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The Sportsman Flyer ‘200’

Posted on January 24, 2012 by Andrew in Classic, Moped. 40 comments

Here’s one bike we’ve been dreaming about what seems like ages now. After the sweet success of his first bike, we were kind of wondering just where he’d go after such a tasty treat. The answer? Open your eyes you crazy, inattentive blog viewer you, because it’s right in front of you – for this magical monotone magnificence is the second bike from Mister D and his California-based Sportsman Flyer Company. Now if you liked the last bike, prepare to have your mind totally bent, just like some chocolate-loving freak who’s just been locked in a Swiss sweet shop overnight after spending his life entire thinking that Hersheys was the top-shelf stuff. Just shout when you want to be let out; until then here’s Flyer’s own Pat “Wonker” Dolan.

“Here’s the latest bike from the Sportsman Flyer Factory, the Sportsman 200. The chassis is similar to previous models, replicating early turn of the century board track racers, but has been modified to accept the four stroke Honda GX200 clone engine used in go kart racing. These engines start life as 6.4 hp, but are easily upgraded with all the hot rod parts available for the kart guys. This particular bike is currently running a high performance cam, billet aluminum connecting rod, stainless valves, billet aluminum flywheel, 22mm Mikuni carb, and a twin disc centrifugal clutch. Estimated output is 15 hp. Total weight of the bike fuelled is 108 lbs.”

“The frame is custom built from .120″ wall DOM tube. The head tube, bottom bracket, and seat post mast are lugged sections that are brazed to the frame tubes similar to the vintage bikes. Engine mounts are also very similar to the vintage bikes triangulating the engine into the frame. The bare frame looks very much like a 1918 Indian board track racer.”


“it pulls very hard off the line
and cruises easily at 50 mph”


“The custom drive system uses a primary/secondary reduction system on the motor side of the bike and a standard pedal crank system on the bicycle side of the bike. The engine side reduction hub rides on bearings mounted to the pedal crank bottom bracket shaft and operates independent of the pedals. You can pedal the bike or fire up the engine, stop pedaling, and ride it as a motorcycle. The centrifugal clutch locks in smoothly at 2800 rpm. There is no transmission, but because of the power to weight ratio it pulls very hard off the line and cruises easily at 50 mph.”

“The remaining components on the build are a mixture of modified bicycle, motorcycle, and custom built parts. The gas tank and oil tank/tool box are made from laser cut stainless steel, tig welded, and given a grained finish. The engine mounts are also laser cut in stainless steel. The board track racing handlebars, intake and exhaust, seat, and drive system are all standard Sportsman Flyer parts. We have plans for just 20 Sportsman 200 builds this year and each build comes with a certificate of authenticity, serial number and record of the original owners name and build date.”

Superb stuff. Of course, being such a different bike to the ones we’re all so used to, I bet you’re wondering what it’s like to ride, huh? No problems at all – just help yourself to a eyeful of the wonderful video Pat sent through below. Yes, we know he’s squidding. Trust us, his misses got all upside his head about that, believe you me. Please enjoy.

  • James McBride

    Now we just need a velodrome built from wooden boards and we’re set.

    • Eric

      James, Rock On! 

      In a world were safety and soccer mom trophies are passes out like candy, I’d like to see some flesh laid down in Ol’ School style.  My grandfather raced the board tracks, my father road with a club in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. 

      Hell, I’m a 3rd generation biker.  I want one one these sitting in my office.


  • revdub

    Pat seems like a great guy and his craftsmanship is outstanding. I’d ride one of these bikes any (and every) day.

  • fraone

    bike or motorbike? can be ridden with no licence?

  • Joe

    How much?

  • Eyeampixelpusher

    Stopping does not seem to be a priority.

    • revdub

      Speaking from experience, drum brakes provide more than enough stopping power for these one hundred pound bikes. 

  • GuitarSlinger

    This looks like more ‘ Fun ‘ than should be possible with your cloths on ! Pure . Simple . Unadulterated and uncomplicated motorcycling ( in the purest sense of the word ) F-U-N ! 

    So as others here have asked ;

    How much ?

    Whats the law say ( US ) about licensing one ?

  • Ccc40821

    Ah, “clone engine”, that euphemish for Chinese knock-off. 
    Looks cool, fenders & lights (& electrics) may clutter up the pure looks, but could make it street legal.

  • Philip B


  • What are the specs on those wheels and tires?

    • Darren

      Tyres look like Maxxis Hookworm 26 x 2.5″

  • InfoMark Blundell

    Love it. What a change from the OCC crap.

  • Pat

    Hi Guys,
    Thanks for all the comments on my build.  In California it can be registered as a moped or motorized cycle.  I ride mine without registration.  No hassles, yet.  You can purchase engines and engine parts from any go kart shop, but I have a shop I am working with that supplies engines built to my spec.  I supply everything minus engine, you buy the spec engine from my supplier, then you spend a nice weekend putting it all together. 

    • Pat – cool machine. But it doesn’t appear that it meets those CA regs, unless I’m making a bad assumption about engine size (198cc?). Or are these statutes outdated?

                     Motorized Bicycle

      406.  (a) A “motorized bicycle” or “moped” is any
      two-wheeled or three-wheeled device having fully operative pedals for
      propulsion by human power, or having no pedals if powered solely by
      electrical energy, and an automatic transmission and a motor which
      produces less than 2 gross brake horsepower and is capable of propelling
      the device at a maximum speed of not more than 30 miles per hour on
      level ground.

