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Old 05-16-2011, 11:07 AM
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Default Re: 35 miles each way for work , possible ?

I disagree. You CAN make these engines a bit better. Replace the crap bearings with nice ones, clean up the casting, etc. It doesn't make them as good as a name-brand engine, but it certainly makes them a lot better. One thing that helps reliability is not riding at WOT all the friggin time. Almost any engine is not going to like going WOT for 40 miles. Warming up your engine before really beating on it helps too. It depends on how you ride, and the care you take to ensure proper operation.

As far as a 70 mile round trip... I would say try to motorize a recumbent or something. Riding 20 miles gets uncomfortable sometimes on my bike. A recumbent with a large seat would make a long trip much more enjoyable.
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:53 PM
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Default Re: 35 miles each way for work , possible ?

The farthest I have gone in one day is 100 miles round trip. I have also gone 60 miles round trip, but that was 30 miles at night and then 30 miles home the next morning. My advice would be trying to make the trip on a day off and see what happens. I suggest this for several reasons. The main reason obviously being for reliability. The second reason being to gain a rough estimate of how long the trip will take. The third reason being to see how comfortable the ride will be for you. Then you can make whatever adjustments are needed, make the bike as comfortable as it can be, and figure out what would be a good time to leave in the morning.
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