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  1. PutsTheDUIinRUINED

    PutsTheDUIinRUINED New Member

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    Hello everybody. Shortly, on Monday, October 19th, 2009, I will no longer have an Arizona Driver's License. I made the mistake of drinking and driving. Anyways, the aftermath will be jail time- even as a first offender, and a suspended license for 90 days, 30 if I can manage to get a permit for work and school. The mistake is costing me a fortune, and my alternatives are not good. I have a 44 mile round trip commute between school and work, which doesn't include the time it takes me to get myself to and from jail (which is actually an additional 40 mile round trip). I don't have enough generous friends to help me out every morning and night and battling the elements (luckily its perfect weather in Arizona for riding right now) will prove too intense for me to do on my Trek MTB everyday (yes, EVERYDAY). In short, I'm ****ed.

    However, I've learned that a motorized bicycle is a sort of loophole; as in, I don't need an Arizona Driver's license to operate one. Seeing as how I'm starved for time and cash right now, I need some help building a motorized bicycle on a small budget. Right now I'm riding a Trek MTB hardtail on 20"s with disc brakes. I'm not looking for anything pretty, just functional & reliable...on a budget.

    Thanks.

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    Make & Model - Trek 3900 Disc.
     
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  2. BarelyAWake

    BarelyAWake New Member

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    If it's this bike, it looks about perfect for one of the two stroke in frame kits, which is good cause they're the cheapest to buy at about $150 a complete kit.

    The only probs might be the Dtube (oversize mount usually included/easy to make) and if you have twist grip shifters.


    The disk(s) will be nice to have!
     

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  3. Blakenstein

    Blakenstein New Member

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    Well when you get one DO NOT DRIVE IT DRUNK; I guess you learned the hard way.When I go out to party, I do not take my motorized bike. Instead, I take my standard bike and by time I'm on the way home I'm pretty well sobered up any way.
    Welcome to the Forum,this place is really great, and you will get lots of help.I myself would refer you to Island Hopper(yes, with an H) American Chain Drive, however,they have been sold out for a long time on their chain drives.Thoase systems I know about and can help with.Man can I ever. :):):):):)
     
  4. PutsTheDUIinRUINED

    PutsTheDUIinRUINED New Member

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    $150 is good news. That's exactly in the ball park of what I was hoping to spend.

    Luckily I don't have TGSers, and am happy to hear that disc brakes are a plus.

    Some questions I have right away:

    Should I convert to road bike handlebars? More specifically, if I do, would it just cause unnecessary problems?
    Is there any difference/advantages with road tires? Or should I just keep the bullying mountain tires I have now?
    Am I going to smell like exhaust every time I ride?
     
  5. lordoflightaz

    lordoflightaz New Member

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    Understand your predicament. I have decided to sell my Skyliner. I know that cash is tight in your situation, but I am not going to give it away. $450. It is a great bike. The engine has been broke in. Meets AZ requirement for no license, insurance or registration required.

    It has a Grubee 48cc motor with pull start, centrifugal clutch, lights, rear schwinn rack comfortable schwinn seat, stock front shocks, cateye speedo, center kickstand. I will throw in a cable lock and a 1 gallon gas can for mixing fuel.

    Pawn something to pay for the bike. It took me months to get $200 from the last guy I helped out and it was a PITA.

    I don't recommend taking the bike to jail, best to catch the bus in and out for those few days. Hopefully you can do the time on weekends. Get a bus pass for that time, if you can't find a ride. You have some options on when you go to jail next month and December are good weather. Wear extra clothes just in case. Yes, I once was a guest of Sheriff Joe, he has been in office way too long. Take quarters for the ripoff machines that are stocked by Joe's relatives, eat stuff at work or you will only get food supplied by more of Joe's relatives.

    I don't really need anything as a trade sorry. PM me if interested.

    BlakenStein: If you get a DUI in AZ you might as well just give up drinking until the whole rigamarole is over. They make you go to classes where you have to swear you are not drinking, even if it is legal to drink, you can't get out of the classes, its rigged. As in most states the whole setup is rigged.

    I don't believe in drinking and driving. I've had a drink and drove home from a bar. It generates so much revenue the states go out of their way to enforce the laws rather than catching burglers or bad drivers or any other crime for that matter.
     
