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Archived: Reproductions and Motorized Bicycles

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.

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.

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.

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!

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,

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.



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?

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! :)

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: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 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 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 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: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

   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



MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Chicken Power Engine for sale posted by: Doug on 8/6/2003 at 1:31:27 AM
In the process of cleaning out Pap's garage, we came across a Chicken Power engine. He insisted we try and sell it, so I come here peddling his wares.

The item can be viewed here:


Apologies if this type of post is inappropriate. Just trying to appease the patriarch.

Good day.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   Chicken Power Engine for sale posted by charlie holcomb on 8/12/2003 at 2:52:43 AM
send me infro on the chicken power engine

AGE / VALUE:   dealers in CA posted by: rif on 8/4/2003 at 5:48:38 PM
Hi Russ, here's a list of dealers in CA
Hope this helps.

AAA Wholesale Tool & Supply
17309 Roscoe Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91325

Action Motoring Emporium
27497 Jefferson Avenue
Temecula, CA 92590

American Motorcycle
239 W. Harvard Blvd.
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Beach and Bike
7924 Ronson Rd., Suite L
San Diego, CA 92111

Envirowhizz Motorbike Co.
3231 Dogleg Court
Cameron Park, CA 95682 ("SACRAMENTO AREA")

Harley Davidson/Buell of Fresno
4345 W Shaw
Fresno, CA 93722

McHenry Auto Sales
3536 McHenry Avenue
Modesto, CA 95356

Mike's Chevy Parts
7716 Deering Avenue
Canoga Park, CA 91304

Service Center
7981 Highway 99E
Los Molinos, CA 96055

Sunland Cycle & Fitness
8459 Foothill Blvd.
Sunland, CA 91040

Vaughn's Co.
3754 Arlington Circle
Pittsburg, CA 94565
925-642-3108 or

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   lookin for Whizzer dealer in California posted by: Russ on 8/3/2003 at 1:37:21 PM
Can anyone tell me the name or address of a Whizzer dealer in California? A couple years ago, I found them on the net but lost track of them and can't find them now. I'm not referring to the one in Addison, Texas.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   lookin for Whizzer dealer in California posted by HUB ROBERTS on 11/18/2003 at 7:23:55 PM
LOOK FOR :fulerton harley davidson ca. ask for brain he takes care of all there whizzer sales ,i sold him my two old ones /hope this helps ,hub

MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   McCULLOUGH BIKE MOTOR posted by: Ian on 7/31/2003 at 9:58:03 AM
Hi, can anybody tell me anything about kits for motorizing bicycles made by McCullough? I have been offered a brand new one, supposedly 49cc, with friction drive roller, twistgrip and a large round muffler. Haven't seen it yet just a photo that is not very clear and have asked for more details such as serial numbers. The person selling it thinks it has been lying around in the back of the shop since the 1970's. Were they any good? Thanks, Ian.

   RE:MOTORIZED BICYCLES:   McCULLOUGH BIKE MOTOR posted by Rif on 8/2/2003 at 4:40:16 PM
To the best of my knowledge, this is based on the same set-up that AMF used on the roadmaster mopeds in the later 1970's.
The weak point with these is the electrics for the ignition.
I do have some info, (a manual and such) if you are interested in photocopies.
Other than the ignition, as far as I know the rest of the engine assy is pretty darn solid.

MISC:   BENDIX MODEL K HUB posted by: Dave on 7/25/2003 at 4:19:56 AM


   RE:MISC:   BENDIX MODEL K HUB posted by Larry on 1/13/2004 at 12:13:27 AM
I believe that is a cycle truck front wheel (if it's a 20"). I've been looking for one of those hubs. I have a Mdl.K 36 11 with no internals and have a line on a 36 10. If anyone else knows about these hubs, has one for sale or has any literature on them, please advise. Thanks.

FOR SALE:   Travis Bike motors posted by: John Herron on 7/20/2003 at 2:23:17 PM
Have two Travis bike motors for sale, each 99% complete, Have compression Both turn over, both have original carbs, aircleaners atc, one has original decal on gas tank, both look entirely original to me. Any Interest?

   RE:FOR SALE:   Travis Bike motors posted by Larry Wlos on 7/30/2003 at 11:35:42 PM
E mail me ,let'talk , I'm interested.