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Old 03-05-2011, 07:47 PM
ncain7681 ncain7681 is offline
Motorized Bicycle Newbie
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 3
Default First Build - Magna Rip Curl

Hello everyone,

Completed my first build yesterday. I have been watching researching this stuff for a while and finally took the dive and made my own gas bike.

I chose the Magna Rip Curl from Target. The bike was cheap and to me looked sweet. If you are in Central Florida drop me a line so we can ride.

The bike is a stock build except for a couple of pieces. The motor is the GT5 from Grubee. The motor mounts needed some grinding to fit the Rip Curl's wide oval frame. With the work to the motor mounts the engine fits securely.

The wheels are a mid range Shimano set that are better quality than the cheap stock wheels. I wanted to change the wheels as they seemed to be the only weak link on the bike as the frame is sturdy. To make the rear sprocket fit the hubs I had to do some grinding on the inner diameter of the sprocket that came with the kit.

The stock gas tank messes up the lines of the bike in my opinion. I sacrificed some capacity but the tank I came up with looks much better. Long range was not a requirement for me anyways. I used a gas tank from an old weed eater and mounted under the seat.

The bike is a blast to ride, handles well and is pretty comfortable too. I clocked on GPS at 28 mph into a stiff head wind and it is not even broke in yet.

Let me know what you think about my bike. Thanks.
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