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Old 12-22-2016, 12:32 AM
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the things you'll learn by getting it to come out right and not fall apart every week is worth much more than money (assuming you'll not be hiring everything out)
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Old 12-22-2016, 08:12 AM
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Just my thoughts, selling in the wrong market. Go to bike shows and car shows swap meets, seen a Whizzer go for $2,500 last fall car swap meet. But the trick is to just hang on till the right guy come along............Curt
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Old 12-22-2016, 10:57 AM
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I have sold 2 builds, for like 50$ over cost.....just so I could Build another!!Swap meets. Just don't have your favorite items on it!!

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Old 12-22-2016, 11:15 AM
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If I were to build a solid, attractive bike for anywhere from $600-$900, got it registered, and advertised it well in a big city, do you think I'd get my money back? Opinions? Experiences? I'm good at selling things, at least that's what I'm told.
I make at least $100 on everything I build, and sometimes much more, so yes you can get your money back.

Actually I don't have any money to 'get back', I get paid 100% in advance for my builds, but that took time to establish.

The Phoenix area is awash with ~$300 POS rookie cheap builds. Via my web site and some clever Craigs posts I provide the Cool Quality Motorized Bike options for those with the wallet for the best, and there is no shortage of them around here, ~1500 potential new customers from the DUI checkpoints this time of year ;-}

Don't expect to make a living at it though!
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Old 12-22-2016, 11:36 AM
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Cool. Yeah I was thinking of selling a nice, larger engine bike as a motorcycle to appeal to them. That's basically what it is. With moving footrests. And $1000-$1500 is cheaper than $5500.
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:10 PM
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Cool. Yeah I was thinking of selling a nice, larger engine bike as a motorcycle to appeal to them. That's basically what it is. With moving footrests. And $1000-$1500 is cheaper than $5500.
Good luck with that without a paying customer, and if you want to put a bike engine on something it sure as **** SHOULD NOT BE ON A HUFFY!

If you want to build a 'motorcycle with pedals' use a bike that will take it.
The MotoPed frame is a motorcycle frame with pedals.





Or at least something strong enough with enough space to fit the monster, this is only a 79cc HS engine.






Both illegal here but not blatantly so, you shove a 212 in a Huffy and the first cop that sees on the road will question you for your own damn good!
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:29 PM
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Fully agreed. I plan on quality parts. Even though my Walmart bike hasn't fallen apart I know it will and I question my sanity for buying one,
I like the motoped, although I'd rather buy a YZ125 than spend 3K on a little motorcycle. I will probably barely get the money back I spend on this project, but it will be worth it.

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Old 12-22-2016, 12:48 PM
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Cool. Yeah I was thinking of selling a nice, larger engine bike as a motorcycle to appeal to them. That's basically what it is. With moving footrests. And $1000-$1500 is cheaper than $5500.
almost impossible to make anything with a chinese motor that could be called a motorcycle - same for any motor strapped to a bicycle frame that wasn't designed expressly to be mororized
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Old 12-22-2016, 01:13 PM
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nope, very rare.
i almost always loose $$ with any hobby i dove into.
but..... if you get enough uses/fun outta it before you sell i call it rent on something you enjoyed.
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Old 12-22-2016, 03:14 PM
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I say it depends. I would never make a career out of it, but I had people offer me over $1200 for a bike that I spent $600 on. I have great attention to detail (when I actually apply it to something that warrants it) so the product is professional and appealing. Several people want me to get in to the business and sell them, but I know that it's more than just overcoming the cost of parts. Your time is worth something as well.

I have also sourced a dumpster bike and a $70 Craigslist motor kit, painted the bike real pretty, cleaned up the motor kit and installed it, rode it for a week, then got offered $200 for it. I talked him up a little, and I walked home with a nice profit

The point is, you can... if you find the right buyer and keep your cost low enough.
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