After recently covering the growth of motorized bicycle racing, it seems the idea of stuffing engines in bicycles is getting even more popular, now it’s showing up in the car mags. Mike Chiavetta, a member of the Donut Derelicts hot rod club in southern California, put together this freelance boardtracker, not really a replica of anything, just built in the style of the old racers, and it showed up in the most recent issue of Hot Rod.
It’s hardly a show winning custom of any sort, but it does show what you can do with some very basic parts, a good bit of scrounging, hands on skills and not much money. The whole bike cost about $150 dollars. He loosely tied the idea of a Henderson board tracker to an old junk beach cruiser bicycle and the bike you see here is the result.
He cut and welded the frame until it would fit the garage sale Kohler engine he had. He used a 30s Chevy brake light for the headlight, adapting a flashlight for the tail light. The leather seat is covered with leather off of an old briefcase.
The gas tank is carbon fiber! He happened to have some scraps from doing composite construction on airplanes, the fuel filler is the cap from an old acetone can.
He rebent the handlebars by lowering the weight of his car onto them until they were just what he wanted.
This is the kind of do it yourself, hands on construction that anyone can do if they’re motivated. You can learn a lot and have a pretty cool little low budget runner when you’re done. It’s street legal, too, licensed as a moped.
I spotted this in Hot Rod and passed it by, then Bob sent me a note to take another look. Glad I did. Thanks, Bob.
Found a write up on bikerhotline, where these photos are from via September 2012 Hot Rod