Is this Hawthorne Motobike worth $225?

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alecburns

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 27, 2017
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Yeah I saw that one on Facebook. Up in Fort Collins. Seemed like a good deal. Glad you picked it up. And yes. Post up some killer bikes and there is a chance that me, Eric, Chad, Fred, or Kirby will swoop in and pick it up. :p
Just got her home. I would call you a sneak, but then I would have to acknowledge that I have done the same exact thing. He was only 5 minutes away from me so it was easy ;)

Ended up getting the bike for $120, which is good because the crank shaft has an ugly repair. Everything is straight, saddle just needs restitched. I see the original red paint underneath, will have to see if there is beautiful OG paint underneath... here's hoping. Does anything appear out of place? Wrong parts?

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Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
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Longmont Colorado
Well that crank shaft is kinda scary. Might just need a new one. The seat is awesome. And it's got a new departure model a rear hub. Awesome. Looks like a great bike. Good luck on the hunt for original paint.
 
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Rides4Fun

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 19, 2017
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Front Royal, Virginia
Wow, that was a smokin’ deal! Hope you will post some future photos of whatever progress you make with this bike. I would definitely enjoy seeing where you take and wish you the best n your efforts.
 

Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
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Los Angeles, CA, USA
Generally, looks like a Great Western Mfg. La Porte Indiana product.

Upon closer examination of the top of the bottom bracket, we see special custom aftermarket flanged cups; likely to fit an undersized 45mm Fauber (threaded?) bracket.
Perhaps a past conversion, from a 45mm threaded-BB/1-piece crank, to a non-threaded 2-piece crank, (brazed back into 1-pc again?).

Still a good $120 deal, even with the problem area; recommend leaving the crankset as-is, if it works.
There may be an option to do a modern conversion; using 46mm BB-adapters and BXM 3-piece crankset/sprocket, or maybe even retaining the top-hat cups already there.
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I believe that there may also be a Swedish adapter to an Italian 3-piece crank.
 
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SKPC

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Feb 2, 2018
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Utah - United States
Good deal on an early Great Western-made Hawthorne 28er. Could have had Fauber setup.
 
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alecburns

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 27, 2017
362
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Northern Colorado
Can someone tell me why this crank setup isn't original? Here is a crank set up on a single bar GW Hawthorne compared to mine. Upon closer inspection, the cups are chromed/nickel under the overpaint. I am uneducated in motobikes. Is the current setup factory with a damaged one-piece fauber? Or do I need to search for a replacement crank as well as a Hawthorne sprocket?

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