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06-25-2012 05:27 PM
Jgbrown
Re: Perfect yacht bike!

Best of luck with the FX. The other issue I see with it is that is is quite large physically, if light. A neat looking concept to be sure. However I will go with something a bit heavier, and a bit smaller to load that uses standard parts available worldwide. If it can be thrashed through trails on a round the world ride I think it must be tough enough for most things. I agree with Bljones, there are plenty of older bikes that will do it, the big advantage is parts. I can find a tire to fit a small dirt bike or the yamaha crossover one almost anywhere in the world, dunno about the FX. Likewise a lot of other standard parts. I took a bike with an uncommon tire size on a long trip last year, it was quite a headache, I ended up carrying a full rear tire and 2 tubes on the back. Smaller and heavier may be easier to load on a sailboat. I was quite surprised at how hard it was to load and unload my e-bike by dinghy at anchor(Voodoo mtb+48v 1kw engine in the rear wheel).


IF the Fx every hits production(Advrider shows threads from 2005, 2008 on them, so they've been making bikes and having them tested at least that long) I will probably buy one so long as the tire sizes are fairly standard. I do like that they used Honda engines etc, which I didn't realize and it gives them a lot more credibility in my books, but I will be amazed if they can get an actually street legal version for sale. Downhill bike bars, suspension etc make me think not. And that street legality is a must have. The only other option I could see is if they market them as 50cc scooters with a drop in replacement motor to avoid some of the legalities.
06-20-2012 02:06 PM
bljones
Re: Perfect yacht bike!

a generation ago we were doing that just fine with old Honda Trail 90s and 110s.

I had an old Honda 175 streetbike that never saw the street- abandoned rail beds, gravel pits, fields, but no roads.
In the 3rd world, the Honda Cub and it's various knock-offs are still popular family transportation and Off-roading in Britain is equivalent to a good road in Borneo.

You really don't need the latest and greatest to dow what has been done since bikes were first built. But, the one thing the bike in question does have is lighter weight.
Maybe.
Methinks weight will go up once mass production starts. IF production starts.
06-20-2012 01:10 PM
DavidB.UK
Re: Perfect yacht bike!

lol, no worries.

I know that for many who have posted the function of any on board transport for most tends to be just for nipping the the shops and so on.

To be honest before I accidentally found the FX I has more or less decided that the idea of cruising with a dirtbike on board was too ambitious and the best was forward would be to buy a little diBlasi or yikebike and hire car/dirtbike when required.

There are a few videos and stuff on the web, I just hope that it is as good as it appears to be on paper and in the ride reviews etc.
06-20-2012 01:03 PM
Dirtboy
Re: Perfect yacht bike!

Hey David,

My post was a little tongue-in-cheek as the improvements over the last 30 years have been amazing! That FX looks like a nice bit of kit and I wouldn't mind having one myself.

From 50cc to 125cc and roughly the same weight BUT: Disc vs drum; Aluminum vs pressed steal; proper tires (okay tyres) vs moped tires; proper suspension vs junk! LOL

Looking forward to your ride report.

BTW I love doing that sort of stuff, too. Here in Florida no mountains to climb but I'm really good in deep sand!

DB
06-19-2012 08:18 PM
DavidB.UK
Re: Perfect yacht bike!

Not so sure about the gun on the front but this version has a bit of storage!


And here is a picture complete with token hotty!

But sadly I don't think she comes with the bike!
06-19-2012 08:15 PM
DavidB.UK
Re: Perfect yacht bike!

Can't do this:


or this:


or this:


and I love doing this kind of stuff!


For me the FX will allow me to do this kind of stuff (to some degree) as well as a commuter tool. There have been some wonderful suggestions and I am hugely grateful for everybody's input. And I hope this thread has been useful to others too

But for my own needs/desires the FX is still a clear winner for me!
06-19-2012 08:03 PM
Dirtboy
Re: Perfect yacht bike!

Bought a pair of these last month, neither running. Took 'em to the guy who works on my bikes and he made one good 'un outta two. I'm thinking this would work as good as any of them new age machines .... check it out. 1982 Yamaha Towny 110 lbs (assuming dry,) shaft drive (no chain rust worries) and the suspension actually works ..... sorta. LOL Comes street legal and tops out at about 33 MPH, guess Interstates are out. Anyway, didn't buy for the boat (I'm a day sailor) but for quick runs to the local market a mile or so away. Just brought her home today so here goes:

Look; racks front and rear!


Is that road rash?


I could have them off in no time, them maybe a block of wood for protection.


I'm the second owner; got owners man and everything! 3900 miles.


DB
06-19-2012 05:44 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Perfect yacht bike!

I have found my Crescent Swedish made folding bike does the job, no motor needed. Reduces my odds of winding up in the cardiac ward.
I have had to make some marine improvements. Got rid of the ball bearing pedals. They grind to a sudden halt, without warning, miles form your destination, when they give up. Then ,to make maters worse, all bikes have left hand threads on the left pedal and right hand threads on the right one. That way, when they start to seize up, the pedal is designed to unscrew itself every 50 feet. Were they the other way around, they would tighten; far more logical , but logic is too much to ask. I ended up welding a 7/16 stainless bolt to the pedal thread, then drilling a hole in a square piece of poly plastic , putting that over the bolt, and super gluing the nut on. I think that will last my lifetime. I also replaced the pedal mid bearings with bronze bushings.
As one Lasquetian told me "We ride our bikes thru clouds of grinding compound." When the two speed hub starts misbehaving, I pump it full of "Corrosion Block" a sealer in a pressure can I bought from an electronics place, Quaele Electric, designed for reducing corrosion on electronics. It foams like peroxide. Thus it gets under the crud and blows it off. When it starts leaving the hub, it first looks like mud gushing out. When it comes clean, the inside of the hub is clean. Then the gear works much better , until the mud fills it up again. Thankfully , this lets me clean it without taking it apart.
06-19-2012 09:20 AM
DavidB.UK
Re: Perfect yacht bike!

Lots to think about for sure

But I have some until the bike arrives to figure some solutions.

I think you are right about dock to dinghy being the most tricky to sort though.
06-19-2012 09:14 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Perfect yacht bike!

I guess this is worth mentioning, as you have some real $$ on the line. Most everyone I know that has a 100 lb outboard mounted on their stern rail, finds it and enormous PITA to deal with it. They often have dedicated motor hoists too. Just something to think about.
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