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Old 07-19-2010, 07:14 AM
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Welcome to you new guys who are not new to motorbicycling. I joined both forums about this time a year ago. I found the other forum less user friendly, less easy to see pictures and the tone of things didn't feel quite right. Every so often I go back and look around, but feel like an outsider so almost never post. No doubt there are some great guys over there as there are here. I think part of the success here is that it is pretty civilized, meaning that people are generally civil to each other at the very least and more often than not are friendly and helpful. When a flame gets lit, somebody steps in and gently snuffs it out. No heavy handed ranting from the moderators who I think are A1 guys.
When I think of how much I have learned here in one year it make me feel like I've been to a kind of correspondence school for motored bikes. The biggest plus is the friends I have made.
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:21 PM
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I joined this site back in April last year. I was unemployed and poor, and I needed something cheap to get me around. I started looking at electric bicycle kits and decided they just didn't have the range I wanted and needed, so I started looking at gas bike kits. In the process of searching the internet, I found this site and started reading. There is so much good info on here I just had to join. Then i started asking questions and got all kinds of great help. If it weren't for this site, I may have never built my first bike, or I would have gotten my kit, gotten frustrated trying to build it and just given up. But now I'm on my second bike and loving it.

I may not post much, but whenever I need some help, I know I can come here and get it from a bunch of great people. Let me put it this way: I normally don't like posting to forums, but everyone here actually makes it worthwhile .
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:57 AM
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My 2 cents is not really the same as the above tell it. This and the other site have been very helpful. Norm is a huge plus over here with his knowledge of the taking apart the engine and fixing various problems. There are many others who give sound advice and tips. My motorcycle background gives me an edge in dealing with some of the related features only not so serious. This toy like engine is very capable if you respect it for what it really is. The only thing that troubles me is the guy that's trying to make these mb's fly like a motorcycle. This will eventually get us banned if individuals keep pushing for more speed. I hope this doesn't happen but if enough accidents and death occur it could. If your really interested in performance get a motorcycle and leave this hobby for what it was intended.
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:11 AM
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While I agree w/you somewhat fm2200, I gotta point out that the only "intention" of any hobby is to amuse the hobbyist & there's a world of difference between the quest for performance and riding like a fool... one doesn't inherently necessitate the other

Heck - 'round here it's mostly the folks w/no motor at all on their bicycles that risk "accidents and death (by) pushing for more speed"
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:00 AM
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I joined because I'm a fan of motor bikes, hopefully I can meet friends here with the same interest as mine.
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:44 AM
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While I agree w/you somewhat fm2200, I gotta point out that the only "intention" of any hobby is to amuse the hobbyist & there's a world of difference between the quest for performance and riding like a fool... one doesn't inherently necessitate the other

Heck - 'round here it's mostly the folks w/no motor at all on their bicycles that risk "accidents and death (by) pushing for more speed"
I think it has something to do with where one lives and what he uses it for.

If you live in a way flat part of Texas and you need to drive 25 miles to work on a road with little traffic then one might want some speed.

If you live in W.V, you might just want a torque machine that will get you up the hills and real good brakes to get you down the hills because almost any bicycle, even one without a motor will go 50mph or faster in W.V. !

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Old 07-23-2010, 12:31 PM
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Motorbiker, I agree with the circumstances you mention, I sort of wish that the engine had a tad more power. I can understand your point of view completely.
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:45 PM
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Motorbiker, I agree with the circumstances you mention, I sort of wish that the engine had a tad more power. I can understand your point of view completely.
For me I have got big performance gains by losing weight and building stronger legs.

My main motor now runs more than my helper motor.

Still love that helper motor though ! It's got my back !
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:28 PM
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i agree that accidents and deaths can be detrimental to our "hobby," but i don't really agree with the "hobby" part of it.

if you build a fast and safe bike, then you can have a viable form of alternative transportation.

if you build a fast bike out of a piece of junk with known problems (not mentioning any brands by name, because i don't want the people who buy bikes at walmart to get madder at me) then you just have a junky bike that can get you hurt.

one of my goals when i build a bike is to make it as fast, safe, and reliable as possible. to me, riding with traffic at 40+ is safer than trying to do 25-30 in the gutter with traffic whizzing by. if you're in the lane with cars, it's easier for them to tell you're going fast. if you're riding on the side, at first glance, you look like a guy riding a bike, and most of the time, all that guy that's turning out or into a driveway gives you is a glance.

if you're buzzing along in front of him, he'll think you're riding some crazy souped up moped. which you are.

speed, safety, and reliability are all possible, and until people stop looking at this as a "cheap hobby," most people aren't gonna achieve that.

i stated before why i joined this forum, and this post is one of the reasons i'm still here. to try and type some sense into some people...

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Old 07-23-2010, 03:04 PM
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bairdco maybe in your part of California you have smooth roads to do 40+ on a bike. Over here on east coast there just not that well maintained. I would not go over 30 with the typical streets and roads here. You are surely right about the cars whizzing by, just yesterday had a young guy in a japanese car almost shaved my handlebar grip off, it was his way of saying, out of the way jack.
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