Originally Posted by Saddletramp1200
Jemma, Question, If I put a cycle motor on a bicycle, is it a motorcycle, or a motorbike. I always get the two confused.
anything using a cycle frame is generally either classified historically as a cyclemotor (kit added to pre bought bike - The Cyclaid and GEBE/HT) or an autocycle (such as the Rudge, Sun, Francis Barnett machines) which were one piece machines (aka you bought the whole thing new as a unit).
A motorcycle is generally accepted as a two wheeled machine with either kick or electric start and most importantly no pedals - generally they have larger displacement engines and are geared. In the case of autocycles there was one lone 2 speed machine.
An HT with a shifter kit would be classified in most places as a light motorcycle
"....Look, no pedals... *thud*..." The mating call of the motorized-biker.
"RetroEagle" - 32cc Two-Stroke, Piped. 35mph on #13 gear. Reversed stem with springer fork.