Build what you can, where you are with what you have. That seems to be the motto of more and more bikes popping up with some very creative combinations of parts and this super moto style jalopy bike is one great example.
Steven Lawver picked up a dirt bike frame, an X-Motos XB-30T from a local horse rancher. It was already set up with dual sport tires that looked like they would serve any intended use Steven had in mind, but it was obviously missing an engine. He found a 6.5 horsepower 200cc lawnmower engine with electric start and thought the two were just made for one another.
He slipped the engine into the frame and hid all of the electrical components inside the aluminum motor mount. The power goes through a go-kart CVT and he fabbed up the front fender from 18 gauge stainless steel. He even added LED lighting to give it a finished look.
Steven did all of the welding and fabrication himself over a month’s worth of weekends and everything together cost him the princely sum of $600 dollars. It currently tops out at about 40 mph, but he has his eye on some go-kart performance parts like a new flywheel and less restrictive exhaust, so we may see a quicker bike before long.
For all of you guys that don’t have a bike and don’t have much money to buy one, the examples we’ve been showing you recently should be giving you a lot of ideas. Just add motivation with a bit of hard work and stir.
Nice work Steven!