Just another Cruiser....

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by go you good thing, Jul 2, 2007.

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  1. Raleigh Retroglide 2005 with aluminium frame with 70cc.

    Did all the suggested things at MBc to make it a quick and reliable ride :grin:





  2. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    very clean basic install...how'd you do the front mount?
  3. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    That is a really nice looking bike.
  4. spunout

    spunout Member

    That's what we like to hear! :D

    "Just another cruiser"? No, friend... thats your cruiser. Looks good 8) 8)
    I was wondering about the front mount, also. It's been said that drilling a hole in frame is bad, so some detail of it may help future builds.
    Happy :mrgreen:
  5. nice build, very clean!
  6. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    nice looking build :D
    I agree that is not JUST another cruiser, it is all yours my friend 8)
  7. Thank you for your comments.

    I guess you are correct, I am very happy with it but compared to some of the rides you have well......... :grin:

    Everyone here who has posted tips that helped me build it also has a small claim to it....non refundable however!!!

    This was my 3rd attempt at motorising a bike over the last number of years and I will have to post some pictures of the other attemts as I can laugh at them now.

    The front engine mount is a real easy fix to the fat bar problem and it has lasted very well. I posted it here a while ago:


  8. Wow. That's very close to my bike but the front tube is more oval.
    Very nice job!
    (bookmarking thread)
    Can anyone tell me what's the measurement between those two bolts on the original mount? My frame may just be thin enough to clear.

    I obviously don't have my engine yet,but it would be cool to know!

    I don't see a tensioner. I think personally it's fugly.
    How you doing without it?
  9. Thanks LF.

    I managed to get away with not using the tensioner just by the position of the motor and the wheel in the frame (luck!). I focused on getting the chain tension correct on the motor side then managed to use a half link on the pedal side to get it close to right. I may need to use the tensioner on the pedal side as it still could do with being a bit tighter. I rarely pedal so it is not important :grin:
  10. Snax

    Snax Member

    I'm considering getting the Retroglide7 for my MB project. Did you remove the fenders for aesthetics or was there some issue with them?

    I don't plan to ride in the rain really, but that doesn't mean the roads won't be wet. ;)
  11. Danger!

    Sorry Snax, Ive been away for a while and only check the emails for MBc when back. I removed the fenders because they started to come lose. I had also just read here that it was a good idea as they can get stuck in your frame and lock up the tyre at top speed. :shock:

    I hope you have read the same by now and are still alive!

  12. Snax

    Snax Member

    I think I've decided to get another Trek Calypso at this point.

    Regardless, I think the fender issue should be easily cureable with Loctite. No doubt that anything that's not welded or glued on a MB will eventually fall off!
  13. yienmaster

    yienmaster New Member

    go you good thing,

    That link you posted about your front mount is no longer functional.

    I am motorizing the exact same bike, and I'd be real interested in how exactly you did the front mount.

    Looks great, btw!
  14. Al.Fisherman

    Al.Fisherman Active Member

    You think it might be because it's a 7/02/2007 post? Hasn't posted in over a year..Nothing like digging up the dead.....
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2010
  15. Snax

    Snax Member

    Well . . hopefully not "dead"! :helmet:

    Though thanks for bumping an old topic and reminding me of one more thing I need to fix. That sheared front down tube aint gonna weld itself! :ack2:

    Oh, and no, I didn't get a Retroglide for my project, opting instead for a junkyard MTB special that I pieced together and stress fractured apart after about 150 miles. I'm not willing to motorize my current junkyard cruiser either until I can afford a nicer replacement for regular riding.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2010
  16. tintor

    tintor New Member

    Nothing like a good clean,simple bike......Ride on!!!!!