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Old 02-24-2010, 10:20 AM   #16
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A Cub engine will physically fit in a 125 frame but it is damn near impossible to get the chain to line up. Pushes the engine a good bit outta the frame to get the chain to run straight. That plan got shifted to the back burner
We havent tried to fit a 500cc Triumph into one of these frames but have done some measuring and it looks like it would take alot of hacking and would still prolly run into the same problem as the Cub engine.
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Old 02-24-2010, 03:51 PM   #17
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Thanks for the info 305. I'll look for something else to stick in it. The Ton Up concept is great. i also have a '74 R90/6 I'm modding so you can actually go around corners. 100mph is very interesting-easier for sure on my Buell.
That 500 looks very cool Motu! I want to make this something for my wife to putt around on and another pitbike for myself. With a reliable motor I can vintage race it a little too.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:03 AM   #18
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Does this bike have a battery? I have one but just getting started researching parts/operational manual, etc. Frustrating...wah, weah, wah...
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:21 PM   #19
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I worked for a shop back in the 70's that sold Rickmans (E.C.Birt's Precision Cycles in Lawndale, CA).

There was a Police model Rickman Zundapp made, they were white. I had one that I bought after it was displayed at the LA bike show.

The steel tanks came on the street legal bikes as per the EPA regulations.

We made a bunch of money making aftermarket gussets for the little Rickman 100s & 125s as the down tubes tended to break just below the steering head. I doubt that a big heavy motor from a trumpet would work very well for long in those frames.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:23 AM   #20
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I worked for a shop back in the 70's that sold Rickmans (E.C.Birt's Precision Cycles in Lawndale, CA).

There was a Police model Rickman Zundapp made, they were white. I had one that I bought after it was displayed at the LA bike show.

The steel tanks came on the street legal bikes as per the EPA regulations.

We made a bunch of money making aftermarket gussets for the little Rickman 100s & 125s as the down tubes tended to break just below the steering head. I doubt that a big heavy motor from a trumpet would work very well for long in those frames.
Legendary name in the moto biz. Any great stories?
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:45 AM   #21
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Legendary name in the moto biz. Any great stories?
Almost every day yielded a story. We had a lot of fun working there, Donny Emler started there as a wrench who had a sponsorship from Rickman to race 125cc Pro on a Rickman Zundapp. After he left Precision Cycles, Donny (who loved the HP you could get out of the Zundapp) made a bastard bike he called the Pendapp, which was a Zundapp motor in a Penton frame.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:37 PM   #22
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http://articles.superhunky.com/bio/E.C.%20Birt

Wasn't aware that he had passed. Characters like this...may be gone forever.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:44 AM   #23
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http://articles.superhunky.com/bio/E.C.%20Birt

Wasn't aware that he had passed. Characters like this...may be gone forever.
Character is an understatement when it came to EC. Example:

EC was a short little guy, who hated the music we played in the backroom of the Lawndale shop. There was a very large mechanic nick named "Luke" who liked his music and kept turning the radio up louder and louder. EC would shuffle back and forth between his office, the sale counter and the back room where the mechanics worked on bikes and the bench for us "grinders" ported. Every time EC would walk through, he would turn the little portable radio down. Luke got tired of having to turn the music back up so he put the radio on top of a row of shelves that divided the back room, out of EC's reach. EC came through and when he couldn't reach the radio he got really pissed off. He went into his office where he kept a 30-30 Winchester, walked up to the front of the store and shot the radio, from the front, passed his office, and into the backroom!!!!!! I was working in the backroom at the time. The bullet destroyed the radio, and then went into a cardboard box that had an engine of a big Macio waiting for parts. The bullet went through the cases of the Macio, bounced off the crank, and then bounced a couple of times off the walls of the brick building!!!! There were prolly 4 of us in the room he shot into!!!

Now the "Character" part and the pure EC Birt part of the story: EC told the owner of the Macio that the bike had come into the shop with broken center cases and that he went ahead and had it repaired (with out first telling the owner) and then presented the owner with a bill to repair the damage!!!!!!
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Absolutely classic! Hunter S. Thompson had NOTHING on this man!

More...if you remember them!

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Old 06-24-2012, 08:11 PM   #25
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There was a very large mechanic nick named "Luke" who liked his music and kept turning the radio up louder and louder.
Did Luke have the nads to buy another radio?
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