My 1st Build "The Bombay Cruiser"

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by boilerman420, May 26, 2008.

  1. boilerman420

    boilerman420 New Member

    This is my first motorbike build.
    The bicycle is a Micargi Rover NX3
    The engine is the larger of the BGF series.
    I disassembled, inspected and painted it with VHT.
    I added the Pyramid Springer and the Rear Rack.
    I'm not done, I have some detail work to do yet. So, what do you think ?


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  2. Eco Speeder

    Eco Speeder Member

    Shweet! How fast?

    Design-wise I would not sacrifice the rear rack for the gas tank. It's too valuable of a thing if you actually use the bike for any serious transportation. But if that works for you that's the main thing.

    Last edited: May 26, 2008
  3. boilerman420

    boilerman420 New Member

    It hasn't gone on the maiden voyage yet.
    I just got done with the major stuff afew hours ago.
    I still need an inline fuel filter and some minor stuff.
    I'll post when I get it up and running.
    I'm going to take my time with the break-in.
    I think the sleeve bearings look stronger than these
    needle bearings they are using now, IMO.
    Granted they are smoother, but they look like they could
    detonate if you sneezed on them ! :grin:
  4. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    Nicely done Boiler, easy on the eyes! I wonder if a flatter tank under the rack couldn't be fabricated to keep the sexy lines of that bike intact?
  5. boilerman420

    boilerman420 New Member

    That's a great idea
    I'll start looking for a Harley-Davidson oil tank
    I should be able to find one to fit in that hole !:D

  6. JemmaUK

    JemmaUK Guest

    Nice machine :)

    I like the positioning of the tank personally - although to free off the rack you might want to look out for an autocycle tank on e-bay.

    The build is tidy and I am impressed :) not an easy thing as people will attest.

    A couple of notes on the springer. You will need to tighten the damper a little for motored use - trial and error will help you there and be sure to check the bolts and fasteners on it - especially the two toplinks as they tend to work looser over time and faceplanting concrete is not a happytime lol

    happy riding :)

    Jemma xx
  7. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    Very nice! Very tidy installation! I like all the detail work you've done (and I restore vintage bikes, so I'm detail oriented). Two thumbs up!
    Seeing that you're also in central PA, I've been contemplating an informal MotoredBike / Whizzer / Cushman gathering. If you're interested, stay tuned...
  8. motoschwinn

    motoschwinn Guest

    It is a very nice build. I like the accents of red to go with the rims. Find a better tank and it's perfect.
  9. MasterLink

    MasterLink Member

    well i just have to say nice bike clean lines like the paint funnny tank heheh my eye went right to the tank ...i got a ac condenser i think it would make a cool tank or muffler i think if i were to cut the tank neck then take the condenser to the muffler shop they could weld it on for me
  10. ya that tank has to go back to the front, it looks way better up there, don't worry about folks thinking you are trying to look like a motorbike, you are in a league of your own with that bike - looks real smooth!
  11. fastboy9

    fastboy9 Member

    Smooth! I like that a lot! I'm slowly being converted to cruiser style. That colour scheme and those curves just look fantastic, the tank looks great too!
  12. Irish John

    Irish John Guest

    Nice build Boilerman. Are the springers also from Micargi? And what sort of paint do you paint the motor with and does it look OK after a couple of thousand kms?
  13. boilerman420

    boilerman420 New Member

    The Springer is a Pyramid. I had to add a spacer above the crown bearing, but it worked out just fine. The paint is aerosol engine paint I picked up at Advance Auto Parts.
    It's rated for 1300F so I hope it holds up.

  14. VistaAnthony

    VistaAnthony New Member

    This bike is really cool, I just received mine today with my motor WOW! That was the best part, The downer is:confused: how did you mount your drive sprocket on the large NX3 HUB? Did you have one Machined or did you Purchased ?
  15. boilerman420

    boilerman420 New Member

    I used a high-speed die grinder to enlarge the hub bore.
    The backing plates are large enough to accept the Nexxus hub.