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Old 05-28-2013, 04:16 PM
ExileRed ExileRed is offline
Motorized Bicycle Newbie
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Downriver, MI
Posts: 1
Default Noob from Detroit

Hello All,
Ok I've been bit by the motor-bug. I've been doing various forms of DIY for several years looking for a niche and now I'm thinking of dropping a motor onto my Huffy Santa Fe, after a tune-up and paint job. Later on I might start with a frame and headset and go from there, but thats down the road a ways.

The more I look at the Huffy, the more I think that it might just get the tune-up and paint and I might pick up something new for my first motorized project. If I go that route, what should I look for in a donor bike? Budget will probably be no more than $650 for just the bike. Any additional equipment upgrades will be pieced together here and there over a few months.

A few Google searches turn up about a million different opinions about who makes a good/solid bike and about half of those opinions are out of date. I figure this forum would be a good place to get current info on bikes that are actually available in the here and now.

I'm 6'2 and over 250lbs so I'd need big and solid and weight is really not a concern. I'm hard on my toys so solid and reliable would be better than fancy and stylish.

Thanks in advance, I look forward to hearing what you have to say.
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