Michael Carruthers con Backyard Build Series - Board Track Motor Bicycle: Build for $350
This book describes how I built the Board Track styled Motor Bicycle in the backyard with only a few tools and a little help from my friends for around $350. Settling in Jomtien, Thailand, after a few months of the balmy heat, I was starting to go a little crazy. Having had many old British and Far Eastern Motorcycles in my youth I had always loved looking at Vintage Era Motor Bicycles. Having seen big tyre mountain bikes for the first time here in Thailand I was continually thinking how good they looked and would be even better if powered by a gas engine. My son’s wife runs a bike hire shop in Jomtien so one day I tagged along to one of their suppliers in North Pattaya. I surveyed a few examples of large tyre bikes I decided that the new snow/beach tyres were just too big, I found one bike a Coyote Spin Shake, the wheel and tyre size was perfect for a vintage theme motor bicycle. I negotiated a sum of 8,000- baht approximately $220- USD. Now the hunt was on for an engine, I was not keen to strap on one of the many 2-stroke bicycle gas engines available on the internet. I walked around a few hardware stores here and found an agricultural engine and pump set which looked perfect, I was able to locate the same engine as a separate unit, a clone of the Honda GX160 5.5 h.p. 4-Stroke gas engine for the sum of 3,000 baht approximately $105- USD.