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WANTED:   whizzer coil posted by: carl on 9/24/2006 at 9:57:46 AM
In search of a whizzer coil and rims. Will reproduction coil work?
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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Honda Powered Folding Bike posted by: Frank on 8/25/2006 at 3:50:02 PM
I have for sale a Brand New Honda 31cc Powered Folding Bike 20ins wheels it gets up to 200 mpg. call me 0191-3737313. I can e mail pictures. fffranky@yahoo.com
Also a number of Do It Yourself Kits I made 2 yrs ago for Spain you can start a Shop with this lot includes three brand new Honda GX31 engines clutch cups drive wheels bearings bearing holders throttles etc etc. I will sell the lot to a serious bidder phone me 0191-3737313 or mobile 07914 345 205

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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   GRUBEE STYLE ENGINE KIT Schwinn OCC Chopper posted by: shaun on 8/25/2006 at 1:45:05 PM
I've been surfing ebay, looking to sell my son's unused Schwinn OCC chopper bike. It is a heavy bike w no gears, so nobody rides it. I seeking a value, I came across some sellers of 'mounting kits' for gas engines on this bike.
Can anyone tell me where to get information about Grubee-style engine kits reported to work and fit well on this bike? Also interested in other engines (including electric) which might work as well. Thanks!!!!!
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          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   GRUBEE STYLE ENGINE KIT Schwinn OCC Chopper posted by Edward on 12/10/2006 at 4:30:17 PM
I built several of these and have tried to detail my experiences and information on this site:
http://oldroads.com/d_cst_def.asp?rec_count=7
You have to go back aways as the new posts do not bring the subject to the front page, as in many sites.
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   GRUBEE STYLE ENGINE KIT Schwinn OCC Chopper posted by JimW. on 8/27/2006 at 11:17:56 PM
Here's a link to an article on the subject of those engines.

http://bikerodnkustom3.homestead.com/ArloLKraus_Interview.html

The Grubee version is the highest-quality of a type of generic Chinese bike engine made by many factories over there. There are good ones and bad ones, with an actual Grubee version being the most desirable. I haven't looked lately, but eBay was crawling with various versions of the engines, a while back. I've heard since that they have been outlawed from importation into the US, for some reason, and
existing stocks are the only ones available.
JimW.
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AGE / VALUE:   1978 AMF posted by: Don Courtney on 8/20/2006 at 5:31:43 PM
I have a 1978 AMF allpro drivecycle made in Olney,Illionis does anyone know where I can get info about it
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AGE / VALUE:   1978 AMF allpro posted by: Don Courtney on 8/20/2006 at 5:24:44 PM
I have a 1978 AMF allpro drive cycle built in Olney,Illionis does anyone know where I can get some info about it?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   1978 AMF allpro posted by S Smith on 5/17/2007 at 1:25:20 PM
Hi...You should get ahold of any Harley Davidson dealer, with it being AMF they should be able to help you.
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          allpro motor driven bicycle posted by scott jeffares on 12/13/2007 at 11:13:28 AM
I have an allpro motor driven bicycle given to me.I would like some info on when they stop building them and value of it.It does not run.If any one could help me it would be gratefull.
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REPRODUCTIONS:   Reproduction Bicycle Catalogs posted by: Nathan Holland on 7/31/2006 at 3:04:23 PM
Just came across this great site.

www.bicyclebikecatalogs.com - they have downloadable turn of the century bicycle catalogs.

Reproduction Bicycle Catalogs


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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by: Mike Schneider on 7/26/2006 at 2:36:33 PM
New Information on Litertaure, Parts, Repairs, Trade Ins & Sales

TAS Spitz, Bike Bug, Sears Free Spirit Bicycle, Bike, Engines, Motors.

We offer Sales, Literature, Parts, Repairs and Service. We have been collecting information; making parts and helping folks keep these little engines running for the past 10 years. We are now able to offer repairs or trade in or sale of working engines with a full month running warranty. The vast majority of what we have learned about these engines is from our own repairs and from friends we have met in offering literature and parts who have come up with ideas on parts and repairs.

