The Hornet

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by The Hornet, Mar 13, 2007.

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  1. The Hornet

    The Hornet Guest


    1963 Schwinn Hornet w/ reproduction Whizzer exhaust

  2. The Hornet

    The Hornet Guest

    Here is my namesake with 80cc motor...

    I am also building a stretched frame cruiser with an 80cc motor and a tribute to the 60's drag-racing culture bike with 80cc motor that I hope to complete this summer. Glad to be aboard!

  3. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    nice looking ride!! I dig those pinstripes.
  4. The Hornet

    The Hornet Guest

    Thanks! The bike was disassembled down to the frame and cleaned. I waxed all of the original paint on the frame and fenders and left all of the knicks and dings (patina). All of the important stuff (wheels, bearings, running gear) has been upgraded with reproduction or vintage-looking parts.
  5. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    wow, a very classy classic...nice work 8)
  6. JFleck

    JFleck Guest

    I like the exhaust following the frame that's nice looking . . .
  7. Tom

    Tom Active Member

    That looks freggin sweet!!! I like the larger gas tank.

    How come nobody is entering into the BOM competition??
  8. Mister R

    Mister R Guest

    That bike is very pleasing to the eye. It looks how to me a motor bike should look. Red tires are always so cool. One question: Can a helmet like that be found at most motorcycle shops? If so, about how much are they? I've been thinking about noggin protection and that's the style I'd like.
  9. Bill Snow

    Bill Snow Guest

    Nice clean bike.

    The tank looks bigger than the one that comes with the chinese engine.

    Whizzer maybe?

    The tires add a nice touch also.

    I put a small tank behind the seat on mine, but the more I look at the tank in front bikes I just may do the same.

    Thanks for posting a nice picture.

    Bill Snow
  10. uncle_punk13

    uncle_punk13 Guest

    I love the whizzer tank...
    You've done a great job of blending old with new to create a vintage motorbike look and feel!
    Here's my '63 Schwinn Speedster with 80cc and Whizzer tank...
    Sorry folks this is the only pic. I have of it currently...
    I'll try to get some different ones today showing more details, now that I've added fenders and removed the rear baskets.
    The camelback speedster frame lends itself very nicely to this application I think, and the Whizzer tank gives me a million kajillion miles before refueling!
    I can't wait to see your new one...
  11. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    i THINK that tank is the full-gallon chinese sure do look great.

    Mister R: i got my "shorty" helmet on ebay, about $30 shipped, it's DOT, tho you can buy the cosmetic ones also.
  12. The Hornet

    The Hornet Guest

    Hey Guys...thank for all of the compliments!

    To answer a few questions, the gas tank is the full gallon variety that used to come with the kits before the halfers. It is actually the second generation with the chrome strip around the waist.

    The helmet is non-DOT. I believe I got it online for around 17 dollars.
  13. uncle_punk13

    uncle_punk13 Guest

    I notice you are in upstate NY-
    Here's a couple of pic.s of my ride from S.F.-N.Y.
    I thought you might dig- upstate NY was beautiful scenery, unfortunately my frame broke at the state line so I had to enjoy it from the cab of the support truck, but still, I thought it was very similar to where I live; very beautiful...
  14. Mister R

    Mister R Guest

    UnclePunk, what a bummer! How could that have happened? Were you able to get it welded back together to continue? Dig your threads in that last pic. As I always say, if you're gonna do something, do it with style.
  15. uncle_punk13

    uncle_punk13 Guest

    Unfortunately, the way the frame came apart rendered it unridable, ever again. I did manage to scrounge up a seat post that fit the inner diameter of the tubing on the top tube, and welded it that way for display purposes.
    When the frame came apart it actually tore out the bottom of the head tube.
    The stresses of the road at those speeds on a nearly 100 year old frame were just too much, BUT that ol' pony got me to New York, even if we didn't ride all the way into NYC.

    Here's part of my story if you're interested. I've got techie problems on an antiquated computer that's not mine to mess about with so i'm kinda stuck; therefore I haven't been able to finish the site, but I hope to get back into it soon...
    take 'er easy,
  16. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    rif, yaknow i luvya, and your cross country story is amazing, but give hornet his thread back :p
  17. jeffspeeder

    jeffspeeder Guest

    hornet that bike is sweet i wish to have a bike like that. awsome work!!
  18. uncle_punk13

    uncle_punk13 Guest

    My appologies, i didn't mean to step on any toes...
    I was just conversating.
    Here's the thread being given back.
    So hornet, have you started on your next project that you spoke of in the posting?
  19. The Hornet

    The Hornet Guest

    Rif...don't mention the thread jacking...I don't mind. Where did you cross into New York State? I haven't had a chance to read all of your story yet, but I intend to (it sounds like fun so far...) It's a shame about your frame...

    As for my projects:

    The stretched cruiser is in the mock up stage right now. The engine is mounted and I figured out the extended chain situation without using a jackshaft. I have all of the parts that I need except for the tank. The exhaust is the last thing that I need to fab before paint (and it has to stop snowing and warm up outside too!)
  20. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    :p i knew i could raz my buddy rif...but i did have to put a lil reminder in play about OT posting in's all good.

    hornet, the "stretch" sounds neato, i'm looking forward to pics 8)