New Guy from Michigan

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by MotorBikePaul, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. MotorBikePaul

    MotorBikePaul New Member

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    Greetings All,
    I have been poking around for a while now and thought it was time to get serious, register and get started with a project.

    Growing up as a kid I always owned and was around mini-bikes, go-karts and small motorcycles, and the urge for some type of two wheeled toy has never been fully extinguished. My grandfather played with Whizzers, Cushmans and even a Kawasaki with a side car when I was young.

    I have also been into cars, having owned and restored a couple muscle cars, I find the costs have just gotten so far out the reach of the average guys like me.

    Over the years I have periodically looked at motorcycles and mopeds and mini-bikes online and keeping thinking about getting into the game again.

    I didn't want the license and insurance hassles of a motorcycle (along with Michigan potholes and crappy drivers), mopeds for the most part don't have the look I want, mini-bikes around here get frowned upon by the police (and confiscated)...so as I was staring at the bicycles hanging from my garage ceiling recently and I thought why not pull a page from my grandfather's book and build something.

    So here I am...

    ...I just bought a SkyHawk GT-2A aluminum frame, a 4-stroke Ghost Racer engine kit and will be using my son's old Trek 3-Series bike. I also bought a jackshaft from Sick Bike Parts which hopefully will give me some power off the line and some top speed.

    My son picked out a metallic red banana seat to use, got it off of eBay, so the frame will be metallic red. My niece's boyfriend owns a powder coating company that does a lot of bicycle frames, so after mock-up it will get sent over to him.

    I also picked up a dual crown suspension front fork off of pinkbike.com, and that will be added to the mix.

    Thinking of maybe a 60s/70s racer style of bike???

    Anyways, I want to thank everyone from letting me join this great website and I hope to learn a lot more about these machines!!

    Paul
     
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  2. paul

    paul Active Member

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    welcome to the forum. we look forward to learning from you and maybe you can learn a few things here from the other great members
     
  3. curtisfox

    curtisfox Well-Known Member

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    Welcome aboard,Sounds like a good build.............Curt
     
  4. 2door

    2door Moderator
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    Welcome Paul.
    With your background you should be well on your way to building a reliable and successful motorized bicycle. If we can offer any assistance we're always here.
    Good luck and share some photos of your project when you get a chance.

    Tom
     
  5. xseler

    xseler Well-Known Member

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    Howdy & welcome to the 'gang'!!
     
  6. MotoMagz

    MotoMagz Active Member

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    Welcome from another Motor City Motor Biker!!
     
  7. MotorBikePaul

    MotorBikePaul New Member

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    Thanks for the warm welcome. I am sure I will learn much from you guys.

    I am hoping to get my son interested, even just a little bit, in mechanical things and away from video games...if so I already have ideas for a second build so we could ride together.

    Hopefully in the next couple weeks I will get started and post pictures of our progress.

    Paul
     
  8. twostrokejimmy

    twostrokejimmy New Member

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    welcome and good luck
     
  9. kevyleven007

    kevyleven007 Active Member

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    Welcome aboard. I'm looking forward to seeing your bike.
     
  10. Chainreaction

    Chainreaction New Member

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    Beware, this motorized bicycle stuff is highly addictive for some people.
     
  11. Lightning Boy

    Lightning Boy New Member

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    Greetings from the West Coast, and welcome to the club!
     
  12. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    Welcome to the forum, Paul. I see that we are from the same planet. Small star system, eh?

    I hope you're able to entice your son away from the computer and onto a motored bike. Lots of fun.

    We like pictures and enjoy hanging out while people are building. This is a fine community of helpful people here. Great moderators...
    SB
     

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