New guy in Cali.

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  1. ProMcCown

    ProMcCown New Member

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    Hello All, I'm new to the MB scene. I've seen a couple motorized bikes around my area and have always wondered how they built them. Recently I stumbled across a youtube video of someone installing an engine kit and so I did some googling and discovered this forum and now I'm hooked lol. Yesterday I found a beach cruiser on CL for $75 dollars, and today I picked it up. I'm not really knowledgable about bikes, all I know is that what I have is a beach cruiser called a Voyager from AMF. Tried to do some research on it but I haven't really found anything. And I don't know if the serial number can tell me anything important. I can't really go all out with the engine kit for this project, I have a small budget ($150 max) so I have some searching to do.

    How she sits at the moment.
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  2. Al.Fisherman

    Al.Fisherman New Member

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    Welcome, your only problem (unless picking up a engine for little or nothing at all) is staying in the $150.00 range, just about impossible. Buying a kit for $150.00 today is remote, 2-3 years ago was common. A Chinese kit is about the cheapest way to go, unless you have a good mechanical ability and can build one. Best of luck. The last build, not counting the $100.00 for the bike was about $200.00, and that was over a year ago. This is what I built for the $200.00.
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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-80cc-Bi...Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=item41624148b4

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/MOTORIZED-B...136?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3372b8b6c8
     
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  3. rustycase

    rustycase Gutter Rider

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    Yup, what Alf said.

    And it's kinda hard defying the CARB here in Kalifornia, so it will be expensive getting chineese kitbike stuff here in Kalifornia.

    With your budget I would get a cheep trimmer off cl and review the threads by Maurtis, A_dam, Deacon, and others to build a rack mount FD for that bicycle.

    Best
    rc
     
  4. deadmousefetish

    deadmousefetish New Member

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    I am still trying to build my first MB and I am well over my $600 budget. I really hope you are able to keep to your budget. Good luck to you..trk
     
  5. ProMcCown

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    Thanks the info everyone. I see that VeniceMotorBikes.com has a Grubee 66cc engine kit and ships within California. I'm just not sure if it's worth it or if I should just go with an ebay engine kit. I'm not skilled enough to build my own set up. But now I know that $150 for an engine kit is not really feasible. And thanks to C.A.R.B. not all kits are available.
     
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    Nice bike ! It's gonna be a fun ride with whatever you choose for an engine. Best of luck.
     
  7. ProMcCown

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    Thanks Mannhouse51, I'm really looking forward to riding it once it's motorized :)
     
  8. LR Jerry

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    Here are my guidelinesfor building:

    1) Predominant riding terrain.
    2) Primary riders physique.
    3) Lookup and read local legal requirements.
    4) Type of bike.
    5) Budget.

    Stay within these guidelines and you'll have a bike you can enjoy riding. Good luck with your build. With these kits you get what you're willing to pay for.
     
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    Thanks for tip LR Jerry I'll be taking all these guidelines into consideration. :)
     
  10. ocho ninja

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    Were you located at in Cali McCown?
     
  11. ProMcCown

    ProMcCown New Member

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    Modesto California
     
  12. deadmousefetish

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    that is funny. That is where I am at.lol
     
  13. ProMcCown

    ProMcCown New Member

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    Oh wow haha that's cool
     
  14. ProMcCown

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    Today, my brother and I upgraded the handlebars, and the seat. All of the new parts were ripped off an old mountain bike that has been sitting around for ages. We also installed a quick release seat post lock, and got the handlebar stem loosened up, and adjustable again. It had rust buildup that prevented it from adjusting. Now everything sits a little bit lower.

    I'm going for the 'cafe racer' look.


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  15. rustycase

    rustycase Gutter Rider

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    Nice looking bicycle!

    When you motorize, that front fender will require special attention, for safety reasons.
    rc
     
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    Front or rear fender? Do explain. I can see the rear needing to be modded for the chain, but why the front?
     
  17. rustycase

    rustycase Gutter Rider

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    When u get moving at motor-assist speeds, and the front fender gets to flappin', there ain't nothing for it to do but crumple up into a jumbled mess, right up against your front fork.
    In addition to the instant stop, you lose steering.
    Double whammy!

    a far sight worse than when the rear locks up from a dumb chain tensioner!

    I would not run a front fender unless the supporting braces were special made for this application. And it would have to be a stout fender, with good clearance.

    Best
    rc
     
  18. ProMcCown

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    Ah that makes sense. Thanks for that insight!
     
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    rustycase Gutter Rider

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    Yah, I'm NOT happy abt gettin' old.
    I'm getting conservative now.
    I even THINK about safety.
    Didn't used to be that way much...

    and, I'm a PROUD member of the 20mph Club! :)

    rc
     
  20. ProMcCown

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    It happens lol. I took the fenders off and the bike looks even better with out them so it's a win win.
     
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