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Build this simple, practical little motorbike and learn what economical transportation means.
SING an ordinary bicycle frame which can be picked up secondhand almost anywhere for very little, this sturdy powered bike is easy to build and assemble, and will give exceptionally satisfactory results. The bicycle frame should be cut as shown below in Fig. 1. As it will have small, thick wheels of the size indicated, the forks of the frame must be spread to accommodate them, Fig. 2, page 92. Assembly details at the front forks are given in Fig. 3.
The motor base consists of strap iron about 12 to 14 inches long by 4 to 5 inches wide. The size of this piece varies according to the motor used. Details are in Fig. 4. Two old motorcycle foot rests serve the same purpose on the
bike. They are supported by a brace of 1/4 x 1 inch strap iron to one side of which the brake pedal is attached. Fig. 5 shows progressive assembly up to [Continued on page 92]
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[Continued from page 81] this point and pivoted fork brace of strap iron or tubing. This fastens to the fork cross bar with a bolt and a spring of about 1 to 1-1/2 inches long. The other end extends to the foot rest brace. Figs. 6 and 7 show front and rear axle assemblies. Rear wheel sprocket is a 1/8 x 1/2inch pitch bicycle sprocket and old motorcycle brake drum attachment uses spacing sleeve made of pipe. An ordinary bolt holds it in place. Front and rear axles themselves can be made from an old 3/4-inch diameter steering post turned down at the ends to 1/2 inch to allow passage through forks, or standard axles may be purchased.
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Fenders are optional with the builder and can be made any way he wishes. Any motor of 1/2 to 1-1/2 horsepower using a direct chain drive is suitable. This type drive is simple and trouble-free. A slight push will start the motor and in stopping the latter acts as a drag as soon as it is throttled down, stopping the bike more quickly than if it were de-clutched. Fuel tank can be located below or above the carburetor, according to the type of carburetor used. The engine control is located on the handlebar. A satisfactory gearratio table is shown in inset, Fig. 5. Note that the gear ratio decreases (gears come closer to equal size) as the horsepower increases.
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