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    WarBird Bike is my current scratch-build, theme bike using old aircraft parts as much as possible.

    Powered by a 540ci, 1942 Kinner, 5-Cyl radial aircraft engine controlled by MegaSquirt EFI......

    This Kinner engine originally powered a Ryan PT-22 USN Trainer Aircraft (from the days of wood spars, dope & fabric)

    Stock engine specs: 160 hp continuous at 1975 rpm (with the stock updraft carb), burns 73 octane gas, has a 5.25:1 Compression ratio, 5 inch bore, with a 5.5 inch stroke, measures 45 inches in diameter and weighs 338 lbs.

    This Kinner radial engine has a couple very unusual features; there is no lube oil to the heads. Grease fittings provide lubrication to the rocker arms and push rods. And instead of a 'cam ring' (like almost all other radial engines of this period) each cylinder has its own cam shaft (so there's lots of gears inside the block to give it a very unique mechanical sound).....
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    Wow! That is one unique trike.

    How long did it take to build it?

    I can think of many more questions on the rest of the drivetrain, but will hold off hoping that you'll post a build thread on it!
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    Super cool, riding around with a joy stick.
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    Thats one wild looking ride.......Do you need an engineer to ride with you to watch all those gauges.....,,,
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    That's one of a kind for sure. Where do you find the 73 octane gas? or is it 73 and above?
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    Quote Originally Posted by peteg59 View Post
    How long did it take to build it?
    There's about three years work there....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sully View Post
    That's one of a kind for sure. Where do you find the 73 octane gas? or is it 73 and above?
    You can use higher octane in a low compression motor, but not the other way around. I just run regular pump gas......

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    Thumbs up WOW!

    CONGRATS on a Wild Looking Build Man, WOW!!!!!!! That Certainly LOOKS Clean & Neat! I'm VERY Impressed!

    I'd LOVE to Hear That Beast RUNNING Though. I'm NOT On here a LOT, and I Don't KNOW IF We Can Put a Short Clip on here, WITH Sound, BUTT, IF It Is Possible, THAT Would Be AWESOME!

    THANKS for Posting This Beaut Too War Bird!

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    Cool trike! Definitely one of a kind! I too would like to hear it running!
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    I'm sure you get a good number of "rubber neck'ers" looking at you as you ride down the street.......

    Yep very cool!

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