“The Bride” has an engine

Hooniverse & False Neutral regulars will know that I’ve been building a custom Bultaco street bike, “Bultakenstein,” for a decade. Many will also remember that I put that on hold a while back to work on The Bride of Bultakenstein: an unlikely Shepherd’s Pie of a motorbike that combines the frame from a Taiwanese-built 1974 SST Panther Black Shadow 175, a 6½ horsepower industrial engine, a CVT mini-bike transmission, and a random assortment of cast-off spare parts that had been cluttering my workshop forever. (For example, I’ve had the swing arm and front wheel for over 15 years.)

Why? Well, we did a podcast episode on a couple of Predator/GX clone-powered bikes that Garrett and Mike Festiva built. It gave me the bug to build one, too. Also, a 6.5 HP industrial engine is a ridiculously cheap way to re-power a derelict bike: my engine and CVT together cost me $180, brand new.

Well, my CVT bike is coming together much more quickly than my other projects, even though it (like all projects) had its share of unforeseen complications. I had selected this particular frame with hopes that it would not need extensive modifications. That turned out to be impossible, and I had to cut the frame and weld in custom-bent down tubes.

Most recently, I have finished the engine mounts. The chain lines up nicely, though I did had to modify the sprocket carrier in the Kawasaki Ninja 500 rear wheel, and add an idler sprocket on the swingarm pivot.

Next on the punch list: carb intake, shock mounting, steering stops. I have all the parts to rebuild the front brake, so maybe that, too.

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7 responses to ““The Bride” has an engine”

  1. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    Is that a front drum/rear disc brake setup?

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      The front wheel is an Inboard Disc from a Honda 250 Interceptor.

      1. Slow Joe Crow Avatar
        Slow Joe Crow

        I was wondering of it was one of those VFR250 wheels with the weird inboard disc. The rear angled cylinder may be unique, I can;t recall any actual motorcycle with that layout

        1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
          Peter Tanshanomi

          As for the rearward-canted cylinder, Yamaha’s YZ-F motocrossers and BMW G310 models have a slightly rearward slant. The Ossa TR280 is the most extreme:

      2. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        Oh, I remember those, all the disadvantages of a drum brake combined with all the disadvantages of a disc brake, and few, if any, of the advantages of either.

        1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
          Peter Tanshanomi

          …Which is why it ended up behind my workbench for 17 years.

  2. OA5599 Avatar

    The Bride is no longer a roller.

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