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WANTED:   Robin Hood 3-speed posted by: Bob on 6/16/2004 at 1:33:03 AM
Anybody got any info on a 3-spd bike called a "Robin Hood?"

          RE:WANTED:   Robin Hood 3-speed posted by Gilbert Goodwin on 6/18/2004 at 10:21:44 PM
I'm restoring an old Robin Hood 3-speed and I would like to see a colored picture of one so I could use the proper colors and lettering.

          RE:WANTED:   Robin Hood 3-speed posted by Gilbert Goodwin on 6/18/2004 at 10:21:48 PM
I'm restoring an old Robin Hood 3-speed and I would like to see a colored picture of one so I could use the proper colors and lettering.

          RE:WANTED:   Robin Hood 3-speed posted by Carla Rich on 6/27/2004 at 12:04:29 AM
I have a Robin Hood 3-speed bicylce. How much are you offering? Email me at carlarich@mail.uri.edu

          RE:RE:WANTED:   Robin Hood 3-speed posted by Rita on 7/6/2004 at 9:00:35 PM
I have two Robin Hood bicycles, one man's and one woman's with hand and pedal brakes. Stored since 1970s.

          RE:WANTED:???Robin Hood 3-speed posted by Robert N on 7/25/2004 at 9:50:27 PM
You might try posting on the English roadster page.

          RE:WANTED:???Robin Hood 3-speed posted by Robert N on 7/28/2004 at 1:54:36 AM
The folks on the English Roadster page can probably come up with some information.

          RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   Robin Hood 3-speed posted by Richard on 8/5/2004 at 12:10:23 AM
Check out recycle a bike, a new york youth organization for betterment of innercity youth. they have one for sale in the east village shop!
good luck.

          RE:RE:RE:WANTED:   Robin Hood 3-speed posted by Dan on 8/21/2004 at 9:23:42 PM
I have a robin hood three speed womans bike that we are looking to part with. Are you interested?

          RE:WANTED:   Robin Hood 3-speed posted by Jeffrey on 9/24/2004 at 8:34:07 PM
I have a 1969, color red, Robin Hood 3-Speed with I believe an original leather seat, for sale. I do not know what it is worth, it was given to me in 2003 by an 89 year old man that was the original owner.

          RE:WANTED:   Robin Hood 3-speed posted by erica on 10/7/2004 at 3:54:27 PM
I am interested in a 3 speed Women's Robin Hood with hand brakes. Mine was run over in Little Italy in NYC. I miss it dearly.

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AGE / VALUE:   Free Spirit bike motor posted by: John on 6/15/2004 at 4:08:50 AM
Hey check out the Free Spirit bike motor on Ebay


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FOR SALE:   jack & heintz posted by: hub roberts on 6/13/2004 at 7:28:32 PM

          RE:FOR SALE:   jack & heintz posted by HUB ROBERTS on 6/15/2004 at 4:33:53 PM

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   INFO!! posted by: Bob on 6/2/2004 at 12:29:08 AM
Anybody interested in powered bikes owes it to themselves to go to the following website and have a look-see. It's a real treat!

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   INFO!! posted by steven on 4/24/2005 at 11:09:19 PM
do you know anything about royce union motorized bike with mosquito engine probally 1950s or 60s let me know

          go go bike with engine. Dont know how old it is but runs just fine. Dont know what it's worth posted by jason on 5/8/2010 at 12:46:17 PM
wonderin who it's made by & how much it's worth & if it's street legal. Dont have the title either

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   No Fun posted by: Rif Addams on 5/31/2004 at 8:21:05 PM
Well My (GT II/ SpitFire) moto still won't start.
I've had it. I wasted $400.00 on a doorstop.
Let me see- $400.00 for 3 hours of fun; I could have gone to the race track and done that.
I will never purchase one of these El Cheapo pieces of $#!% again. EVER!
I will not recomend them to anyone either. I work hard for my money and have very little to spare, so this has really left me with a bad taste. I feel like I have completely shot myself in the foot in purchasing this engine kit.
Well I guess I've got a cool looking bike to display in my collection.
On an up note, my Woodstock cast iron Whizzer cylinder has been ordered, So I should be on the road by NEXT summer...

