2014 - Volume #38, Issue #1, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Giant "Easy Rider" Parade Cycle
The big 4-wheeler looks something like a giant motorcycle with training wheels. There’s a tow bar on front so it can be pulled behind an ATV or a small tractor. All the wheels are off an old Deere 95 combine that Perrion already had, with the combine’s front wheels in front and back. The combine’s rear wheels and axle serve as the training wheels.
“I just finished building it this fall and haven’t had an opportunity to take it anywhere. For now it sets alongside a highway in front of our place, where a lot of people stop and have their photos taken with it. The training wheels support the rig and keep it from falling over,” says Perrion.
He used 1 1/2-in. dia. steel tubing to build a frame that connects the front and rear wheels. He cut 1/2-in. thick steel plate into 2 circles and bolted them to the wheels, then welded the frame to the plates. He also welded the frame to the training wheels’ axle. “I welded in a metal rod where the power steering cylinder had been in order to lock the combine’s rear axle and keep the training wheels from turning,” says Perrion.
The rig’s cast iron seat is off an old farm implement, the handlebars were made from an exhaust pipe, and the headlight is off a real motorcycle.
A pair of fan blades off an air-driven motor are located on either side of the rider. Perrion removed the blades from the motor and mounted them on a shaft with bearings. “The blades turn in the wind and kind of look like an engine at work. They’re really fuel efficient,” he notes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Donald Perrion, P.O. Box 457, Ipswich, S. Dak. 57451 (ph 605 426-6276 or cell 605 216-5763; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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