Tandem with rack mounted motor?

Discussion in 'Rack Mounted Engines' started by Jamesey, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. Jamesey

    Jamesey New Member

    I don't know too much about bike engines, but I've started reading up on this forum recently.

    My ultimate dream is to put an engine on my recently bought Columbia Tandem bike. I've attached some pictures so you can see the dimensions and the build. I've been looking around and here are some of the conclusions I've come to:
    - Given the dimensions of my bike, I think it would be impossible for me to mount an engine within the frame, so I think I need a rear mounted/rack mounted engine.
    - I think a 4 stroke makes sense for me, as people say it's smoother, a little quieter, and can be started from a standstill (all this appeals to me).
    - I do not want a friction drive (Especially because I already have those metal fenders.
    - I'm open to chain or belt, but...
    - Based on the measurements, I think it would be impossible to install one of GEBE's drive rings, so that option's out.

    I like the look of the Huasheng, and I've read good things about it, but it's a frame mount, as far as I can tell, so.. rather than buying a rear mount engine + kit, does anyone have any ideas about mounting a frame mounted engine with a rear mount bought separately?

    I could be mixing terminology here, so excuse me, I'm new to the game.

    I appreciate any advice, thanks!

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