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Old 06-03-2010, 01:31 AM   #41 (permalink)
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Ok, how do I do something similar on a budget of $2000 in stead of $20000.
Mechanical things I can handle, but i get a mental choke when I try to think of front suspension and such. The back end I could manage as a M/C donor, which would be a small part of the budget. I gotta have a good payback time or else it's bust. 75 miles per day work commute, 75mph required part of the way, rough roads required, and weather tolerant required.

and a 40mpg festiva with a blowed up engine.

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Old 08-09-2010, 05:55 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Ok, how do I do something similar on a budget of $2000 in stead of $20000.
Mechanical things I can handle, but i get a mental choke when I try to think of front suspension and such. The back end I could manage as a M/C donor, which would be a small part of the budget. I gotta have a good payback time or else it's bust. 75 miles per day work commute, 75mph required part of the way, rough roads required, and weather tolerant required.

and a 40mpg festiva with a blowed up engine.
Not really all that difficult to be honest.... that is if you have half decent welding skills. I've been thinking about this for the past year or so instead of severely aeromodding my street bike.

Take the front half of a wide track quad (such as a racing squad) as your front half... that would solve the entire front end because they already have front control arms and suspension to go with it, as well as a complete braking system and steering package. I would alter the steering ratio a bit so that it wasn't as sensitive and more friendly for road use.

Next would be the middle half. This you would either have to fabricate yourself.... or you can cut up a go kart frame to make a 1+1 seating arrangement. You'd have to mount a seat and figure out whether you want to use hand controls from the motorcycle you will use, or convert it all to foot controls with a hand shifter (this is what i would do).

The back half would simply be a motorcycle frame minus the front end. It would have the motor and transmission, suspension, swingarm, rear wheel, and wiring harness for all your lights.

Then you weld it all up.

Then you will have to make an exterior aerodynamic shell. I'd make mine out of fiberglass because its strong and fairly lightweight (in thin layers) and you can sand it and work it real easy (to me anyway).

Finally, register and insure it as the motorcycle you used, and VWAHLA!! You have a 3 wheeled reverse tadpole design that requires no inspection in most states with dirt cheap insurance and awesome gas mileage! I know i wouldn't mind wearing a helmet still (my state requires it).
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:41 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:43 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:06 AM   #45 (permalink)
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Neat machine, HyperRocket.

I take it you built it? Care to share your story with us?

Yes,

Some of us might want to try this and know how to get a canopy, etc.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:43 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Tell him Tom Bell sent you maybe I can get a price break on Belaero's canopy :-D
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:22 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:34 PM   #48 (permalink)
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High Milage

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This isn't for sale, but thought you guys would like it. I did a quick calculation and figured it's worth about 127 MPG.



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Old 01-03-2011, 02:53 AM   #49 (permalink)
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Hey HyperRocket,

Would you be willing to share some of your build concepts, aero thoughts, etc. I'd love to build something like that to commute in. Start with a $4g brand new Ninja and go to town.
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