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   No Fun posted by Bob Hall on 6/1/2004 at 2:31:56 PM

I'm sure you checked oil/gas flow and spark as well as a hundred other things. Does the motor turn freely with the plug out? I'm being really curious as I bought one of these and it's sitting here on the floor waiting for some time and energy. Have you tried a shot of starter fluid? does the carb appear to be getting fuel and is the throttle opening okay? After you try to start it, pull the plug and see if it's wet. I know, I'm just telling you all the things you've already tried, but if there's fuel, and if there's fire, you gotta' get something! Let me know what does it, so I won't have to do the first 100 things!

Good Luck,


          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: No Fun posted by Rif on 6/5/2004 at 5:20:00 AM
Recently spoke with the Left Coast guy about this. Probably too wet, the petcock with these kkits likes to dribble and so it's flooding. I knew it was running a bit rich as well so we're well on our way to alieviating these problems and should have a good runner soon.
When I was rolling on it, it sure had some snap to it. If i can get it going at optimum peak performance it should be quite a lot of fun...

          RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: No Fun posted by ziggy on 6/5/2004 at 10:19:29 PM
Can you change the jets in the carb? You mentioned the engine running to lean. Also check the muffler. If it is clogged with exhaust junk then you can clean it out and the motor might run. This is why my weedwacker wouldn't start. >: )

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Silk Porta Cycle posted by: Bob on 5/15/2004 at 2:33:04 AM
Just acquired a Silk Porta Cycle. It appears to be '60s vintage. Never seen or heard of this critter and can find no source info. It's complete and just needs TLC. Need info to give her the right TLC! Help!

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Silk Porta Cycle posted by Global Trading Company on 5/16/2004 at 3:37:21 AM
We are the manufacturer's representatives for a small but powerful and exciting gasoline motor that anyone can attach to their bicycle. It retails for appr $200 plus shipping from Los Angeles and single orders or large quanities can be purchased. Please give us a reply if you have an interest. Thank you.

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Silk Porta Cycle posted by wayne lindstrom on 5/24/2004 at 6:58:00 PM
i am looking for a bike that i can carry on a airline... is this the one for me???? how small does it become? thanks wayne

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Silk Porta Cycle posted by Bob Hall on 6/1/2004 at 2:39:49 PM
Hi Wayne,

It folds down into the size of a small suitcase, but bigger than a briefcase, and, unfortunatly, it'd still be too big for overhead luggage. I've been into bikes for about 50 years and I've never run across one of these so I'm not certain this is the kind of thing you'd want to actually use. Look at currently produced fold-up bikes and consider adding a "Chicken-Power" type motor to one. The bikes are available in a variety of places and the motors come up on ebay fairly often at around $100.

Good Luck,

Bob Hall

          RE:Gasoline motor for bicycles posted by Lee Mc Mahon on 6/25/2004 at 3:01:20 PM
Am very interested in a gasoline motor for bicycles. Please advise of weight, fuel capacity, power, etc. Thanks.

          RE:RE:Gasoline motor for bicycles posted by Ralph Reversi on 8/12/2004 at 4:52:06 PM
Go to 1pau.com and sign up then I'll help you get a bike motor, too

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   whizzer "H" on a JC Higgins posted by: Phil on 5/12/2004 at 11:56:32 PM
Hi, i have a 40's moterbike with a whizzer motor it is a H # H 121070. i would like to know as much info as known. it has 26x2.125 ballon tires and t thumb trottle and compresion release.also it has the BI Light headlight. thank, Phil


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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Tanaka motor posted by: Geo on 5/9/2004 at 3:53:25 PM
I was curious if anyone else has tried this. I have a Taz motor with a worn out drive spindle. Has anyone tried a Goped spindle with these motors. They look more durable and easier to get. Wondering if they would fit before I buy one?

Thanks Geo

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Tanaka motor posted by Mike Schneider on 5/13/2004 at 7:38:10 PM

PLease find some of the information & parts we have concerning them.
Literature & Parts

These little bike engines are really a HOOT. I have two mounted on mountain bikes and six on cruisers. They are such fun and real head turners. They are simple to work on but were designed by Japanese engineers so sometimes the why that way is interesting.

I remember seeing them in Popular Science as a 12-year boy - dreaming about having one. Three years ago I found one at a garage sale and rebuilt it - took me about three months - no manual, parts lists or diagram - just trail and error.

I finally found a man in New Jersey who had one who had a manual and experience rebuilding these engines. We became and still are long distance friends. Once I got that engine running and rode it - I was that 12 year boy again - What a Blessing.

I have since rebuilt eight engines and in the process of networking I have gathered an extensive amount of literature and experience plus figured out how to built or find parts that are better than original and cost less.

The Information Literature $25.00

· TAS Spitz, Aqua Bug Bike Bug, and Sear Free Spirit
QBM 23 and QBM 23 NA and QBM 23 Auto
· Owner's Manual
· Shop Repair Manual
· Original Advertisement Literature
· Manufacturer's Operating Tips
· Governor Removal Instructions (0.8 6000 RPM to 1.2 HP 7000 RPM increase)
· Technical Diagrams
· Parts Catalog
· Parts Lists
· Contact List for Tanaka parts
· 1977 Popular Mechanics Article (How To Motorize Your Bike)
· Collection of TAS Spitzs, AquaBug Bike Bugs, Sears Free Spirit Bike Motors featured in Tanaka Bike Motors – “America Favorite Bike Motor” July/ August 2002 Issue of BikeRod&Kustom Magazine www.bikerodnkustom.com and check the achieves for Tanaka Tales

Parts we have developed are:

· Primer Pump Replacement Bulb (Vinyl)
· Drive Roller Wheel (62mm - Faster, less wear, less expensive than original replacement)
· Safety Gas Tank Cap
· Muffler to Submuffler extension hose
· Mounting Kit for New Model Bike (5 ½” forks versus older 3 ½” forks)

Primer Bulb $20.00

The Primer Bulb Pump is not longer available form Tanaka – sold out. We have a one way check valve and primer bulb combo similar but different than Tanaka.

Drive Wheel $20.00

The Drive Wheel is another item that has been improved on design. The rubber of the drive hub simply deteriorates with age and wear. We have put a neoprene high-speed roller skate wheel (62 mm) over the aluminum drive hub. It wears less, vibrates the engines less and bike goes slightly faster per revolution. This drive hub wheel sells for $15.00 ready to mount over your existing aluminum hub.

Gas Tank Cap $10.00

The Safety Gas Tank Cap sells for $10.00 and has a safety-retaining ring that prevents loss. The ring slips over the gas tank neck and stays in place when the cap is removed to add gasoline. An original gas tank cap that does not have the safety ring can be bought from Tanaka for $15.00 plus $4.95 for shipping and handling.

Muffler to Sub Muffler Extension Hose $20.00

We have researched and experimented with various arrangements and have developed a wire reinforced high temperature hose that with stand the high temperatures developed by the engine. The current hoses we are selling have lasted for two years.

In ordering this hose it is important for us to know the size hose you need. The models have changed over the years and this hose size has increased on later models.

This part is no longer available for Tanaka.

Mounting System $15.00 - (5 1/2” forks – Newer Model Mountain Bikes & Cruisers)

The bikes made when these engines were made had 3 ½” wide forks – newer mid 1980s mountain bike and cruisers have a 5 ½” wide fork.

The Kit comes with the hardware and assembly directions to spread the mounting bracket apart to be able to mount the engines on bikes with wider forks than bikes had when these engines were built.

Other Parts

Some original manufacturer parts are available from Tanaka and Sears - no manuals though. My literature is from people like you and some from old but new in the box engines I have purchased. Also a lot of parts can be obtained form lawn mower and motorcycle shops.

