Posted by: Marty W TITLE: MOTORIZED BICYCLES: Smith Motor Wheel
I am looking to add a Smith Motor Wheel to my collection of Bicycles. How much do these usually go for and how rare are they? Are there any discussion groups that deal with these? Thanks in advance for any info.
Posted by Ray
I have it posted on ebay under the following link.
Posted by Ray
I had a gas tank for one of these kicking around my garage for about a year and recently sold it on ebay for around $600. I then spotted the engine at a recent car swap in a pile of stuff and bought it. Will probably re-sell it after I clean it up a bit. It is quite intact and the flywheel turns. Look for it on ebay in the near future as I have no need for it. May post a photos here soon also.
Posted by Ron Hartman
My Dad (in Virginia) had a Smith Motor Wheel Flyer when he was about 15 years old in about 1922 - with four 20 inch spoked bicycle like wheels on a buckboard with the Smith Motor Wheel mounted on the rear - motor raised & lowered with a leaver between the (2) seats - Flyer was made by Briggs & Stratton - My Dad had me to try to sell this Flyer for him in about 1990 - The motor was complete and did run. I found a buyer in CA and sold it to him for $1,350.00 plus shp. (it was taken apart and shipped in 4 different boxes by UPS) - It still had the original manual with the Flyer (I did make a copy of the manual, and still have that). Just a little information that I thought that you may be interested in - Popular Science had a article in it in the 1960`s stating that it was only 7 of the Flyers known to exist.
Posted by Brian
Be prepared to spend a bunch of money. You will see incomplete motors for around $1000. Most are missing the magneto and the wheel assembly. Both are very hard to find. A few almost complete Smith or Briggs sold on ebay for over $3500.00 Even if you do find a motor you still need to find the controls and mounting brackets which are hard to come by also. When you do locate a motor wheel, examine the hub and shaft the flywheel is on and also the hub and shaft for the driven wheel. Both are weak points and are usually cracked and wallowed out. If you find an extra one, I am looking too. I have a 1917 Dayton Motor Wheel, made by Smith but replaces the front wheel unlike the Smith. Check out my website: http://oldbike.homestead.com/
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