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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Any Information posted by: Richard Schanlaub on 2/24/2003 at 11:14:45 PM
I just bought a moped that was made in 1979 by Columbia. On the side it say Imperial. On the engine it says Sachs.
I can't seem to find any information on this. Is it a Colubia Moped or ???. It has 38 miles on it. looks great and runs great.Always been stored inside. I will try to put a picture on this site but would be glad to send a few if you think you would be interested.

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Any Information posted by JimW. on 2/25/2003 at 6:25:05 AM
Your moped is a rebadged import from Austria. Sachs is one of the great names in moped history. They still make bike engines, and may still be making mopeds.

          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:Mopeds posted by Chris on 2/25/2003 at 9:42:39 PM
The pedals that came with mine were really lousy. I was surprised at that.
The folks in the service department were stupid and trying and the prices for work very high.
The original reflective lined tires wore out and all they had were replacement tires that ommitted this feature and the thought of ordering up a couple of sets from Germany for a good customer was an idea they couldn't handle.
It was a nice machine but I would rather have had a Honda.
Or a Vespa that goes to 50 MPH.
Actually a Solex would do and those were/are a bit cheaper!
I like the idea of removing the engine and carrying that in for service when it needs it,and not the whole thing.
Preston Tucker had the same idea with his car. Engine removed in twenty minutes he was saying.
Less hassle, and no risk of getting the bike dented up in their truck or mine with a Solex.
The Solex is so much more user friendly and anything that puts more control over the thing back into my hands is a good thing.
The Solex is lighter and easier to handle and deal with.

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REPRODUCTIONS:   Roadmaster question posted by: larry on 2/24/2003 at 3:05:09 AM

i just bought one of those 1998 repro Roadmaster LL. I'd like to know 2 things . . .
1. my SN is 42xx - how many were made?
2. is this a repro og a 1948 Roadmaster or a replica of "the bike" in general?


          RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Roadmaster question posted by Skip on 2/25/2003 at 3:14:50 PM
I think they did a run of 10 or 12 thousand of them.
The original 1948 Roadmaster Luxury Liner was made in the USA. This repro is all Taiwan, but you're still riding one of the most unique bikes on the bike path!

          RE:REPRODUCTIONS: Roadmaster question posted by bikemike on 3/17/2003 at 3:54:14 AM
The Roadmaster Luxury Liner was made in a run of 6200 pieces. They claim only 5000 were made but the actual production was 6200.I sold Roadmaster an original mint 1948 Luxury Liner that they used to retool off of for this bike. The wheels and pedals and a few of the parts were stamped in Taiwan but the frames and painting miscellaneous parts and assembly was done in the USA by Brunswick in Illinois and Wisconsin. Brunswick purchased the Cleveland Welding Company rights to this model. These should never be confused with the low quality Schwinn importPhantom look alike bikes as this bicycle is substantial, solid and rides better than any other reproduction bicycle manufactured to date. In fact it would be more accurate to call this bicycle a Continuing production. Any questions call me toll free 1-877-731-BIKE (2453) I still have some of these new in the box from when I was a consultant to Brunswick on this project in 1996-1998.

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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   BUY SELL TRADE posted by Larry Wlos on 3/26/2003 at 5:10:55 PM
I have original Monark supertwin seat , good condition

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   BUY SELL TRADE posted by Alan Fitton on 4/7/2003 at 8:51:30 PM
I have 2 vintage CycleMaster bicycle motor/wheel combos. One has compression - The other is seized with a few spokes missing. Both are in fair shape but complete.

I also have a vintage "Mosquito" bike motor.

Just wondering how much they might be worth to you.

Thanks -

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   BUY SELL TRADE posted by terry garbig on 4/12/2003 at 11:56:42 AM
i am in need of 1 or 2 spark lugs for my monarch super twin,the plugs in it are;champion TJ-8J--they are a unique spark plug,rather stubby in length,with a flat top. on top is a wire about the diameter of a #2 pencil lead sticking straight up.--the plug cap is built into the plug wire and it has a female opening just large enough for the "wire" to fit into.then the rest of the cap fits snugly over the ceramic portion of the plug

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AGE / VALUE:   Whizzer posted by: Brent Urgan on 2/15/2003 at 12:37:27 AM
We have a whizzer engine, on a whizzer frame. I know that they only made their own frame for a little while. What is an estimated value?

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Whizzer posted by john martin on 2/17/2003 at 11:20:25 PM
Value is very dependent on several things, like motor model, frame model, condition, etc.
If you tell me a litte about the following, I can tell you:
The the s/n of the motor should be on the left side of it by the drain plug.
For the frame type, what does the "head badge" say? It is "badge" on the front of the frame.
What condition is it in? Running? origainal? restored?
And is the tire size 20" - 24" - or 26".

