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FOR SALE:Chicken power engine posted by: Danny on 10/15/2003 at 12:32:51 AM
"H E L P"
Have two Chicken Power engines, Can't get them to run for any period of time. If you put fuel in the carb it will run until the fuel is gone, but will not run no matter how much you choke it.Ordered new diaphram, installed it, no help.Pulled the engine down and made new gaskets, one o ring, The seals on both end's of the crank seem soft, and seem to fit ok. still wont run. Anybody have any ideas?
Thanks for your help.

          RE:FOR SALE:Chicken power engine posted by Larry on 10/16/2003 at 7:54:33 PM
Looking at the crankshaft seals will not solve your problem. What you have sounds like a feed problem. On the Bikebug(a different type of bike motor)there is a small bulb used to prime the carb. Is there gas in the lines? are they even clear enough to see? If there is gas in the fuel line then I would try to take the carb apart and see if there's any gunk hiding in places it shouldn't. IMPORTANT!! do not attempt carb break down if you don't have any experience or technical knowledge. Small carbs can be a nightmare to put together and losing pieces on any vintage engine can be heartbreaking or deadly. If this doesn't solve your problem, I would check the timing. If your timing is off it can cause all kinds of headaches including what you are explaining. Before I tried any of this I would start out with a fresh tank of gas and a new correctly gapped spark plug. Also- If you lose hope or your patience try going to a independ owned lawnmower repair shop that also works on weed whippers. The engines are similar and they may be able to help you. I'd go to an independ. because these places seem to be more helpful

Good Luck! keep us posted

          RE:FOR SALE:Chicken power engine posted by sam on 10/16/2003 at 11:36:22 PM
Where did you order the Diaphram from?---sam

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REPRODUCTIONS:   MERCURY SABRE FLITE ? posted by: Don on 10/14/2003 at 3:54:52 AM
I'm in desperate search of information about the Mercury Sabre Flite bicycle ? Year it was reproduced and what year it was originally produced and by who ? Any information photos or anything of interest about this reproduction bicycle would be much appreciated !!! HELP ! HELP ! HELP !

          RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   MERCURY SABRE FLITE ? posted by Sally on 10/23/2008 at 5:40:08 PM
I have one here is my house. i just inherited it. are you interested in buying one?

          RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   MERCURY SABRE FLITE ? posted by Travis on 9/6/2010 at 11:49:09 AM
My wife has a Mercury Sabre Flite bicycle that I was going to put on craigslist since it never gets used. I can't find anything on it or where it used to be sold. Nothing at all. I know its a reproduction and she thinks she got it at Sears 9 years ago in VA. Any ideas?

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MISC:Wyman Centennial Run Update posted by: Rif on 10/12/2003 at 2:54:41 AM
I have just added a whole bunch of new pictures and text to the new George A. Wyman web site.
It can be seen at:
Click on the "road updates" link to see the new pic.s and read the beginings of the centennial ride across the country.
Click on the "building the bike" to see some of the build up of our replica. I have only just started on that page so it's still kinda sparse and rough, but some of it is there.
It took a while but i guess I'm starting to figure out this whole web site building, html writing, techno crap.
Keep the Tire Side Down,


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AGE / VALUE:goped posted by: Steven Witt on 10/10/2003 at 10:29:09 PM
How do you take the governor off of a new sport goped?


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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Electrical hookups posted by: Norton Rubenstein on 10/6/2003 at 2:35:19 AM
I'm restoring a 3800 and am having some difficulty puzzling out the brake and headlight wiring. Can someone direct me to a good schematic or wiring diagram to help me with this?


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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Whizzer electrical posted by: Rif on 10/3/2003 at 3:03:26 PM
Hi all,
I was hoping someone could give me some advice here.
My repro Whizzer has lost all spark. I've changed the stator and pick-up assy., the coil assy., and the C.D.I. unit. I've quadruple checked the engine run switch, connections, and the ground wire.
To no avail. I am completely dumbfounded. Electrical really is not my bag anyway, but I do know enough to get by. This is really bumming me out.
After returning from my trip I removed everything from the broken frame and swapped it all over to a 1949 Schwinn DX frame.
I was out cruising around when it began to mis-fire, sputter and then went dead. I hiked ten miles home pushing the bloody thing and haven't gotten to ride it since. That was about three weeks ago.
Any Ideas?
T.I.A. for your help,

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Whizzer electrical posted by Larry on 10/3/2003 at 10:13:10 PM
When the items were switche to the new bike did everything work properly? it sounds like a coil problem. It sounds like you have changed the entire electrical system. I'm not too familiar with this particular bike but I have experienc working with electrical systems. I would see if I could get my coil checked, also make sure it is the correct coil for the bike. sometimes if the coiil size is incorrect it will overheat and malfunction. good luck! let us know how it comes out.

