Re: What would you build?
If'n I had 1500 bucks to build what I wanted to build, I would get a good front fork, some nice disc brakes, a good rear shock and a nice set of downhill wheels. I would take it all and build a frame it, and a good 4-stroke motor from a dirt bike. 50cc to keep it legal but with the ability to swap motors out, for up to 110cc.
I would end up with a full suspension motorized mountain bike and I would ride it all the time. I would make up excuses to ride it. It would be ridden on and off road, with and with out the motor.
But that's just what I'd do.
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson