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Re: Does anyone ride a bike?

Postby (Hotzenplotz) » Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:09 pm

I did... :cry:


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Pure, rough analog technique! Perfectly working mechanics with a minimum of maintenance and costs. And it was painted in a dark blue, as You can see.
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Re: Does anyone ride a bike?

Postby (jingle_jangle) » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:51 am

Bikes?

For those who haven't seen it before, here's my 30-year-old, 100% original (except battery, chain, and tires!) '82 GS1000SZ Suzuki Katana. The first Suzuki to carry the Katana name, designed by Hans Muth and Target Design. Just turned 10K miles last month and still a fast, stable express train of a ride.

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But, on the non-shiny side of the coin, lies this...is it a bicycle of a motorcycle? It's a Schwinn cantilever frame made on April 15, 1955, with a 1948 Columbia springer front fork and coaster brake on the rear. Wheels are Schwinn S2 rims with 26" X 2.125" whitewall brick patterned tires.

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The seat is a 1970s Columbia lightweight.

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The engine-turned aluminum "dashboard" was originally built by a farmer from central Indiana for his son's Schwinn Phantom bicycle. It has a clock and will eventually house a speedo and tach, I think. The front wheel will be respoked for an NOS drum brake.

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Providing the non-bicycle motive power is a reproduction 1950-ish 148cc Whizzer motor and belt drive. The Whizzer motor is a 4-stroke valve-in-head design putting out about 3.5 HP. The motor will be rubber-mounted. The mounts for the Whizzer motor were prototyped in card stock, then laid out in Adobe Illustrator and cut out on our CNC plasma cutter.

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Here my assistant Michael holds up a bracket prior to TIG-welding it into place...

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The design brief for this long-term project is that it be constructed entirely from found parts adapted to the frame. I've been accumulating balloon tire bike stuff for years... So, no paint except for what might remain on the found parts themselves, no slick, shiny over-restored typical bike show stuff. Mechanically, though, it will be new and as safe as it's possible to make it.
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Re: Does anyone ride a bike?

Postby (cjj) » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:39 am

Now, that's a cool project!
8) 8) 8)
I have NO idea what to do with those skinny stringed things... I'm just a bass player...
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Re: Does anyone ride a bike?

Postby (cjj) » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:05 pm

cjj wrote:...I've got some sort of Suzuki, maybe a GS1000? out in the shed. It belongs to my nephew, who's in the marines, somewhere in Afghanistan, we think...

Just was out in the shed and checked, it's a Suzuki GS1100G...
I have NO idea what to do with those skinny stringed things... I'm just a bass player...
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