China Girls....Happy Times

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  1. scotto-

    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    I think more than anything lately I come to this site to read about the trials and tribulations of the China Girl (aka Happy Times) motorized bicycle builds.

    Seems to be most of what's happening these day's and a dab of electrics for the most part. I kinda miss the excitement of the ugly lawnmower looking bicycle builds here. Oh well, it's all still inspiring....keep on building and riding whatever pleases you.
     
  2. Agreen

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    The only reason i built mine w/ a HT is because of the engine size. I wanted a <50cc engine, and trying to mount a weed eater engine has proven difficult on many levels. If i didn't care about the legal aspect, i would have finagled a bigger lawnmower engine in there.
     
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    I sorta agree with Scotto,not much happening in the DIY. Yes the 50cc law we have it here also,but my son built a 6hp wagon and road it around a lot and all the cops did is wave,but might be different with bike.
    I am going to try a old Briggs washing machine motor on a build next winter some time...............Curt
     
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    My cafe build is coming along slowly, but should be finished by August. Just waiting on money for parts.
     
  5. YesImLDS

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    I guess my problem with diy builds is unless you are picking something that could go on a go kart you have to get creative with go fast parts.
     
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    I'm confused by what you mean. Does all Chinese food have to be Chinese?
     
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    If you don't have access to fabrication tools, HT engines allow you to build a bike to ride using basic hand tools. Supposedly the newer generation motors are better. I think as long as they will be available they will be a core staple of motorbicyling since they are what most people start out on and sometimes stick with if they are satisfied. They're well matched and easy to use without much tuning, and work well if maintained.

    I've used different engines on bikes and I still would like to put a HT on a road bicycle because the engine fits well in the bikes center of mass and it would be comfortable to pedal. I've found that with the other more powerful engines which can be attached to a bike, the pedals become vestigial and even dangerous and they become scooters or "nopeds". The HT has a different torque band then the racing oriented two strokes, and works well with pedaling uphill without straining the motor if the pedal and motor gearing is matched. The trucklike nature of the engine would be good for a daily cruiser, instead of cruising blasters and just putting hours on them.
     
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    I didn't say anything about anybody else's preferences than mine.
     
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    In general it seems more power is always better, lol!
     
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    Nothing wrong with wanting to optimize what you got! There is such a thing as MPG mods, which usually include getting more power!
     
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    8 or 10 years ago. HT kits were more in the toy category than in transportation

    improvements over the years have made them about the cheapest form of reasonably reliable transportation available - I'd guess that it is the current economy that is causing the split between hobbyists & practical riders
     
  12. scotto-

    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    You really can't beat the compactness, light weight and ease of installing the little chinas. And the low cost of the kits, along with a cheap sturdy bicycle, you really can't beat what this combination has to offer as far as a motorized vehicle goes.

    Just about anyone can build and afford one. Prolly easier than baking and frosting a cake.....a really good looking and tasting cake that is!

    laff
     
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    But in your earlier post, you said and I quote "I love Chinese food"
     
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    Heck, the cost of a jackshaft and chainring freewheel is already more than a HT.
     
  15. scotto-

    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    I like go fast parts.....who doesn't know that? rotfl
     
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    Lol not you scotto, was referring to LDS
     
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    I just like my bike. Really doesn't matter what others think, cause I 'built' my machine for me.

    Many times, hobbies start out well, then just peter out. This offered me a relatively cheap way to start. If I decided it wasn't for me --- no harm, no foul. However, this 'inexpensive' machine has really taken me places I've not been to in a long time. Namely feeling younger than I am and giving me something to tinker on in the garage. I feel that I started out with one of the better 'kits' and had no major issues. Upgrades, whether for performance or for reliability, are just a natural progression for most people.

    My bike makes me happy --- maybe this is the reason they are called HT's...... dance1
     
  18. scotto-

    scotto- Custom 4-Stroke Bike Builder

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    I know.....was just sayin' brnot
     
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    The clutch. That's why its mostly China girls. Its got a real clutch, not the centrifugal bs.
    I will skip over the agricultural/generator motors and go straight to a lifan Honda clone, because it can be had with a real clutch.
     
  20. YesImLDS

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    Yeah? I did. What's your point?
     

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