$1,000 motorized bikes

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by MaxPower, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. MaxPower

    MaxPower New Member

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    I had a friend asking me what I could build him for $1,000 and I came up with the idea for a thread. I'm proposing a thread where someone could post their complete sourced $1,000 kits. All someone else would have to do is order the parts from the supplied links and assemble it. Let's see what you come up with. Here is what I came up with for my buddy.

    Worksmen newsboy model INB $339 Industrial Bicycles from Worksman Cycles
    options front drum brake $70, 3 speed hub $90.

    Silver Slant 66cc $134 Silver Slant 80cc 2 Stroke Bicycle Motor - Silver Slant 80cc 2 Stroke Bicycle Engine Kit - 66cc Bicycle Engine Kit

    SBP shift kit $199 Sick Bike Parts LLC - Performance parts for your motorized bicycle
    SBP throttle $21.95
    SBP kill switch $3.79
    SBP expansion chamber $67.95
    SBP fuel filter $4.95
    SBP plug wire $6.49
    SBP spark plug $6.99
    SBP bottom bracket adapter $13.95
    Bottom Bracket Cartridge $16.95

    pirate cycles lay back seat $25 Improved Lay Back Seat Post

    total: 1003.02 (almost $1000)
     
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  2. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    that's what he could build for a thousand bucks. unless you like working for free...;)
     
  3. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    For the shift kit you will also need a bottom bracket adapter for another $25.00 or so.
    SB
     
  4. MaxPower

    MaxPower New Member

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    Yeah, I forgot to mention that I was going to give him an adapter I have. I'll have to rework my parts list for this thread. umm... what to remove....
     
  5. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Active Member

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    For a grand, I would go with either great bike and so-so gas motor or vice-versa.
    Electra Ratfink with a two stroke in the frame and drum brakes would work.
    Conversely, I could use a Sun beach cruiser with a Honda thumper in the frame and shift kit. If I settle for a chinese thumper, I might be able to swing the drum brakes.
    Hmmm.
    I don't think I could do a very fun ebike for a grand. Lithium batteries quickly devour the budget.
     
  6. donutguy

    donutguy New Member

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    My bike costs me about 1000 bucks all in......

    My Bike | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    The bike was 400 bucks

    -new double wall rear wheel-50

    -staton rear friction drive kit and motor-500

    -new handlebars-30

    -new seat 60

    -new teflon coated brake and derailleur cables-60

    -New tires and thorn proof tubes-80

    -Planetbike headlight and rear blinkie-60

    -rear rack bag-75

    -gas tank 30

    -center mount kickstand 40

    -Planetbike fenders 60

    -trip computer 50

    -GPS unit 140

    -new suspension seatpost 55

    -large canister of bear mace 45

    oops....looks like I am around 1500 bucks.

    It's still a cheap hobby as far I am concerned :)
     
  7. bandito

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    My current build-$299 DB mountainbike, 400$ r/s staton kit, 25$ bigger gas tank, mirror 15$, bell 10$, tire liners and thick tubes 25$, $15 handlebar bag, $20 rear kick stand, $25 avinir comfort seat, well thats about it for now. This was supposed to be a cheap build too. But its the best MAB so far and I wouldnt change a thing.
     
  8. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    Very true!! laff
     
  9. Greybeard

    Greybeard New Member

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    In my State, you'd have to reduce the $1000 'cause the State wants their 9%. Bastiches!
    Shipping and handling if you buy from an out of state vendor. Soon to come to a State near you; Interestate Transaction fees.
     
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  10. Mike B

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    I'll have about a grand in my Mango / Staton when done.

    Mango Toucan 3 $400
    Staton rear friction drive $400
    Origin 8 cargo unit $ 70
    Gas Tank $ 30
    Kick Stand $ 30
    Lock $ 15
    Paint & Hardware $ 30

    That's about twice what the OP Roller and the happy time combo cost. But a lot less work and a lot less frustration.
     
  11. biknut

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    I don't think this is realistic because you have to consider the labor. Plus most people mark up the parts too. This bike should be closer to 2 grand

    A basic beach cruiser like a OP Roller would be about $1000 maybe with a few extras unless you're also working for Chinese wages.
     
  12. worksmanFL

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    Cool thread!

    Max, so no labor factored into this at all then?

    I'll see what I can come up with, (no labor?).

    :)

    PS: I think max was asking us to also post the source links.
     
  13. MaxPower

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    This build was for my buddy and labor paid with beer. My estimate also didn't include shipping or tax. I figure those are unavoidable cost and I was trying to keep it simple. Any way your kit totals $1,000 is fine with me.

    BTW It would be helpful to people that actually want to build your kit if links were provided.
     
  14. MaxPower

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    anyone come up with something?
     
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    Hey Bikenute.....I like the "Chinese wages" idea!! :)

    Terry
     
  16. MaxPower

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    I just came up with another build.

    Worksman bicycle, options; puncture resistant tubes, front drum brake, long seat worksmancycles.com
    $470

    Harbor fright predator 99cc harborfreight.com
    $109

    Affordable go karts: motor mount, header flange, header tube, jackshaft, clutch, chain affordablegokarts.com
    $236

    Manic mechanic sprocket adapter, pistonbikes.com
    $60

    3 piece wide crank, bicycle-engines.com
    $30

    Sick Bike Parts, bottom bracket adapter, fuel filter, kill switch, HD throttle, sickbikeparts.com
    $46

    Fuel line, local hardware store
    $9

    This leaves $40 to fabricate two engine mount arms (AGK mount does not come with arms), welding the custom exhaust from AGK, and hardware for mounting the stock fuel tank to the rear rack.

    BTW, I'd have to cut the worksman lower frame support to make room for the HF engine.
     
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    Genisisonyx29 New Member

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    so why just wondering. why are u gonna waste half ur budget on just the bike? go to walmart and u'll find a perfect bike that will suit u. i have the 29 astra and its great

    here my ideal build for 1000:
    29 genesis mountain bike
    grubee skyhawk 66cc with cns v3
    sbp expansion chamber
    shift kit
    upgraded derailuer
    better cdi and spark plug.
    40 tooth sprocket.
     
  18. happyvalley

    happyvalley New Member

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    A better bicycle is never a waste.
     
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    Genisisonyx29 New Member

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    I don't think the bike of choice is any better though. Just my opinion.
     
  20. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    so, you're saying an american made worksman is basically the same as a chinese made Kent bike.

    while they're two completely different styles of bikes (one being a heavy duty cruiser, and the other a psuedo-mountain bike) the quality of the worksman bike eclipses anything that comes out of china.

    on the worksman, you're getting 11g spokes and drum brakes made in france, and a rim that is second to none when it comes to strength. it's basically a small motorcycle wheel. it's actually stronger than a lot of older moped wheels and lightweight motorcycle spoked wheels.

    on the genesis, you're getting a lightweight, cheaply made rim with 15g spokes (at least they're stainless) and a low end hub.

    a lightweight "handcrafted" aluminum frame? who's handcrafting them? i know frame builders that charge a coupla grand and up for a real "handcrafted" frame. i guess pushing the "on" button on the robotic frame-building machine in china means "handcrafted."

    low end shimano parts, steel 3 piece cranks with a non-sealed bearing bottom bracket, and no-name accessories round out your choice.

    not a bad bike from walmart, but i guarantee you it'll be collecting dust in thrift stores or melted down at scrap yards long before the worksman's chrome even get's tarnished...
     

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