This looks like what we called a mini-bike or a "rupp". But, it has pedals on it--!?
A strange little machine... but it is a true 'moped'
I have one of those AMF Roadmaster monstrosities.
"this really doesn't look very safe"
It's the safest moped I own, on account that it goes no faster than 15 mph!
"the e-bay ad claims it is a Harley Davidson."
Marginally true. It was made back in the 70's by AMF, who at that time owned Harley Davidson. It seems like I remeber some part on my bike (possibly the headlight) that had "Harley Davidson" stamped into it.
Brandon: On the safety thing....
I had always wanted to add an engine to a mountain bike or 10-speed, which sounded like a great idea to me.
It wasn't till either Fred or Don mentioned something about bike brakes not being strong enough to stop you that I realized adding an engine to a bike (10-speed) wasn't that great an idea....
And that's what I thought of when I saw the Harley/AMC. Do you need to register it like a regular moped? My Tomos can thump pretty hard on potholes-- Doesn't seem like much on the suspension ...
But, like you said, the 15mph limit kinda prevents too much trouble.
This relates to the post about the motorized bicycle. I got an old schwin from the 60s or 70s and made a braket to hold a 31cc ryobi engine. I'm working the bugs out of it still but I did ride it around. It needs a bearing mounted on opposite side of the engine because the tire pushes the roller up and when the engine is running the centrifical clutch is engaged. I had it driving at about 20mph. I'll post pics when Its complete.
as far as registering one of these things, I would imagine it's about the same, unless your state has different laws for mopeds and motorized bicycles, because the gear ratio at the pedals is about the same as a bmx bike (you can still effectively pedal at top speed)
as for the brakes, it has drum brake wheels with 20 inch bicycle tires, which I like because you can get tires for it anywhere.
The Moped Army raffled one of those AMF bikes off at Michigan Fest in Detroit about a year ago. A girl from Ann Arbor I believe won the moped. It was a great way to get people into mopeds that didn't really know aobut them before. We sold tickets for $2 apiece, and I think she bought 3 of them; pretty cheap moped.
I always liked riding it, but it felt strange. It's kind of like a Solex, but with the motor on the back instead of the front.
They look kinda' small Simon.Are they?And I agree about Bob Jones.He's a pretty good `Joe'.Helped me out once with some ANKUR parts to hop-up the engine.Got `em about 40% off,I'd guess,plus some good tips on the bike.
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