We still offer literature & parts for these little fun machines for the fellows who are mechanically inclined and have the shop resources to effect repairs. However, keeping with wanting to have these classic machines on the road for years to come we are now offering repair, trade in service or direct sale.

Three Options for Repair:

• Do it yourself – we furnish prepaid literature & parts, technical support via telephone and email. Recommend supplying a digital photo of your engine plus history you know about it. Please do not start wrenching on an engine without the literature. There are many small parts that when lost or broken can’t be replaced. We do not sell parts unless you have our literature.

• Send us your engine for repair – We do the repair on a time & material (T&M) basis. We send YOUR engine back to you with a 30 day warranty on all repairs.

• Trade In for a running engine with a 30 day warranty. This depends on the condition of your engine. You send your engine to us. We send you a rebuilt engine with a 30 day warranty. We subtract trade in value and apply it to the cost of a rebuilt engine $350.

We are an authorized Tanaka Parts Dealer. We also have parts no longer offered by Tanaka. These are our original designs and in many cases are better than new. We also pull used parts that we sell parts at 75% of original replacement value.

Sale Option/ NO EXCHANGE:
Sale Rebuilt Engine with 30 day Warranty - $400. Includes Literature Package $25 Value

Shipping cost not included.


BITW (Brothers In The Wind)

Mike







Repairing your own Engine

If it has been awhile since you ran your engine - you may need some parts - a picture and idea about the condition and how it was stored will help me - help you get the "Wind In Your Face" sooner. Most engines that have spark and have not ran in awhile will need a new fuel pump kit, foot valve, primer pump, fuel hoses and carburetor cleaning. Spark can include an ignition module, spark plug and adjustment to magneto spacing. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT THESE WITHOUT THE LITERATURE - SOME PARTS ARE COSTLY TO REPLACE - ONCE LOST OR BROKEN YOU ARE IN A FIX.

Thanks for emailing. We are a Tanaka parts distributor specializing in Bicycle Engines. These engines were made in the 70s and are Classics. If parts are broken or lost on during attempted they may be difficult to be replaced. Highly recommend you get the literature before wrenching on the engine.

Please find a description of literature & parts. We are happy to help you work on your engine. We have developed these parts by working with other owners and have sources to substitute other parts.

We do not sell parts to folks who do not have the literature. This is our hobby helping folks repair & maintain these engines. Have had too many times working with folks where something is lost or broken that should not have been because the person working on the engine did not have the benefit of this information. That can mean one unhappy owner. With this literature and a little elbow grease this little engine will last many years - that is our goal in putting this together - so folks can enjoy them for years to come.

Enjoy the engine - they are really neat little machines.

BITW (Brothers In The Wind)

Mike

Literature & Parts
These little bike engines are really a HOOT. I have mounted these on mountain bikes, cruisers, three wheelers, and fold up bicycles - 16”, 20”, 24” & 26” bikes. 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. Fifteen 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 many 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)
• Technical Diagrams
• Parts Catalog
• Parts Lists
• 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.
http://bikerodnkustom3.homestead.com/tanaka.html









Parts we have developed are:
• Drive Roller Wheel (62mm - Faster, lasts longer, than original replacement)
• Drive Hub
• Safety Gas Tank Cap
• Fuel Pump Kit
• Electronic Ignition/ Spark Plug Kit
• Muffler to Submuffler Extension Hose
• Primer Pump
• Foot Valve Fuel Filter
• Fender for Drive Hub
• Mounting Kit for New Model Bike (5 ½” forks versus older 3 ½” forks)
PARTS ARE NOT SOLD UNLESS CLIENT HAS A SET OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED LITERATURE.
• Drive Wheel $25.00
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 $25.00 ready to mount over your existing aluminum hub.
• Drive Hub $30.00
Replacement for original Drive Hub that mounts on drive shaft.
• Left Handed Retaining Nut $5.00
Holds Drive Hub onto Drive Shaft.
• Gas Tank Cap $15.00
The Safety Gas Tank Cap sells for $15.00 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.
• Fuel Pump Kit $15.00
The pump gasket, diagraphm, and free valve with instructions and hints to make this replacement of parts go correctly (Parts being misaligned – pump will not function) with minimum time and lost of small pieces. These instructions are in addition the owner’s manual and workshop manual. Instructions in kit on how to replace fuel lines will avoid damage to the fuel pump hosing that is extremely difficult to correct if you pull the brass inlets out.
• Electronic Ignition/ Spark Plug Kit $32.00
This computer ignition kit replaces troublesome points and condenser. Easily installed. A New NGK BM6A Spark Plug is included with the replacement of condenser and points.
• Foot Valve Kit $15.00
This kit is a fuel filter and one way check valve combination mounted in the gas tank suction line that keeps the fuel pump primed.
• Primer Valve Kit $15.00
This kit is a primer bulb, one way check valve, tubing, brass inlets combination mounted above the fuel tank in the fuel line to prime the carburetor.
• 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 five 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.
• Mounting System $15.00 - (5 1/2” forks – Newer Model Mountain Bikes & Cruisers, and Three Wheelers)
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
Our literature is from people like you and some from old but new in the box engines we have purchased.
We have large odd lot large parts from engines that were in various stages of repair from a Sears Serviceman Estate. Tell me what you need from the parts list and we will see if we have one or can build some.


