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Post by harry76 on Sun Sep 04 2011, 17:58

Hi guys.... hope this is in the right section and suitable for this forum, if not feel free to move it.

As i said in my intro, ive recently become interested in the hobby of building motorized bikes, vintage style. I built a couple with the cheap chinese kits but that soon became old and i wanted a true vintage touch to them. So i searched EBay and discovered the Villiers engines and i fell in love at first site. Absolutely what i was looking for and these old engines were actually used in early motorized bikes and small motorcycles.

Well i now own 4 Villiers engines, a cooper engine, 2 x 3hp Briggs and Stratton, 2 x 160cc Victas and a Honda GX160. I plan to build a lot more bikes and looking to learn more about these engines and what else is available.

You guys would know more about these then me so i wont babble on too much, if theres anything you wanna know dont hesitate to ask..... i know i have many questions....

So anyway last week i finished finished up my "Villiers board tracker" and i couldnt be happier. Hope you guys like it











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Post by harry76 on Sun Sep 04 2011, 18:19

I was going to post the stationary run video and maiden voyage of the bike but it wont let me for a week.

Heres a few pics of my engines

Villiers 98cc reel mower











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Post by harry76 on Sun Sep 04 2011, 18:21

160cc Victa










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Post by harry76 on Sun Sep 04 2011, 18:25

Im currently building my girlfriend a bike with a 3hp Briggs and Stratton.





I started with this bike i saved from the dump



Changed the frame a little


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Post by harry76 on Sun Sep 04 2011, 18:27

I still have a few things to get it finished but im close.... i did all the work myself and heres where im up to








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Post by harry76 on Sun Sep 04 2011, 18:31








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Post by Guest on Sun Sep 04 2011, 18:58

Very nice work, I think I spotted this on youtube earlier today and thought I want one!
Sadly dont have the metal working skills or tools!
where do you stand on the Tax Insurance and registration?

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Post by harry76 on Sun Sep 04 2011, 19:19

Skankin_giant wrote:Very nice work, I think I spotted this on youtube earlier today and thought I want one!
Sadly dont have the metal working skills or tools!
where do you stand on the Tax Insurance and registration?

Cheers Steve

Hi Steve, yeah i have that Villiers bike on youtube.... i have 2 videos: a stationary video (Villiers 98cc boardtrack racer stationary run) and a video of me riding it (Villiers 98cc boardtrack racer).

Im form Australia so im not sure what your laws are.... but here there is a limit of 200 watts for a motorized bike, and they make no mention on maximum cc's. So im just going to say its an early 98cc Villiers 1/4HP (which works at under 200watts), whereas i think these engines are actually rated at 1hp, is that correct???? So over here you just get on and ride, no rego or license. And so far i have ridden it and received no unwanted attention from the police but plenty of attention from other people

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Post by Guest on Sun Sep 04 2011, 19:55

Thats good,

Over here we would be stung with tax, insurance etc. the earlier of the Villiers in 79cc from memory.

Very nice indeed!

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Post by matt86 on Sun Sep 04 2011, 20:07

is the chain missing to the back wheel spocket ? i cant see a chain ... Shocked does look the part tho ... all you need is a pair of flying goggles and a white scarf with wire threaded through it lol! lol! lol!

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Post by harry76 on Sun Sep 04 2011, 20:30

matt86_wd2 wrote:is the chain missing to the back wheel spocket ? i cant see a chain ... Shocked does look the part tho ... all you need is a pair of flying goggles and a white scarf with wire threaded through it lol! lol! lol!

Yes as i said the second bike isnt finished, i just showed a pic of where i was up to. i still need to fit the secondary drive (chain), install my bent (oxy'd) cranks and a few other things to do yet

Scarf with wire? Now why didnt i think of that.... LOL and i definitely need to grow a big grey "handlebar" style moustache

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Post by harry76 on Sun Sep 04 2011, 20:31

Skankin_giant wrote:Thats good,

Over here we would be stung with tax, insurance etc. the earlier of the Villiers in 79cc from memory.

Very nice indeed!

Cheers Steve


Did you say my Villiers engine was a 79cc? I was led to believe it was a 98cc?????

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Post by Guest on Sun Sep 04 2011, 20:44

Think I may have been wrong, just checked to different places and one says 79cc the other 98cc
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Post by matt86 on Sun Sep 04 2011, 21:29

harry76 wrote:
Skankin_giant wrote:Thats good,

Over here we would be stung with tax, insurance etc. the earlier of the Villiers in 79cc from memory.

Very nice indeed!

Cheers Steve


Did you say my Villiers engine was a 79cc? I was led to believe it was a 98cc?????

i bet that would go well Very Happy

have you seen a chainsaw powered bike ?

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Post by harry76 on Sun Sep 04 2011, 22:13

Yeah it goes alright, top speed around 60kmh but its quite slow off the mark. This motor is probably a little slower then the 'chinagirl kits" but this sounds way better and will keep going..... cant say that about the chinese kits.

No, i havent seen a chainsaw bike

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Re: Motorized bicycles

Post by stationary stu on Mon Sep 05 2011, 09:41

I think these bikes are great and a good use for the small engines that not mamy people want to bother with. The only thing I've ever seen done with these engines are Go-Karts as with them having a clutch are found to be more driver friendly.
Thanks for sharing the pics, I'll look the videos up later.

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