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04-11-2017, 11:34 AM
First project.
Started with stock 83, did a lot of work, rode it, wasnt satisfied, chopped the frame in half and started over. Still not satisfied but i know what to do on the next one now. Still got a fun toy.
Low budget and limited tools, dont expect miracles.

http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag138/Hotel/First%20Build/WP_20140531_001_zpsotwcdh4p.jpg (http://s1302.photobucket.com/user/Hotel/media/First%20Build/WP_20140531_001_zpsotwcdh4p.jpg.html)

The end of night 2
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag138/Hotel/First%20Build/WP_20140609_004_zpsdwps0dgw.jpg (http://s1302.photobucket.com/user/Hotel/media/First%20Build/WP_20140609_004_zpsdwps0dgw.jpg.html)

First teardown
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag138/Hotel/First%20Build/0302151419_zpstbqanwxy.jpg (http://s1302.photobucket.com/user/Hotel/media/First%20Build/0302151419_zpstbqanwxy.jpg.html)

The first go round.
Cut back section of frame off, went directly to swingarm. Small sissy bar, single backbone tank on twin backbone frame.
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag138/Hotel/First%20Build/A7_zpsiygekgpb.jpg (http://s1302.photobucket.com/user/Hotel/media/First%20Build/A7_zpsiygekgpb.jpg.html)

Then i cut it
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag138/Hotel/First%20Build/temp2_zpsr1hkyecf.jpg (http://s1302.photobucket.com/user/Hotel/media/First%20Build/temp2_zpsr1hkyecf.jpg.html)

I wanted to get rid of the swingarm and twin backbone. So this was my first frame i made.
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag138/Hotel/5_zpszhzmmnco.jpg (http://s1302.photobucket.com/user/Hotel/media/5_zpszhzmmnco.jpg.html)

And how we sit now.
Skateboard is a luggage rack, it flips down. Sissy bar is just some home depot tube i bent. Most if the time invested in this bike now is making brackets and hardware for everything.
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag138/Hotel/2nd%20build/20170408_190930_zpswhksngey.jpg (http://s1302.photobucket.com/user/Hotel/media/2nd%20build/20170408_190930_zpswhksngey.jpg.html)
http://i1302.photobucket.com/albums/ag138/Hotel/2nd%20build/20170408_174522_zpsyjfnqhxw.jpg (http://s1302.photobucket.com/user/Hotel/media/2nd%20build/20170408_174522_zpsyjfnqhxw.jpg.html)

My next one will be a chain drive so i can stretch it. Not liking the crampedness.
Shes not much but thanks to all you for the inspiration to do it. I started out thinking taking parts off the back of the scooter made it a custom bike. Next bike will be smoother and cleaner i believem

04-11-2017, 8:37 PM
Care for some friendly advice?

You've got a damn good start, but that sissybar kills it. Try putting a fender on the rear tire and moving that sissybar back to the rear axle. Then do a ridgid mounted seat and you'll sit down into the 'cradle'. I think you'll find it won't feel nor look near as cramped!

And you can stretch a shaft driven bike. You can either buy a second shaft from the same bike and lengthen and reinforce it, then take it to a driveshaft shop for balancing. Or can you can have a shop lengthen it to your specs.

04-12-2017, 5:42 AM
I like the idea of a rigid seat, i could sink back a few more inches.
Im on the fence about tearing this one back down, especially with new knowledge i can lengthen the driveshaft.
Many thanks