Build Off (Amateur)

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by David D., Nov 9, 2010.

  1. Lance Portnoff

    Lance Portnoff New Member

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    everybody an amature in one way or another, everybody is learning how to put an engine on a bike, $400 does not even buy a good 4stroke engine and trans.
     
  2. Creative Engineering

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    I can literally make anything in my shop...nothing, (motorbike related), is impossible!

    Billet engines, custom frames, Billet wheels, hubs with real bearings...etc. etc.

    I've got 4 custom built lightweight motorcycles with pedals in the shop now. The least expensive one is 3K and I've got orders for 2 more.

    I like your idea David D...the Macgyver approach...ingenuity and few tools...could be fun. It would be a great build-off to show design skill using minimal resources.

    Jim
     
  3. Dan

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    How about a limit on experience? Say have been building MBs for less then 6 months or a yr. Some thing like that. Dunno, just a thought.

    Or a scavnger'ed build off. Least amount of $ spent. Golf thing. Less is more.

    One of my all time favorite builds here is Dave's JDawg. Originally "Junk Yard Dog" I think but he built it for $17 or some thing absurd like that. Well, wouldn't work either as ya would need some serious skills an' tools.

    Think we were typing at the same time Jim. Didn't mean to step on your thought
     
  4. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    i build all my bikes with the MacGyver approach. like silverbear said above, we were all amateurs on a budget, just making it up as we go along. i still don't consider myself a "pro," 'cause i can't weld.

    the bike i built for the rustoration build-off cost me less than 500 bucks at the time, just because i scored some great deals.

    you can come up with any build-off you want, whether it be a full modified, custom made, machine shop bike, to "what can you build from a thrift store."

    one of these days i wanna have "the stupidest bike build-off." the rules would be find the goofiest, most un-motor-friendly bike and put a motor on it.

    something like a little kid spiderman bike with training wheels, or a 2 seater child's tricycle... you get the picture.

    just make some simple rules and have at it...
     
  5. culvercityclassic

    culvercityclassic Well-Known Member

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  7. scotto-

    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    OK, how bout a home made motorized swing-bike competition, for builders of less than 2 bikes in 12 months, between the ages of 15-48 that have only a high-school diploma? The use of titanium is prohibited as are day-glo colors in paints or anodizing and no price cap. Sound good?
     
  8. camlifter

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    heres a pic of a swing bike i built from left over parts, my first thought of course was to put a motor on it, if you've ever rode one you know how insane and deadly that would be.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. scotto-

    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    Sounds like a great reason to motorize one.....let the competition begin! It has to be built from scratch, you must use a Wankel rotory engine and I would like to be a judge in this build-off....rotfl Ready, set, GO!
     
  10. Mr.Gadget

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    Hello, Noob here,
    I just finished my first build this weekend with my kids. Total cost was $300, and it is a basic set up.
    As a Noob, I would love to enter into a Build off, under the Least amount of money spent!!! To really bring creativity to the front.
    Here is a pic of our $300 weekend project.

    The link to the introduce yourself thread.

    http://motorbicycling.com/f14/hello-south-carolina-25162.html
     
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  11. camlifter

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    hey, i've got a suzuki RE-5 with a 500cc wankel engine, would only add about 400# to the bike, i could mount it on the front as a friction drive.
     
  12. biknut

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    If you ain't cheatin you ain't tryin. lol
     
  13. David D.

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    WOW! just woke up.... looks like we have a contest now....got pictures :) well ok heres the rules, NO RULES... but judged by all members who love these bikes, winner to be determined by quality of build and overall appearance vs cost.... ...ie...a nice first attempt huffy that cost $300 dollars by a newbie wins hands down over a gold plated felt with a morini engine that was built by ... well you get it.... just send more pics... the newbies have the advantage at the moment! David dance1 post a pic, tell how much it cost you, and what # it was ... 1st build 2nd... 3rd...57th... ok ? and BTW gadget, one of the nicer Dept. store bikes iv'e seen on here, very nice!
     
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  14. David D.

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    OK, We need pics, i am disquilified as i made the rules.... but here is what i'm talking about... Vintage schwinn bought on CL for $100 66cc chinese eng. 4th build.... total cost $379
     

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    I am technically an amateur as i have only built one bike so far. It is a Schwinn Stingray Orange Country Chopper, it has a 68.5cc 2 stroke engine, custom exhaust, custom mount, nickel plated #41 roller chain, brand new rear brake, mirror, oh and a cool fake license, it cost a little less than $450 and i had alot of fun building it over this summer...

    http://motorbicycling.com/f40/pics-my-exhaust-stingray-occ-24261.html
     
  16. David D.

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    Very Cool..... beautiful bike...
     
  17. scotto-

    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    Are we allowed to use Photoshop on our builds? It's much easier to fix a beat up bike using it, than Bondo and paint...and cheaper too. I've seen some great bikes built using Photoshop....some real beauties!
     
  18. David D.

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    Sure scotto, like biknut said"if you aint cheatin...you aint tryin.....no rules remember? lets just try and keep it FUN!
     
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