Ring the bell for mental health...'nother one on the road!

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by Guest, Jun 22, 2007.

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  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I went ahead and tweaked the front mount engine until it fit the wide forks.

    Filled it up and ran it around, having a blast until.....I RAN OUTTA GAS!!!!!

    Had to pedal ten miles home. :lol:

    This engine has a lot less power than the Happy Time frame mount engines, but is at least ten times smoother, and considerably quieter. Starts instantly and can be run right down until you can hardly balance the bike.....It also tops out at only about 20 mph. It is[​IMG] a lot easier to pedal home when it quits making noise.

  2. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    cool ! 8)
    good to see ya got it going :D
  3. spunout

    spunout Member

    right on 8) how much smaller? like what cc/hp?
  4. Barret

    Barret Guest

    Just about any front-mounted friction-drive engines remind me of Chicken Power, a brand from the 70s. Check out these pics here: http://www.mopedarmy.com/photos/brand/66/ (click on the links for the pics)

    Of course, I have no doubt that Joe's engine is quite a step up from Chicken Power, but I still gotta mention it here. :p

    Yes please, Joe...give us some specs on that engine!
  5. azbill

    azbill Active Member

  6. spunout

    spunout Member

    :lol: :lol: haha. sheesh! how'd i miss that? usually see all joe's posts :p
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    23cc's 1.2 hp. Don't know the max rpm but it's smooth all the way out. It's got more power than you'd think for a 23cc but I had to pedal once going up a fair grade. (may have made it, but it was embarrasingly slow at that point.)

    The "shift lever" on the side is really easy to use, though takes a bit more co-ordination than just pulling in the clutch. It DOES completely disengage the drive so it's really easy to pedal. The throttle is the boat/lawmower/tractor type, which is actually nice in that you set it and forget it....no holding open the throttle against the return spring- nice!

    The front mount engine has enough cross sectional area that the side winds were blowing the dang thing nearly out of my hands a couple of times and the top/forward weight bias makes for very interesting parking since I didn't feel I could walk away any farther than arms length.

    Would be an ideal item for a lighter person or a place where there are no hills. Still it hauled my 200 lbs (yeah, been on a "hard work regimine" and lost 19 lbs since I started riding these bikes...) around pretty well.

    The "after muffler" doesn't quiet it down as much as I thought, but does keep the funk and smoke away from you, robs a little power too.

    I ran the tank bone dry without trying and on the Happy Time bikes I usually have to stop a couple of times in a fifty mile distance.

    The carb is a slip on type like the Happy Time engines, but is maybe one step above in complexity....no mixture screws (where's jeffspeeder?) and no provision for idle speed (done with the cable at the top of the carb). It has a pump to get the gas up to the carb like a leafblower/chainsaw/weed wacker/ect. It has five slots in the needle and I went from where it was (second from the bottom) to the middle and she runs very nicely like that. When I got it there was a Cheap Chinese plug in it, I installed a CJ8 Champion.

    Overall, I like it a lot, but there is a certain "cool factor" with the Happy Time frame mounts that seem to attract more questions and comments.

    Any quextions? :D
  8. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    nice looking ride. the kit looks brand new!!
  9. locoWelder

    locoWelder Guest

    NEXT! 8) Nice ride!

    There coming to take us away ho ho he he ha ha to the motoredbike farm! 8)
  10. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Nearly new 1979...the older gentleman I got it from said he only rode it around in his wood once in awhile.
  11. quay1962

    quay1962 Guest

    cool rack mount

    Hi there...
    nice rack mount! now i can show my friend who has a girls bike, how to hook herself up without getting a new bike...she is only 5 feet tall and a boys 26"inch mkight break something...lol. I just barely clear it! How much is it by the way?

    well good luck, thats a cool turquoise by the way! :grin:
  12. luke

    luke Guest

    nice bike.
    i have a couple of these motors.i was acheiving 25 mph on mine with a replacement bigger roller from mike schneider msamigo@aol.com <msamigo@aol.com>.he specialises in these.
  13. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Thanks folks! Randy the K rode that one over to my sisters annual bash for "toys" (gokarts/minibikes/ATV's/dirtbikes.....and now motoredbikes).

    The original plan was for Randy the K and I to ride the Happy Times over there and take this one as an extra for the road going excursions. (everyone needs a break from dirt riding now and then)

    Wellllll.....Randy the K's chain flew off three miles into the trip over there (about 25 miles). I looked at his tensioner and it was all fubar'ed...he said "I tightened it as tight as I possibly could." That was an hour after I told him not to over tighten anything on these Happy Times since the bolts are junk.

    Anyhow, Mrs. Joe and daughters no. 3 and 4 came along in the truck loaded up with all the other goodies, so I heaved his Western Flyer up into the truck and got this one out. I rode it and he put extra wear on my military bike and we just took a little longer to get there.

    Once there, several people took turns on both bikes, all were having a Happy Time moment afterwards.