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Old 02-28-2010, 01:36 PM   #51
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It sounds interesting, except mvfor two major obstacles:
1) It's 2500 miles from me.
2) My vacation time this year is already spoken for, since I'm Power Touring again!

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Old 02-28-2010, 06:01 PM   #52
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Re: Big single cylinder motorcycle engine?

Back on topic...I still want to see a 22RE or 22R in that piano. I might even have one laying around attached to a transmission for you, Elliot...just come get it.
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:32 PM   #53
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Back on topic...I still want to see a 22RE or 22R in that piano. I might even have one laying around attached to a transmission for you, Elliot...just come get it.
Hmmmm.... Four wheel drive tranny with low range?

Sure appreciate it, but Minnesota is kind'a far from California.

That said, I have friends in Madison, Wisconsin, and who knows what logistic opportunities might arise.
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It sounds interesting, except mvfor two major obstacles:
1) It's 2500 miles from me.
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it is a 2,100 mile one way journey for me, and i made it in a skoolie 4 years in a row.
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All kinds of gearheads on this board, no doubt, so I'll bounce this off'a ya:

Can you name a large single-cylinder ("thumper") air-cooled four-cycle motorcycle engine that is commonly available? The largest I know of for sure is the Yamaha street bike that was painted like a vintage Norton -- I think it was a 500 cc. But I have a pretty good hunch there are some more common dirt bikes at 500 cc, and maybe more.

This is still at the brainstorming stage, but I might be interested in such an engine if I can pick it up cheap at a local motorcycle wrecker. (Or if you have one laying around!) This would be for a Burning Man "Mutant Vehicle" project; motorizing a Grand Piano. I want a thumper for the "bass" sound of it.

Never mind any fancy thousand-dollar engines. The piano was free, and that's my general operating mode.

Yeah a Yamaha 1976-79ish TT or XT 500cc or they came in 550 or 600 to.
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Old 03-01-2010, 05:21 PM   #56
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Do those have electric start? I see that most ATVs and lawn tractors have electric start, so I might as well take advantage of that.
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It sounds interesting, except mvfor two major obstacles:
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it is a 2,100 mile one way journey for me, and i made it in a skoolie 4 years in a row.
Yeah, but you don't have the Power Tour eating your vacation time! EVERY gearhead should Long haul at least once!
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Still no decision on the powertrain, but we do have a name and visual concept for the motorized piano:



Not sure where the bird came from, but you probably understand "Wolfgang Amadeus Earnhardt".
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Yer ouutta yer mind, dude!

I think I'll stick to the Power Tour, where we only have stuff like 2500 mile road trips in an Ariel Atom, and street-legal carnival rtides.
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well i think the newer xt & tt 650cc might
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