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. Synthetic 2-stroke oil (Bel Ray available from 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.
Anyway, we can help you on rebuilding and mounting if you have specific questions after your review the information.
The literature we supply and mail to you for $25.00 in the US. Send a check to - Don't waste money on a money order:
Most Part Orders can be included for additional $6.00.


Mike Schneider
1307 Country Place Circle
Houston, Texas 77079
713 962 2681


WARNING: All persons by purchasing a motorized vehicle, engine kit, or individual parts from agree to the following disclaimer: Operating this motorized bicycle or bicycle engine kit, or use of individual parts, involves the risk of serious bodily injury or even death. The buyer accepts total responsibility for any and all vehicle operation or use that may lead to personal injury, economic loss, social distress, other losses, costs and damages. Seller is not responsible for injuries and or damages of any kind resulting from operating this motorized bicycle, engine kit, or use of individual parts.



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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by hugh on 2/19/2011 at 1:04:30 AM
i have a tas-spitz in original condition what would it be worth i have no idea about what it would be worth please help also has an one else had the rubber in the fuel pump go hard?? please wright back asap
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by hugh on 2/19/2011 at 1:06:23 AM
i have a tas-spitz in original condition what would it be worth i have no idea about what it would be worth please help also has an one else had the rubber in the fuel pump go hard?? please wright back asap
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by tim on 8/19/2006 at 5:26:46 AM
i was given a bike bug motor a few years ago. This motor runs great.except for the need to clean carb after few hours of running even with new fuel filter but need to know what size fuel return line is. and a estimate selling price for motor thank you tim
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          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Mike Schneider on 8/30/2006 at 7:51:39 PM
Tim:

Return line is 3/8" - you can buy it a Sears or Ace Hardware - Clear Plastic Vinyl tube about 15 cents a foot.

Want to sell your bug - send me a couple of photos - I buy & sell them all the time. Value is dependant on condition and cosmetics.

BITW

Mike
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Dave Reimer on 1/3/2007 at 3:33:23 PM
I have a Bike Bug in a box that ran perfectly when last used, but that was at least 20 years ago. I purchased it new, and it has very few hours on it. What would one in reasonably good condition be worth? I can get some photos online shortly if it is worth the effort.
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          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Gene Mummau on 1/28/2007 at 7:22:48 PM
I have a Bike Bug engine that I'm trying to put into operating order. The last time I used it it ran perfectly. Now I can't get it to run. I've taken the carb apart and thoroughly cleaned. I've also taken the fuel pump apart. I would like to locate the diaphram assembly. Have you any idea where I might go to purchase?
Please let me know. Otherwise, everything seems to be ok.
Thanks.
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          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Gene Mummau on 1/28/2007 at 7:23:54 PM
I have a Bike Bug engine that I'm trying to put into operating order. The last time I used it it ran perfectly. Now I can't get it to run. I've taken the carb apart and thoroughly cleaned. I've also taken the fuel pump apart. I would like to locate the diaphram assembly. Have you any idea where I might go to purchase?
Please let me know. Otherwise, everything seems to be ok.
Thanks.
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by John Weatherford on 2/4/2007 at 8:50:34 AM
Dear sirs as a bicycle collector for years I am having to disperse nearly all of my hoard.I have one of these engines.I will be glad to get the specifics and send a photo.If interested email straydog@seark.net thanks johnw also 48 schwinn 38 colson for sale
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Bill Jackson on 3/10/2007 at 8:02:17 PM
Hello,

