Why the barbies? The DMV (department of mutant vehicles) thought my home-made rig looked too much like a motorcycle and not a parade vehicle, so no permit was permitted, hence the barbies to parade it up. I still didn’t get a pass issued. I rode it around anyway. Screw em…
I took the bike apart, removed the seat and tank and shortened the front forks, which led to changing the frame a bit. I was trying to go for the Bobber look, but this proved to be a bit uncomfortable for long distances.
It was changed further to a more relaxed ride. The new handlebars now made it look more like the first motorcycles. I had a 1940’s produce box that came from a local frozen pea factory that’s still running today. It went with the theme.
I’d call it a rat bike now as the butchering was quick and dirty, and I’m too lazy to put anymore time into it. The two HP engine delivers ample speed (30 mph) to the rear 6 speed cluster. Mileage? It’s a tired motor, maybe 100 mpg.
For the Jack shaft bearings I actually used bronze bushings. They hold up pretty well. This I believe is a 13 tooth sprocket. These are hard to come by. I salvaged this one off of an old self propelled lawn mower. The 12″ pulley I found at a local ma and pa hardware store.
You may think I was too cheap to buy a centrifugal clutch but I like the belt tensioner lever. It may not be located in a safe place but it adds to the look and the gadgetry it takes to get this thing rolling.