Titan, made some improvments today

Discussion in 'Rack Mounted Engines' started by skyl4rk, Sep 4, 2009.

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  1. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    Today I made a few improvements to my bike.

    1. Throttle Jam Stick. This wedges the throttle and holds it in place. It is just a piece of shaped wood on a bolt that swivels around to jam between the throttle grip and the throttle housing. Its sort of like cruise control. Its nice not to need to hold the throttle. I can drive one handed. In fact, I figured out my bike does pretty good no handed. I rode over a mile without touching the handlebars.

    2. Drive chain cover. I took an old plastic coffee can and cut it with a shears and drilled holes. It is held fast by the bolts that hold the gearbox to the motor. This cover is intended to save my fingers if for some reason I reach back to get something while riding.

    3. Shut off switch. I got a 3 dollar horn switch at the hardware store and screwed it to the frame, and wired it so it grounds out the spark when you press the button.

    I'll try to get some pics tomorrow.

  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Cool ideas.

    I had a motorcycle once with a throttle lock. I didn't find it all that useful for cruising, unless maybe the terrain was very flat. But it was just the thing for warm-up idling.
  3. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    Here are some pics

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  4. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    The wood throttle jam is bolted through what was a killswitch on the throttle grip assembly. I never used it and just drilled through it.

    It is nice to be able to set the throttle at a moderate cruising speed and just relax a little bit. Before the throttle jam, I usually was at full throttle or no throttle. The throttle turns really easy so it is hard to keep it adjusted where you want it when you ride over bumps. Its easier just to crank it all the way and hold it there. So the throttle jam makes my ride a little easier, more relaxed.

    The killswitch is a piece of safety gear that I wanted to install long ago but never found the right switch. I happened across this horn switch at Tractor Supply and thought that looks just right. On the last pic you can see how I use bullet connectors to split the killwire three ways. One goes to the little red button on the back of the motor, one goes to the new killswitch mounted to the frame, and one goes to the led taillight, which is a 12V led automotive light, also from Tractor Supply. It lights up whenever the motor is on and does not cause any problems to the motor idle. I would like to find a front light as well, but I have a battery powered headlight on order so maybe I will not fool around with a killwire powered headlight. (until the battery dies anyway).

    An led or light bulb connected directly to the killwire will kill the motor, so a resistor has to be added in line. I think a 1000 ohm resistor might do the trick but need to experiment.

    The coffee can got a little warped when I fastened it down but maybe people won't recognize it as a part which was obtained from the trash can.
  5. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    I added four more things:

    bike computer, now i know how fast I am going
    bottle cage for reserve fuel bottle
    mini led light forward, not a real headlight but at least it gets me seen if I drive at night.
    I'm pretty happy with how this bike is set up now. Just need a headlight and a freewheel sprocket on the rear wheel.



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  6. spad4me

    spad4me Member

    Nice looking bicycle
  7. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    Tank Report
    0.282 gallons
    $0.67 to fill tank
    $2.389 gallon price

    43.222 miles
    17.7 mph avg speed
    30.1 max speed

    153.3 mpg

    Not too bad!

    I ran out of gas while rolling to the gas pump, so this is the capacity of the tank.
  8. cycledude

    cycledude Member

    it looks like you can carry a one gallon red tank somewhere, very very nice
  9. cycledude

    cycledude Member

    I just happened to notice the bottle
  10. skyl4rk

    skyl4rk Guest

    I'm thinking a springer fork might be in order, however this one is running good, maybe that will be a project for the next bike.

    This bike can run all day, I went over 40 miles round trip into some real boondocks with no problems. The bike can run longer than my butt can. It is much nicer to ride at 20mph than at the top speed of 30mph.
  11. cycledude

    cycledude Member

    time for seat mods