New guy, interested in building a motor bicycle, few questions...

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  1. BlackReef

    BlackReef New Member

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    Hello,

    I went to visit a buddy up north, and he had a beach cruiser bicycle that had a 2-stroke 80cc motor installed on it, had a blast riding that thing around town lol.

    I have never heard of these engine 'kits' before, and now I am hooked and have been reading these forums for the past couple of days.

    What I want to do is find a beach cruiser bicycle that has that chopper look to it, with the raked forks, low seat, etc. - but something that is smooth and comfortable. So I guess a bike like this is the first thing I need to find.

    Next, I need to do my research and find a good engine kit. I was wondering if there are kits out there that have more HP than the one I rode? The one I rode was pretty gutless, maybe a couple of HP. I'm 6'3 260 lbs so if I'd really like to find some sort of engine kit that has a few more HP than the other bikes. I understand the kit may cost a few hundred dollars, if not more...I just want to get something that moves pretty good. 2-stroke or 4-stroke, doesn't really matter to me.

    Also - I'd like to give it a custom American Flag paint job after it's built, Easy Rider style lol

    Thanks in advance for any help! I'm in Oceanside, CA.
     
  2. dag_29307

    dag_29307 New Member

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    Well First order of business. Welcome to our world and the forum. You have definitely come to the right place for answers. As far as bikes go I would suggest the Schwinn Delmar Cruiser It is an excellent bike for the price. and the 80cc. 2 stroke fits perfectly with no modification. I stand almost 6' and weigh 300 lbs and mine goes about 30 mph. and I ride it daily. I also have a Mountain Bike I made for my first build also a 80cc 2stroke. which you can order from any of the shops you see on either side of this post.
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    Good luck and Welcome once again.
     
  3. BlackReef

    BlackReef New Member

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    Hey Dag,

    Thanks for the warm welcome.

    I was thinking of a bike like this:
    EDIT: I guess I can't post links yet. The bike is a "Prado Deluxe 24" Chopper Cruiser Bike"

    You guys think a 80cc motor kit would mount just fine on a bike like this?
     
  4. mapbike

    mapbike Active Member

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    Blackreef,
    Yes you can put an engine on the chopper bike you listed, but it is much easier to put an engine on a 26" Cruiser or Mountain bike, unless you have plenty of tools and a fair amount of experience in mechanicing and fabricating, I say this because you would have to build a mounting system from scratch for that chopper bike, dont get me wrong here, that would make a very cool ride but would not be a good project for anyone that does not have good metal working tools and skills, you would also need to put around a 36 or 38 Tooth sprocket on the 24" wheel in order to get the same speed range you would get out of the 41 or 44 Tooth on a 26" wheel, so if you have the tools and the skill to make the mounts I say go for it, if not get you a good cruiser (Schwinn Delmar Cruiser) like Dag mentioned , it may also need a little fabrication for the front mount but will be much easier than the 24" chopper bike to set up. hope this helps and hope you end up with a wicked good ride.....!

    scratg.
     
  5. dag_29307

    dag_29307 New Member

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    I don't know that much about chopper builds but if it helps you print this out. It helped me a lot in figuring which bike to go with as I don't have very many fabrication tools or even a garage to work in. It will at least give you something to use as a reference to where you should start. It is for the 49cc but the only size difference is in the Jug the rest is the same.
     

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  6. BarelyAWake

    BarelyAWake New Member

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    So much depends on budget and while I'd defo recommend building yer first with the simple & inexpensive "80cc" (66cc) Chinese engine kit - if your looking for lots more power yet keeping the nice tidy look of a two-smoker, you could check out the Franco Morini Engines.

    The build is more of a challenge as it's not a kit and ofc they've got a bit more of a price tag, but they're the most powerful engines available as far as I know, something to keep in mind anyway ;)


    Welcome to the addiction heh :D
     

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