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Old 09-24-2011, 08:53 PM
jt1111 jt1111 is offline
Motorized Bicycle Newbie
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Oregon
Posts: 15
Default 4 stroke motorized cruiser

Hi all,

I have been lurking around here for a couple of months thinking about building a motorized bike. I think I am going to build a 4 stroke cruiser and I wanted to get some input before I started buying parts. I think I am going to start with a chinese motor b/c of the price, and I would really like to use SBP's jackshaft setup. It looks really sweet. My main goal is to use the bike as a commuter to work, about 13 mi. each way, so it has to be reliable and would love it if it cruised at 30 mph, not sure if that is possible. I want it to be quiet and ideally clean running, which is why I am leaning towards the 4 stroke setup. With that in mind,

1) is it foolish to use the chinese motor, should I use the subaru or honda.

2) Will the SBP jackshaft work with the 4G transmission?

3) Regarding the bike itself, there are lots of cheap cruisers out there, but I hear people talking about replacing wheels, etc. Is it cheaper in the long run to buy a nicer (say Felt) cruiser or does a cheaper one suffice. I see lots of nice looking cruisers for around $200 give or take.

4) Brakes: I am going to use a disc in the front and probably a V brake in the back. I am not going to bother with a coaster. Does this change the thoughts from above.

Any other advice would be greatly appreciated. thanks,
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