Mickey's Walmart Skyliner

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by mickey, Sep 30, 2007.

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  1. mickey

    mickey Guest

    Here's my bike, a $149 Schwinn Skyliner from Walmart with a Kings "80cc" motor kit. This bike has front suspension (springing really as it doesn't seem to have any damping effect). It has a bit too much space in the diamond and a 1 1/2 inch downtube so it does require fabrication of a front mount. I've ridden it about 500 miles and everything is still straight although I broke all 9 trailing spokes on the left side within a few days. I was too paranoid when tightening the sprocket bolts and that allowed the sprocket to work the spokes to their death. The narrow handle bars make it hard to fit all the controls on and I think a more classic sweptback bar would allow an even more comfortable riding position. Since I set the bars as high as possible and the new Cloud9 seat as low possible, its very comfortable on up to 20 milers (that's the longest I've gone in one..ah..sitting).

    It's a cheap bike but has a steel frame and I like its lines.


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  2. vyzhion

    vyzhion Guest

    Nice setup Mickey. I just got the same bike. It's being assembled at Walmart as we speak. I am putting a Skyhawk stage 2 kit with a 4 stroke honda clone engine on there. Hopefully I will have a post up here with pics soon.
  3. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    nice lookin ride dude !!!
    I am trying to decide between the skyliner and the jaguar (no suspension fork, 7speeds)
    they both seem identical other than that
    my mountain bike is starting to do my back in, I need a lower stance
  4. mickey

    mickey Guest

    I note that the bike has a 3 piece crank which I haven't had apart to see if its cup/cone or sealed bearings. If its the latter, an extended hanger like Grubee sends won't work. Does your kit come with a 3 piece crank?

    I'm a bit disappointed with the 2 cycle I have on mine and am considering going to the 4 stroke kit like you're doing. Please keep us informed on your build so we can follow along.

  5. mickey

    mickey Guest


    I looked at the jaguar too. They both have the high steering stem that I like but I went with the Skyliner for that little bit of front suspension. Just to soak up the bumps from the pavement cracks. The commodity class bike I liked the most was the Schwinn Clearcreek but the diamond is just too small to squeeze my motor into. I even carried the motor to Target and did a test fitting. The salespeople were very nice and interested in the project. I'm pretty sure that I have the first motored bicycle in town and everywhere I go, heads turn. Its great.
  6. vyzhion

    vyzhion Guest


    Yea I will have to switch out the crank from the Gru Bee Kit with 3 piece setup. Luckily the vendor that I am buying from is doing the switch for no cost. There is another kit that is specifically made for the 3 piece square crank like the skyliner has but it has a mounting base that was not adjustable. If you're interested it's available at http://www.bikekitsdirect.com/4 stroke.htm. It seems to work very well with the skyliner frame. It is also cheaper than I have seen the Gru Bee skyhawk stage 2 kit. If you decide to try this vendor out, plz let me know what you think.
  7. Mickey. Grab a handlebar from a BMX bike. If the diameter is too small for your gooseneck then get an aluminum can to shim it tight. Problem solved and the handlebar you can find anywhere maybe for free if you look right.
  8. jeff

    jeff Guest

    i dont know if i like the gas tank like that, the rest looks good though
  9. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    :cool:mickey, this is the bike i seriously considered for my twin-engine install. wife did not want to see another bike, but didn't mind me acquiring an old SCHWINN frame for $5.00.

    the SKYLINER has qualities i desire:steel frame, dual brakes, suspension fork.

  10. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    What is the nature of your disapointment with the 2 stroke?
  11. mickey

    mickey Guest

    Too much noise and vibration. General quality is low. I can't get it to idle. And it broke a head bolt already at 500 miles. It may just be my particular kit. On the plus side, it's compact, centermounted, and looks good. I've about decided that, unlike some of the speed demons on this site, smooth and quiet @ 20 mph with torque for hills would be right for me.
  12. mickey

    mickey Guest

    Nice Framebag for the Skyliner

    I've been looking for a way to easily carry my cell phone, wallet, and a small collection of tools. Since I moved the tank to the rear, this Jandd framebag does the trick although its just a bit long for the throttle cable. Full length zippered compartments on both sides with rainflaps. $25 from JensonUSA.com.

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  13. Turn the two nuts on top of your fork by hand (at least my forks turned by hand) counter clockwise all the way out till it stops (That's the softest setting) then turn both in the same number of turns for damping. I like leaving mine all the way out to the softest setting myself.
  14. mickey

    mickey Guest

    Added a velocity stack from Davesmotors

    I bought a velocity stack (af308) from davesmotors that was intended for a 47cc pocket bike: http://www.davesmotors.com/store/product1097.html
    Its currently $5 (how could I go wrong).

    It seems to fit my Kings '80' stock carb perfectly with the choke removed. (the choke nut protrudes past the lip of the filter mount) I'm going to mark the position and drill out a little cavity in the solid aluminum so I can reinstall the choke before winter.

    I'm hoping for a little performance boost (especially after I mount the boost bottle I ordered ;-) but I also really wanted to use a standard foam sock filter rather than the dinky plastic thing that came with the motor. I think this will allow me to do that.

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  15. mickey

    mickey Guest

    Choke's back

    I marked the choke location through the hole, hollowed out a spot in the billet using my Hulk Smash! fabrication techniques and reassembled. Still looks airtight around the edges and the choke swings smoothly.

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  16. minibiker

    minibiker Guest

    did you get any better performance out of it
  17. mickey

    mickey Guest

    I think that it very marginally helped at the high end. My Kings "80" has always seemed to have a second gear from about 26 mph --> too scary for me to top out. (the motor make the whole bike buzz like a swedish massager). It seems to accelerate just a bit quicker when it comes on the pipe with the VS. I'm watching the plug to see if I need to move the needle clip.
  18. cwucat42

    cwucat42 Guest

    Interesting touch with the rear mounted tank.