Just another Aussie!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by reddbak, Dec 21, 2007.

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  1. reddbak

    reddbak Guest

    Been visiting the outside of this here fine establishment for the last few days and after perusing the relevant newbie info, I thought it appropriate to introduce myself.

    So g'day, I'm Reddbak!

    Me grey-matter is soaking up a terrific amount of ideas ("Like he needs more?" says 'She whom I don't obey':cool:) and answers to my many questions re-motor installation and controls.

    I herniated a couple of discs in the late 80's which to date has put me on some potent meds that affect my control responses in a motor vehicle. So I decided a more leisurely means of transport was required to haul my considerable bulk across this here planet.

    The image below is my 5th bicycle chopper and it's copping a shiny new 2-stroker this weekend if all goes according to plan, **** I might even top-coat the thing. :shock:

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  2. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    welcome to MBc ! :D
    cool looking bike !!! :D
  3. Abeagle

    Abeagle Guest

    Welcome to MBc. :cool:
  4. mickey

    mickey Guest

    Welcome. Sweet looking ride.
  5. beast775

    beast775 Guest


    gday mate.welcome to mbc:smile:
  6. dbigkahunna

    dbigkahunna Guest

    Nice ride. Welcome to MBc from the Giant Side of Texas!
  7. Welcome.

    Few years ago I did my disk and I can still remember that pain shooting down the back of my buttocks... not nice so I'm feeling it for ya. Once it took me 15 minutes to get out of the chair in a movie theater! I found exercise helped and now I only get the occasional twinge.

    On a happier note, very nice ride. Looks like you have been in touch with the Hellbourne crew. Is that where you got those forks from? Have you thought about some big springs for you seat to help the back?
  8. reddbak

    reddbak Guest

    back at yer

    Thanks fellas! :cool:

    @ dbigkahunna: I reckon the steak the missus and I devoured last night was from Texas eh.:smile:

    @ go you good thing: Sorry, but I've never heard of the 'Hellbourne Crew'. I do get a lot of inspiration from the BR&K site.

    The springer front is my own design and fabrication. After a previous failed lesson in spring pre-tension this version works well and is adjustable for spring preset via a long 6mm bolt up the centre of the springs. The spring blade dropouts also screw up or down for niggly alignment issues, but the next set will have adjustable fork-blades.

    Yeah I've had a helluva time with seats and saddles and custom made several before the final design proved satisfactory. As I've mentioned elsewhere this version is quite simply jig-sawed from a plastic outdoor seat. The back-rest is also from the same seat and the only cushioning is thin foam sheet and the vinyl covering. I think it's more the large width spreading out my 118kg loading that is helping, plus a set of bound and rebound springs like the front-end.:grin:

    The big test will be early '08 when I again try to ride 20kms in the local city to beach fun-run. I've only managed 5klms last year, having nearly collapsed from trying to grin and bear the pain of the last saddle. :shock: Luckily the new frame and saddle is low enough to just spread the old pins out for stability in these situations.

    At the present time I don't like my chances of successful engine fitment as my MiG's gearbox has packed it in and the tubing on that ride is very light guage pagola poles. :rolleyes:

    So I'll keep this Mule as a pedaller and fabricate a frame around the new engine etc.:cool:

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  9. Bean Oil

    Bean Oil Guest

    Welcome reddbak!

  10. reddbak

    reddbak Guest

    Biting the bullet!

    I'm so inspired by the positive threads in these forums I ceased my procrastinations about fitting this engine and made an executive decision.

    Yep, out came the angle-grinder and off came a support tube.:shock:

    Reckon on a test start-up tomorrow sometime. :grin:

    The images are of the engine temporarily positioned and a set of plastic MTB fenders I stencilled and sprayed for the previous build.

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  11. Bean Oil

    Bean Oil Guest

    :arrow: :shock: Look at that! ^ ^ ^

    Jebus! fellas, he's doing it! A trans!!!

    red, many here desire a multi-geared power driveline with these Chinese two stroke installations... some have posed about perhaps "trying" it, but in my short time here I've seen no actual evidence of an attempt until now.

    How's an Aussie say, "I am impressed, sir!"


    Some say those multi-geared internal (coaster brake) hubs won't take the power... I think if the 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub that I have on my regular cruiser bicycle can take my 220 lbs through a one-foot-long crank arm and some chain... and that these lil' engines produce no where near that amount of torque... then... (This particular discussion really should go into a tech forum thread...)

    Good on you, mate! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  12. Fork U

    The Hellbourne crew are at http://www.hellbournechoppers.com

    I have been to your 'inspiration' website and found the perfect set of forks from a link there. I have been looking for the perfect set of forks with suspension for a while now and have found them at crossbow cycles. They have a monarch style set and have already e-mailed them to get them sent here to Adelaide.:smile: They are also well priced and come with a disk brake bracket as an option.

    Excellent mods.:p

    Nice one.
  13. reddbak

    reddbak Guest

    rainy days & mundees

    Image for you Bean Oil. " Look at that! ^ ^ ^ Jebus! fellas, he's doing it! A trans!!!"

    Compliments of Z-Box Motors site on the Bike Builders page. The image is of a center-mounted 8spd hub. BTW my hub is a free-wheeler scavenged from a late '60's Malvern Star Dragster. These were rebadged Schwinns I reckon.

    @ Go you good thing, ta for the link. Very inspirational images and have noted a few, plus an assortment of their gratuitous cycle fluff. Couldn't see a link to parts dept though. A big issue for me is acquiring a pair of 24" x 3" rims for my Dyna tyres. I currently use the 24 x 50mm rims off the old dragster. Emailed Choppers US but never replied. The tyres I ordered successfully from Street-Lowrider at half the Aussie cost and that included freight.

    Couldn't afford a new fork-set, so it was a steep learning curve in fabricating them, but i have a nice setup these days. If anybody wants the dimensions etc., only too happy to oblidge. A big mistake was using Bunnings mild-steel for the fork-blades. The new 25mm OD high-tensile tube is on order from a national metal merchant.

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  14. Bean Oil

    Bean Oil Guest

    Thanks, red... That's pretty cool. :grin:

    Is the 3-speed internal you're using labeled "Nexus"? Here in the 'states my Shimano internal 7-speed coaster brake hub is called Nexus. That one's on my standard bicycle, not my motored one. Eh... I guess I've said that already.

  15. reddbak

    reddbak Guest

    The text stamping reads, 'shimano 3speed Hub and then a US patent #. Perhaps they didn't have Nexus in the late 1960's.

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  16. Bean Oil

    Bean Oil Guest


    That's a '60's bit? Then does the shift cable route through the axle? I forgot about those...

    Now then: What's in the background of that pic? Looks like a fibreglas version of a '67 Ford Mustang roofline... although I realize that whatever it is may be entirely 'strine.

    Thanks, reddbak!

  17. reddbak

    reddbak Guest

    The cable sure does go through the hollow axle. I mated it up to a side-shifter complete with skull on the previous build. The vehicle in the background is unfortunetly not a mustang. Although it's commonly referred to as the 'Mustang-tail' Celica.