Picked up a Free Spirit engine today @ a local flea market - the price was right, but it is missing some parts (gas cap, breather cover, drive hub - wheel & nut, bracket plates that hold mount onto fork). There is spark but I don't have a gauge to test compression. I'm mulling over whether to try and fix it myself (I've worked on a couple 2-cycle engines successfully) or send it to you. I know you can't be specific, but what is s ballpark estimate on an engine such as mine - and are you currently accepting enginesfor repair? Thanks...
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          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Frederick Woolfall on 3/23/2007 at 12:53:53 PM
I would appreciate information on Tanaka gas motor bicycles. I live in Rhode island. Thank you
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Larry Wlos on 4/2/2007 at 7:25:46 PM
I have new in box motors
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by russell huddy on 5/13/2007 at 12:46:00 PM
I bought this engine at a swapmeet and am not sure what it is exactly it is missing its fuel tank and im not sure what else the only id# onit is A001212 any info would help thankyou Russ

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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by john rue on 6/4/2007 at 12:49:18 PM
hello! hey was needing a few 2 fuel pums for the tas motors have one that was made woth the guard and on with out they seem to be the same anyways how can i tell if you have these as i need!
thanks! john
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          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Fred Tippie on 6/9/2007 at 10:22:33 PM
What is your price for a new in box Bike bug motor? Thanks, Fred Tippie


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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Bill Bucher on 9/12/2007 at 10:26:05 AM
I have a bike motor I have been working on, I have found the coil to be shorted. the manufacture is K&S - that is the only markings I find on the engine except it was made in Japan. Do you have any help? where can I get a coil to fit in this engine.
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Todd Burns on 9/14/2007 at 10:53:59 PM
I have a aqua bug that I am having trouble with the fuel pump, when took it apart it looked okay, from what I could see it uses crank case pressure with a thin flap of plastic over the intake port for a check valve, I'm not able to pull a vacume on the intake line to the pump. My engine has no primer pump, anyway I need a fuel pump kit, primer pump and a left handed retainer nut. Thanks
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by bill lee on 9/22/2007 at 12:27:28 PM
need left hand retain nut for roller,,,,,,glad i found your web site ,,,been using these motors for 25 years ,,do you have a bumble bee in stock,, right now i got a bike bug with a retain nut missing,,,can you help me?
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by bill lee on 9/22/2007 at 12:28:43 PM
need left hand retain nut for roller,,,,,,glad i found your web site ,,,been using these motors for 25 years ,,do you have a bumble bee in stock,, right now i got a bike bug with a retain nut missing,,,can you help me?
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by bill lee on 9/22/2007 at 12:30:00 PM
need left hand retain nut for roller,,,,,,glad i found your web site ,,,been using these motors for 25 years ,,do you have a bumble bee in stock,, right now i got a bike bug with a retain nut missing,,,can you help me? serial number 768432
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Rafael de la Espriella on 6/18/2008 at 5:28:13 PM
HELLO
I HAVE TWO BIKE BUGS AND I AM IN NEED OF A PRIMER PUMP. LET ME KNOW I AM IN NEED OF OTHER PARTS TO GET MY ENGINES RUNNING..THANKS
IF NEED BE PLEASE CALL ME AT MY HOUSE 305 553 3613 OR CELL 305 338 2082
RAFAEL
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          RE:RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by jim on 8/28/2008 at 2:44:21 AM
i'm in need of a piston for a tas spitz bicycle motors any help would be appreciated thanks
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Dan on 9/14/2008 at 2:12:25 PM
I need drive wheel Free spirit model 298.
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Michael Hernan on 10/21/2008 at 4:43:20 PM
At first I didn't scroll down to this area so I sent you an email. I'll put a check in the mail tommorrow. Thank you, Mike in Ohio.
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by sye on 3/30/2009 at 9:54:34 PM
Does anyone know the recommended plug and plug gap for a 77 bike bug motor. I just bought off craigslist in Oahu.
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Dean Chrispen on 6/29/2009 at 4:26:22 PM
I have a sears engine model #298488511. do you have a primer bulb and a front roller for this?
thanks,
Dean
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by John B on 6/30/2009 at 4:18:22 PM
I have a Sears Bike Bug motor that was given to me a few years back and was wondering what its worth ( I would like to sell it). It's not running but turns freely by hand. It will need the tank cleaned and a new primer bulb, fuel lines and a roller. The muffler and pipe are in excellent condition along with the throttle and kill switch. The cover is in good condition with the exception of I think shellac, that dripped on one side while it was in the previous owners garage. It does flake off with my fingernail and most likely would come off with the proper solvent. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Sr Joaquin Chas on 7/1/2009 at 12:45:02 PM
For a tas spintz engine i need (tanaka)
The Information Literature $25.00
Fuel Pump Kit ,• Primer Pump,• Foot Valve Fuel Filter
If you want, can send a photo of the engine
located in Argentina
Thanks a lot
Joaquin Chas

