Hello everyone! My name is Phil and I've been riding a motorized bicycle for about a month and half now. I decided to build a motorized bicycle as a daily commuter to work - as I only work 4 miles away from home - and go on the occasional trip to the grocery store.
I did not order a brand new kit. In fact, I pieced my kit together from several parts I collected through craigslist. I also didn't purchase a bicycle, instead I used an old Raleigh mountain bike that was donated to me (which I was already using to commute to work). So at this time I would say that I have a total of 80 dollars invested into my motorbike.
It wasn't all smooth sailing, in fact it was quite frustrating at first. I had gone through two carburetors, two coils, a magneto and stater before the motor was in operational condition. Upon my first successful firing of the motor the front motor mount broke off and the spark plug en-lodged itself inside my left calf as the motor's torque twisted the entire engine sideways.
The pain was numbed by the succesful firing of the motor and I was happy to know that all the trials and tribulations were worth it. Thanks to a plumbing strap, lots of zip ties and spray paint - I now have a fully functional motor bike that reliably takes me to work everyday.
I'm actually quite amazed that this beat up old 66cc starts up and runs so well. I'm a big guy and the motor shows no signs of being worn out. The homemade cardboard gaskets don't hold the fluids very well, but she's not meant to be pretty
The Dirty Rat Bike, as I call it, has fueled my passion for this new, wonderful way of transportation - I'm addicted. I've already purchased a brand new 29inch onyx cruiser for a new build and plan on ordering a brand new motor this weekend. I'll post a few pictures below, thanks for having me and I look forward to speaking with you all on here.