Thursday, November 18, 2010

Big Mo trikes again


THE KRAIT, built by Dave "Big Mo" Moeller has front wheel drive, with power from pedals and the electric hub motor. (Photos by Dave Moeller)

Here's the latest from Dave Moeller of Linden. Several of his previous projects can be seen on this blog.
The Krait has front wheel drive, powered by pedals and an electric hub motor. The toolbox holds four gel acid batteries providing 48 volts.
The frame comes apart behind the steering post and is held in place by two front wheel skewers running through a sleeve joint. The only connection between the halves is the battery cable. This allows for easier transport but is intended to allow modifications without having to do a total rebuild Possible conversions could be into a two wheeler or with different front ends.


The dual disc rear brakes are activated by a lever alongside the right side of the seat.
The fenders were purchased at Tractor Supply Co., sold as replacements for their trailers, and the seat is a motorcycle mechanic stool bought at Harbor Freight Tools. The rear wheels are from Schwinn Stingrays.



Dave started building the trike after the Ann Arbor Classic Bicycle Show April 25 and finished it in time for its public debut at a bicycle show in Owosso in August, where he rode it 10 miles on a trail ride.
"I decided to do something more sedentary for the winter, so I bought a couple of airbrushes and all the stuff," Dave wrote in an e-mail. "I haven't touched an airbrush in 30 years plus. My first project was the toolbox and fenders for thr Krait."
He's also been painting on muslin, with the intent of doing some painted quilts. (Dave and his wife are quilters, she does the
piecing and he does the quilting.) An example of his air brushing is shown below.


DAVE'S ARTWORK is shown on the rear box, which holds four gel acid batteries.


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