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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Sr Joaquin Chas on 7/1/2009 at 12:46:21 PM
For a tas spintz engine i need (tanaka)
The Information Literature $25.00
Fuel Pump Kit ,• Primer Pump,• Foot Valve Fuel Filter
If you want, can send a photo of the engine
located in Argentina
Thanks a lot
Joaquin Chas

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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by david peavey on 7/27/2009 at 9:45:48 AM
i have a tas-spitz #35l508 it will fire and get gas but not crank. i think i need a set of rings not enough compression. i restore old bikes and a friend gave this to me 10 yrs ago before he passed away. if you can help please e mail me many thanks. david
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Alex Murray on 8/2/2009 at 7:55:22 AM
Hi, your web page is from 2006, so the question is: Do you still sell the literature with parts manuals, exploded views, adjustment and maintenance manual?. Also do you still sell parts like the carburettor and fuel pump kits? Thanks, Alex Murray
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Dave on 1/28/2010 at 10:49:07 PM
I have a bike bug for sale on ebay if anyones interested
ebay item # 230430462938

thanks
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Bike Bug, TAS Spitz, SEars Free Spirit Bicycle Engines posted by Tony on 6/8/2011 at 3:38:00 PM
I just purchased this motor and was wondering how do I go about checking it and installing on my old skool sears roebuck free spirit? I see how it attached to the front forks but was also wondering what I need to attach to make the front wheel turn or how do I even start it? Information on this motor would be great.
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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   ACE replica posted by: oldman on 7/4/2006 at 1:11:59 AM
Please give me any information on the motorized bike in the picture files in the "motorized bicycle" catagory, called "ACE reproduction". Are these still available?

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          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   ACE replica posted by Kent on 4/14/2008 at 4:17:17 AM
Hi Andrew I am interested in your flying Merkel or might buy a bike you build like the ace. Thank You Kent
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   ACE replica posted by JimW. on 7/11/2006 at 4:47:49 AM
I don't know about the Ace Replica, but there are other people making board track racers.