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Whizzer electrical posted by Rif on 10/4/2003 at 3:07:50 PM
Hi Larry,
Everything was working great for a couple of days, it was purring and had plenty of power.
The replacement parts are direct from Whizzer motorbike Co.
It is possible that I got a bad coil. Unfortunately the shop manual is rather skimpy and gives absolute minimal specifications.
I'm going to talk with Dave (head of Whizzer) and see if i can get all the spec.s and make notes, that way I can be sure to get not only the correct parts, but the highest quality I can buy.
Thanks for the response, I do appreciate it!

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MISC:gopeds posted by: bob on 9/21/2003 at 1:06:03 AM
Does anyone know how to take a governor off of a goped?

          RE:MISC:gopeds posted by rif on 9/21/2003 at 4:51:09 PM
It depends on which engine it is. They are all slightly different.
I would recomend you go to your local library and check out a book on small gas engines.
I have a couple in my collection that are good general but still fairly comprehensive. They werew textbooks from when my father taught high school.

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FOR SALE:custom motoized bicycles posted by: Jeremy on 9/11/2003 at 6:09:09 PM
Check out Cali Cruzer for some cool custom motorized bicycles at www.calicruzer.com 48cc gas 2 stroke motor makes 2 horsepower and can reach speeds of 30+ miles per hour. Chain driven with a manual for a real motorcycle feel. Motor kits available to convert your bike motorized.


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WANTED:Whizzer Ambassador Motorbike posted by: Phil on 9/9/2003 at 2:02:18 AM
I'm looking for a Whizzer Ambassador Motorbike in any condition for restoring. I'm not quite sure of the years they were produced, but 1951 was one of them. I believe that the entire bike ( including frame ) was built by Whizzer. It did not have pedals as most of the other models. It had a frame size of 24" as most of the others were 26". Also, the engine had a kick-starter as most of the others did not. Had one of these little guys quite a few years ago when I was a young man. I have checked a few sites for the new reproduction models, however I believe that the model I'm looking for is not being reproduced. I would appreciate any feedback.
Thank you, Phil

          RE:WANTED:Whizzer Ambassador Motorbike posted by john on 9/9/2003 at 3:14:15 AM
Ihave a 99% restored one with many NOS parts. Interested?
contact me.

          RE:RE:WANTED:Whizzer Ambassador Motorbike posted by Larry Wlos on 10/5/2003 at 4:56:03 PM
John I am interested in a Ambassodor.

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REPRODUCTIONS:Wanted: Columbia bicycle rx-5 1986 Green/Cream posted by: jay on 9/8/2003 at 8:46:19 PM
I am trying to locate an ad/story about the Columbia bicycle rx-5 bicycle reissue from 1986. I remember being 12 when I saw the bicycle on the cover of a Bicycle magazine in 1986. I’m not sure which one it was, but the bicycle was on the cover and a short story/ad with these two kids dressed in 50’s clothes, I think at a baseball field. One of the kids is surprised and checking the bike out. I would really like to find this ad, either for sale or a copy. Can anyone give me info on it or where to find it? Being twelve, I saved up my money and bought it, but didn’t buy the ad from the magazine I saw it in. My son now has the bike and I want to frame the ad for his room.

Thank you,
Jay Islas
Orange, California

          RE:REPRODUCTIONS:Wanted: Columbia bicycle rx-5 1986 Green/Cream posted by Larry on 9/10/2003 at 10:32:50 PM
You might try ebay. There are quite a few people who sell adds from magazines. good luck!

