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Old 05-26-2009, 02:04 AM   #11 (permalink)
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A scooter is automatic so with one of them you just need a throttle. But the clutch would probably not be very happy pushing a car around.

I would suggest using RC car controls to operate everything on the bike. That way you could just unplug the harness and the bike is free and still mostly normal looking. 3 servos to work it all. one for the throttle using a small lamp pull chain type connection to the carb so it doesn't interfere with the normal throttle. Need one for the shifter up and down. It would most likely have to be unhooked from the shifter arm when riding to keep from breaking it. And a monster servo for the clutch connected similar to the throttle by connecting it on the arm coming out of the engine.

Getting power to the bike would also be helpful so you could put a remote neutral indicator light in the car so you know when you found N and can let the bike just hang on for the ride.

Just some ideas I am tossing out there. I have no idea if it would actually work. But it would be cool to see running

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Definitely need a camera running for the first 30 minutes of using it



But I would probably try it anyway.
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This was a very solid way to attach a motorcycle to the rear of my car.
It rolled with the car in turns and never felt "loose".
You have to have a passenger to help unload though.
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Metroschultz - that looks so dangerous, yet very funny. I can easily believe it didn't fall off though.

What about the back end off of a 'maxi scooter' like a suzuki burgmann 650? Their automatic, and when stripped to the bare frame and engine wont weight much?
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metroschultz, are you serious?!?! If so, that's more ballsy than I think I would be, with my geo *or* my bike! I guess, actually, if it felt really sturdy I might take it around the block...

Now you've got me thinkin'!!!

The main advantage of using a motorcycle is if you had one already, or as an excuse to buy one. "Honey, I need that Ducati to push around the electric Geo!"

You know, if you are worried about the forks, you could always engineer a trailer thing that hitched to the frame instead of the front wheel. It might be more clumsy looking, but it would probably be safer in the long run.

If you were going to do this a lot, you could make a thing down at the carbs where you hook in a second throttle cable or unclip the bike and clip in the cars, depending on how the bike is made. It would work on my old '83 Suzuki, I think. You could do something similar for the clutch, and just leave the bike in high gear, while inside the car have a locking lever so you can lock the clutch in a disengaged position.

Bonus: Regenerative braking to recharge the batteries!

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