Daily driver?

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  1. Firestorm102389

    Firestorm102389 New Member

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    I've been running into major repairs for my truck and I'm giving up on it, always needs something. I have built a lot of these over my past two years but never used one as a daily driver, just as something to drive around for fun. There are a few upgrades I want to get to make it as easy to use as aa car. Such as the spring loaded clutch cover auto chain tensioner, manic mechanic sprocket and adapter, a little better exhaust, was thinking the poo poo expansion chamber.

    What are some daily driving issues do you encounter? For rain I'd be car pooling to work, and cold I'd car pool or get a heated jacket (from Wisconsin, living in tx).

    Anything I may be forgetting?cvlt1
     
  2. Dan

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    I'm sure you thought of this but tools. I had one bike so unreliable I carried every tool to build one. A plastic bag in case you have to go pure bicycle and need to remove engine chain. They be messy.

    Cheap, thin rain poncho for surprise rain storms. They fold to nothing.

    Spare tube or repair kit. Especially if you have a long commute.

    And of course, a back pack or saddle bags. Down the road might want to consider a trailer for shopping.

    I think you meant the bike itself. But that's just the stuff that popped into my head
     
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    The tools I thought of, the bag I didn't. Poncho I did. The trailer for groceries is an excellent idea!
     
  4. Rudz

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    Lots of tools, my tool bag has tons of wrenches two full bicycle multi tools, flash light, tape, zip ties, tire levers, 2 spare tubes, patch kit, spare headlight, and spare rechargeable headlight battery, I have a rechargeable tail light as well.

    That's just for the bicycle. For the motor you need every wrench, socket and Allen key, spare magneto in a ziploc bag, spare spark plug, spare cdi, extra nuts and bolts, spare cables, I also carry spare carburetor Jets and fuel line.

    I commute to work 8 miles away.
     
  5. KCvale

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    4-strokes make for a very reliable ride.
     
  6. Dan

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    LOL, dang Rudz. You were an Eagle Scout, eh?

    I kid but your right. Not like your ever sorry to have some thing you need with you.
     
  7. wheelbender6

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    The thing that helped me the most on my China girl for commuting was an auto clutch.
    I didn't carry that many tools. Adjustable wrench, bicycle multi-tool, mini-pump and a pair of needle nose pliers.
    Carry a couple of ounces of premix oil in case you need to fuel up at the gas station.
    I did a lot of 50 mile round trip commutes. I was never stranded except once I had a tire tube fail right at the stem.
     
  8. BarelyAWake

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    These days pretty much just the rain & cold... but I'm not in Texas lol ;)

    It's one thing if you jus' don't wanna deal with it - but such doesn't bother the bike any & little more then some rain gear (unlined nylon), pants & a jacket over your regular clothing will stop both the water & wind from freezing you out. Jus' the cheapo rain gear from ol' wallyworld (about $12 or so) is all I use over my regular jeans & jacket even in mid-winter Maine, though I sometimes throw on an extra pair of socks & such if it's particularly nasty :p

    Ride on man :D
     
  9. Dan

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    That is such great advise, BA. You've said it before but I never thought about it.
    (From survival training) Wind chill only effects exposed skin and kinks in your "winter armor" where the wind and cold get in and rob you of warm. (hot is the absence of cool and cold just sucks)

    I really did pride my self on being well versed in the art of staying warm and dry no matter what the weather. Just shows to go ya, always some thing to learn or another way to feed a cat. (I really hate the expression "to skin..")

    My mentor in life and at sea was the venerable Capt. Foss. He had a theory that bares true; "Ya ain't wet until the crack of your arse is wet and then your soaked"

    Reach above your head to rig some thing or furl a sail as cold, cold water runs down your hands and wrists. Past your arm pits, collects down your neck and middle back and finally collecting in the seat of your pants. Not fun! ...and he was right!
     
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  10. Rudz

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    Eagle Scouts, no, I'm a bicycle Commuter. Lmfao.
     
  11. LR Jerry

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    I've got a really heavy duty basket setup on the left rear side. I've had more then 60 lbs in it before. This makes my bike useful for hauling as well as transportation.
     
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    when i ride a carry a 10 mm and a adjustable and a folding allen key set **** thats all i need to replace my motor :p ecept needle nose and a screw driver
     
  14. Slogger

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    I go around without anything. No spares, no cell phone, no help. I love the suspense, the sense of impending disaster makes it more interesting. Getting home is something to celebrate, man.
    That's just how we roll.

    I keep the bike all tightened up and well-oiled.
    I don't commute, I just ride around pointlessly. Lolz.
     
  15. KCvale

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    I just like to build 'em well enough so that is not even a thought.
     
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    yeah, my legs won't pedal after 1/2 a block & won't even walk after 4 blocks - no worries on 20 mile bike trips though - ain't been stuck in 3 years
     
  17. Patchy

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    I have had hundreds of problems with my motors. I feel like the stockpile of parts and tools is the only thing that allows it work these days. I always got another part when something breaks!
     
  18. Dan

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    That's the school of thought I adhere to, too.
    (LOL, think I got the 2's right. or rite. DANGIT!)

    But with out a doubt murphy's law is in full affect (effect? I hate English) with our merry little band and crazy contraptions in that if you are 14 miles from home, you will need a #14 wrench. And of course, have every thing with you but.

    Don't matter what tool or part. The one you don't have will be the one you need.

    :-||
     
  19. Going2Hell

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    The List
    10mm combination wrench
    14mm
    Metric folding allen set
    Vise-Grips
    Leatherman Multitool
    Flathead screwdriver (mostly for a pry tool)
    Spoke wrench
    Extra Spark Plug (and gap tool)
    Extra Centrifugal Clutch (4-stroke)
    Extra Fuel Filter
    Fix-A-Flat
    Spare tube
    zip ties
    and about 3ft of steel wire.
     
  20. Rudz

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    I use spare tubes instead of slime or fix a flat. Been thinking about tire liners though
     

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