Sam McKay of Firebikes makes a board tracker based around one of those 49cc Chinese bike motors. He calls it "Retro" I think. Check out http://www.firebikes.com/gallery3.html#
You have to go about four gallery pages in to find it, but the thumbnail image is a closeup of the tank with "Firebikes" on it. It's orange. click on it to see the whole thing. Sam's done several variations on that theme.
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          RE:RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   ACE replica posted by oldman on 7/20/2006 at 1:01:10 AM
I have seen FIRBIKES products, and have closely examined their end results. I can only say this much,the "Board Track Racer" is an amaturish attempt at best.
The ACE REPLICA looks as though it is ment for business. It is also a better thought out design. The fit and finish is to a higher degree. The ACE looks as if it might be able to do 50-60 mph. (dependeing on engine size) I feel that it appears as though the builder has used at least 8-10 hp engines. Mighty impressive!
I would really like to be able to contact the builder or company responsible for its' manufacture.
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   ACE replica posted by Rod on 1/21/2007 at 5:26:23 PM
Hi Oldman,
My grand father said if you want something done right do it yourself.I recently built a replica broad track racer.I got the idea from seeing alot of pictures on the internet.
I wanted something reliable yet fast,and workable.I built the frame,and tank by hand.Power I chose a briggs & stratton Jr dragster motor.Rated at 5 hp,but worked over can produce about 12 to 16 hp.Depending on cams,carb,and fuels.Draw backs are no way to restart it if you shut it off with out the hand held starter.We haven't tryed push starting it yet.
I used a go cart type jackshaft to make gearing adjustable.With a centrifical clutch,and a whizzer belt drive.It runs standard 26" rims with heavy duty spokes.The hubs are also standard,with a machinical rear brake attached to a rod,and frame mounted pedal(No front brakes).It took about 6 months to fabricate myself.Mostly because I had to figure out alot of things during fabrication.
I'm working on another one right now.The frame will look like an old Indian.It will have the standard pedals,and chain drive.A compression release valve,and use a 2 stroke motor.I don't have any pictures right now due to a pc crash.
If you want I will post or send you some pic's. Rod
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   ACE replica posted by jp on 2/12/2007 at 7:32:18 AM
ace replica looks delicious. boy thats a good job jou did.
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   ACE replica posted by andrew on 6/24/2007 at 4:44:15 PM
I built the the red ace and have a flying merkel replica for sale
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   ACE replica posted by steve ramser on 1/11/2008 at 12:34:45 AM
interested in buying. would like to see photos and get details. please get back to me thanks
steve

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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   ACE replica posted by Shawn on 3/31/2008 at 9:49:55 PM
Hi Oldman

You are right about the Firebike board track racers being built by ametures I was one of them. Sam is my cousin (and former business partner) and we were goofin around one day in the garage. There was a motorcycle show in Craven Saskatchewan in two weeks so we had an idea of building a couple of board track racers. We had the engines sitting in the boxes in the garage for mounths and didn't know what to do with them until then They were built in about 10 hours (together). then sent to the powder coaters Sams was the flying merkel and I built the Cyclone Replica. I do have plans of building a better more functional piece someday but I am currently busy with other ventures that have nothing to do with bike building.
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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   ACE replica posted by: OldMan on 7/3/2006 at 5:56:59 PM
what does anyone know about the ACE motorized bike replica
"boardtrack racer" that is in the photo archive of this site? Are they still being produced? Is one for sale? Or was this a kit? let me know......
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   ACE replica posted by Rod on 1/21/2007 at 5:45:07 PM
I almost forgot.I don't think anyone is making the ace anymore.It was a complete bike,and not a kit.They were being built just like the original ace.I saw one on Ebay about the middle of last year,and enough parts to almost build a secound unit.It was selling for over 3,000 when the guy pulled the auction.If I remember right he was somewere in Calif.I don't remember if he was building them,or worked for the company.I can see why you want one.
There are people out there that making original replacement motor parts for harleys,indians,excelsiors,but they are super expensive.Original parts are even more.Rod
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   ACE replica posted by andrew on 7/30/2007 at 4:55:16 AM
HI my name is andrew and i am the builder of the red ace and the orange flying ace they are hand made and built in ohio 44139 216-870-1562 the orange ace is still for sale
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AGE / VALUE:   Motorized Huffy BMA-6 posted by: Donna on 6/19/2006 at 10:20:32 PM
Hi, Husband came across this ancient looking old Huffy Motorized Bicycle. The serial # is SS-HC2402281. It is now black but was yellow originally it looks like. It si a 3 speed. Motor made by RLine O&R Engines. Tires are 26 x 1 3/8. Can't read his writing well but looks like also says Sportside or something like that? Anyone have an idea if this is worth anything. He wants me to put it on ebay but I sure am hesitant to do this! Any help is appreciated as to year value etc.....
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motorized Huffy BMA-6 posted by JimW. on 6/25/2006 at 2:41:28 PM
The bike probably didn't come with the engine on it, originally; so there's no particular reason to keep the two together. Huffys are not particularly desirable to collectors, either.

The engine is an Orline, probably from the late '40s or '50s. They changed the name and graphics to "Chicken Power" in the '60s.

