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Old 01-25-2010, 07:53 PM   #11
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I don't want it loud. That's the piano's job. I want the engine inoffensive. And to my mind, "booof-booof-booof" is less annoying than "brrrrrrrrrrrrr".

That said, I'll take almost anything that I can get real cheap that will do the job. Options include golf cart and small automobile.
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I've got a 10 horse B&S off of an old McCulloch generator...can't say it will sound nice though
My ears hurt just thinking the words "Briggs & Stratton".

But if you are serious about parting with it, we ought to discuss it -- price, location, and details of the engine for starters.
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Re: Big single cylinder motorcycle engine?

Suzuki DR650 (air-cooled)
Honda XR650 (air-cooled)
Kawasaki KLR 650 (water-cooled)
Suzuki Savage is 650cc (air cooled)
Moto guzzi Falcone, Nuovo Falcone, and Super Alce are 500cc, air cooled. Due to vintage/Euro status, maybe not available cheap (but you never know).

IIRC all of these are carb'ed, if that matters.
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Yeehah! Looks like those are the Big Guns I asked for! Now I'll spend a happy half hour poking around on the interweb learning about those.
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Re: Big single cylinder motorcycle engine?

Knowing now the expectations of this motor....

Toyota 22r

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The 22R is like the SBC (Small Block Chevy) of small foreign cars, right? Even I knew that.
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Re: Big single cylinder motorcycle engine?

I had a late 80's XL600R Honda , plenty of power 100mph (on knobbys) 4valve hemi head ,primary and secondary carbs, and likely much cheaper than a 650, kick start only though. XR dirtbike I believe has the same engine also available in a 500
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Re: Big single cylinder motorcycle engine?

You could probably pick up an entire rusted out old 2wd Toyota truck for <$500 which would give you a 22R, transmission, and rear axle. Heck, you'd even have steering and brakes if you really wanted. They are incredibly easy to make so quiet all you hear are the solid cam followers clicking away.
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And around here, that Toyota wouldn't even have a speck of rust on it! Nah-nah-nah-nah-naaaaaah!
(No offense intended.)

As for using an automobile, I'm thinking I would want it very small, like a Geo Metro. We want to hide the mechanical parts as much as possible. The original idea, and very popular at Burning Man for this purpose, is a golf cart.

But yeah, I'm learning about the thumpers. Most of those "Big Gun" 650s started out a bit smaller back in the 1980s, and that increases the odds of finding one cheap.

The Honda ATV is very interesting. And I could use the rear axle as an intermediate shaft to gear the thing down to Burning Man speed.

Sure appreciate all the information! Keep it coming!
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Re: Big single cylinder motorcycle engine?

A Toyota is going to have a 3.92 first gear, 2.28 low range in the t-case if you get a 4wd, and 4.10's in the diff most likely. With small passenger car tires on the stock 15x6JJ rims I think you'd be hard pressed to go too fast.
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