As long as a GEBE equipped bike is started by pedaling up to about 6mph and the engine is at the moped limit of 2hp, there should be little issue. I do intend to pull a 70# gross trailer some great distances.
BUT! A spare belt will be installed, then tied to the seat stay, just in case. Yes the belt will be covered with shrink wrap to keep it clean and tied off very neatly.
Motorcycle mech? Once I move next year, restoration starts on my '77 900SS Ducati. Real touring bikes run shaft drive.
Back to Staton.
I called David to ask some questions. Got some answers that I'll summerize but maintaine some truth. I liked him.
Yes the 18 to 1 gearbox is quiet but it is overkill.
The gearbox comes in at 7#.
GEBE kits are 12~15# depending on engine type.
Staton kits are 22~25# depending on adaptive hardware and engine type.
Yes the GEBE is quieter and lighter but the Staton will move mountains.
If I had realized how super-duper these Staton units were a month ago. Well, the desision would have been a tough one between the two.
He did tell me that he is working a lighter set-up that would use a smaller gearcase, then have about a 4 to 1 reduction at the wheel. Drive sproket mounting will remain the same...At the left side of the rear hub.
Increasing driven sprocket size at the wheel will permit a more varied ratio selection and make chain adjustment a little less frequent.
Oh! And he said his units are much more addaptable. They have been put on just about everything. I did look at his customers pics...Good stuff. I think I saw locowelder's trike 'n trailer posted there. (I did ).
EDIT: David did not indicate that a new gearbox was in the works anytime soon. He said it like it is a distant plan.