O&R, maker of the engine, was a pioneer in large-displacement model aircraft engines. The Orline engine is not noted for gobs of power, but it is a cute little engine, of interest to collectors.

If you were to restore the bike and engine to original condition, you would have an interesting package, but it probably wouldn't justify spending a lot of money on the restoration.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motorized Huffy BMA-6 posted by barry Boneyard on 8/14/2006 at 1:30:55 AM
Hi, I saw this article you wrote about the engine, I have one on my old schwinn, a Chicken power, but I have no coil or wire to the plug, do you have any idea where I can get one? The motor turns over well, so I think with a coil, it would run, please get back to me, aloha
Barry


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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Motorized Huffy BMA-6 posted by JimW. on 8/14/2006 at 11:02:09 PM
Sorry, I have no idea where you could find a replacement coil for it, Barry. Probably your best bet would be to keep checking eBay for a parts engine. Orline and Chicken Power engines show up there occasionally. That's where I bought my Orline.

Jim
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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   SPOOKY TOOTH CYCLES posted by: R on 5/30/2006 at 10:34:16 PM
ANYONE INETERSTED IN QUALITY AFFORDABLE MOTORIZED BICYCLES (GAS AND ELECTRIC) SHOULD CHECK SPOOKYTOOTHCYCLES.COM. THE SHOP IS LOCATED IN TUCSON,AZ, BUT THEY CAN SHIP ANYWHERE. THE GAS BIKES GET 150 MILES PER GALLON AND CAN GO FASTER THAN YOU THINK...THEY'RE AWESOME!
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MISC:   WHAT DO I HAVE? posted by: joel on 5/30/2006 at 3:32:35 AM
While cleaning out a barn that was on my newly aquired property i found a bicycle with the following markings and i cant find out who made it or anything about it? on the changaurd it syas Venus 24X20+3. it has a banana seat with the big bars going up behind the seat i would call them sissy bars. on the neck in front it says gimbels and something else i cant make out. It has fenders on the front and rear tires. Can anyone help me?
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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Raleigh Cyclemaster posted by: Janice St. Peters on 5/15/2006 at 10:34:11 PM
My husband is thinking of selling his bike stored at his folk's house that was a 26" Raleigh Cyclemaster with rear motor, 2-cycle, girls model with lever style brakes. I think it is from the 60's. Not sure. Anyone have any idea of value or where I can go to find out. I've looked at several sites and haven't found anything. Thanks, Jan
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Raleigh Cyclemaster posted by mark on 2/4/2007 at 2:39:57 PM
Hello, just sat and talked to my father who had one of these devices, great to hear these stories, he is now 82, and reckoned if he could get one of these he would take to riding a bike again, have you sold yours now ?
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES: Raleigh Cyclemaster posted by Larry Wlos on 4/2/2007 at 7:30:13 PM
I have nice condition cyclemaster on CCM bike 1950's vintage,for sale ,these are rare bikes
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AGE / VALUE:   US Engine 145 posted by: Mike Schneider on 5/9/2006 at 7:58:25 PM
Have acquired two bicycle engines - US Engine 145 is on the cover of the engine - have a metal drive roller, red plastic gas tank - Anyone know anything about these?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: US Engine 145 posted by carlo airdo on 5/10/2006 at 11:40:39 AM
I have a bike motor with a metal roller. It's called chicken power. Don't know if it is the same one as yours. I Will be selling it soon.It's not very powerful.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: US Engine 145 posted by Larry Wlos on 4/2/2007 at 7:32:37 PM
Might be a K&S bike machine
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MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Rear Sprocket Direction posted by: Robert on 5/7/2006 at 7:48:26 AM
Hello, I was wondering if anyone has done a install of a Skyhawk Engine and would know which direction the rear sprockt goes onto the hub. In the manual it says "dish side in" so I am assuming that means the concave side goes toward the spokes? This seems odd to me though because it woul seem I could get more clearance of the rear tire if I mount it the other way. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks.
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          RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Rear Sprocket Direction posted by Edward on 6/14/2006 at 3:48:06 AM
It depends on you clearance and alignment of the chain as to which side is out. Every bike is different.
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