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Old 07-02-2013, 12:30 PM
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Well, considering that deep down we all realize that by adding chinese gasoline engines to regular bicycles we have entered the pool of candidates for the Darwin Award....This leads me to believe we do it because we're all having fun living on the wild side! ahahahahahhaha!!! (evil laugh, but also knocking on wood..)
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:10 PM
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Simple enjoyment of it. I was looking in getting an ebike but with my weight and severely out of shape and banged up body they just did not have the distance without spending a lot of money at once for batteries. So gas bike it was and glad I went this way because I know a lot more about combustible engines over electric. With these little 2 strokes and 4 strokes, most things can be fixed with vice grips, screwdriver, needle nose, and sometimes if frustration sets in, the good ole hammer .

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Old 07-02-2013, 08:17 PM
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I use japanese engines and upgrade my bikes.

I ride because it's practical, not because it's wild. People do look at me like some kind of wild man, though. Maybe it's the mustache.

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Well, considering that deep down we all realize that by adding chinese gasoline engines to regular bicycles we have entered the pool of candidates for the Darwin Award....This leads me to believe we do it because we're all having fun living on the wild side! ahahahahahhaha!!! (evil laugh, but also knocking on wood..)
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:57 PM
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Building a DIY motorbike might be a good part of the whole thing, but as soon as the weather is cooler I'm going to do trail riding more often. The DMV I got my sticker and since I don't have pedals on the machine, they classified it as motorcycle for off highway use only.

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Old 07-07-2013, 01:04 AM
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I wanted to be riding more, and the Goldwing was a lot of hassle for small trips in town, plus I was having mechanical problems with it, and wanted something simple.

I looked for a smaller motorcycle, and all the ones I saw were ridiculously high priced, and most of them were junkers anyway. (Thanks to American Pickers, everyone thinks that garbage is gold!)

While searching, I stumbled across motorized bicycles; then went to ebay and bought a CG kit. Then I bought a bicycle.

I never could get the CG kit to fire up, so I got frustrated and bought a 4-stroke FD kit. It fired right up, and the fun began!

For me, the motorized bicycle doesn't take the place of the cars or motorcycles, it just adds to the tools of freedom and exploration. I can't take it to all the places I want to ride, so I'm building a Lifan 140cc powered Honda Trail 90 too.

I also have a couple of other motorized bicycles' planned, so the motorized bicycle addiction is still there!
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:14 PM
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I got into motorized bicycles because of my driver's license was suspended. Just never drive without insurance . . .

I lost my job due to my lack of transportation. I used to ride mini choppers around, but the cops gave me a HUGE legal threat one day (like five tickets), but they let me go on a warning never to ride them again. It makes me mad because I see people riding them around here all the time.

Anyway, I was totally broke when I discovered motorized bicycles online. I gathered up about $35 and said, "Yep, this should be enough to do it." I then found a scrap yard on craigslist that showed a MASSIVE pile of rusty bicycles. I got a ride over there and found a beach cruiser in fairly ride-able condition (no brakes though) for $15. I then purchased a running leaf blower for $10, and a plank of wood, some bolts, and a push mower throttle control (you know, turtle to rabbit) for a total of $12 and some change. I spent about three hours figuring out how to turn all of that into a working FD. Ended up mounting the motor to the plank, then securing that to the back of the bike. I was surprised by how comfortable the ride was. I that thing for the rest of the summer with no brakes. (I wired a kill switch to use engine braking.) The next spring, I bought a chinese 2-stroke from ebay. It was used, and I got it for $75 (originally $100, but I got a $25 discount because the seller didn't package it very well, and there were broken cooling fins and a smashed muffler when it arrived.)

Ever since then, I've been totally hooked. Even when I get my license back, I'm not gonna quit motor bicycling. I ride for much more than transportation. Sometimes I get "cabin fever", and I take off on my bike. Sometimes I'm just overworked with college coursework, so I take off for a while. Sometimes I just need some toilet paper, so I take off on my motorized bicycle. Whatever the reason for the trip, I always come back in higher spirits.

BTW, I've got like 1500 miles on my original china girl engine. Okay, so maybe it IS on the third jug, but break-in's not all that bad, right? Oh, I've also managed to install some working brakes, so don't worry about me.

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Old 07-09-2013, 08:26 PM
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cuz i like listening to active dog and such......
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:05 PM
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I got into it because I needed a ride to work and this was the cheapest thing and I fell in love lol. I mean as a guy who loves cars, this is great in itself. I get to pretty much do what I want with it and not have to pay a shop to fix it, I got you lovely bunch of folks to help me out if I run into problems :-)
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:15 PM
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Do you mean 1500 miles or 15,000 miles? re: third cylinder
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:00 AM
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That's what I was thinking too.. I've got 1500 miles on all the original parts.
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