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Archived: Reproductions and Motorized Bicycles







MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   whizzer parts wanted posted by: Jerry Mahoney on 11/12/2000 at 5:24:26 PM
I am looking for the front fork tubes for a 20 inch whizzer sportsman. If you have them or know of someone who may have them please email me at sandi7800@aol.com Thanks Jerry







AGE / VALUE:   Island Hopper motor kit posted by: Rif Addams on 11/12/2000 at 3:50:43 AM
Hi all,
I was wondering if anyone had feedback as to the Island Hopper bicycle motor kit.
Good, bad, whatever. Been checking out their product as well as the variety of others out there. Excluding Whizzer, Cruzzer, Cyclone types. That's a whole different game.
Thanks,
Rif


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Island Hopper motor kit posted by DOUG D. on 1/10/2001 at 11:34:37 PM
RIF, THE ISLAND HOPPER 49cc 2hp is a super good engine kit, Heavy Duty brackets and TECUMSEH engine will get the job done! ONLY inprovement would be to knurl the roller wheel for better wet traction. Doug






MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   info. wanted please help posted by: Rickey Riley on 11/4/2000 at 7:52:46 PM
i just purchased a wizzer motor completly rebuilt, H model on a schwin bike. the bike is almost all original, except for tires, wheels, paint.and pedals. i dont know how to tell the year or type of schwin it is the only numbers i have been able to locate as to date are on the rear of the frame by the axel. i have not removed the motor to check on frame there. it has a springer front but the springs go up an down and do not stick out. and also i was told by the prior owner that the bike did have some type of center piece between the lower two top rods and the single top rod. the bike looks and runs great.my question is can anyone help me with the year of the bike so i can try to restore it to my best ability. and what is the aproximate value. you are welcome to e-mail me with any info.as i will try to get some pictures as soon as posible. thanks very much underpar4@hotmail.com







MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Cyclone 2000 26" posted by: Don Brown Age 71 on 10/29/2000 at 6:38:01 PM
Atten:Rif Adams, I just recently purchased a new Cyclone in the "box". I assembled it, put gas in the tank and checked the oil. It started up and ran fine,as of now I have 75 mi. on the bike. It truly is a" blast from the past" for me as I had a "Whizzer" on a Schwinn Bike in 1946.The Cyclone rides like a whizzer, sounds like a whizzer and looks like a whizzer.So I bought Whizzer decals and put them on the tank. So now it is a Whizzer!! I sure hope I won't need any parts any time soon! Right now, I'm enjoying the RIDE!!


   RE:Moto Bikes in New BikeRod&Kustom posted by JimW. on 10/31/2000 at 6:24:18 AM
The Cyclone and other new Motos may be seen at:
http://bikerodnkustom2.homestead.com/moto3.html

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Cyclone 2000 26 posted by Rif Addams on 11/1/2000 at 3:00:59 AM
Hey Don,
Glad to hear you are happy with the cyclone! What's your top speed on that? I'm putting my money aside for one, bit by bit. I enjoy all the Motor-bikes I've ridden, but those are the Cadillacs of Motor-bikes! I can hardly stand waiting for my chance to ride one!
I hope you'll keep us posted on performance, reliability, and such.
Have Fun!
Rif






MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   New Whizzer No Warranty posted by: Glenn P. on 10/19/2000 at 7:40:03 AM
Dummy me. Just purchased a '99 Whizzer motorbike from a dealer in Ill. from and EBay auction. No where in the text does it say "good luck with warranty" and stupid me didn't ask. I had it shipped to Portland, Oregon. Some parts were damaged, not from the freight company but from poor packing at the factory. (Over tightened retainer broke throttle cable nipple.) OK. Make a call to Whizzer Customer Service and find out that if the bike wasn't "assembled" by an authorized dealer the parts would not be replaced under warranty, absolutely! (Debbie in CS was adament about this and wouldn't return calls. Said I should work it out through the selling dealer. Dealer is now ignoring me too.) I'm tempted to dispute this purchase from my credit card until I'm satisfied. All I wanted was to ride this new toy. I also learned of similar stories from an associate in Vancouver, WA. and Idaho. Whizzer has just plain lousy service in general or ignores any warranty altogether. How can they maintain loyalty and respect from customers? Scary. Schwinn has allowed me to assemble bikes personally and been very obliging with warranty parts by just showing a receipt. Sure each Mfgr. is different with respect to parts replacement, but for an upstart company to ignore it's limited sales base is not good. Guess I won't be to eager to recommend or want to purchase future units. Just my two cents.

