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  • Carl Clark
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    Probably going to go with this as a test housing. does not look very sturdy, so the battery will have to be located inside on a hard mount, and the case used as a slide on cover. Throw on some phony carbon fiber wrap, cut down that plate, and I'm as pretty as a sondors! LOL

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  • Carl Clark
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    Yeah, and I'm using the cheapest possible bike for the build. My total cost involved is still below 1,250 as i paid $100 for the bike itself barely used on craigslist (the previous owner had no idea how to assemble it and it needed attention badly) Honestly that big aluminum plate is not even straight against the frame that's how fast I built, but the motor is on there perfectly so the plate can be removed and cut down, adjusted, sent to a water table to have the silhouette of Bettie Page carved into it.....and as far as the chain tensioner goes, man, there's some sexy ones on Amazon for sure, and constantly unmounting the motor to move it a few millimeters to adjust the chain is a total pain in the rump. That said, I could run a single locating bolt through the plate into one of the water bottle braze-ons and that would locate the motor laterally on the frame to prevent torque from ripping the motor out of its spot....the other thing that you don't see in the photos is the torque strap on the far side of the motor bracing it against rotational forces. I saw a guy on you tube mounting his motor below the main tube with two handmade aluminum clamps (you can get fork tube clamps for motorcycles to serve this role) and that guy was planning to just bolt the motor to the frame with two of those clamps with the same mounts on the bolts on the motor......trust me, that did not work and that guy probably came up with a torque strap of his own. What I really need here is either the right box or bag to hide it......and another advantage of the 'in frame' design is the stealth: people don't know its electric until you tell them.....the final test will be a blast through the streets of NYC on the thing, but that will wait until i get my go pro.

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  • CraigAustin
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    Jesus, that looks great compared to most of the Cyclone Frankenstein builds. I like your style too - ride the hell out of it, worry about improvements later.

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  • Christian Livingstone
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    Nice,

    I like how you got the motor in the frame triangle and ditched the included brackets. You could probably ditch the chain idler too, and just move that channel up, along with the motor (unless it permanently fixed now) to cinch up the chain tension.

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  • Carl Clark
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    I built this in an NYC apartment, so if you guys need tips or might help me some, I'm all ears. Simple setup places motor inside triangle for serious off road work - no it aint beautiful, I only spent two hours max building it, and then a ZILLION hours riding on the holiday weekend. I will make it all sexy and add a chain guard this week.
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