Any improvements in the last 2 years?

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  1. cityevader

    cityevader New Member

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    So it's been a couple years since I left this hobby two years ago out of frustrations from a lack of quality products.
    I've tried Chinese in-frame junk, as well as purportedly good quality rear-mount 4-stroke Grubee setup.

    So have there been any products in the last two years that are "game-changers" or offer substantial improvements in durability compared to prior designs? Or has not much changed? I'm getting that itch again, but may just get a used Vespa instead.
     
  2. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    nope. it's still the same. we're all building huffy cranbrooks and still trying to figure out how to make the sprockets fit over our coaster brakes.

    my baffle fell off of my exhaust yesterday, and now my bike's much faster.

    no one needs a helmet or license to ride these yet, either.

    we're all still running used motor oil at 16:1, drilling holes in our frames, and those darn chain tensioners keep getting stuck in our spokes.

    everyone's happy with the peanut tanks, the plastic throttles, and the rag joint. there's really been no developements or improvements at all...
     
  3. BarelyAWake

    BarelyAWake New Member

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    laff

    How is it sarcasm can manage to be both painful & funny at the same time? o_O :p
     
  4. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    the best definition of sarcasm i've ever heard, is "laughter with knives..."
     
  5. ToxicAz520

    ToxicAz520 New Member

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    This thread is hilarious! The sarcasm is fantastic. LOL!

    laff
     
  6. scotto-

    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    When I type sarcastically, no one can read it. And I use a special sarcastic keyboard with smirk and eyes roll back functions....
     
  7. Goat Herder

    Goat Herder Gutter Rider

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    The important thing is that we are all deliriously happy. Where ya been buddy? Fire up a happy Time ''motor'' and join us we all missed yeah.:Drotfl
     
  8. DuctTapedGoat

    DuctTapedGoat Active Member

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    Nothing major, just small stuff.

    Small stuff on the good side - steel lined cylinder heads, sealed bearings in the chain tensioner.

    Small stuff on the bad side - catalytic exhausts, CNS carbs.
     
  9. ToxicAz520

    ToxicAz520 New Member

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    I agree with goat herder just get another one and join us all in the cheap chinagirl madness anyway.
     
  10. dag_29307

    dag_29307 New Member

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    Sure jump in the pool, apparently you've already been in the water once.

    The basic make up of these hasn't (and doesn't look like it's going to) changed. If anyone really thinks they are going to get a Morini grade motor out of China, Ain't gonna happen. These kits are what they are. If you didn't like them back then, I don't think you will like them now. You are more than welcome to join us in the Peter Pan lifestyle though.
     
  11. brucemg51

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    Used to be when I received a kit I could keep up with the news in Beijing because the parts were all wrapped in Chinese newspapers. I actually sorta miss that.
     
  12. cityevader

    cityevader New Member

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    hahaha, silly hobby. My other hobbies advance so fast only a few months make things obsolete, much less a few years!

    IF, capital IF I go this route again, it'll be ultimate simplicity/bombproof type, so likely a friction drive setup.

    The idea of trading my motorcycle for a Vespa is appealing too.
     
  13. Nashville Kat

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    Serially,

    I'm always talking up the billet intake- getting the carb closer to the motor really seemed to help-

    the new 66NT carb also helps for a smoother running motor, but not as much as the billet intake,

    there's also the CNS carb and the new billet intake there

    a deraileur and freewheel on the pedal side help eliminate motor chain tensioners
    and a cruiser frame with cantaliever brakes or set up with 700 C wheels helps cut clearnce problems otherwise, as will a smaller sprocket
     
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    Thanks to our current regime, the fuel situation is really harming a lot of working stiffs around here. I have had many inquiries from people about how they can get a little grocery getter like mine

    Several friends have abandoned driving, able to JUST make the operating expenses of their car and now seeing the straw of added fuel costs break their back. Several guys I know are riding theirs to work, and several guys THERE are asking how to do it.



    yodar
     

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