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Old 06-26-2014, 11:10 PM
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...and now we have the tools to make em really cool!
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:48 PM
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I think another reason I got into this madness is that at 15 I had a chance
to buy a used Whizzer with $75 bucks of my lawn mowing money & my mom
shut me down. I never quite got over that. Another chance for freedom
dashed. It was pretty beat up ,but ran just fine.

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Old 06-27-2014, 12:14 AM
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yrs back I made a joke about a bunch of us ridding over a hill on China girls. With an annoying buzzing 2 stroke sound. Goat responded

FREEDOM!
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:24 AM
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I have lots of vehicles. A car, 3 motorcycles and 5 motorized bicycles. Oh, and 1 stand up gas powered scooter.

The hands down best app for the motorbike is festivals, street fairs and farmers market. The streets are shut down with barricades and fences. There is a big draw so parking is a long way off. With a motor bike I just kill the engine, pedal right past the barricades and into the middle of the festival. Then lock the bike to a sign post and do my business and leave.

Easy. Perfect. The absolute best possible vehicle for the application -
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:00 PM
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Listen, when I was 12 years old I would have killed for the buzz bike I have now.
Well, I have to admit when I was 13 I had a '66 Honda P50A moped. I could have done worse, it was a fun bike.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:13 AM
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Moped! In those days the very word made my heart leap. I looked up the P50A--nice nice. Thee is a bike of similar design made today by SYM--I think they call it the Symba. the engine displacement is different--Symba is 100cc--but the look is very close to the Honda.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:38 AM
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Now that I have another look at the Symba--I see that it is beefier than the Honda P50A--but they are both chips off the same block.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:34 PM
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I live in California where the China girl isn't legal. I still ride mine through the neighorborhood streets and once in in while to run an errand. My biggist joy comes from building them and trying out new parts like carbs, rechambered heads, pistons, exhausts, brakes etc. It's a great hobby. Hours go by and it seems like just a few minutes. I like the challenge of making a 66cc motror go as fast and as smooth as possible. I used to be into auto engine modifications but this is way more fun and a whole lot cheaper.
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:17 PM
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Growing up poor....a lot of my bikes were scavenged from the local junk ditch. We would piece together Frankenstein bikes that were built from many different throw away bikes and ride them with great pride. We had turned something from the junk pile into a cool cruiser or perhaps an even cooler chopper.

The only thing that could have been even cooler then a chopper bike or cruiser built from junk....would be a chopper bike or cruiser with an engine mounted on it. I would have been the coolest kid in ten counties to have a ride like that. A legend in my own mind at the very least.
However the sad fact was that it was more of a fantasy at that age, and something that just was not going to get built from parts in the junk ditch or from the money I earned cashing in pop bottles or raking leaves all day for fifty cents for the nice old lady down the road.

If I was going to have a cool motorized bike...it was going to have to wait until I was a bit older and made my millions being an astronaut or test pilot for top secret government experimental aircraft programs. Or just maybe the worlds Greatest fisherman winning every tournament I would enter.

Well..a lot of those fanciful dreams were not realized several decades later and I became content to just be a moderately paid humble bricklayer instead of the next Hugh Hefner, but I did find that I made just enough money to pay "most" of my bills and have just a tad left to help support a few hobbies that I could only dream about as a kid.

One dream I embarked upon was to build that motorized bicycle that I could not as a kid. The first ride through town took me back 35 years and I could imagine in my mind all my 9 year old buddies running outside to cheer me on as I sped by there homes. They would be yelling "that is the awesomest bike ever!!!!" as I motor on by to the next buddies house.

Suprisingly, what started out as a project to make a dream realized...actually is now something quite different and I enjoy my motorized bike for reasons now that would have not been thought of or appreciated as a kid.

I have found that as the world moves faster and faster...I tend to want to go slower and slower. As things get more and more technical and high tech....I tend to want things that are more simplistic. There are also so many of gods little wonders that we never notice speeding by in our cars at 60mph. However...cruising down a blacktop road at 20mph you really are able to appreciate all the beauty around you while enjoying the beautiful little simplistic machine under you putt putting along.

People that do not own or have not experienced these crude and simplistic little motorized bicycles will often ask" what would you get out of that motorized bike that you wouldn't get out of a rocketing motorcycle?" I guess the best answer is "If you have to ask the question, then you probably would never understand the answer." An old kid on his cool simple motorized bike enjoying life and this worlds wonders at a blistering 20mph!
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:40 PM
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Purty awesome Roo and well said. Ya really can't see wild flowers over 20 MPH. Or much else.

At 8 yrs old, I can remember taking a break on my heavier then me 1950s Schwinn. Came up with a detailed way to run an engine thew the chain drive and then promptly forgot it for 30 or 40 years. Now I got tools fer dat.

Never to late to enjoy the childhood, again.
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