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Old 04-02-2012, 06:11 AM
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Default Re: How did you get introduced to motor-assisted bicycling?

I just happened to have a few hundred extra bucks and decided I wanted something cool for myself. I was on the internet, mainly ebay searching for stuff and came across a bike motor. I had to have it. So I went to gasbike and saw a better one and bought it! It is now currently having wheel troubles though.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:52 AM
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I had been into bikes off an on all my life one thing led to another an I was building custom frames for my son an i , being a bit of a gearhead an tinker , I was searching google an found this forum .. best way to describe the bikes I saw here is " oh H@ll yes! I gotta build one of these ! " I honestly dont think I been here 6 months an have learned soooooo much I am on the second one , an see no end in sight .
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:29 AM
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3 years ago, i was unemployed, my 96 impala SS got stolen, was living in costa mesa on a friend's couch, pretty much broke, and i saw some guy smoking down the street on a ratted out piece o crap.

checked ebay first, almost bought one complete, then did some research and found out i could build my own. and i found this awesome forum.

since then, i've built a bunch of custom bikes, started racing them, organizing my own races, met a bunch of crackpots like myself who never grew out of putting motors on stuff, got another job, moved into a house, and now i build some of the fastest bikes around.

still miss that impala, though...
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:39 PM
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Raced for years- 14 in fact- and loved the feeling when I was young of not being tied to the car- at least in the summer- or, if the bike was in the back of the car, no breakdown could much leave me stranded-

I lived in L.A. for a number of years, and when the Northridge quake hit in the '90's, the bike was the best way to get around for the day or two after.

Theen I went back to live in Indiana in 05. I wanted to get my Indiana licence renewed (I'd had one in 2000 there), before my current Califoirnia license expired. And despite the fact that I had an active CA license, and EVEN my Indiana license had technically not even expired by then- they took it in California-

they had begun to implement the Unreal ID nonsense as some sort of terrorist nonsense- and could then conveniently use it as an excuse for The Gang to make war on your neighborhood tranny godess. So even though I'd grown up in the area, graduated from college there, substiutute taught for a year there in 2000, and had the same social security number since I was 16- They all knew me.

I'd CHANGED my name when one could years and years and years ago without hassle and even in court at one point- Had two still valid licences according to the computers at least.

So it was the HASSLIN HOOSIERS at their Mean Red Meanest.

Enter seven feet of water, literally, into the house I had been renovating for the three years I had been there, (Not Global Warming flooding! NOT! NOT! NOT!) and I ended up in Florida with a drivers license ready to expire and another legal name change in court required and pending. I realized I could be cycling a lot more to get where I wanted, but in my mid-50's and having some health problems, knew I'd have to pace myself a bit. I still try to peddle as much as I can without getting too stiff or tense- I'm suffering froim hypertension already.

At one point I saw something about a bicycle motor on the net, and did some searching and ended up at Spooky Tooth and ordering a kit from Bike Berry. It's been perfect here- I can ride the motor bike about 90 percent of the time if I choose, or unless I want to haul bigger stuff. I've saved all kinds of gas at a time when my funds were very tight, and had fun doing it.

Me and the '67 Peugeot next to the St. John's river in Jacksonville last month.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:04 PM
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We have a motor powerd sit down race scooter thats alotnof fun but when i figuRed out it was very illegal i garged it. While researching the laws on the scooter i came across the ht motors but never bought one. Fast forward a year my friend at school asked me if i would put it together for him if he got one so i decided to take the plunge with him. We ordered that week and there both running great and ive never looked back.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:23 PM
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I lived in North Dakota at the time (Summer of 2006) and after attempting to ride my bike to work and back a few times (25-26 miles both ways) often with high winds, I decided my high-mileage knees needed some help.

Been motorized bicycle riding ever since!
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:51 AM
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Saw a few Whizzers thoguht about buying one. Being anal as I am I determined I would rather build one and did. But actually starting one was becasue I am too injured to continue in my feild and now that I am doing less then I am used to I was going crazy. Doctor recommended a hobby and al lthings fell into place...
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:46 AM
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It all began for me because of an interest in electric hub motors. I absolutely adore the site There they have many folks interested in powering bicycle by alternative methods (electric, gas, even steam!!!). Everyone should check on the 48v flat tracker build, its pretty incredible. Appearantly it goes up 45mph!!! Anyway, i was interested for a long time in building a hub motor from scratch. After a lot of research i realized this was WAY over my head since i knew next to nothing about our good friend the internal combustion motor, which i found to be a little more straight forward than the complex math involved in electronic power. I thought small 2 stroke engines would be a great place to start my edu-ma-cation. After buying a crappy china girl, i found i was terribly right! You learn a ton when the thing your working on breaks down all the time. But Its been a love affair ever since. The idea of getting so much power, speed, and fuel usage out of a bicycle is just plain awesome. The idea of how much money you could save on an electric bike is what first intrigued me. But the technology for it just isnt quite accessible at my price range at this stage of the game. However, gas power engines are. And wouldn't ya know it, they're fun too!

Motor assisted bicycles take what i believe to be two of our greatest inventions as people and smash them together into a smorgisborg of efficiency and fun. I hope to ride for many years to come!
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:57 PM
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$4.75 a gallon in 2010, a six mile commute where my engine seldom got up to temp in winter and ony did so half-way there in summer... tripped across Five Flags in Florida, they sold me a "Flying Horse" China Tramp kit which I promptly bolted onto a WalMart Cranbrook. At first, everybody figured I'd gone off the deep end. Then they saw how reliable it is if you don't abuse and do the maitanance and then they started trying it out. One day during surgery, I commented that I can purchase six motor kits for below wholesale ifI buy them all at once- the anasthesia provider asked how much to build six bikes total- I gave a figure. He wrote a cheque. We've been at it ever since. I designed a hubmount and a brakelight switch, working on a production model lighting system (head,tail,brakes,turn) in 6 volt that trickles off the white wire- very close to having it. I can do protoypes, but they are pricey- trying to create a design that will mass produce well enough to sell. Several ideas, not sure which one to chase down first. Still haven't really turned a profit, but working on it...
there is no 12 step program for this, is there? I guess I'm in it for the ride....
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:05 AM
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Default Re: How did you get introduced to motor-assisted bicycling?

I wanted something lighter and more maneuverable than my old 78 GL1000 Goldwing for just zipping around on short trips to the bank and around the neighborhood.

I was looking for a smaller motorcycle, but everyone around here seems to be on crack, and the prices they're asking for their old fixer-uppers are probably going to support their habit!

So, while I was looking for a small MC, I came across a Craigslist ad for a motorized bicycle kit. I was intrigued, and looked around the web to find out more. I found a kit on ebay for half of what the CL poster wanted, so I bought it.

The rest of the addiction is history!

I still ended up needing a small motorcycle too, so I'm building a mid 60's Honda Trail 90 from the frame up with a Lifan 140cc engine.

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