thinking about motorizing the kulana Moon Dog

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Simonator, Mar 13, 2008.

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  1. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    I been searching for a decent bike to motorize. After doing some research, I think I might buy the moon dog from Wally World. As some of you know, I got hit by a car last week, and it did alot of damage to my Gary Fisher mountain bike. There is too much damage to be worth trying to repair it. Do you have to drill a hole in the frame for the front mount on the kulana moon dog?

  2. My last build was a kmart cruiser with the same frame. I did have to drill a hole, but it's really not a big deal. I think the moon dog is going to be my next bike also.
  3. mickey

    mickey Guest

    I just came from Wallyworld and I looked at both the new Skyliner and the Moondog. The Dog looked great, although lacking in front suspension. The one I looked at was orange and black. A black painted HT would look baaad in there.

    If a motor will fit in the now smaller diamond, the new Skyliner might even work better than the old one. I don't think a fabricated front mount would be required.
  4. Alan

    Alan Member

    It will look great. There are a couple of frame issues though. Bad welding, curve slightly off for easy mount.Tube is a little thin too. But, It can be done , and yes, it will look great.
    Here's mine still under construction.

    The engine is jet black, but in the photo it looks grey.

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  5. Alan

    Alan Member

    Sorry forgot to answer about drilling the frame. Yes, I had to. There is a "no drill kit" out there though.
  6. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    I just bought the bike last night. I plan on motorizing it on tuesday :)
  7. jezusjonz

    jezusjonz Guest

    Well looks like we have a small group of Moon Dog lovers here. I just bought two last friday that the frame style is a bit different than the one Alan showed us. JUst waiting on motors to get started. I stripped one of all the stickers so they wouldnt be a matched set. Planning on a springer hi rise handlebars and either shortening the rear fender and front or taking them off.
  8. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    I am glad to see that no one is having any serious problems with the moon dog. it is a cool looking bike. I am thinknig about having it professionally painted black. My brother can do it for free at his job.
  9. Alan

    Alan Member

    At first sight, I thought, that bike would look cool with a motor. And for 100.00 bucks, what do I have to lose ? Just hope this frame holds up for a while.
    Can't wait to see your bikes when done.
    - Al
  10. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    boygofast on fleabay sells a wide tube frame engine mount that may allow no drilling
  11. turbo/chaos

    turbo/chaos Guest

    hey!!!!! dont drill the frame take the chain guard off and use a table clamp to bend the frame in no drilling please
  12. turbo/chaos

    turbo/chaos Guest

    ther was nodrilling done to my costumers moon dog and plus take those decals off and paint the engine black it looks sweat

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  13. turbo/chaos

    turbo/chaos Guest

    same guy whanted one in red so the schwwinn point beach works good and drilling at all aluminum frame to just cut the fender to fit the chain good

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  14. Egor

    Egor Guest

    Careful of those fenders the brackets are so thin they will crack the first day. I filled the area around the bracket with silicone rubber, dampens the vibration and makes the bracket last. Have fun, Dave
    PS: If they wad up in the wheel, you get the picture.
  15. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

  16. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    That looks awesome, I think the seat and the jet black engine set it off.

    Did you paint that yourself or buy it directly like that from someone else??
  17. decompiler

    decompiler Member

    I will be making my first motorized bicycle using the Moon Dog frame and a 80cc engine from Boysgofast on eBay.

    I searched around a lot for the perfect frame. Something that just stood out. I considered cheap frames and expensive frame. But in the end, I just really dug the Moon Dog frame. It will look really neat when I'm zipping down the (side of the) road on my bright orange Kulana Moon Dog.
  18. Alan

    Alan Member

    Just sprayed it with High heat ceramic engine paint from Pep Boys.
  19. yamaslo

    yamaslo New Member

    moon dog

    i was looking for a bike for myself after i did one for my grandson. i was looking at walmart too & had trouble deciding on a schwinn or the orange moon dog, the moon dog won out because it was $40 less & had white walls.
    i made a front motor mount so i wouldn't have to drill the frame.
    ps will send picture if anyone needs it
  20. decompiler

    decompiler Member

    I have actually gotten a lot of compliments about the Moon Dog since I got it.

    Cheap bike or not, it really has a tendency to turn people's heads.