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Old 12-26-2009, 10:03 AM
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Default Is the GEBE with Tanaka 40cc right for me?

I am 67 and live in the Northern Virginia suburbs just outside Washington DC, and I really want to get a motorized bike. Anyone out there from the DC area?

I have had pedal bikes all my life and have loved them and I still do. But now I canít do the rides that I used to enjoy. I used to like rides of 50 to 70 miles, but now anything more than 30 to 35 miles leaves me exhausted.

And I have had to give up routes in the Blue Ridge Mountains that have big hills because they just frighten me now. These are climbs like 1000 ft in 4 miles (5% average grade) or 500 ft in 1 miles (10% average grade with short pieces at 16%). I think I could really have fun and enjoy these long hilly rides again on a motorized bike.

I have been thinking of the GEBE kit with their Tanaka 40cc engine. I have a good-quality front-suspension mountain bike to install it on. I want something that is powerful enough to climb the hills, easy to build (supposedly the GEBE is easy), reliable (Japanese engine, not Chinese), and quiet with low vibration.

Does the GEBE with the Tanaka sound like a good choice for me?
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