Cordially,

Glenn P.
Portland, Oregon


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   New Whizzer No Warranty posted by Rif Addams on 10/20/2000 at 3:20:54 AM
Hey,
Thanks for the tip. I had similar problems trying to purchase parts w/o buying a whole bike. The Harley dealer here in Tacoma was absolutely wonderful in trying to help. What can ya' do when the Mfr. won't even help the dealers?!
Pitiful. It's really too bad that this company isn't owned and operated by those who really care, appreciate, and just in general are real fans of the Whizzer.
My 2 cents worth,
Rif in Tacoma

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   New Whizzer No Warranty posted by Rif Addams on 10/22/2000 at 10:56:02 PM
I wonder if the Cyclone Motorbike Co. is any better? Their product looks enticing, but I wonder how it holds up as far as quality.
If the product is as good as it looks, and if their customer service is better, Whizzer could have a real problem soon...
Anybody have any input/info on the Cyclones? Ridden on one? Own one?
Would like to know more about them.
Thanks,
Rif

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   New Whizzer No Warranty posted by mike q. on 10/24/2000 at 6:39:03 AM
No service after the sale appears to be the norm for these motorized bicycle/scooter outlets based on personal experience and what I've heard from others. The fad will probably die fast because of it. Until then, buyer beware!

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   New Whizzer No Warranty posted by Rif Addams on 10/26/2000 at 3:13:39 AM
I had the same problem with the Zipper Bicycle motor I had.
If no one minds too much, I'll try to be brief with THIS great adventure! :-}
July 4th, 1999. A good friend of mine was throwing a party not only for the Independance celebration but also a going away party, as his wife had just landed a teaching position at a university in the midwest. Anyway, He gave me an old Huffy that had been painted camoflauge. It had a Zipper bicycle motor on it.
In in August I discoverd a Design flaw. The main mounting bracket cracked almost in half; and the drive roller was worn smooth, (This engine was old and who knows how many HARD miles were on it, just to be fair). Well after months of exhausting research I finally located the current manufacturer.
No body would give me the time of day or return my calls.
Nothing. Zero. Zip.
Now I've redesigned the bracket, I had a coworker write a program to machine a brand new one out of high grade aircraft aluminum. I just have to wait until a machine doesn't have a job set-up or running in it. I'll have a new bracket.
I priced a brand new motor for it, ( the old one blew so bad when it finally gave up the ghost that it blew chunks of the outer case! I still have the scar on my leg for that one...Not fun at 35 M.P.H.)
I'm still working out the drive roller design. I didn't really like the old one. I would like to utilize Dimension Edge's interchange system. They not only have ones for wet use, but different diameters so you can tune it for torque or speed or what have you. They also use urethane, so it doesn't wear your tire as rapidly.
Sorry to take up so much space with all this, but DARN I wish I had the money tomanufacture these things. DARN right you would see customer satisfaction and complete support parts, tech. whatever!
Anyway, keep the tire side down.
Rif

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   New Whizzer No Warranty posted by John Herron on 11/1/2000 at 5:05:37 PM
Hi, The New Cyclones have a one year unlimited mileage warranty.
We have had a few Cyclones get damaged in shipping, but we
know it happens and send the replacements as soon as we can.
John
http://rbicycles.com