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AGE / VALUE:   Fair Market Value? posted by: Marc Rubin on 2/6/2003 at 10:25:19 PM
I am trying to research the fair market value of what I believe to be a late '40s era Velo Solex moped? Any guidance is sincerely appreciated. M


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AGE / VALUE:   Future BikeRod&Kustom posted by: JimW. on 2/4/2003 at 7:47:07 AM
The May issue of BR&K will be devoted to motos again, if anyone's interested in contributing to it. Kustoms only, of course for the gallery, but all moto topics will be considered for articles.


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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Monark Super Twin Clutch posted by: Roy on 2/3/2003 at 4:56:59 AM
I'm looking for a Monark Super Twin Clutch..Any help would appreiciated....Thanks Roy


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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   SAFTICYCLE posted by: C. Smith on 1/27/2003 at 1:10:53 AM
I am looking for any literature, parts, or anything related to a Safticycle. Thanks.

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   SAFTICYCLE posted by sam on 1/27/2003 at 11:18:09 PM
Got a great photo of one in "American Motorcycles" by Tod Rafferty--sam

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REPRODUCTIONS:   Repro of Shwinn Phantom Repro posted by: Greg Banasek on 1/26/2003 at 6:00:45 PM
Does anyone know of any other companies that reproduce the Shwinn Black Phantom? I put $25 down on one at a garage sale yesterday and am going to pick it up tomorrow and pay the remaining balance ($325). The thing that bothers me is that the seller said that it did not come with any of the Schwinn emblemage (decals, headbadge, etc). He has since acquired and applied all of the correct decals, etc. Everything looks right on the bike, but his revelation of the lack of "Schwinn" markings has me concerned. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

          RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Repro of Shwinn Phantom Repro posted by Greg on 1/30/2003 at 7:45:35 PM
Well, I've gotten the answer to my question. It cost me my $25 deposit, but I've decided not to buy the bike. It turns out there was an individual out there who was reproducing the Phantom before Schwinn did. Although it was a fair visual reproduction, the bike itself was not of any remarkable quality. Schwinn went after this bike maker and legally prevented them from putting the Schwinn name on it. I decided not to buy the bike, since it was not a Schwinn and it had some obvious defects (corroded spokes, loose bearings in the head tube, bad chrome on the fenders, etc, etc.) The seller did not return my $25 deposit, but it's better than spending $350 on a bike that would not satisfy me and would be of no real collectable value.

          RE:RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Repro of Shwinn Phantom Repro posted by Chris on 2/2/2003 at 9:46:28 PM
I had never heard that before! Interesting! This is the sort of information to be kept with the book.
Do any of the books mention this happening with the Phantom?

          RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Repro of Shwinn Phantom Repro posted by Greg on 2/3/2003 at 10:26:53 PM
I had never heard of a non-Schwinn Phantom repro, myself. You can see the actual bike on eBay right now (4 days left on the auction as of 2/3/03 and someone has placed an opening bid 0f $499. The seller does an honest job of describing the origin of the bike, but neglects a few quality-oriented details. Do an eBay item search under "Schwinn Phantom" and you should be able to find it. The picture looks great, which is why I don't think I'd ever buy a bike on-line without the luxury of going-over it in person. Thanks for you reply, by the way! Let me know what you think after you check the bike out, OK?

          RE:RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Repro of Shwinn Phantom Repro posted by sam on 2/4/2003 at 3:02:47 AM
I beleave what you're seein is a schwinn cruzer, not the earlier 1995 Phantom reproduction.I saw them in the schwinn shops in late 1999 or 2000. Going price was around $299 as I recall.

          RE:REPRODUCTIONS:   Repro of Shwinn Phantom Repro posted by Schwinnderella on 2/12/2003 at 6:54:19 AM
Yea, I remember those bikes which looked like Phantoms but did not have Schwinn decals and were certainly not manufactured by Schwinn.As best I can recall they were around in the mid 80's.I only ever saw a couple of them I believe at the Ann Arbor show.

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MISC:   Chilly! posted by: Rif Addams on 1/10/2003 at 4:09:42 AM
Hey all!
I just finished doing a few minor things on my moto-bike and thought I'd share. Mainly due to the fact that I really don't have much else to do right now. :-)
I rigged up the generator headlight, scrounged together an old headlight of the same variety, and then put red tailight tape over the lens. I then ran them to the generator.
Following that I just had to test it out. It's about thirty degrees right now. I don't know what the wind chill factor would be but I couldn't talk for a few minutes due to my face and jaw being completly numb.
WOW! What fun! Nothing like a brisk winter night ride to clear the soul, you know?!
I wonder if this is what it's going to be like riding through the snowpacked Sierra mountains this May? Probably, and it'll be a heck of a lot longer ride than 10 minutes up the road and around the block. Boy this is gonna be some adventure...
By the way, the lighting works great too.
Thanks for listening...


