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Old 04-30-02, 06:30 PM   #1
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I want to see your bent pictures

I'll post mine if I ever get one
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Old 05-02-02, 11:57 AM   #2
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Here ya go. These are before the tail box, when I was still using the orange safety flag and when I still had the old tail light.

I built a tail box, no longer use the flag and bought a new tail light. More pics. coming soon.
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Old 05-02-02, 12:21 PM   #4
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Nice lookin scoot B-rider, look foward to seeing the tailbox.
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Old 05-02-02, 07:25 PM   #5
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b_rider.....I have a Vision with a Cuda kickstand, but I can't keep it from toppling over. Do you have any problems with yours?
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Old 05-03-02, 01:22 PM   #6
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b_rider.....I have a Vision with a Cuda kickstand, but I can't keep it from toppling over. Do you have any problems with yours?
No I never have. It is possible that your kickstand is either to long or to short. I think you are supposed to cut them to lenght when you install them. I had my LBS put mine on. If your is to long then just cut it to the proper lenght, if it is to short, you'll have to get a new one probably.
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Here is my Vision VR-40 USS w/suspension. I have the waterback on it, and I have added a water bottle cage to the front.

Notice the size of the tires... I ride this bike on the Katy Trail, crushed limestone, and the big tires help a lot.

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Notice the size of the tires...
I went to oversized tires also, but not because of road conditions.

I blew out a tube on 2001 Bike Florida trip and it was near impossible to get a 26x1.25" tube that would actually fit. I found several, but they had a wiggle in them after installation. I finished out the ride with an extra wiggle in my rear (HA)

The 1.5 in the rear and the 1.75 in the front I can get ANYWHERE.
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And the front quarter view...
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Bentrox that looks like one fast cat!
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This is one of my first homebuilts - "Yeller Thang". I don't have any decent pictures of my Vision R-44 yet, but I will soon!
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As promised here are more pics of Joker.
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And one more. Any questions about the tail box, please ask. I'd be more then happy to tell how I built and attached it to my 'bent.
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Good job on the homebuilt, nobby, i'd build a tandem if i had a knack for making bikes
brider is that tailbox for storage or for streamlining? kind of reminds me of the stern of my old canoe!
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Finally got a picture of my 1998 Vision R-44. I have a set of Darcy bags on the back there...great for running errands. The plan is to try some touring this summer.

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Second try...
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OK, OK, Jean keeps saying I should post a picture here... it's just a stock EZ1-SC... with a stock middle-aged duffer riding it...
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That's no "stock middle-age duffer", that's MY middle-age duffer and his wonderful bent with sound system.
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Old 06-02-02, 07:59 PM   #21
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It has a sound system?! Im Jealous!

BTW, Welcome to the forums Dan, Jean as been a great source of information for all of us.
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Good job on the homebuilt, nobby, i'd build a tandem if i had a knack for making bikes
brider is that tailbox for storage or for streamlining? kind of reminds me of the stern of my old canoe!
Bentboy, the tail box on mine is for both storage and streamlining. As you can see from the pics it surrounds the Back Rack I have on the bike. On top of the rack and strapped to the back of the seat is the back pack I use for carrying my camel back, spare tubes, tools, etc.

With the tail box surrounding it, it acts as a trunk of sorts. The top of the tail box is seperate from the rest of it. It just sits on top and is held in place with duct tape along the top of the back or the seat. All I do when I need to get in the back pack is flip the top up and forward. The duct tape acts as a makeshift hinge and keeps the top from coming off. It will bounce when ever I ride over rought spots but it is not much if a annoyance at all.

WhenI get the front fairing built it will be more streamlined and I'm sure the tail box will act as a better streamliner then it is now.
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Well, calling it a "sound system" might be a bit grandiose. Thanks for the welcome, Joe.

It was easy to do and not too expensive. Of course, it must add at least 12 ounces to the weight of the bike so I don't suppose any SERIOUS riders would consider doing this, but I figure if I ride this bike every weekend I ought to be able to lose 12 ounces and make up for it...

What I did was to buy a small pair of powered speakers ($20 for the pair) and tie-wrap them to the back of the seat, as shown. I'm not too worried if they get damaged or stolen, I can almost treat them as disposable. Then I bought a "car-ready" shock-resistant CD player. The CD player just sits in the basket, in a jogger's neoprene carrying belt. When I leave the bike, I unplug the speakers and take the player with me.

I get a nice stereo effect because the speakers are just a few inches from my ears. They do NOT interfere with my hearing cars. There's not much bass, but that's fine with me. The sort of music that seems appropriate to me for tooling around the neighborhood is light, gentle, mellow stuff--wind ensembles playing Percy Grainger if that means anything to you. End-of-a-lazy-summer-afternoon music. Quality MuZak.

Jean tells me some people call bents "inline wheelchairs." Well, think "inline La-Z-Boy" and you get where I'm coming from.
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Hey B-rider did you ever fix your scoot and add the front fairing?
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I have never tried to send a picture before so here I go! I had this cycle made in the hopes it would help my damaged back. I have put 225 miles on it in about three weeks. So far it seems to be helping a lot.
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