I'm a Dutchman living in Kenya since March and planning to start a motorized black mamba roadster project here. Last week I visited Gilgil, a small town to the west of Nairobi. There I came across boda boda bicycle taxis, and even many that engines in them! See my Kenyan Bicycles set on my Flickr page:
Before last week I was already planning to buy a bicycle here, but since seeing the motorized version, that's the new aim.
At the end of the week I'm going to the most western part of Kenya, Kisumu city. There are many bicycle taxis (boda boda) there and also motorized versions. In Nairobi I have not been able to find an engine yet. Hopefully I will be able to find one in Kisumu.
Some of the motorized bicycle owners in Gilgil told me that the engines sold in the shops at the moment are not good though. Their engines are about 3 years old and much better. The problem I'm having is that none of the engines I come across have any make or brand on them. How am I supposed to know which engine is which??
My questions to you guys, do you have any advice on what to look for in the engine. And can you advice me on some good makes?
I will be updating the progress I make on the bicycle here. The plan is to get a head light, leather back seat, passenger foot rests, strengthened back passenger seat, mud guards etc.