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Tales of summer rides posted by: Rif on 9/1/2003 at 2:58:21 PM
Hey all, the board seems kinda slow here lately, aside from 'age / value / what is it' questions, (not complaining mind you)
With summer just about dead and gone, hasn't anyone been out motorvatin' around? doesn't anyone have any adventures or stories about their summertime cruisin'?
C'mon guys and gals, let's hear it!
Keep the Tire Side Down,


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FOR SALE:bicycle engine posted by: Frank on 8/29/2003 at 12:59:00 AM
I have a chicken power engine + the orignal box it came in new + all the orignal paper work + all the mounting hardware. new diphram in carb and new crank seals. it has about two hours on the engine since new. but due to the age (1960s or early 70s) it will be as is, $225 + shipping
E-mail me and will send pictures if interested.

          RE:FOR SALE:bicycle engine posted by Danny Chapman on 9/29/2003 at 11:37:56 PM
Please e-mail the pictures you have. You list a new carb diphram and seals. Is there a parts source for this engine?

          RE:FOR SALE:bicycle engine posted by Mike Schneider on 10/2/2003 at 10:29:23 PM
I have just recieved the Shop Repairt Manaula for this OR engine if anyone needs it.



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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, Sears Free Spirit Engines posted by: Mike Schneider on 8/22/2003 at 4:04:23 PM

Just received a crate of parts for these engines. A Sears Repairman's inventory from the 1980s. I am inventoring and sorting the different items. I know already there are allot of parts that Tanaka does not have any more.

Hopefully these will help get some other of these engines up & running again.

Would appreciate you passing this along if you know someone who is looking for something to help get "The Wind in Their Face".


Mike Schneider
1307 Country Place Circle
Houston, Texas 77079


281 531 6552
281 703 5355

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, Sears Free Spirit Engines posted by Larry Wlos on 8/24/2003 at 1:10:13 PM
Mike I am looking for the mount plate for the fork, I was able to get the large one from Tanaka, SEARS , but I need the 2 hole mount plate. Got any new or used?

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, Sears Free Spirit Engines posted by Mike Schneider on 8/25/2003 at 12:56:40 PM

I belive there are some in this group of parts I am sorting and cataloging. I will check and get back with you.

Trying to do it right this time. I have bought a shed just for bike engine parts. Should have it completed and organized this week.



          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, Sears Free Spirit Engines posted by Bert on 9/4/2003 at 12:09:34 AM
I have a friend who has come into possession of a Schwinn three wheeled bike with a Sears freespirit gas engine. According to the s/n on the frame (K43XXX)it was made in 1953, there is another s/n on the forks (EGO58XXX).Do you have any information on this, perhaps some literature on the freespirit engine that could be photocopied,etc. any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance...Bert

          RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, Sears Free Spirit Engines posted by Mike Vort on 9/17/2003 at 11:31:29 PM
Mike Schneider,
I have a Sears engine that goes on the forks. The model number is 298 48851. I was wandering if you could tell me anything about it,or maybe have any parts.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, Sears Free Spirit Engines posted by Mike Schneider on 9/18/2003 at 10:18:56 PM

You have a little jewel. Great fun and lasts like cast iron.

These things are going on 30 years old and more of them are banging around the country than any other motr.

I sent you three emails with information.

Let me know how I can help.



          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, Sears Free Spirit Engines posted by Larry Wlos on 10/20/2003 at 11:18:08 PM
Mike did you find any two hole mount plates in your parts?

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Sanyo-elektron bike posted by: Christina on 8/17/2003 at 3:57:01 AM
Does anyone have info on the Sanyo electric power assist bike? Approx. value, It is made in Canada. It's a 26" bike, called Elektron, 5 speed. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
thanks in advance,

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Sanyo-elektron bike posted by christina on 8/20/2003 at 11:22:17 AM
This is a peugeot bike, if that helps.

Thanks in advance! :)

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Schwinn Motorbike For Two posted by: Doris on 8/7/2003 at 12:51:44 PM
I have a Schwinn 1hp gasoline motorbike, it's built for 2 people. On the gas tank it says Model number QBM-23N. Its been in the barn for years and Needs repairs, I'd appreciate any information as to the value and date of this bike. Please email me if you have information.

