My first motorized bike

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by Mclaren880, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. Mclaren880

    Mclaren880 New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    My office recently moved downtown, and my 6 mile commute is about 80% uphill on the way home - not ideal. More looking to get something that I can still pedal around on Sidewalks when I'm downtown (or at least walk by a sidewalk), as driving a moped in the road downtown seems like asking to get hit eventually. So I have a mountain bike that works well, but I don't love it and will most likely replace sometime anyway in the not too distant future. So, do you guys think I'd be a good candidate for a motorized bike? I won't be riding very hard, but I'd like something that is generally reliable for at least a few years. Assuming I get a good installer, is this realistic to expect? And that leads to my next question... Any tips on figuring out if an installer is legit? I've talked to a couple in my area, they've been helpful but I really don't know what to look for. Thanks in advance!
     
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    There are a few members in your area, I think. One of them should be able to point you in the right direction, or help and advise you with your build.
     
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    crassius Well-Known Member

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    getting uphill depends a lot on how much you weigh

    reliability depends more on how well you can keep it adjusted/tightened than the build
     
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    Thanks! What do you think about reliability, tho? Is this something that with some maintenance could be expected to last a few years without many issues? I'm certainly not an expert mechanic, but i can do light bike work. I own a couple normal bikes and i'm pretty meticulous about upkeep on them so i know what i';m doing a little... But if something major broke, i'd probably be up a creek... Are they hard on the bike? I've heard of people having issues with the motor eating up hubs and wheels.
     
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    If you're able to maintain and tune the bike, then it shouldn't be hard for you to do the minor maintenance on a motored bike.

    What motor or kit are you looking at getting?
     
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    something piqued my interest: how prolific is the "professional bike motor" installer? I would think the insurances, given we live in such a litigious society, would almost be prohibitive.
     
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    crassius Well-Known Member

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    All the good ones I know are retired mechanics that don't expect to make a real living on these. A motorcycle will run between $90 & $120 per hour labor, while these are usually $20/hour - barely enough to cover tool wear and solvent/grease/sandpaper/grinding wheels etc.
     
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    I meant opening themselves up to a lawsuit if something went awry.

    but I agree, 20$ doesn't even cover electricity
     
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    One needs to start by making a clear case for cheap chinese stuff breaking once a week or so, no matter what one does with it.
     
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    Your reminding yourself before you request a reply to your question within the same question! why ask ?, the bike kits are less powerful than a well built moped.Unless your unable to understand this much your likely unable to understand what you are told regardless of the answer.No,the final answer the engine kits are less than 5 horsepower out of the box any one you pick ....
     
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    Huffydavidson STREETRACER/MANUFACTURER

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    Reallllllyyyyyy, well that's just true not there BGF , please explain to us about Arrow, RCMACHINE, and JAKE'S all of witch crank out a heard of ponies (HP) HHUUMMMM??????
    LMAO laff
     
  12. Mclaren880

    Mclaren880 New Member

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    Since i've only been looking at installers, i haven't really looked at kits, as they have one they already use. One guy uses a Kawasaki, and the other uses a Skyhawk.

    Does anyone have any recommendations? What i'm looking for:

    I'm about 190 lbs. I could use my current bike, or i'm also debating getting a cruiser off of Craigslist and going with that. I'm not a speed demon. I have no intentions of taking this anywhere near the 40 mph i'm told they can go. Seems unsafe and i'm a total safety nut. I also would like to have it quiet. Whether this means an extended muffler or trying some other techniques people have on here. I know it can't be totally silent (or anything close to it), but i don't want to piss my neighbors off when i take off for work at 7:30 AM. I hate the A-hole who tears around our neighborhood on his excessively loud motorcycle, and i want to be nothing like him. I just want something that's fun to do short errands on. I'm going to put some paniers on the bike so i can make grocery store trips. I really don't need anything crazy.

    Any suggestions as to engines/kits that might good for me? Also, under $200 would be nice.
     

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