Seems that time has marched on a bit, working 50-70 hour weeks and not really having any time for anything’s token it’s toll in the pursuit of pleasure.
I thought it was time to change this and I that It would be a good idea to start with re-working a fun project, the bike was the most motivating and easily grabs my attention, and there’s a few things that could be improved.
The main objective is that Id like a bit more confidence that Im not about to faceplant the tarmac at any given moment due to weak points in the bike, cant so much about rider skill.
Frame: It’s no secret that I’m probably not the size of rider that the manufacturer had in mind and I’d also say that the frame is giving it’s all to stay together, hurtling down the track at over 70k’s ( unofficially 90+) with with 100 kilos of adult on board
Wheels: Pretty much the same as above, they’ve done their job and worked to earn their keep
Handling: At 60-70kph it gets a bit dicey, To be honest I’m not sure if handling gets any better over that speed or if it’s just the adrenaline correcting things for me, needless to say it gets a bit hairy and those wee front forks are a bit of a concern.
Power: it does take a bit of time to get going and pedaling is fairly essential to get moving until the jet seems to get to a critical airflow. a little more power would be nice.
This will never be a daily ride, I just run the gauntlet occasionally, It’s just too loud and too thirsty.
I can guarentee it's never going to gain a tick of approval from our friendly road enforcement crew, but it is the most fun I’ve ever had on two wheels.
Probably the most logical thing would be to used a more suitable frame, and In essence I would agree, however the project would lose its appeal to me, sure, Anyone can strap a large turbine on a race bike and go fast.. but that’s not not my bag.
From here there’s only a couple of options for me (but feel free to chime in with suggestions), either work the current bike by strengthening the frame, wheels, forks and improve the handling a bit or try to find another similar looking bike that already has these attributes.
I did consider the Sakei bike for this but it seems a bit of a shame to use what I believe is a fairly uncommon bike and bastardize it like this.
Are there any similar looking/size bikes with the characteristics that I’m looking for?Im unaware but open to suggestion.
As for improving the cruiser, Wheels, I’ve seem some nice wheels and tires that should hold out at speeds up to 100k’s no problems( according to the guy in the shop), better bearings would seem the go as well.
Frame: I’m guessing some strengthening at weld/joints for the main tube would be a good start, along with the forks as well, just at the beginning of the thought process with this one.
Handling: fark knows, guess I have some reading and questioning to do.
Power: I was considering an afterburner but the maths and Engineering got a bit over my levels of enthusiasm to make something that actually gave a valuable power increase. There’s tons of people that have made them, however most seem to be all noise ( and heat) and extremely inefficient which is a consideration for me as I’m only carrying a few litres of fuel.
I do however have a plan B for power, a cunning plan indeed.
PS. it’s not a hybrid electric/ jet turbine bike either.