it's been almost exactly a year. I had always wanted to build a cool looking cruiser bike to ride around. My mountain bike started to come apart (literally) and so I decided that I was going to build my bike for Christmas last year. That was going to be my present to myself. I started talking about how cool it would be to put an engine on a bike (we deal with a lot of small engines in another hobby of mine) and I just did a google search for motorized bicycle. Once I saw how inexpensive they were, I was hooked. In my other hobbies, engines go for about $200-$400 (R/C aircraft) or $5,000-$10,000 (Corvettes).
I soon realized that you can spend a lot of money, $30 at at time!
Anyways, I got my cool looking retro-cruiser.