Sears and ACE Hardware are good sources for gasoline hoses, air filter and metric nuts and bolts.
Replace the original transmission grease with Lithium base grease - wasn't available when these engines were made. It lubricates better and you get a little more power to the wheel.
Original replacement drive hub can not be bought from Tanaka for $40.00 – Our improved high speed roller skate wheels are mounted on the original aluminum hub - They are slightly larger and run smoother - my bikes run faster, the engine works less and will last longer (I have some that are thee years old).
I also use synthetic 2-stroke oil (Bel Ray available form most motorcycle shops for racing 2 cycle motorcycles) in the gasoline - it lubricates better, engine runs faster, smoother and does not have carbon build up in the muffler.
An original gas tank cap can be bought from Tanaka for $15.00. Mine sells for $10.00 and has a safety-retaining ring that prevents loss.

Anyway, I can help you on rebuilding and mounting if you have specific questions after your review the information.

The literature I can copy and mail to you for $25.00 in the US. Send a check to - Don't waste money on a money order:

Mike Schneider
1307 Country Place Circle
Houston, Texas 77079

Thanks allot and hope you have the wind in your face soon.

BTIW (Brothers In The Wind)


          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Tanaka motor posted by jeff peterson on 6/17/2004 at 12:27:25 PM
2 days ago I stopped a man from throwing out a 78 freespirit moped. It’s now in my garage. I have repaired most of the problems I could see. But it will not run correctly. If I spray a shot of starter spray into the carb it will fire. But it will not continue to run on it’s own. I’m looking for help in this area and I would like to find a manual for it. Can you help me?


          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Tanaka motor posted by Will on 7/4/2004 at 10:57:41 PM
yo jeff i had the same problem we i bought a used scooter but i eventually found a way to fix it. i will tell u how to fix it if u can tell me how to remove a governor off a ninja bike. dont post it here send me a e-mail

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Tanaka motor posted by Matt on 2/22/2009 at 2:37:13 PM
I recently found a 1hp Taz Spitz bicycle engine. The engine does not run and I tested it for spark and it has none. My question is does one of these engines have a magnito system similar to a lawn mower engine?

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Tanaka motor posted by jordi on 3/5/2009 at 3:16:13 PM
I have tas tanaka bike in Spain.
I need a Fuel menbrane .
Thank you Jordi

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Tanaka motor posted by jordi on 3/5/2009 at 3:17:05 PM
I have tas tanaka bike in Spain.
I need a Fuel menbrane .
Thank you Jordi

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Tanaka motor posted by Ian Ross on 7/17/2009 at 12:31:00 AM
Hi , I own a TANAKA SPITZ with no problems , except there are no spare parts here in the UK . I also own Bridgestone Bambi (BAM-BEE) BS31 . This is a clip on bicycle motor using a friction drive on the rear wheel rim . Once again NO spare parts or even any technical information.All that I have is some literature in Japanese script which I obviously can't read . Can anybody out there help? Thanks , Ian Ross

           Bridgestone Bam-Bee BS41 Super posted by Ian Ross on 8/1/2009 at 10:53:04 PM
Hi , I'm looking for ANY spare parts for a BS31 or BS41 Super BAM-BEE . These motors were made by FUJI PRECISION MACHINERY CO.LTD. a way back in the 1950s. Maybe I could be lucky and find a whole motor . Thanks ,Ian Ross

          Bridgestone Bam-Bee BS41 Super posted by Ian Ross on 9/5/2009 at 6:36:47 AM
Hi I'm still looking for a GOOD Bridgestone Bam-Bee BS31 or BS41 . Seen plenty on Japanese web site but are next to impossible to buy , distance and language problems . Thanks Again Ian Ross

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Tanaka motor posted by Alex on 4/21/2010 at 7:12:00 PM
Hi I have a TAS Motors QBM Auto. And would love to find info on it, its age, manual etc etc. It is currently in good shape but the drive wheel is FUBAR'! If anyone knows of people in australia with knowledge on this, id love their help... specially if they are willing to help for free (im a college student so broke)

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Tanaka motor posted by Dan on 5/5/2010 at 12:11:32 PM
I need info on a FREE SPIRIT ENGINE

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Tanaka motor posted by jj on 5/6/2010 at 4:22:12 AM
Use the Google search box on any page of this site to search the archives for your Free Spirit motor.

