Since I've had some people ask about it, I figured I'd go into detail a little about it, and maybe even get your advice on a few things. Bare in mind that bike building, as a process, takes time, way longer then they perceive it to be on TV anyways, especially if your doing it right.
I've long been in love with Board Track racers, those lords of speed and reckless behavior that risked life and limb on nothing more then over-glorified motorized bicycles, often achieving speeds close to 100 miles an hour, and I'm talking back in 1919 people! You'll notice in the example posted here, that theres even still pedals involved, because you had to pedal it to start, sort of like the mopeds in the 70's and 80's and even still today. This is my goal, to build something that emulates the past, to show how far we've come, while keeping it simple, and proving that when it comes to style and speed, old school had it to.
Add To this love of board track racers, a love of Bobbers and choppers, (just like almost anyone who's ever lived here in the united states, and you'll see a timeline progression of advancement in bikes that never really veered far off course. Bobbers, are merely stock bikes, with the minimalist amount of parts and ad on to make it run, While choppers are very similar, a chopper is usually stretched and the front end is kicked out to make it even longer. Both are great and both are cool in their own right. And thats where my bike fits in.
Enter the basis of my bike. What you see here to the left is none other then a Micargi Leopard. A steel stretched beach cruiser style bike, set in a bobber configuration on a board track style frame. While this awesome piece of artwork is formed out of steel, sweat, and attitude, you'll notice its missing some key elements to really make a board track bike, namely, a tank to hold fuel, any form of suspension, and most importantly, an engine. Now the tank is simple enough, it'll be made of steel as well and designed to fit the the opening in the back bone. The suspension will be in the way of a replacement front end, in old school springer style, similar to the one pictured above. Now the engine, now thats a different matter all together.
I've spent the last year of my life thinking about the power plant I want to put into a bike, and I'm still unable to decide. My three options are;
A) 2-Stroke, essentially making it a beefed up moped style motorbike, only including a transmission so its able to reach good cruising speed of 50-60mph.
B) Electric, using a 36V electric motor, and beefing it with lithium batteries for maximum power and distance,
C) Steam, using compressed air cylinders to power a steam engine for something different and unique.
While all three appeal to me, and all three are green energy alternatives (thus fitting into my lifestyle nicely) Its that vary factor that is causing such an issue. I've created a poll, and I'd like to hear your opinions.