  6. azbill

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    welcome from FH :)
    what part of 'zona are you in ?
     
  7. PutsTheDUIinRUINED

    PutsTheDUIinRUINED New Member

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    Thanks.

    North Scottsdale. The antennas of McDowell Mountain are good place to look if your trying to find my place.

    @ lordofflightaz - Thanks for the offer, but $450 is too much. I still have to pay rent and tuition, and eat food sometime this month...and I need all the scratch I can get for my $1,500 fine + the hundreds in other fees. Thanks for the heads up on tent city - I manage a restaurant, so eating bologna sandwiches will hopefully be free from my diet.
     
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  8. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    I hate to be a wet blanket, but that is A LOT of miles for a chinabuilt motorized bike. Or any motorized bike unless you have a lot of spare time.
     
  9. Blakenstein

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    HelloD.U.I.;If you steer good with the handle bars that are on,do not change over and make unnecessary work for yourself;#2; for tires, just use what u already have on there#3;Do not worry about smelling like exhaust.Smelling like a dirty sweaty armpit in a toilet is the worry.

    Bikeguy Joe;You're right about that.It's to bad that these engines are not liquid cooled like snow mobile 2 cycle engines.:):):):):)
     
  10. azbill

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    there is a guy in chandler who sells kits for 150$ on c/list
    I have bought 2 from him, they were grubees and worked fine :)
    I am in fountain hills and can give you help if needed :)
    pm or e-mail me for my # if needed
     
  11. MaxPower

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    I'm glad AZ hasn't outlawed these things. I know it was close to happening in Tucson. If I were to loose my license my life would be practically over. My life revolves around the ability to get to were you need to go quickly. Motorized bicycles are a small bone to give to those who can't help themselves. With these little motors the mistake to drive drunk will not completely ruin a life.
    usflg
     
  12. PutsTheDUIinRUINED

    PutsTheDUIinRUINED New Member

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    Hopefully that won't be a problem.

    My journey is broken up into 11 mile to-and-froms, home-to-school-to-work-to-school-to-home: totaling 44 miles (I've decided to bus my way to jail, after all). I've made the ride by pedaling more times than I wish to count - just not everyday, and not because I had to, it was because I wanted to; in fact, I'll be pedaling most of the time without the engine on.

    Before my DUI, I was the responsible one in the circle of friends...
     
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    Thanks Bill. I think I'll look into it first thing this week.
     
  14. BarelyAWake

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    Joe's right about the mileage, but I do think it's gonna be hard on you - not so much the motor. Breakin' it up into 11mi legs will alleviate much of the road weary problem tho.

    Handlebars? Well - that and the seat is up to you, comfort is a highly personalized thing. I would very much recommend getting one of those oversized, squishy saddles w/a spring suspension. I'm thinkin on swapping out my handlebars with another that has a bit more rise so I can sit a lil more upright...

    Tires? With the amount of street riding yer talkin' about I would not only recommend street tires - but ones with nice wrap-around tread for cornering. I run the knobbies on mine and even tho I trail ride alla time I still think about swappin' out to streets. The wear rate with knobbies is horrible. they do increase vibration and slow you down jus a lil. Yet - still, that's not a huge deal or anythin' ;)

    Stink lika 2smoker? That's a badge of honor around these parts friend! :D but no - not really once ya get yer mix right. It's true the stock exhaust ends right underneath you, but that too can be fixed in time.

    Hope yer ridin' soon - if nothin' else it's great stress relief!
     
  15. lordoflightaz

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    No problem, I know $450 seems like a lot.

    GEN II 50cc Standard StarFire GEN II 50cc Standard Finnish [StarFire] - $150.00 : USABikeMotors.com, Star-Fire Motors and Parts is just about $150 plus shipping and tax. Not to mention the form factor is good if you have the bike that was pictured in the second post. The carb fits direct to the cylinder head and the spark plug is angled. Scrap off the decal on the left that says 50cc so there are no legal issues. This was the DUI engine that I did for the guy with issues.

    Don't forget to try google maps for directions and set it to walking it may give you a better idea of how to get from "A" to "B".
     
  16. azbill

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    the guy in chandler gets his engines from USAbike motors (he puts a link to them n his ads)
    ...saves you the shipping n tax :):):)
     

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