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   1978 Roadmaster Moped posted by: MC on 5/9/2004 at 12:53:57 PM
Complete bike for sale or part out. Currently not running and has some surface rust. Let me know what you need and I will ship it to you. Here is a pic of the bike when it was new. http://www.mopedarmy.com/photos/brand/4/1805/ Thanks for your interest.


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WANTED:   VeloSolex posted by: Bob on 5/5/2004 at 3:51:54 AM
Looking for the proper taillight assembly, air cleaner assembly, flywheel cover, and center-motor headlight/cover for an early model 3800.

          RE:WANTED:   VeloSolex posted by Michaael Jones on 7/1/2004 at 11:38:10 PM
Would to purchase a 1950 to 51 Solex having 26" rims, any condition will do.

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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn posted by: Bob on 5/5/2004 at 3:45:18 AM
Recently acquired an old Schwinn at a yard sale. I have no idea what year or model. When I checked your photo archive it looks like a LaSalle but the factory paint job (black & white) is much more intricate. The wheels are white with a black pinstripe. Any guesses?

Also recently acquired a Safti-Cycle Cruiser with a Reo motor. Yes, I also know absolutely nothing about it except that it runs and it's a hoot to ride! Also need guesses.


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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Safti-Cycle posted by: EldoMike on 4/7/2004 at 12:34:53 PM
Have one, looking for info or others...

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Safti-Cycle posted by sam on 4/13/2004 at 7:12:20 PM
They are shown in the book"the compleat illustrated encyclopedia of AMERICAN MOTORCYCLES" by Todd Rafferty.
built in LaCross Wisconsin---sam

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   my Dads trip on bike 2900 milesin 1940 posted by: John Line on 3/27/2004 at 6:10:37 AM
I am looking for something that maybe has been junked long age. My father build a three wheel bike in 1939 and powered it not by feet but his hands. from Detroit to Colorado and back I have pidtures of the bike if any one out there has heard of this strange looking 3 wheel bike still rolling around please contact me. I would like to buy it back from the guy or family that my father sold it to.Out west some where, NM,AZ,CO ?

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   my Dads trip on bike 2900 milesin 1940 posted by Joel on 4/1/2004 at 6:50:36 PM
That's a very interesting story. You should post the photos and his story for all to see.

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Sears roebuck j.c higgans motor bike posted by: john on 3/25/2004 at 10:56:52 PM
hi, i have a Sears roebuck j.c higgans motor bike and i would like to know its value. in is in good condition. with original engine. also i would like to know the hp and what year it is. Thanks

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Sears roebuck j.c higgans motor bike posted by sam on 4/13/2004 at 7:08:01 PM
J.C.Higgins was the sears name used after WW2 elgin was used beforeWW2. Not sure when Sears dropped the J.C.Higgins and just went to sears as the name.Your bike should be from the late 60s to early 70s but then with out seeing it you could have a much older model. ---sam

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Sears roebuck j.c higgans motor bike posted by joe on 4/19/2004 at 1:22:19 AM
it is a 1940s or late 40s model

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: Sears roebuck j.c higgans motor bike posted by Rif on 5/8/2004 at 4:35:18 PM
Around 66 sears dropped the higgins name. That was a year when the two names crossed over.

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Fox motor kit posted by: Larry Wlos on 3/25/2004 at 12:51:13 AM
Recently I saw a new Fox motor kit on E bay,there were also two for sale in a antique auto publication,If anyone knows of a NOS fox kit please let me know. Thank you.


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