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Schwinn Motorbike For Two posted by Bob Patterson on 11/1/2006 at 5:10:00 AM
I have one of these motore that I bought for my son some 20 years ago. It has been in the garage, put away for probably 15 years. I have been trying to get it going again, and requested parts from Tanaka, but they don't have many of them. The gave me your web address, and it looks like you have a couple of items I will be needing. I will be in touch. Bob

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Schwinn Motorbike For Two posted by Paul on 11/14/2006 at 8:27:13 PM
Mike, I'm in the process of refrubishing a model QBM-23N. I've had this second-hand motor for about 20 years and never used it. With current gas prices, I decided to buy a bike for it- to run errands and such. I wish I'd seen your site before I machined out a new set of brackets. It runs pretty good. However, with your suggestions I'm sure I can get it running even better. I need the following replacement parts:
1. Your new Primer Pump (I can send valve- what's turnaround time?)
2. Rubber Pipe, Production part # 678=00539=200(I don't need the cap or the pump filter body ass'y)I need the part that fits between them.
3. Drive Wheel



          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Schwinn Motorbike For Two posted by Rif on 8/8/2003 at 4:48:38 PM
That would be a tanaka manufactured bicycle motorizing kit, available from the late sixties through the early to mid eighties.
it is a 22 cc, two cycle engine. Some parts are still available from the manufacturer but not many, and they are getting somewhat expensive. I will say that as far as reliability they were one of the best motorizing kits available.
Please visit the following website for more information about this engine kit:
Also we have literature, owners manuals, and service manuals, along with supplemental information about replacement parts and service/maintenance of these little engines.
For more info please e-mail me directly and I would be more than happy to help!
Rif Addams

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Schwinn Motorbike For Two posted by Mike Schneider on 8/9/2003 at 8:29:44 PM

You have found a jewel in the garage.These little engines are truly so much fun and simple to install. They will last for years if taken care of.

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 forks versus older 3 forks)

Primer Bulb $15.00 (without one way valve)

The Primer Bulb Pump is not longer available form Tanaka sold out. However, we have developed one that is better and will last longer. The original primer bulbs were made of rubber (1980 vintage 20 + years old - probably close to end of shelf life now). With age and the durometer of the rubber being attacked by gasoline and oil the bulbs harden, cracked and breaks. In rebuilding my eight engines I bought most of the primer pumps Tanaka had. But the rubber bulbs soon deteriorated. So we had to invent something better.

The Primer Bulb we have developed uses the original one-way valve. The rubber bulb is replaced with a vinyl gasoline resistant bulb three times larger than the rubber bulb. Basically it takes less of a squeeze to primer the carburetor so the bulb will last longer, The size increase causes less flexing of the bulb so less stress less wear, longer vinyl bulb life plus vinyl gasoline resistance is greater than rubber.

The Primer Pump we sell is $15.00 with exchange of one-way valve and clamp. $45.00 without exchange (Sorry so high but the one-way valves arent made any more). I am purposely making the cost be high without exchange so we can recycle the one-way valves. Be extremely careful in removing the primer pump you have. They are fragile and brittle with age with the tip can snap off with the slightest flexing. Depending on the break we may be able to salvage the one-way valve. Best to ship us the whole old primer pump for exchange. These costs include shipping in the USA (Continental). Please note the original primer bulbs cost $14.95 plus $4.95 shipping and handling (Total $20.00 & Tax) from Tanaka.

Drive Wheel $15.00

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 wide forks newer mid 1980s mountain bike and cruisers have a 5 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:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Schwinn Motorbike For Two posted by Rif on 8/10/2003 at 5:22:13 AM
Right on Mike,
you're really Keepin' it alive!

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Schwinn Motorbike For Two posted by Clarence Baumer on 10/2/2005 at 1:49:20 PM
Thanks Mike for all the information you sent. What i am looking for is a bike in good condition, runing and for sale. I know that i am askig alot, if you know of anyone who has one for sale, could you e-mail me. I will keep all your information on file. Thanks Very Much Clarence Baumer

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Schwinn Motorbike For Two posted by Tobey Hansen on 7/31/2006 at 6:52:31 PM
Mike, I have aTanaka TAS _ SPITZ for wich I would like to buy a Drive Wheel and Gas Tank Cap. I'm sure I'll need more as time goes by. Let me know how I can
get these parts ASAP. Thank you in advance, Tobey Hansen 127 Traverse St., Harbor Springs MI> 49470

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