Colson Speed Chief with JLO engine

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CeeBee

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 4, 2010
154
Hendersonville, United States
Does anyone have any information on a JLO bicycle motor? I originally purchased it from the family of the original builder/owner, then sold it to Double Nickel, then acquired it back yesterday in a trade. I have found very little info at all and all the information regarding JLO bicycle motors I have found is in German. Anyone have any experience with one of these little guys?

Here it is as found a year or so ago:
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And here is how it came back the second time around:
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CeeBee

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 4, 2010
154
Hendersonville, United States
Anyone?

So, has anyone ever seen one these at all?
 

bike

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 26, 2007
6,835
Bicycleland
I really do not remember seeing one

but I do not follow foriegn- there were MANY
does it have a clutch?

Sunbeam Tiger?
 
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pedal4416

I live for the CABE
Nov 28, 2008
1,893
38
Bryan, TX, USA
I've seen jlo motorbikes before, usually a step through moped style bike with the engine mounted near the bottom bracket. Your engine is a bit different than the usual ones I see. I'll try and dig up a pic today.
 

CeeBee

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 4, 2010
154
Hendersonville, United States
Thanks for the responses. Yes, the handle on the left is a clutch handle that operates a motorcycle style cone clutch. It is very finicky, but currently is working. I need to figure out a more reliable way to adjust the cable at the handle end as it requires much more pulling force than a bicycle cable clamp usually is submitted to. It runs fair, but the carburetor has been replaced at some point and I believe it is too large for the displacement so I can't dial it in properly.
The back story from the original seller was that his uncle served in WW2, then was stationed in Germany through the early 50's. The speculation is that he already owned the '40 model Speed Chief prior to the war and had made a previous motorized version that utilized the flat mounting plate to hold a Briggs and Stratton or Maytag, etc. When he returned to the states he evidently brought the JLO motor home with him and turned it into the current version.
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,731
Chicago area west
Thanks for the responses. Yes, the handle on the left is a clutch handle that operates a motorcycle style cone clutch. It is very finicky, but currently is working. I need to figure out a more reliable way to adjust the cable at the handle end as it requires much more pulling force than a bicycle cable clamp usually is submitted to. It runs fair, but the carburetor has been replaced at some point and I believe it is too large for the displacement so I can't dial it in properly.
The back story from the original seller was that his uncle served in WW2, then was stationed in Germany through the early 50's. The speculation is that he already owned the '40 model Speed Chief prior to the war and had made a previous motorized version that utilized the flat mounting plate to hold a Briggs and Stratton or Maytag, etc. When he returned to the states he evidently brought the JLO motor home with him and turned it into the current version.
when you gonna buy my Speedi-bike motor? mr. bolt on motor.... :)
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,731
Chicago area west
A Speedy-Bike Speed Chief does have a nice ring to it....
Sure! have a mill in the middle, one out back, and a Elgin/Muncie Cycle Motor up front. Then later you can hang a Smith/Briggs Motor wheel off the left rear, and an import motor in the front wheel. Maybe even squeeze a merkel off the rear axle?
The DMV would have a fit!
 
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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,734
Seattle, United States
What I believe is the jol engines were used in the early 1900's through the early 40's in motor bikes. then after the war went to building snow mobile engines. Here's mine a 1936, it's a war find brought over seas by a us service man during ww2. It's a jlo 98cc 2spd . Has drum brake a blackout light setup and tool box. It is complete but the motor needs work as is the gas tank. My current project.
 
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bike

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 26, 2007
6,835
Bicycleland
^^^^^ europe taxed on horse power+expensive gas

=heavy bikes with small motors!
very cool
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,731
Chicago area west
I hope hat's your current project... let's get going on that puppy!!!
 

redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,734
Seattle, United States
Yes It's is but I came into a collection of bikes to buy plus my pontiac needs a few thing so this got set aside. It's very heavy but awesome resto project. I need to find a special tool to remove the magneto then work on the crank and tank.
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,731
Chicago area west
Yes It's is but I came into a collection of bikes to buy plus my pontiac needs a few thing so this got set aside. It's very heavy but awesome resto project. I need to find a special tool to remove the magneto then work on the crank and tank.
Poor thing, when you get bored, let me know...
 

bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,731
Chicago area west
Does anyone have any information on a JLO bicycle motor? I originally purchased it from the family of the original builder/owner, then sold it to Double Nickel, then acquired it back yesterday in a trade. I have found very little info at all and all the information regarding JLO bicycle motors I have found is in German. Anyone have any experience with one of these little guys?

Here it is as found a year or so ago:
20131008_182417_zps78e7a9bd-1.jpg


And here is how it came back the second time around:
20141012_132909_zpssr0asar6-1.jpg

20141012_132932_zpsgpru66md-1.jpg

20141012_133008_zpsaquxkgzn-1.jpg
CeeBee is that a Sunbeam? yours?
 

CeeBee

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 4, 2010
154
Hendersonville, United States
CeeBee is that a Sunbeam? yours?
Yes, it is '67 Alpine that I owned at the time of the original post. I regrettably sold that one a couple of years ago. I still have a '64 that has been off the road since the transmission went out in when I was in high school in 1983. I'm actually embarrassed to have to say that......I keep saying I'm going to get back to work on it soon, though.....:rolleyes:
 
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