Sat Aug 4, 2012, 12:20 AM
Fumesucker (34,912 posts)
What if your bike was a pickup truck?
This is another of my finds while searching for practical two wheeled transportation.. In my state this would be legal to ride on the street with no license or insurance because the engine is under 50cc and it has operating pedals.
When/if the price of gas hits $10 or $12 per gallon, I'm guessing bikes like this could be popular. Nothing like being able to haul a bale of hay up a steep hill while getting over 100 mpg. After building the first version of my motorized Raleigh 20 that could haul 2 bags of groceries, I thought it would be handy to have a motorized bike that could haul lots of stuff. This one has a bed made of white cedar that measures 23" by 36" inches. As you can see in the picture above, it handles 2 tanks of propane and some sack feed well. That's a 25 lb. bag in the picture. The 49cc Dax Titan 4-stroke engine provides plenty of power for this bike, even heavily loaded up steep hills. This bike, like the Raleigh and my motorized recumbent uses a jackshaft to route both pedal and engine power through the bike's freewheel and gears. A 6-speed freewheel that works well on steep hills, yet yields high speeds on flat roads. I have yet to measure the maximum speed, but I'm sure it's over 30 mph.
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What if your bike was a pickup truck? (Original post)
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Response to Fumesucker (Original post)
Sat Aug 4, 2012, 10:20 AM
Melissa G (9,673 posts)
1. Very Cool!
Probably need a license for it in Texas. It's always a challenge to even get an inspection for my Vespa Grande which is an actual moped.
Did you build this handy vehicle?
Response to Melissa G (Reply #1)
Sat Aug 4, 2012, 02:07 PM
Fumesucker (34,912 posts)
2. I'm working on something kind of similar but I didn't make this one, mine is going to be convertible
It will be rather like this pushme pullyou tandem with the rear seat removable and a flatbed type setup to put in place of it and a 49cc engine more or less concealed between the seats/under the flatbed.. Biking is my special thing to do with my grandkids and I decided to go really radical. Even my current setup has a lot of kids in cars waving at me, this one should have them nearly falling out of the cars looking and waving..
Thanks to neck and back problems I can't ride a standard bike very far any more.
No, both ends don't steer, it just looks that way..
I have a post up with a few pics of my progress..