AGE / VALUE:   New Whizzer No Warranty posted by: Glenn P. on 10/19/2000 at 7:40:03 AM
Dummy me. Just purchased a '99 Whizzer motorbike from a dealer in Ill. from and EBay auction. No where in the text does it say "good luck with warranty" and stupid me didn't ask. I had it shipped to Portland, Oregon. Some parts were damaged, not from the freight company but from poor packing at the factory. (Over tightened retainer broke throttle cable nipple.) OK. Make a call to Whizzer Customer Service and find out that if the bike wasn't "assembled" by an authorized dealer the parts would not be replaced under warranty, absolutely! (Debbie in CS was adament about this and wouldn't return calls. Said I should work it out through the selling dealer. Dealer is now ignoring me too.) I'm tempted to dispute this purchase from my credit card until I'm satisfied. All I wanted was to ride this new toy. I also learned of similar stories from an associate in Vancouver, WA. and Idaho. Whizzer has just plain lousy service in general or ignores any warranty altogether. How can they maintain loyalty and respect from customers? Scary. Schwinn has allowed me to assemble bikes personally and been very obliging with warranty parts by just showing a receipt. Sure each Mfgr. is different with respect to parts replacement, but for an upstart company to ignore it's limited sales base is not good. Guess I won't be to eager to recommend or want to purchase future units. Just my two cents.

Cordially,

Glenn P.
Portland, Oregon


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   New Whizzer No Warranty posted by ken on 11/26/2000 at 3:04:10 PM
i just purchased a new whizzer and it has a one year unlimited milage warranty.from what you said i hope i don't need to use the warranty..ken






AGE / VALUE:   COX BIKE ENGINE posted by: gary on 10/18/2000 at 2:54:09 PM
i have had a Cox Bike engine now for over 20 yrs, i have been carrying this thing around in my boxes of stuff. It was looking new in the box when i got the engine, minus the carb and reed plate. inside the engine, there is no trace of ever having been run. Does anyone have a Carb, and Reed plate??? Would anyone want to buy a good engine to replace one that dont run? this has good compression and gangbusters spark, but it has been moved around so much, it looks far from new now. it will run no questions asked if the parts are fitted. OR I will buy a non-running complete unit. I think they were called Chicken power







AGE / VALUE:   That poor little motor... posted by: Rif on 10/7/2000 at 11:22:04 PM
WOW! I just spent all day today tooling around on my '66 Schwinn Typhoon, with the aqua-bug motor. I left at 11:30 this morning and finally called it a day at 9:30 this evening. Stopping back at the house to scarf a little food and coffee, let the engine cool some, re-fuel, and I was off again!
Man I gotta get my other motor-bike finished so I can actually take a decent road trip on one. Anyway, I put a LOT of miles on that thing today.
I'm turning some drive rollers at work to experiment with, to see what kind of different performance aspects I will achieve with different sizes. Today was research to get to know the bike and motor and all it's little quirks and such. What a great day, I found flight, freedom, and bliss all in one little toy. Boy the people around sure do seem to enjoy seeing these great little contraptions. It sparks conversation anywhere I stop. Where I don't stop people smile, wave, give the Fonz thumbs up, and what have you.
Anyway, For those who haven't ridden a motorized bike it's just about the most fun you can have with your pants on! Anyone who has will no doubt agree...
Keep on keepin on...
Rif "the creature from the black leather lagoon" Addams


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   That poor little motor... posted by Carl on 10/16/2000 at 8:21:42 AM
Good going, Rif. Those things are a blast and are real head-turners. It would be cool to organize some kind of motorized bicycle brigade. Can you imagine the sound fo 5 or 10 of those bombing down the street? It would sound like a pack of bees!

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   That poor little motor... posted by Rif on 10/17/2000 at 9:21:57 PM
Well,
to be honest I hope to have two more put together by next summer (HOPE being the operative word).
I am going to grab a couple of friends and bomb around sounding like a pack of mutant bees!
I know that at least one of my friends (likely most) will get hooked on it.
Really there's nothing like it. A motorcycle is too fast, you don't get to really enjoy the scenery like one does on a motor-bike, and yet you do get the same taste of a motorcycle, speeding along free as a bird, wind in your face...
Rif

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   That poor little motor... posted by Ken on 10/26/2000 at 3:15:35 AM
Anybody have any tips on these motors? I've been trying to find as much as I can since I've got a (alledged) NOS bug motor on the way. (I'm planning to attach it to a '63 Schwinn American I've got... http://web.beol.net/kitsune/bike.html )
The only info I've found so far on the web was someone moaning about how underpowered his was and several complaints about lack of spare driving wheel/cylinders.
One thing I've been trying to find out is if I need to remove my front fender to run it or if it mounts lower than the fender.






MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Electric or battery powered posted by: Craig S. on 10/7/2000 at 1:41:45 PM
Does any one know if a battery powered electric motor (front wheel roller style) was produced either by a bike co. or as an add-on by another mfg.? iv'e found a ladies western flyer with the above set up. the battery pack is under the rack it just seems to clean to a garage project. thanks for your time and this wonderful forum. it's what keeps this world of wheels goin round..


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Electric or battery powered posted by Jon on 11/8/2000 at 5:09:07 PM
The shop I worked for sold an electric bike that used a large battery in a marine type box that sat on the rear rack. It had a brake handle type arrangement that you used to apply the roller to the front wheel for a boost. It didn't have enough hp to use full time. I believe it was made by 'Electric Bike' and appeared in the back pages of Popular Mechanics before we offered it in the shop around 1980.






REPRODUCTIONS:   Raleigh Sprite posted by: Jennifer on 10/4/2000 at 10:50:23 AM
My husband bought a bike at a liquidation sale and subsequently saw an article in the paper about that bike at that sale selling for very little, when in fact it had quite a value. He just wanted a bike to ride with the kids and liked it. It's a reproduction Raleigh Sprite. The only other marking other than the emblem, etc. is TI Raleigh 20-30. Would any one know anything about the value of this bike?


   RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Raleigh Sprite posted by Grant on 10/7/2000 at 6:56:52 AM
The Raleigh Sprite is a popular model made by England's biggest
bicycle maker. It is not very rare or valuable. People put too
much stress on money value anyway. It is a nice old bike, have
fun riding it and take care of it and it will reward you with
years of faithful service.






MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Need parts, literature, info for bike bug by aqua international posted by: John on 9/24/2000 at 5:35:46 PM
I am looking for any parts, literature, manual, info on a motorized bikeI aquired.It is called bike bug made by aqua international.It is a small gas motor which sits on the front tire of a JC higgins bike. I beleive these were sold by Sears.email me at jolevich@aol.com


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Need parts, literature, info for bike bug by aqua international posted by Rif Addams on 9/24/2000 at 8:14:47 PM
Yeah, me too. I've still got the original shipping box with their address in my shop. Next Friday I will be going out there. I could post it here or E-Mail it to you. I haven't written to them yet due to lack of time, but will in the next few weeks. I( hope to be able to order some much needed parts for one of my aqua engines. The other one (brand new) tops out at around 20 M.p.H. on the flat. Not as fast as I would prefer, but still a real kick in the pants to ride!
Rif

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Need parts, literature, info for bike bug by aqua international posted by Carl on 9/26/2000 at 5:07:53 AM
Is that the same engine as is mounted on the Sting-Ray on the "for sale" section of this site (there are pictures)? The ad says the front for is from a JC Higgins and the motor is a Sears.

   RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Need parts, literature, info for bike bug by aqua international posted by Rif on 9/29/2000 at 3:42:22 AM
Yup! That's it alright...
I was clocked in the parking lot at work doing 20 M.P.H.
It's a kick to ride, although I like the Zipper I had better. It went faster.
Rif

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Need parts, literature, info for bike bug by aqua international posted by Scott on 10/24/2000 at 5:12:15 AM
If you guys get any info on AquaBug, please let me know, I
have an AquaBug boat motor that I am trying to get manuals
for.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Need parts, literature, info for bike bug by aqua international posted by Keith on 11/7/2000 at 2:52:16 AM
I have the Original Owners Manual for the Aqua Bug Bike Motor.

