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DavidB.UK 06-18-2012 06:00 AM

Perfect yacht bike!
 
Hello everybody!

Some of you will remember one of my early threads, in which I posed the question on using the boom to crane a lightweight dirtbike on and off.

well for various reasons it appeared that said idea was not quite as sound as I thought it was. But...

Yesterday I found a solution!!!!

Let me introduce the FX...
http://www.fxbikes.com/wp-content/up...ite_thumb1.jpg
The way is was explained to me is that if you imagine a continuum with an enduro bike at one end and a mountain bike at the other, then the FX fits somewhere in the middle.

125cc (bigger models in pipeline)
57kg (125.4lb)
125mpg

Now at 125lb you could lift the bike on and off without a crane, you could even lift the bike (with care) onto a tender and presto you have transport when you arrive at the beach!

I have just reserved one of these bikes!
I think they are INSPIRED!

And yes they have already thought about the sea air/corrosion issue!
And they have a 'Marine' version with extra corrosion resistance and fully encapsulated electrics!!!

And at just $3'999 (((Brand new))) they are a bargain!
Here is the website for further details:

FX Bikes Mountain Moto World’s Lightest Motorcycles 125lb 125cc 125mpg

dacap06 06-18-2012 07:38 AM

Re: Perfect yacht bike!
 
Wow, that's interesting. I had expected that you would eventually settle on a motorized bicycle but you were more creative than that. What size tender will you need to haul something like that?

DavidB.UK 06-18-2012 07:48 AM

Re: Perfect yacht bike!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dacap06 (Post 885823)
Wow, that's interesting. I had expected that you would eventually settle on a motorized bicycle but you were more creative than that. What size tender will you need to haul something like that?

That's what I had thought I would end up with too, I found this website yesterday quite by accident, but I am so glad that I did!

I think a certain amount of trial and error on hardstanding will be required, but just off the top of my head I think something like an Avon 310 would be be enough.

At 57kg thats about the weight of an average sized... woman, so from a position of weight in the tender perhaps something even smaller could be used.

But care would need to be taken to protect the tender from any sharp points on the bike. I will post another thread when the bike arrives and then can post real world findings.

bljones 06-18-2012 08:20 AM

Re: Perfect yacht bike!
 
No lights- how do you plan to license it for the road?
Although light, it's still a pretty big package.

I like something like a di biasi better:
Di Blasi of America - FOLDING MOTORCYCLE MOTOR BIKE MINIBIKE MOTORBIKE MOPED COLLAPSABLE MOTORSCOOTER PORTABLE SCOOTER MINI-BIKES MINI BIKE PRIVATE PILOTS BOATS SAILING RECREATION TOURISTS ACCESSORIES TRAVEL AIRPLANES ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE
Half the weight, half the size, fits in a carrying bag.
http://www.diblasi.com/bagbikes1.jpg

ccriders 06-18-2012 08:35 AM

Re: Perfect yacht bike!
 
Also, is the "marine" version equipped for carring stuff? Ideally some of that wheel travel would be reduced and collapsible compartments and a load carrying platform provided. Show us a picture with the cycle in the dinghy.
John

DavidB.UK 06-18-2012 08:43 AM

Re: Perfect yacht bike!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bljones (Post 885835)
No lights- how do you plan to license it for the road?

I don't know what the score is with road reg in the states, but to register a bike in the uk is fairly straight forward process.

You can get a 'daylight only' MOT (MOT = annual road safety check) which allow you to use the bike on the road only in daylight hours with no lights at all as long as you have a horn and a reflector on the back.

To get a full MOT for use day or night you need a horn, dipping headlight and stop/tail light on the back (but still do not require indicators) horn/lights (as described) is a fairly simple DIY job.

There are lots of aftermarket (universal fit) parts designed specifically for the purpose of converting off road bikes for dual use.

Things like this:
http://www.acerbis.com/admin/public/...2144210001.jpg
and this
http://www.ktm-parts.com/mm5/graphic...2250260001.jpg

Quote:

Originally Posted by bljones (Post 885835)
Although light, it's still a pretty big package.

I like something like a di biasi better:

I have seen the DiBlasi before and whilst it has some advantages of being smaller/folding etc it is strictly a road going only and I really like the idea that the FX can go offroad too.

Similar to DiBlasi is this cool little electric thing I found that might be of interest

http://yikebike.cachefly.net/yikebik...a/marina09.jpg
http://yikebike.cachefly.net/yikebik...a/marina28.jpg
YikeBike - The world's first super light folding electric bike. | Urban Freedom
10kg only for the Carbon fibre version!
Fully electric and that looks like a great little tool, but for me the winner is still the FX because it will happily go offroad too.

DavidB.UK 06-18-2012 08:50 AM

Re: Perfect yacht bike!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ccriders (Post 885839)
Also, is the "marine" version equipped for carring stuff? Ideally some of that wheel travel would be reduced and collapsible compartments and a load carrying platform provided

Hadn't thought of that, but I would think it would be relatively easy to add a simple carrying rack above the rear mudgaurd just like you can fit to a regular dirtbike like this:
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/k...rrier-Rack.jpg
And use some good old bungee cord...
Beyond personal transport, for food shopping etc I guess a rucksack would be the way forwards.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ccriders (Post 885839)
Show us a picture with the cycle in the dinghy

As soon as mine is delivered I'll post a new thread showing my real world findings :)

DavidB.UK 06-18-2012 08:53 AM

Re: Perfect yacht bike!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ccriders (Post 885839)
Ideally some of that wheel travel would be reduced

You really need that level of suspension travel to be useable offroad.
But the idea or collapsable compartment is a great idea though.
Something that unfolds above the rear mudgaurd for carrying stuff would be great idea, kind of like a folding basket or something similar for when being used for carrying stuff.

SloopJonB 06-18-2012 12:46 PM

Re: Perfect yacht bike!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DavidB.UK (Post 885798)
http://www.fxbikes.com/wp-content/up...ite_thumb1.jpg
The way is was explained to me is that if you imagine a continuum with an enduro bike at one end and a mountain bike at the other, then the FX fits somewhere in the middle.

What a sweetie. It reminds me a lot of a trials bike. A 125 is plenty big enough to keep up on the highway but I'd change those knobbie tires for something a little smoother for road use - learned THAT from hard (pavement hard) experience. :)

You'd definitely have to have a thickly padded carry bag or something if you wanted to put it in an inflatable - look at those footpegs :eek:

AncientTech 06-18-2012 12:55 PM

Re: Perfect yacht bike!
 
If/when I ever get a yacht bike, I would have something more like this in mind...

Electric or manual to be more versatile. And it folds up as well!

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/nycewheels_2215_330243210


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