Old German replica

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by skyl4rk, Jul 20, 2007.

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  1. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    Here's another new bike, ridden for the first time today.



    This is a Spookytooth Violation model with 36t gearing and a different seat. I added fenders spray painted black. In order to get the fenders to clear the chains, I bent them with a long nose pliers and then hammered them with a block of wood to bend the fender out of the way.

    I am really amazed at how fast it goes, but not too impressed with starting out, especially up a hill. I am still learning how to ride it so I will give it some time before making any judgements.

    I am trying to make it look like an antique bike. I have some ideas on how to mod it, like a new gas tank, different handlebars and an old headlight and taillight, but for now I will just ride it and have fun with it. This is the design goal:


    It looks better with the seat down low but it is hard for me to get it started from a stop when the seat is in a non-pedaling position.

  2. Herrmanator8

    Herrmanator8 Guest

    I LOVE IT! thats somethin i would truly pay big bucks for. great bike, excellent work! :grin: :grin: :grin:

  3. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    The Black Knight. I'ts nice but I would rather have the BMW 250. :razz:
    Looks like it's heavy duty.
  4. I like that look :grin:

    How did you mount that tank? I can't quite see how it is bolted to the bike.
  5. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    looks like he turned the mounts over and screwed them to the crossbar
    very cool looking ride !!! 8) 8) 8)
  6. Chopper

    Chopper Guest

    On the chopper, the tank mounts were flipped and welded to the top bar.
  7. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    The tank mount came from Spookytooth, I think that there are self threading machine screws holding it to the top bar.
  8. davidsis

    davidsis Guest

    nice bike

    Really cool
  9. locoWelder

    locoWelder Guest

    nice ride1 now its time too buy her some bling!
  10. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    bling? multicolored grip streamers with sparkles?

    Took it for a 40 mile run today, country roads, gravel roads, trails, small hills up and down. It did a great job. It is kind of a noisy thing, the gearbox makes the oddest noises when you slow down. Now to let it cool down and readjust everything.

    My butt hurts.
  11. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    I moved the clip on the carb pin and now have more power for starting out and hill climbing. It was on the 2nd notch down and now is on the 3rd notch down (out of 4).

    I am starting to learn how to ride it. For stop signs, pull the clutch and pin it while slowing down for the stop sign. Coast to a stop, then start out by pedaling, on the fourth pedal stroke let the clutch go and give it throttle. When you have a clear view and can see that there is no traffic, a rolling stop can keep you motoring without pedaling. Starting out from a stop on a hill means you will probably have to pedal along to help the motor, at least for a while.
  12. JunkersBikes

    JunkersBikes Guest

    looks pretty sweet skyl4rk...I dig it
  13. mefonz

    mefonz Guest

    :grin: Yep, awesome dude :grin:
  14. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    Yep, you say you were going for that 250 BMW look, you should look around to try and find that distinctive type headlight and maybe a curved vertical license plate to mount over each fender. If I run across something, I'll let you know.
    Loooking goood
  15. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    This is a DKW

    This is a BMW

    This is a NSU

    This is a WTF
  16. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    Lower your seat and remove the pedals in favor of footpegs, dont worry about starting, if you have a good motor it should start right up with a small push from ur feet, you can use this same way to start from red lights as well. its not as harsh on the clutch as starting from a standstill.

    buy new front forks. you want a nice springer kind like these http://www.megalowrider.com/Item/F2053.htm painted black like your frame.

    or these http://www.megalowrider.com/Item/F2620.htm

    Get new straighter handlebars and a bigger gas tank. look into a Whizzer Gas Tank. you can buy them seperately from the kit.

    an exhuast mod with a longer pipe extending it to the back would complete it.

    A lower seat and new forks would really help the most if you want that look.
  17. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    DKw or BMW, if you want to make the back rack, use an old honda ct 90 you can get on Ebay for 15.00 and make some mods looks identical.
    I did it for mine. If you need pics let me know.
  18. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    Thanks for the tips!

    I was going to look for a moped front end or a Rockshox type fork.

    The seat has a quick release so I can raise it up to ride it and lower it to show it. I am too tall to use it in the low position.

    The gas tank is key. I am thinking about making a fiberglass tank to fit the top bar. I also need to change out the handlebars and the handlebar stem to one that doesn't extend forward so far.

    How do you start out from a stop without pedaling, do you get off of it and run a little bit, or just kind of push off with your feet while sitting?

    I would love to see pictures of any similar projects.

    Right now I am just riding it as is but would like to make it look like an old replica oldtimer motorcycle that someone pulled out of a barn. I think it can be done and will look original to 90% of the people looking at it.
  19. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    "How do you start out from a stop without pedaling, do you get off of it and run a little bit, or just kind of push off with your feet while sitting?"

    For me, I found with these simple clutches, that if you simply give it gas and release the clutch from a standstill, the two surfaces in the clutch were moving at different speeds and suddenly came into contact, wearing them down really fast.

    What I did was give the bike a push with my feet, while sitting, its actually very simple and is no strain at all. what it did was allow the two surfaces inside the clutch to be moving at a similar speed to each other, and then connect them. it takes some practice, you need to learn the speed at which the motor starts, and you may have to fiddle with the idle speed. but there is a nice spot where it all works out.

    I had a project like this, although I was trying to recreate a board track bike, here is a pic. http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i218/prosperoenjeru/HPIM0602.jpg
    and another http://s73.photobucket.com/albums/i218/prosperoenjeru/?action=view&current=HPIM0612.jpg

    mine died before I could really finish it up. :sad:
  20. mrkerb

    mrkerb Guest

    For more vintage style inspiration, look at the Harley 'Hummer'. They took the German design as war repirations after WWII and used this design until the 60's. BSA did the same thing in England and called theirs the 'Bantam'