Souped up bicycle...

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Max-M, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Max-M

    Max-M Member

  2. Racie35

    Racie35 Member

    Seen this today! Nicer than the pics!
  3. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Clever, but I'm a Campbells guy.
  4. Sgt. Howard

    Sgt. Howard Member

    The Wright brothers used a tomato soup can in the construction of the carburetor on their 'Flyer' in 1903... you are simply following a time honored tradition.
  5. Max-M

    Max-M Member

    Good to meet you, Racie! Thanks for letting me ride that 212cc Whizzer...what a beast!
  6. Racie35

    Racie35 Member

    you're welcome...stop by anytime for a ride.
  7. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    and victa lawnmowers were originally a villiers twostroke on a few strips of steel (what? a shroud? a catcher? whaaa?)with some wheels on the corners. my point being? it used a peach tin for the fuel tank. commercially :)

    zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.... sure, you could take your bike to the dealership and pay for real shim for the handlebar clamps...or use a strip of drink can,DIY, which is what the dealer ship will actually use secretly :jester:

    id be personally be more impressed if that pipe was attached straight to the port ;)
  8. Max-M

    Max-M Member


    "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," by Robert M. Pirsig -- great book! As you seem to be, I really like the bit about the author's friend with a BMW motorcycle...he wouldn't use a shim made out of a soda can...he had to expensively buy the part and the repair from a BMW dealership. That's exactly what I thought about as I fabricated my soup can heat shield.

    To those who aren't familiar with this book, it has very little to do with motorcycle maintenance. It's more of a philosophical read. I first read it while on a motorcycle tour of Nova Scotia in 1981 with my older brother. I had a 1981 Suzuki GN400 (single cylinder, kick-start only), and my brother had a 1980 Yamaha SR500 (also single cylinder, kick-start only). We bought various Vietnam-era US Army surplus canvas bags to serve as panniers, tankbags, etc. to hold our cooking gear, tent, maps, etc. And we fabricated the mounting hardware to attach all of that stuff to our bikes. And we even fabricated highway bars with footpegs for these bikes! They looked totally cool; especially when we parked them next to a few full-dress Honda Goldwings that we ran in to up in Canada.

    Secondly, my exhaust on the motorized bike: that's a brand-new Honda GXH50 engine that I recently installed to replace my Huasheng 142F. I planned on using the previous engine's "flexpipe and Briggs & Stratton muffler," but I decided to first try the box muffler that came stock on the Honda. I had heard that they sound good and quiet and that they're not very restrictive. It's proven to be all of that, and I really like it, and I'm keeping it as my permanent exhaust. I especially like the low noise level. I no longer scare toddlers and dogs!

    Cheers, mate...

    Mystic, Connecticut USA