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Steampunk Recumbent Answered

It is a steampunk recumbent. Need I say more?

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12 years ago

Everything looks great except the tires...

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Rishnai
Rishnai

Reply 12 years ago

The white rubber tire make sense: they would be from the era before vulcanized rubber. It fits with late-period brass-era vehicles.

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

Yep. The tread is non-period, but the colour is spot-on.

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Rishnai
Rishnai

Reply 12 years ago

Indeed. And who knows, I bet some of the guys who took a real early Powerplus or Scout up a dirt hill might have modified available white tires into more modern-looking knobbies. Maybe not quite like that, though.

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

I know a lot of the old-timers from motorcycle racing used to cut their oun tires down to match the surface, so it's a possibility.

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Rishnai
Rishnai

Reply 12 years ago

I wouldn't be suprised. I know when my grandpa had a '31 Indian Four, he'd get the knobbiest tires he could find and cut 'em knobbier, then would go all up and down the dirt backroads of Cascade at slightly faster than sane. I hear that sucker was a mean hillclimber.

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

Cool. The Indian 4s were ahead of their time. If they hadn't have gotten so hot on the rear cylinder, It might've saved the company.

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Rishnai
Rishnai

Reply 12 years ago

True, although I wonder sometimes if any product could have saved the company, with all the mismanagement involved. Have you ever seen a Six? Apparently some people have been combining two Four motors into Sixes. Other than overheating issue, I bet those things are some serious machines.

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

Never seen an Indian 6. I have seen a few odd 6s though. I have a Taurus SHO. It has a Yamaha V6 in it. If I could just shoehorn that into the old XS frame!

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Rishnai
Rishnai

Reply 12 years ago

That'd be fun! Sometime I'd like to build a motorcycle frame around a small-block V8, but I'm afraid if I did that the first thing I'd do is have it torque itself over on me if I gassed it at a light. But having 300 on two wheels is tempting. It would probably be too huge, though, lengthwise.

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

I dunno, Boss Hoss makes a nice bike with a Chevy 502! They must have some spectacular counter-balance.

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Rishnai
Rishnai

Reply 12 years ago

Or something like that. Maybe just hope. There's a guy somewhere around Denver here with a Jaguar V-12 put in his trike. I've seen him cruising around every now and then. The trike seems like that would be the only way to do it, though.

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

Wow, V-12! Yeah a trike sounds easier. I thought of turning a Triumph 4, like from a Spitfire, sideways and mounting it on a reinforced Bonneville frame. The transverse mounting would overcome the sideways torquing.

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PKM
PKM

Reply 12 years ago

A car engine transverse in a bike frame? Better you than me.. :)

Personally I want a bike with one of these in it.. if it was built to 124cc rather than 83 it would probably put out over 10HP, and the idea of having a learner-legal V12 motorbike is too surreal for words

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Rishnai
Rishnai

Reply 12 years ago

That would be interesting, to say the least. I might try and see about getting a motor kinda like that one that's under 50cc, just so I can legally park, say, a V6 on the sidewalk. Of course, that's not to say I don't park my 45-incher on the sidewalk sometimes, it just means I'm eligible for a parking ticket.

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 12 years ago

My kid's been looking at that. He was showing me that a few days ago. They used to make a Kawasaki 1300. It was a transverse 4. It was almost too much power to be an everyday rider, but it was FAST!

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skunkbait
skunkbait

12 years ago

Wouldn't this be "Pedal-Punk"?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

12 years ago

Wow - the lamps work.

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KingKappa
KingKappa

12 years ago

Fine work you did there. I love the lamps on the back and the leather seat, and is that a flintlock pistol holster? The only thing that I would suggest changing are the tires, see if you can find some nice white walls.