I am extremely lucky...

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by macarollo, Feb 2, 2009.

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  1. macarollo

    macarollo Guest

    Several of you pointed out that my connection pipe between the trailer and the bike looked a little weak. Well today you were proved correct!

    I work about 1.5 miles from my house and today I rode the MB. When I got to work I noticed that the pipe seemed a little bent... right at the top bolt off the trailer.

    When I was leaving work to go home I realized that the pipe was slightly cracked. I figured I would slowly try to get home and replace the pipe when I got home.

    I started off going slow... crossed the intersection going 15mph and suddenly I heard a bunch of metal scraping.... I immediately turned off the engine, turned around and noticed the engine was on its side dragging on the ground! luckily I was going slow and stopped immediately. The pipe snapped in two right where the top bolt is.

    The last riding I did with it was my 50.2 mph run. I cannot imagine what the outcome would have been if it had broke there. I thank God it did not brake then. The throttle cable is attached to my handlebar so likely if the engine snapped off at 50mph then the throttle cable would pull the handlebar hard to the right.... not a good thing when you are going fast.

    I am going to use some heavy duty piping this time... not cheap ****.

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  2. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    protect us Lord as we ride those things

    to our motor bike brother

    yes that piece used was a concern for some of us
    as you stated so well above -- thank God you were going really slow
    sometimes this Mountainman just has to learn the hard way
    you know what I mean
    glad that you gave credit to the big guy
    I just had a BIG THING (issue) in my life taken care of today also
    and I also thank God

    please protect us Lord as we ride those things
  3. duivendyk

    duivendyk Guest

    Typical fatigue crack that I cautioned you about !.Do you have a secret death wish.?.Tearing around at 50mph was not the smartest thing either.That prob.set the stage of the crackup.You were lucky this time.Use a good sized pipe and clamp it ,no holes.Or else weld a vertical plate on the front of the trailer and attach the pipe to it .now that you're at it mount the pipe to be in-line with the CG and move the rear wheel side ways a bit to be in line with the CG also,then the trailer will be balanced.Be more careful !
  4. bikeman6969

    bikeman6969 Member


    Yes you are lucky i knew that pipe would not hold so i wont say i told you so.
    I used 1 1/2inch steel pipe. If you go to lows they cut and thread it for you.
    I also had it welded at all the joints so it would not come undone on me.
    I also had a solid seatpost made because if yuor seatpost goes you could be in a world of hurt.

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  5. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    Good thing you are OK and didn't get hurt! At least it was only 15mph!

    *Once, I had my axle completely spit in two at 32Mph due to previous cheap bearings grinding through the axle, and it dragged a big gash in the dirt road, and ran me right into the ditch, scary stuff!!! My left wheel passed me by as I was going into the ditch :ee2k:

    I wouldn't want to find out what would happen with a failure at 50!

    Good luck with your hitch upgrade! Before long, you'll be riding again!
  6. To me it's always interesting when those things happen. It could have happened, but it didn't. And to me that's kinda the whole point. Maybe you have more to live for huh? Not your time and all that.
  7. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    I built a three-wheeler using the power train out of a Subaru 360 van I owned (that my sister demolished) in the early 70's. Great little rig, and that 358cc 2 cylinder air cooled engine did a lot better pushing 280 pounds of trike and me than it did pushing a 900 pound shoebox plus me. It had independent rear suspension, with half axles sticking out of the transmission case on each side. I was running down US 99W north of Corvallis, Oregon at about 60 mph one afternoon when the CV joint at the outer end of the right axle failed catastrophically, dropping the trailing arm on that side on the pavement as the entire wheel assembly went right on by me.

    Bad, bad, BAD feeling to see your own wheel pass you by as you are wrenched into a ground loop and through the roadside ditch out into a field.

    I rebuilt it, but sold it shortly thereafter.
  8. mikem

    mikem Member

    Thank God

    I agree ... thank God.

    I just want to mention to everyone that it's been my experience that anytime you drill a hole in thin, metal pipe (EMT) you can just about count on it breaking in that spot due to metal fatique. The more load, stress or vibration involved the sooner it will break. The pipe is very handy for making stuff but it's strength and durability go down hill quick once it's drilled and it can fail with little or no warning.

    Hope you don't have to answer any more "close calls"! lol

    God bless,
  9. TWalker

    TWalker Guest

    Go back and look at my story in your other thread for this machine and you will see I told my story about a push trailer flipping up and hitting me in the back.

    I love pushers but we as amateur engineers/builders are also test pilots for these things.

    I think most of us are amazed Znsanerider hasn't been hurt yet. I'm not trying to single him out but....well ok maybe I am. ha but only cause I dont want to see a fellow rider hurt.

    Pushers can be extremely dangerous! I know Ive built a couple and love em!


    Keep the rubber side down and the pipe out of yer butt!
  10. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    I've been hurt before, but I have big balls and keep on going! You can be hurt doing anything in life, why have fear? Fear is for pussies.