      (b) A “motorized bicycle” is also a device that has
      fully operative pedals for propulsion by human power and has an electric
      motor that meets all of the following requirements:

      (1) Has a power output of not more than 1,000 watts.

      (2) Is incapable of propelling the device at a speed of more than 20 miles per hour on ground level.

      (3) Is incapable of further increasing the speed of the
      device when human power is used to propel the motorized bicycle faster
      than 20 miles per hour. 
                   Motor-Driven Cycle

      405.  A “motor-driven cycle” is any motorcycle with a
      motor that displaces less than 150 cubic centimeters. A motor-driven
      cycle does not include a motorized bicycle, as defined in Section 406.

    • GuitarSlinger

      I’m afraid the ‘ Kit ‘ aspect of the bike as well as needing a M/C license/registration/insurance in MO is a deal breaker for me . 

    • AlwaysOnTwo

      Pat, a questions on your great build.

      Any desire to ditch the pedals for a set of pegs (since it does NOT qualify as a moped for licensing) and add a kickstart? 

    • Brian

      I would definitely buy one if there were plans to ditch the pedals and have a set of pegs.

  • Venicechoppers

    How do you start the engine? Is there a one-way bearing on the clutch?

  • Gonzo

    Damn! this thing qualifies as a motorcycle in Virginia, meaning it needs a headlight, stop/tail light, and a left side mirror, at the minimum.

    • I think it would in all 50 states – I believe there’s a federal statute defining “motorcycle” as anything with 50cc on up, or with a certain minimum HP. Mopeds are defined as having pedals, but I thought they were also limited to a max 49cc to qualify.

      Edit – apparently CA’s motor vehicle code defines mopeds/motor-driven cycles as anything sub-150cc with pedals. Still, I’m under the impression that this has a mighty 198cc powerplant, if it’s a GX200 clone.

  • Davidabl2

    Sadly enough, sooner or later Mr. Dolan is going to be apprehended on his”outlaw” machine  ;-(

  • matt muellner

    Hot, hot HOT!  I want one!  That took some serious craftsmanship & looks very well done.

  • Pat

    Hi Guys,
    Let me try to answer a few of these questions.  Keep in mind this is a new model and we are developing it as fast as we can.  Currently the 200 model is fast, reliable, and a blast to ride.  It wouldn’t be here if I felt it wasn’t ready. 
    Registration varies by state and Quagmire has his facts correct for California.  I have a customer who registered his bike in California without an inspection, all done throught the mail.  He runs a plate.  I have a 130cc Whizzer at home with a Cal plate.  Lights, charging system, etc. can be added to the GX engines and they can be built as small as 140cc from what I understand.   I also make this same chassis with a 49cc two stroke to meet the California engine max for a motorized bicycle.

    Tires on this build are Maxxis Hookworm downhill mountain bike tires.  I am also working on mounting up 21″ H rated motorcycle tires and rims. 
    There are two motorized bicycle race series starting up in California.  My 200 falls into the open class category.  The races are held on go kart tracks, which are perfectly suited to the size and hp of this machine.  If you can’t run it on the street in your state then run it on the track. 

    I am working on a cruiser version which will have a charging system, electric starter, lights, turn signals, fenders, and a key ignition.  I prefer the boardie, but lots of people want a vintage style cruiser.

    For now I plan to keep the pedal crank because that is how it was done in 1918.  Pedaling this thing around a car show or swap meet draws a lot interest. 

    Hope this answers some of the questions,

    • Excellent. Thanks for clearing that up. 

      I’d love to ride a beach-cruiser version!

  • Gonzo

    I still want one! The rule in Virginia is it’s a motorcycle if it’s over 50cc and can do better than 35mph, no matter if it has pedals or not. VERY cool construction though, and I love you guys for it!

  • Forrest Tinsler

    That’s brilliant. I want one!

    • Venicechoppers

      Rope start?

      • Gonzo

        Yep! See that little cup sticking out of the right side of the engine? Adds to the cool factor in my book, starter motors are for pussies!

      • Gonzo

        Yep! See that little cup sticking out of the right side of the engine? Adds to the cool factor in my book.

  • Pat

    Yep, it’s a rope start.  Here are a couple start-up and go videos.  Videos are from early testing.  Raw frame is still covered in brazing flux.

    • revdub

      That looks like some torque-y fun, Pat.  

  • Emmanuel

    Beautiful work , i have watch this guy builds for a while now , the price tag is high but it looks right only complaint is the cable management. 

  • Chip

    For Those that would like to know, I purchased the bike you see above from Pat.  IT IS AWESOME!  Been riding it on these old canopy roads in N. Florida.  Had a police offer pull me over on Sunday…. Only to check it out.  He loved it.  Asked me where I got it and how much I paid.  No problems what so ever.  I supposed he could have been a jerk, but he was cool.  This bike get lots of looks.  If you want to blend in…. don’t buy one.  If you want everyone from Harley riders to FSU college girls noticing you…. send Pat a check and get your self one! 

    • mmoomaw

      Chip, Its been a couple of years. All still going well with you bike?

      • Chip


  • Cody Sorells

    I want one =)

  • Prodesignedinc

    So what are you asking for the bike $$$ wise ?

  • bill

    Let me know when the street cruiser is available. Im ready !

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