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Old 06-19-2008, 05:56 PM
packrat79 packrat79 is offline
Motorized Bicycle Newbie
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 4
Default Good Kit for a Beginner?

I must admit I'm very new to this..... it was only a few days ago I learned there was even a such thing as a motorized bicycle kit available. What appeals to me most is that they can be had for less than $200, and this is the kit I'm considering starting with:

66cc EPA MOTOR bicycle Motorized BIKE GAS ENGINE KIT - ( item 190230101860 end time 23-Jun-08 03:41:34 EDT)

What I need to know is if anyone has had experience with this specific kit, and how they made out with it. The guy at the following website, who is selling customized kits for about $350, warns about the the cheap quality of many others on places like Ebay:
Bicycle Engine Kits, Motorized Bicycles, Bike Engine, Bike Motor, Bicycle Motor kit

My remaining questions are:
1. How much noise does one of these make? Is it comparable to a chainsaw, and would hearing protection be necessary for people like myself with mild tinnitis? (sub question: can the muffler be modded to reduce noise?)
2. How legal are these in Canada? I was told you need a motorcycle license to use these (even though they don't go any faster than pedaling at top speed). None of the bike shops I contacted sold these, claiming there were simply too many legalities on their end.
3. Does "EPA certified" mean anything, like less noise or exhaust?
4. Can a decent kit even be had for less than $200, or is it a matter of "you get what you pay for"?

Thanks for any advice you can offer.
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