    I crashed at over 30MPH, and had the trailer land on my chest MONTHS ago, and it taught me a valuable lesson as to how and where to ride it. You can get hurt just as bad with a regular motorized bicycle, or in a car. You can get killed riding a motorcycle, but yet, people ride those all the time.

    I rode all the way to St Pete without any incident. I went over the Gandy bridge, and went SEVERAL miles without any bicycle lanes in downtown Tampa and St. Pete. Dangerous is fun, and I'll do it again!
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  11. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    loose those THINGS

    we wondered what else you were carring around in that trailer

    you sure don't want to loose those THINGS !!!
  12. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    ROFL!!! :clap:

    Mountainman, you never cease to amaze me! :jester:
  13. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    And the reason that you don't hear the really bad things is usually because something really bad happened to that person.

    I love this auto-censor thingy, right? Isn't balls a little too harsh of a word for a family-oriented site?
  14. TWalker

    TWalker Guest


    n wheelchairs r 4 tuff guys who dont learn lessons :idea:. The police bothering you, the trailer landing on your chest etc. should all be signs to be cool little brother.

    We want you around a long time.....take care...
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  15. duivendyk

    duivendyk Guest

    Remember,big balls can be busted stone dead too,then they'll do nothing for you any more,but at least there'll be one macho nitwit less to cause trouble for saner folks.
  16. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    Saner folks, I guess you mean those sane & dangerous folks in the cars right? ROFL I cause trouble for NO ONE, but numerous folks that don't like my accomplishments try to cause trouble for me. I just ride and leave people alone.

    All the name calling. And you wish death on me by calling me a nitwit and saying one less person to cause trouble. What an evil thing to say. That says much for you as a human being, and a supposed member of a forum that advocates safety. Regardless of what you say, I would not wish that on you, because I'm better than that.

    You bring much negativity to this forum, which is why others here, including myself post on the other motorized bicycle forums more now than ever, where your garbage is not tolerated. However, we also stand our ground, and you are a minority here, despite your supposed claims of social proof, and everyone elses interest, when in fact, you are just after selfish power and control for yourself, and your small mind thinks you can get that control over others from a biking forum. HAHAHA Drop the ego and get a life!

    By the way, I AM NOT SCARED OF DEATH, and IN FACT, I'd rather live a short, meaningful and fullfilling life, and die doing what I love, then live a long, unfulfilling, boring, and stressful and meaningless life.

    And why do you post here? Any pics of your bike, or are you just an impostor (cop) here pretending to have a motorized bicycle?

    And what is sane? Thinking for yourself, and living a full life without limits, OR restricting everyone to a certain bunch of guidelines invented by people that "claim" to have authority over others, and making everyone follow them, give me a break. Enough with the sheepish, and conformist garbage. I will not conform to anyone, and I live my own life my way, and MANY other open minded folks agree with me as well. If that makes me insane, then so be it, and I WEAR IT PROUDLY, just look at my username!

    duivendyk, Your future here looks short. You never have nothing genuinely nice to say, unless your are faking it, like you did in macarollo's threads, but you HATE on others because they don't do things and conform to your way. HATERS are not welcome here, and you will end up going in the direction that wavygravy did by being a hater.

    Humanity has these two serious issues - evident by the actions and words of others, and which will cause the human race to destroy itself because humans are always at war with each other.

    1. You have your open-minded intellectuals that think outside the box, and open up limitless possibilities, and embrace new ideas and freedom for all, and create new things without trying to control each other.
    2. You have your close-minded sheep that follow the Shepard, and stay inside the box, and try to keep everyone else there too, by being fearful and controlling, create war, destroy creativity, and are only capable of thinking with old ideas and are set in their ways.

    We should have a number 3, of loving each other, and accepting each other for who they are, and making this world a better place, but it's not an easy accomplishment with people always fighting and hating.

    Power-Hungry people are a nuisance to any good cause, and it catches up with them at the end. Read the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene to get a better idea.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2009
  17. hot70cc

    hot70cc Guest

    Is that 3/4 electrical conduit??
  18. echotraveler

    echotraveler Member

    I KNEW IT! i had read this before! "im lucky" thread. 5 minutes ago i read about your project...i knew it was worst then this one thread...but it was the same! oh lordy dude....put a big iron pipe there with a ball joint on the seat post.
  19. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    C'mon Sparky! I know this is family oriented, and that's why I used balls.

    Any language censor can be outsmarted with profanity with a few uses of the Character Map to replace a few letters. Even then, a jpg of the cuss word can be posted to even get around that.

    Balls is not a harsh word. Soccer Balls, Basket Balls, Balls of Steel. It just proves I have guts with a language friendly expression without profanity. What kind of fantasy world do we live in, if a kid or a family doesn't know what a set of balls is?
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2009
  20. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    I'm glad macarollo broke his hitch post and was OK! I'm REALLY GLAD, because now, he will learn what it takes to build a stronger one. It's all about the creative process of trial-and-error and learning what it takes to eliminate the weak links, and I'm sure it will be better in the end.

    Good luck macarollo, you have my full support as always!
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