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Old 06-14-19, 02:55 PM
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Technically not a bicycle...

My grandfather built this in the 30s or 40s. He machined the 4 cylinder engine in his garage shop. I rode it when I was a kid. It recently came into my possession. Grandpa was the guy that told me, "riding on 2 wheels is like flying on the ground."
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Old 06-14-19, 03:07 PM
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That is super cool!
And it appears to be a mixte.
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Old 06-14-19, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
My grandfather built this in the 30s or 40s. He machined the 4 cylinder engine in his garage shop. I rode it when I was a kid. It recently came into my possession. Grandpa was the guy that told me, "riding on 2 wheels is like flying on the ground."
Non drive side


Drive side.
That is freaking AMAZING!

You lucky B*****D.
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That is really cool. Almost like folk art. Is that a foot operated horn on the left running board?
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Old 06-14-19, 03:18 PM
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That is really cool. Almost like folk art. Is that a foot operated horn on the left running board?
It is. Also foot operated clutch and hand operated clutch. Rear brake only and a top end around 45 or 50mph.
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Old 06-14-19, 03:27 PM
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Very cool indeed! Four cylinder, eh? Wow.

Thanks for posting it.
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Old 06-14-19, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Very cool indeed! Four cylinder, eh? Wow.

Thanks for posting it.
Very small 4 cylinder.
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Old 06-14-19, 03:55 PM
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Very small 4 cylinder.
It looks wonderful. Almost cute. Do you know the actual displacement?
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
Grandpa was the guy that told me, "riding on 2 wheels is like flying on the ground."
Love it!
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Old 06-14-19, 04:09 PM
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That is too cool! Thanks for posting, I love stuff like this.
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Sweet! Where's the throttle?
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Any significance to the number 4 on the tank? Forth attempt? Forth success?
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Very cool.....does it run? if not are you going to try to get it to run?
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Old 06-14-19, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
It looks wonderful. Almost cute. Do you know the actual displacement?
i think its under 175 cc
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Old 06-14-19, 05:22 PM
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Sweet! Where's the throttle?
Right hand twist grip.
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Any significance to the number 4 on the tank? Forth attempt? Forth success?
I think its just because its a 4 cylinder.
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Old 06-14-19, 05:24 PM
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Oh that's sick! How is it started, and I can't make out how it drives the rear?
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Very cool.....does it run? if not are you going to try to get it to run?
we'll get it going again. The engine is free but it needs very rare plugs and i am very cautious about riding it. I rode in my 20s and it was a gas.
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we'll get it going again. The engine is free but it needs very rare plugs and i am very cautious about riding it. I rode in my 20s and it was a gas.
, Make it so.
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= extremely cool!!!!!

This must be the kind of stuff people did before TV.
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Oh that's sick! How is it started, and I can't make out how it drives the rear?
You start it by pulling in the clutch, rolling it and letting the clutch out.

The drive system is a v belt. The cover behind the seat hides the transfer pullies. The rear wheel pully is almost the size of the rear rim.
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Originally Posted by TiHabanero View Post
Any significance to the number 4 on the tank? Forth attempt? Forth success?
Four cylinder engine, the style of the bike is a direct take-off of the Henderson, Cleveland and Ace (later Indian) 4. The way he did the tank is a copy of those bike's. Beautiful work.

My late father-in-law (late wife's dad) was the kind of guy to do this, too, although the scratch built motors he made were just to be bench mounted and run for the sheer artistry of it.
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Four cylinder engine, the style of the bike is a direct take-off of the Henderson, Cleveland and Ace (later Indian) 4. The way he did the tank is a copy of those bike's. Beautiful work.

My late father-in-law (late wife's dad) was the kind of guy to do this, too, although the scratch built motors he made were just to be bench mounted and run for the sheer artistry of it.
We always thought it looked like a henderson. The thing with those inline fours was they would fall over on really slick surfaces when torqued. Or so i was told. The millercycle didnt have huge power so it wasnt a big issue.
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So, technically, it's a mixte?
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Had gramps seen an e-bike he might well not even have bothered. Imagine what he would have thought of it?
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