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Old 02-18-2015, 10:00 PM
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I to went for a ride. 60 deg's and wonderful.
I love global warming....
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Old 02-18-2015, 10:19 PM
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Didn't do anyting to mine today, but showing it off at the shop has got me a new customer... not to fix his cars, but to fix his bike The guy who visited the shop the other day came back today and dropped off his bike for me to get running. I hadn't tried to start it yet, but he was telling me it has no fire. I got a spare mag coil over here but his CDI is also cracked, and it looks like somebody took a sledge hammer to his exhaust pipe. The engine is a 49cc of unknown origin and it's totally stock from what I saw. It does look like it's been stored outside and could have been rained on so I'm going to have to educate him a little on keeping certain areas dry, but I'll also seal up the new mag coil really well too... Now let's just hope the cylinder and piston are still in good shape...
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:12 AM
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Used water weld on my old 4L tank, let's see if it seals up the leak so I can use it again.
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:00 AM
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(for the record this happened yesterday)
I went out for a ride and had my first run in with the law!
he gave me the ol' whoop whoop so I pulled over.
"what've you got goin' on here?" he asks.
"A moped sir" I say.
after walking halfway around the bike looking it over "hm, a moped, so it is"
then after looking at the front end for a seconds he adds "is this a, er, an, umm... it's a chopper then?"
"oh ho, yeah" I reply.

overall I think he just wanted to double check what drove past him, he had a few more questions about it which I was happy to answer (China, Schwinn, around 2 maybe 3 HP)
he seemed oddly satisfied with my answer of "I do not know" when he asked how fast it was (told him about how the rear sprocket can affect that, showed him my 48 tooth and said that some people get them doing 40 with a thirty tooth)
he took a good look at my entrenching tool, I told him it's the coolest looking counterweight I could find. (I think he mostly just wanted to check if it was safely stowed/ was not meant for self-defense)

he told me it needs lights if I wanna take it on the main roads, and to wear my helmet (I have one but it won't fit over my hat so while it's so damn cold I've been going without [I know, I'm stupid])
I let him know that I plan to try and get my exhaust quieter, he said that was a good idea. I let him know I live near where he pulled me over (gave the vague general direction)

as he let me go he said to be careful driving it with snow on the ground, he seemed slightly incredulous about needing to say it. and told me to keep the pedals on it so it stays legal, I thanked him and let him know the bike wouldn't work without the pedals.


all-in-all I am really happy the local PD are not mad at me.
in conclusion: politeness goes a long way with the police.
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:23 AM
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yep always best to be nice and helpful, never come across as rude aand acting like a jerk, make them feel good about it and point out the things you've done to improve safety.

Best to never act defensive as if your doing something wrong, just be nice and act like you're being very responsible for your own safety and also for all the others who are on the road.

Tell the officer about this forum and tell him if he wanted to build himself one that you'd be more than happy to lethim know where you got you engine and parts to help him out, talk primarily about how it gets good fuel economy and not much about how fast it will go, main thing is I think its a good idea to avt as if it so enjoyable to ride that you wish the offi er had one also.

Good job GoreWound, sounds like you handled that very good and glad he was nice to you about it.
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:45 AM
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Thanks, I too am glad he was nice.

I was a little worried before now about being pulled over by a cop who hated fun. I like finding out I was worried about nothing.

The police around here drive new-ish Impalas, and this one was an unmarked car.
It's a good thing I hand signal all the time, I didn't even realize it was a cop car until the Whoop.

He made a slightly impressed sound of acknowledgement when I told him that I am just riding around near my house to break in the motor as I finish up the build with lights and a speedometer and stuff.

also he seemed to have a good grasp of how to deal with mopeds in general once he saw it was one. as of now I can assume that the local PD has had at least one meeting on what to do with mopeds and that would appear to be make sure it has pedals, if not it needs a plate. also general safety checklist.


shouldn't be too long before I start posting the fulfillment of that checklist...
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:48 PM
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As per CVC 5030, Motorized bicycles do require a "SPECIAL PLATE"In california. DMV does not consider this a regular registration, SO, there is a code that says registration is not required for motorized bicycles, And a regular registration is not required, BUT a "SPECIAL PLATE" IS required. Yeah, it can get confusing. But, heres the law in California.
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/det...3/c1/a8.1/5030
Of course I'm assuming motorized bicycle laws are pretty close to the same all over. Most places that are OK with MB's kinda tend to make the same laws. I suggest you go to YOUR DMV website and do a search on Motorized Bicycle. I bet yer gonna find a lot of stuff the Cops dont even know about

Yer also required to have a M-1 or M-2 license here. Good thing the cops dont really know the laws, because I've NEVER had a bike license of any kind.
Most times I was pulled over the cop just wanted to check out the cool bike. Once in a while ya get a idiot cop that wants to just find a reason to give you a ticket. Headlight, tail light AND brake light, mirrors AND dont get caught doing over 30mph and you'll be fine. I made a cop turn purple one day trying to give me a ticket. He finally gave up and walked off muttering to himself. I wished him a pleasant day, which seemed to make him even madder for some reason.LOL Sometimes ya gotta be the teacher, Even with cops, Just do it with a smile and be polite.
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:35 PM
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Gore, like Map said, it sounds like you handled it well. Gotta do it. Like fatdaddy said, you need to be informed on the law. Gotta do it.
I've never been pulled over, but I live in a relatively small place. I do on occasion walk up to any law enforcement agent I see, introduce myself, ask their opinion on MABs, and give them a card for this website. (Hello if you're here!)
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:10 PM
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No excitement here ---- just replaced a front brake cable that had slightly frayed where it clamped to the caliper. I didn't know until the other day that you could just buy the inner cable......the mechanic at the best bike shop in town clued me in. I was actually there to look at a Felt 1909 to see if it would be a suitable platform for my 'new' old Briggs motor. Opening looked a little too small for this particular motor. I did spy a Schwinn that would probably work.
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:19 PM
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Sounds like you handled your encounter with the law the right way and told him the right answers etc... I dunno what the laws are like where you're at, but over here we can ride them without too many restrictions... The few times I've seen a cop when I was riding they either just smiled and waved or gave me a thumbs up, which was really cool.
I've only talked face to face to 2 others who have these and they both said they get about the same response, usually they just wave or act like you're just another bicycle.

For me, again, way too busy to do anything with my bike today and the guy who dropped his off for me to fix came by the shop to give me the rest of his parts stash to see if it'll help get his back on the road. The other engine he has is another 49cc but the jug is severely scratched up inside and so is the side of the piston like something broke off and got trapped between the jug and piston so I won't be using anything off that engine, but it might have a better mag coil and the exhaust pipe is in a LOT better shape so I'll modify it by opening it up and drilling more holes thru the end cap, or I might just cut out a bigger hole and weld in a fresh outlet that's twice as big as stock, just to keep it stock looking.
I'm probably gonna need to put a new CDI on it but I'll test his first, and I got one of those Rocket cdi's stashed away somewhere too, I may just put it in something better looking than an old pill bottle and use it on his.
I mainly want his to run really good when I give it back to him but I may buy another KTM pipe and make him one similar to mine since he keeps telling me how much he likes mine... either way, it'll be nice when I give it back for sure.
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