stand alone Shimano chain tensioner. It works great, it flexes as your speed increases and decreases. I have never had to adjust it.

    Here is a little better pic of it.
  7. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Welcome to the forum Bamotor, I am in North Phoenix.
    Nice restore work on the bike, and it's a good engine, nice score for the money.

    If you go with a new fork make sure it has a brake mount.
    If you don't change forks get yourself a front C-brake as NO motorized bike is safe with just a rear coaster brake and for ~$15 a no brainer ;-}
  8. JunkyardDog

    JunkyardDog Active Member

    Wow!. I like that. I never knew Shimano made chain tensioners, but Googled it and found that they did. I have more questions. While I found that Shimano makes actual chain tensioners, that one looks like it was made from a derailleur, from the adjustment screws on it. Or is that just to make it line up with the chain? The pictures I saw did not look like they had any any adjustment screws. How did you mount it on the left side of the bike? Does it work for the larger motor drive chain? I thought everything Shimano made was for the small multi-speed bicycle chains. Something like this is what the motorized bicycle world has needed like, forever.
  9. bamotor

    bamotor New Member

    KC nice to know there are other folks form AZ on here.

    I agree about the breaks, I would really like to convert the whole thing to disk breaks, front and back. Use the dual cable break handle to work them in unison. Just not sure I am ready to spend the $$ to replace the rims just to add disk breaks. I will look into adding the caliper break on the front though.
  10. bamotor

    bamotor New Member

    I am not 100% sure of the origin of the tensioner, since it was already on the bike when i got it. However, it does work very well. My chain size to the engine is not much different than what I am running on the pedal side, so that does not seem to be an issue.

    I will post some better pics of it when i get a chance.

    It mounts on the left side with a hook style bracket around the axle bolt, and it has a small modified metal connector to stabilize it to the frame.
  11. bamotor

    bamotor New Member

  12. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    I suggest you just get a new fork and front wheel for disc as with that just a coaster brake in the back will do.


    A Springer Fork would go with the Ape Hanger handlebars, just see what their brake options are!

    If you want dual discs, start with a bike that comes with them.


    Actually I replaced the Fito's triple tree forks with shock forks on this one but the point is the bike comes with disc brakes on it.

    Until then please put a front caliper on bud, it's a cheap and easy way to cut your chances of getting hurt riding in half.
  13. bamotor

    bamotor New Member

    Yep, taking your advise, and ordered the front caliper, cable and handle last night.