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Old 07-04-2009, 02:45 AM   #1 (permalink)

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i'm thinking about building a yamaha rhino sized buggy with a motorcycle engine, suzuki samurai transfer case, and samurai axles.

i'm just wondering if the gearbox in a motorcycle engine would hold up? this will be a trail/creek buggy.
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Probably if you use something like a Gold Wing's powerplant. It's a heavy bike, and the drive train should be able to take more abuse than something like the old Yamaha Secas would have. (I think it was the Seca that was shaft driven). Plus, if you go with something like the Gold Wing, you'll have reverse.
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:22 AM   #3 (permalink)

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goldwings have reverse? i never knew that, thanks for the heads up.

i was thinking of using a yamaha xj700 or 1100 which are very similar to the Secas.
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What about the Honda V-4 engines used in the older Honda Magna's, I think they were called the V-45, and the V-65?? But with the Goldwing, you have that little feature....REVERSE.
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Goldwings use the starter for reverse. Prob not able to back up something w/ locked up axles while turning.
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There was a guy close to me put a Goldwing in his Rhino. It would scream! He used it just because of the reverse. I just don't think he really used it in the woods much. It saw most of it's use on moderate trails/gravel roads as far as I know.
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bdkw1 is building a goldwing powered buggy,
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Goldwings use the starter for reverse. Prob not able to back up something w/ locked up axles while turning.
I had the opportunity to watch a fully loaded Wing back up a hill this past week. It went right up without any hesitation. Made Me feel a little better about the whole deal.
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