Motorized Rat Rod in Malta

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Malta is one crazy & interesting place (the oldest buildings in the world and Knights of Malta to name a few) and this does nothing to disprove that.
The bell must be for whenever someone can't hear a wide open chainsaw coming down the street :21:


Homemade Motorised Bicycle: I've made this chain front wheel drive bicycle, from used bicycle parts, and left over scrap material.
Frame is a 26'' 1950 stay handle bar brakes, rear wheel is of a 26" C clamp brake, seat is of a motor cycle, supported on used old iron water pipes, under the seat I've done a helmet storage box, made from scrap washing machine panels, rear mudguard, pedals, chain sprocket and chain are from other used bikes. I've done a centre stand, from water pipes.
Now lets look at the front end. I done the front fork from left over 1/8" thick hollow section, engine bed is 1"x1/8" angle iron from scrap metal, front wheel was of a chopper 20" with C clamp brake. The front mudguard is made of rubber. I had a 20" used tyre, cut to size I needed,then turned it up side down, also done it's brackets from washing machine panel. Front stand, I've done it from used water pipe, handle bar from a free style bike, all the brake cables and throttle done by me.
Lets have a look on the Chinese engine. Used second hand 49 cc 2-stroke, fitted a used carburetor, the fuel tank is a 1litre plastic oil container, a fuel tap with a small strainer inside, throttle speed liver is an old BSA valve lifter.
The exhaust finish near the ground, by adding a piece of a baby pushchair tube. Chain guard is made from aluminium table edge and chain tension is a used car engine timing belt tensioner. Drive sprocket is welded on the original to match same pitch of the wheel sprocket. Front and rear light comes from a dynamo.
Easy to work on this bike, and can still be used as a bicycle by paddling. I've only bought brand new, the front fork ball bearings, cost only two Euros.
 
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Greetings! and welcome to RRB!!! My wife and stayed in Valetta, Malta this past December. It was a beautiful place and full of life!

Your bike and video are AWESOME!!!! I especially like the way you made a fender out of a section of tire turned inside out. There are so many really cool details to love about that bike! Well done sir!!! Well done!!

Here is a panoramic pic from the rooftop terrace of the room we stayed in the heart of Valetta.


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