I'm Getting a Moped Instead

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by ricland, Oct 19, 2008.

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  1. HoughMade

    HoughMade New Member

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    With this gearbox. the noise is not bad at all. I have mine packed...and i mean packed (7 ot 8 ounces)- with "Green Grease" a very sticky, stringy marine grade grease. Makes all the difference.

    The plunger is a chrome tire pump with a plunger (hardware store knob on a brass tire stem with threads to fit the knob) attached to mimic the look of an early oil pump.
     
  2. NEAT TIMES

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    I WONDER IF RICLAND JUST THRU THAT MOPED THING OUT THERE TO GET OUR BLOOD FLOWING ?? :rolleyes: IT IS ONE AWSOME BUILD FOR SURE !! (^) A GREAT ASSORTMENT OF REPLIES. RICLAND GOT US GOING !rotfl MY BACK WENT OUT A MONTH AGO, BUT I CAN STILL DAYDREAM :bike2:
     
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  3. corduroylion

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    anyone can go buy a moped. anyone can ride one too. but not everyone can build their own. its not ment for everyone. if you dont like getting dirty under the nails, smelling like gas and spending time in your garuage, then building one isnt for you. sushi isnt for me, neither is a lot of country music but you dont see me making a fuss about how just cuz i dont dig it no one else should...........
     
  4. Dan

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    Sorry to hear your back is out NT. Nothing like debilitating pain to pick ya up. Get well soon bud!

    Thanks Hugh. Again, dang, thats pretty work.
     
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  5. Dan

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    My appoligies to Toby Keith

    I Love This Bar (Bike) lyrics

    We got winners, we got losers
    Chain smokers and boozers
    And we got yuppies, we got bikers
    We got thirsty hitchhikers
    And the girls next door dress up like movie stars

    Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this Bike

    We got cowboys, we got truckers
    Broken-hearted fools and suckers
    And we got hustlers, we got fighters
    Early birds and all-nighters
    And the veterans talk about their battle scars

    Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bike

    [Chorus:]
    I love this bike
    It's my kind of ride
    Just riden' through the front door
    Puts a big smile on my face
    It ain't too far, come as you are
    Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bike

    I've seen short skirts, we got high-techs
    Blue-collar boys and rednecks
    And we got lovers, lots of lookers
    And I've even seen dancing girls and hookers
    And we like to drink our beer from a mason jar

    Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bike
    Yes I do

    I like my truck (I like my truck)
    I like my girlfriend (I like my girlfriend)
    I like to take her out to dinner
    I like a movie now and then

    But I love this bike
    It's my kind of ride
    Just trollin' around the town
    Puts a big smile on my face
    No cover charge, come as you are
    Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bike
    Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bike

    We got divorcees and a big bouncer man
    An old jukebox and a real bad band
    We got waitresses and we got barflies
    A dumb-ass and a wise-guy
    If you get too drunk just sleep out under the stars

    Reason number 672 why

    Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bike
    Play it on out boys
    Beer-thirty's over
    Got to take it on home

    Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bike
    I just love it :ride2:
     
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  6. MrLarkins

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    Ain't that the truth!!! rotfl
     
  7. Jemma Hawtrey

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    Its quite simple - you can build/tinker and invent with these machines - with a moped you just sit on it and thats as far as you go.

    Not to mention - its a pushbike - it doesnt need insurance, it doesnt need to be taxed - it does more to the gallon of petrol than any other form of transport and its no less reliable than a moped if the industrial engines are used. Additionally you can tune these machines much more to what you require than you can a moped...

    I would love to see a spavined NSU Slowly or modern moped try and make it up a steep hill like porlock (1:4).. that with the right setups and tuning a cyclemotor can take with ease - and even if it cant you can pedal assist and pedal yourself home if you need to..

    A moped gains in merely two things - instruments and bodywork... and all bodywork does is add more weight...

    plus of course - I would never, ever be seen riding one lol

    Jemma xx
     
  8. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    If you can buy a moped for a "few dollars more" it will likely be one of the made-in-china-piece-of-junks that you can find a million of used.

    The reason they are so available is simple- chinese QQ in a much more complicated/expensive/just as slow machine. People buy them, use them till they break, then park 'em in the garage.

    At least with these motorized bikes, we love 'em so much that they get fixed and right back on the road....for pennies.

    I have ridden the soul-less, slow, cheap mopeds, and they do have better brakes (sorta) and vibrate a wee bit less. You do however, have to have a thick skin and really dark glasses to ride one.

    If you are gonna buy one, go to Moped Army - Swarm and Destroy
     
  9. Nomad

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    I like the "different and cool" factor of the motorbikes, anybody can buy a Moped, or scooter.. it takes a little ingenuity to actually "build" a motorbike..and like Finfan said, "it's a hobby"....
     
  10. jburr36

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    We build our bikes. We don't build mopeds. Therefore getting a moped is such a wimpy, gutless, and lazy, non creative choice.
     
  11. Nomad

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    OUCH!!! rotfl ^5
     
  12. Biker Mike

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    ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! Some people really don't get it do they. :rolleyes:
     
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    "It's a motor bicycle thing. You wouldn't understand."

    Now THAT would look good on a bumper sticker,huh.

    Original too. :D
     
  14. comfortableshoes

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    Moped army is a bunch of hipsters... They would shun a fat old lady like me.

    Don't get me wrong some of my "best friends" are hipsters in skinny jeans and tats... But in the real world they probably wouldn't hang with me.

    But I can bet you one thing- they would all lust after my motored bike.
     
  15. Dan

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    Comfy, I doubt any group would shun the brilliance that is you.
     
  16. 5-7HEAVEN

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    I beg to differ.

    You can build a fast moped to go 70mph-80mph. There are high-perf parts, disc brakes, water-cooled conversions. The biggest advantage with building a moped is the abundance of qualified mechanics and shops who can do all the mods and repairs or fix the problems that you as an amateur cannot.

    The biggest disadvantage of motorizing a bicycle is that there is no support to assist me if I screw up or get in over my head. Aside from the priceless information and support on this forum, I am alone, outside of the box.:(

    I'd love to build a monster moped, maybe a vintage Honda 50 with dual disc brakes and a quiet, powerful late-model fuel-injected 250cc Vespa engine stuffed under its panels. The only thing stopping me is I know some jerk will eventually steal it.
     
  17. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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  18. Pablo

    Pablo Master Bike Builder & Forum Sponsor

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    Pretty much just killed your own talking point.
     
  19. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Well-Known Member

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    Nah, I don't think so, Pablo. My point is that the OP can leave and buy a moped. He chooses not to motorfy any vehicle.

    There is that great moped advantage of backup support from trained, qualified mechanics that the OP or I could use IFFFFF the need arises. I just wish I had that choice with motored bikes.

    Bikeguy, I carry a cellphone just in case. Daughter arrived with the van when I got TWO flat tires three miles from home. Wife showed up when I bent my rim five miles from home. Ambulance arrived quickly when I called about the motorcycle accident I witnessed a few months ago.

    Hey, I'm a senior citizen; I need all the help I can get.:bike2:
     
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  20. TexasDav

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    I have a moped, and my daughter fell in love with it so I gave it to her, She liked the no tinkering and ease of riding. I have a custom motorcycle, I ride on long trips or work. My motorized bicycle has the room to tinker and use my creative side. It is nothing like anything else. If you don't get it, thats fine, it is not for everyone. I never recomend buying a motorcycle to anyone either because a car with air bags is much more safe way to get where you are going. I got to say one thing, riding my motorized bicycle has got me to met so many people, they want to know what is it and the neighborhood kids think it's cool.
     
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