just looking for some relatively cheap entertainment.
I am a 30 year old former VW (air cooled), current Bultaco (if you don't know ask your dad or grand pa) and jeep xj (4.0 4wd optimized for MPG--22.5+ on the freeway with cheep gas-- because despite my 3 kids I can't face a mini-van... yet) enthusiast who tends to spell things wrong. I bought my motor kit because I realized that I could feed my 'tweak and modify' habit for at least a year for less than the cost of entry to any of the other "clubs" I have belonged.
I think the 80's were a cultural high water point in the US of A, peaking around 1987 (space age love song may some day be viewed as the pinnacle of 20th century western culture). I think John M Keynes over emphasis the role of government in the function of economies and that people are generally good but government involvement in the care of the poor and destitute deincentivizes everyone from looking out for their neighbor, not good. I think that ultimately who and what you believe is governed more by your choice than by facts, logic, and discernable evidence, as it should be. I would rather have politicians in office I disagree with but trust to follow their moral compass than one I think I agree with but don't trust. I also like to sound like I know what I am talking about, but I am making it up as I go along like every one else.
I think if you are going to ride a bike on the road you should take a motorcycle safety course with a classroom and range component, a math based physics class, and an advanced first-aid certification class. This because you need to know what should happen, what could happen, how to avoid it, what will happen to you if you don't (in graphic detail), and how to help others when they need it. (I did not feel that way when I was 14)
Last I believe that we have engineers because failure is inevitable. Their job is to decide where and why it will take place and when I change things I need to know where they put the weak point and why because my better could make things a whole lot worse when things go bad.
I believe the best looking custom vehicles are built out of junk but still manage to flow together and just look 'right'.
And that is who I am
As far as my setup goes,
I am starting with a Pacific Cycles Schwinn and the Bike Berry 66cc Flying Horse Black Angle Fire kit. I am swapping the front fork for a 1 inch stem rst omni shock I salvaged so I can run v brakes and soak up the bumps. I am trying to come up with a front fender strut failure system so I don't end up in the hospital when the mounting bracket fails.
In the long run I would like to build my own expansion chamber and tune it. Because it is a two stroke I like the idea of rotating the motor 180 degrees and tiping it to to the front 90 degrees so it is lying on the carb. I will need the motor to spin backwards and I assume the electronic ignition pickup will be the biggest problem, but I am usually wrong about these is things. (Think jack shaft setup without the jack shaft.)
I don't plan on ever taking this unit any faster than I can peddle it, 18-22 mph, see my engineer comments for why.
If I ever find a closed course and people to race with here in Idaho I may build a 'race bike' out of a '77 British Raleigh 10 speed that I may push to 35 or 40 mph. If I don't, my next project will be a trail rig... I think.
Last edited by trug; 01-08-2012 at 01:17 PM.