Where to put the motor?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by knowmad, May 3, 2009.

  1. knowmad

    knowmad New Member

    i am new here. I got to go ride a Catrike trail and expedition, a trice Q (wanted to ride a trice ice-t) and a scorpion fx. i could live with a catrike trail but love the Trice Ice Q. did not like how low the chain was to the ground but the guy said an ICE-t would be higher. So pretty sure i will go with the ICE-t. Now for the motor. decided on gas engine first and then mod to a hybrd and then last to all electric if distqance and life improve. for the motor i am not sure i want it close to me when riding. also i would like to easily remove it when not needed. I am thinking of creating a push trailer to put the engine on and have it run a wheel off the attached one wheel trailer. i saw a picture with one that had a boom arm attached to the frame next to the seat and went over the back wheel and then down to a platform that the engine sat on.

    Anyone have pros and cons on doing this?
    critical stats: i am 55, want to comute 13miles each way to work. maybe do some long distance riding.

  2. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    contact "thescooterguy" here on the forum and ask him to link you to his tadpole pics.

    he has some great ideas for this very thing.

  3. duivendyk

    duivendyk Guest

    I have reservations about push trailers,the tendency is to over-power them,because it is fairly easy to do.As the French say "l'appetit vient en mangeant" which amounts to stating that: once you've got something,you'll want more,that more is 'speed' of course.
    My main objection is instability in extreme maneuvers (emergency braking&jacknifing),every thing is just fine& you're tooling along and then all **** breaks loose in a big hurry.In such a situation I would not like to have one of those contraptions behind me.Otherwise they are seductively attractive.
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  4. s_beaudry

    s_beaudry Member

    Now can be said to be true about push trailers...

    BUT, an accident is a certainly unexpected event that you may not be able to avoid whether you are towing a motor or not.

    On my first push trailer, I easily logged 300+ carefree miles with no jack knifing or flipping or the such.

    On a lighter note though, I did flip over the handlebars when the bolt came loose holding the neck in and that HURT very badly! I was cut off by a car!

    Safety is definately a concern riding a bicycle above it's intended sppeds, just keep this in mind regaurdless of a push trailer, frame mount, rack mount, or other...
  5. duivendyk

    duivendyk Guest

    Sure,no matter whatever you ride it's a lot more dangerous than say driving a car esp in traffic because you have next to no protection,but that does not mean that you should push your luck by going out on a limb,so to speak.Something seems "safe" until suddenly becomes lethal.I nearly killed myself once because I hadn't tightened up the clamp on my front brake cable enough,when encountering a hidden downhill hairpin turn in N Devon England once I went off the road and ended up in the middle of a big thorny bush,bolt up tight,when I extricated myself I found out that a precipice was only yards away.Shakes you up.