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FOR SALE:   New (NOS) Parts Site posted by: Ginny Rini on 1/3/2003 at 4:59:25 AM
I have a new site that I am beginning to post parts on (It will take awhile to get them all posted). Keep an eye on http://rini20@attbi.com. I also have a operational site for Old School BMX at http://ginnyrini.home.attbi.com


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WANTED:   MERKEL MOTOR WHEEL posted by: Brian on 1/1/2003 at 2:55:20 AM
Wanted: Any literature, information, original or copies pertaining to circa 1917 - 1920's MERKEL Motor Wheels. Also parts or complete motor wheels.

          RE:WANTED:   MERKEL MOTOR WHEEL posted by sam on 1/1/2003 at 8:00:11 PM
Brian,this may be old news in your circle of friends but just in case--Chuck Balyeat is the one to contact for markels.Kerogas@the-i.net is his email.I tryed to find his web site but couldn't--he has a nice pic of a Merkel bicycle on it and pics of his motorwheel.The merkel bicycle was sold by the Miami Cycle& Manufacturing Co.But the photo looks just like a 1917 schwinn double bar roadester.I did let Chuck have my frame at cost($35) so he should be bulding a bike for his motorwheel.Luckly I did find another frame on ebay ,I think I'll give up on finding an old motor I can afford and just stick to bikes!---sam

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   aqua bug bike motor parts posted by: Roger DiRuscio on 12/28/2002 at 1:58:42 AM
I have the remaining stock of a dealer of these bike motors
I will sell all the parts, both NOS and used for $350. If interested, contact me, I can lay them out and take pictures of the pile, I also have one set of the engine manuels that comes with the deal. There is a bunch of the hard to find same parts, sorry, no drive wheels or carb kits. There is alot of gaskets and engine and gear box parts, coils, flywheels etc. Im located in Fremont,Ca
94555 510-226-9785. Im into the muxh older stuff. I also collect pre 1920 outboards if you have some trading stuff


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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   WTB: Monark Super Twin & Marman Parts posted by: Roy on 12/20/2002 at 2:57:53 PM
Wanted Parts for Monark Super Twin and Marman Twin..any help
would be appreciated!!!!
Roy 619-252-7336.....email roy@rpm-computer.com
or http://www.monarksupertwin.com

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   WTB: Monark Super Twin & Marman Parts posted by Peter on 12/28/2002 at 4:45:46 PM
Hello there I'm looking for a complete rolling chassis for a Monark Supertwin. I don't need the motor,gas tank,chain guard,etc. What I do need is a straight frame,fenders fork,heavy duty wheels a rider.If someone has one or knows someone with one email me at pzphansen@aol.com or call me at (home)1-414-483-0885 or (cell)1-414-350-0797
Thanks Peter
Thanks In advance if anybody can help me.

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   WTB: Monark Super Twin & Marman Parts posted by Rif on 12/20/2002 at 6:24:28 PM
I really enjoyed reading about the different makes on your website. Excellent information.
Personally I think the Monark had the best looking tank of the motobikes. Well okay, they had the best looking motors too. I also absolutely love the exhaust set-up on the Jack and Heinz! My Gosh! How cool is that thing?!?!?!
Just my personal opinion...

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   WTB: Monark Super Twin & Marman Parts posted by Larry Wlos on 3/26/2003 at 5:13:41 PM
I have a original Monark supertwin seat, good condition

          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   WTB: Monark Super Twin & Marman Parts posted by Larry Wlos on 5/19/2003 at 11:37:39 PM
Do you need any engine parts?

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WANTED:   Free spirit bicycle assist motor parts posted by: Randy on 12/15/2002 at 3:42:44 PM
I am looking for part to an old Bicycle motor I found at my Grandfathers. It is an old front mounted motor from Japan. It's model number is 298.488511. If you could contact me about any parts you find I will gladdy pay you for them. Thanx

          RE:WANTED:   Free spirit bicycle assist motor parts posted by JimW. on 12/16/2002 at 2:28:27 AM
Hi Randy,
Mike Schneider, who hangs around this list is the world authority and source on those engines.(They're by Tanaka.) For information about the engines, Mike & his e-address, and parts availability, go to http://bikerodnkustom3.homestead.com/tanaka.html
He'll have you riding that thing.

          RE:WANTED:   Free spirit bicycle assist motor parts posted by Mike Schneider on 12/17/2002 at 3:16:01 PM
Hey - Always great to meet another Free Spirit Brother. Saw your posting on Old Roads about parts.
I have collected a fair amount of literature on these engines - Certainly if you are planning to do some work on one or keep the negine for awhile the package will help have your engine last. I collected this information by working with other owners and building the list from what others who helped me had.
We also developed quite a few parts that are better, last longer and cost less than the orginals (My opionion). Also included are allot of hints owners have learned by rebuilting these little jewels. some parts are available from the manufactuer but these are limited and a bit preicey. Includedv in the literature is how to contact them and parts lists.
Look froward to helping you have the wind in your face soon.
BITW (Brothers In The Wind)

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 $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 aren’t 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 Hub $10.00
The Drive Hub 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 $10.00 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 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:WANTED:   TAS SPITZ MOPED posted by mitchell on 7/27/2005 at 1:53:18 AM


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