Love your bike but want a bit more power? Or perhaps you really want a motorcycle, but don’t want to make the leap? There’s another option: At the nexus of bicycles and motorcycles stand the beautiful motorized bicycles of Phantom Bikes.
In the summer of 2009, John Allen King had the idea to mount an engine onto a beach cruiser bike, and began doing some research on the subject. When King saw the kits and bikes already on the market, he felt that he could build a better one, and with his friend Sterling Tucker, began building them in a small storage shed on his property. After the first two bikes were built, they found that people wanted them, and not only that, would pay them to build them for them. Since then, Phantom Cycles has never stopped innovating, and have switched from their original 49cc, 2-stroke engines to a more EPA-friendly 4-stroke engine, and moved into a new 2000 sq ft space in San Diego to keep up with demand.
The Phantom Ghost Cruiser was inspired by the late 30′s Harley Davidson Knucklehead, built on an aluminum chassis with a built in fuel tank, a double springer front fork, belt-driven tranny, LED front headlight, and rolls down the road on 50mm rims with 26″ balloon tires. The top speed is 35mph, and gets over 100 mpg. Price: $2500
The Phantom Bobber Cruiser takes after a 70s bobber, built on a steel chassis with a “peanut” gas tank, custom “Long Barrel Glass Pack Header”, custom saddle, front drum brake, and CNC machined engine mount, cranks, and sprockets. Price: $2300
The Phantom Racer, inspired by the board track racers of the past, has an aluminum chassis and built in gas tank, a double springer front fork, a motorcycle pan seat, and aluminum fairing. Price: $2800