Keith

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Need parts, literature, info for bike bug by aqua international posted by jim on 12/3/2000 at 6:16:16 PM
I just started working on an Aquabug 1.2 HP motor that I purchased around 1980. I have the original owner's manual with the part numbers but I don't know if they are in business still. It still runs good but needs some cosmetic parts. Do you know if Aquabug International is still in business?

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Need parts, literature, info for bike bug by aqua international posted by Tony Weeks on 5/14/2001 at 12:22:13 PM
The Aquabug boat autboard boat motor used and engine made by Olsen and Rice. O&R has been out of business for over 20 years and so is Aquabug. I'm surprised that no one has built a similar product. They weren't much more than a weed wacker with a prop.

BTW, drop me a line if you want to sell it.

Tony technojock@yahoo.com

   RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Need parts, literature, info for bike bug by aqua international posted by Tony Parete on 11/19/2001 at 6:06:44 AM
I have a brand new BikeBug delux with manuals.$$$






REPRODUCTIONS:   Persons leather Saddle posted by: Robert on 9/21/2000 at 5:48:10 PM
Anyone bought one of the Persons leather sprung saddles that you see on ebay all the time? Any comments appreciated.
Thanks


   RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Persons leather Saddle posted by Brian on 9/24/2000 at 7:04:10 PM
Those are very nice seats. I have them on most of my 50's restored bikes. Even have one on my Whizzer. I get mine from Memory Lane.

   RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Persons leather Saddle posted by George Stratton on 11/21/2000 at 3:30:30 PM
I have one of the seats on my restored Monark Supertwin
and its a duplicate of the original that was on it in 1949
Same branding in the leather and very comfortable.
Bought it at Ridable Bicycle Replicas Inc. in Alameda, Ca.
$65.00 with shipping.
Any Supertwin fans out there?
Geo.






MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   TAS SPITZ ENGINE,whats it worth posted by: Tyla. on 9/14/2000 at 7:46:23 PM
I have a good running good shape Tas Spitz and thought I would put it up for sale so it can end up with a collector of this type item and not just ruined or worn out and discarded. My problem is what's the fair price on this creature?
Please drop me and email with any info at all,
Thanks Tyla.







MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Little Devil Brand motor... posted by: Rif Addams on 9/9/2000 at 9:32:29 PM
I just purchased a J.C. Higgins (24", Middleweight)With a 'Little Devil Brand' motor kit. It mounts over the front wheel. I really need a manual or some info Because some of the mounting bracket and engageing parts are missing.
Has anyone else seen or heard of these? Do you have info or literature corncerning this? Can anyone help me out? I would be very grateful for any help or info.
Also, Has anyone tried the Dimension edge motor kits? What is your opinion of the kit, performance, and company? How about Island Hopper? Am considering both companies and would appreciate any feedback + or -.
Thanks in advance for your help,
Rif


   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Little Devil Brand motor... posted by Rif on 9/16/2000 at 9:35:37 PM
Me again,
I just purchased an AquaBug motor. It turns out this is the same EXACT motor as the little devil brand i was inquiring about. Anybody know anything about Aquabug international? Are they willing to sell parts for their products, is there any sort of customer service or support?
Would like to know a little before i call all the way to N.Y. from the west.
Thanks,
Rif

   RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Little Devil Brand motor... posted by Doug D. on 1/10/2001 at 11:17:05 PM
BIKE BUG-- Gone out in N.Y., but SEARS ROEBUCK has a bike motor that is the same, and the roller wheel can be purchased from them at $55 EACH WOW!!! Good Luck






AGE / VALUE:   schwinn marman 2-stroke twin posted by: steve hooper on 9/3/2000 at 9:16:32 PM
HELP, I am new at bike collecting and I think I found a real treasure. It's a late 40's early 50's looking schwinn. Serial #SP54xxx. It has a two stroke twin cyclinder motor marked "Marman", Serial #6xx. It's been in a shed for 44 years and is in fair condition. Motor appears in good condition. Do you know what I have and what it's worth. Thanks, Steve