Newbie In Tucson

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  1. Valentine Desdinova

    Valentine Desdinova New Member

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    Greetings All,
    I've been developing a bug for antique bicycles, motorized bikes, and other motor-assisted vehicles for a few months now. Pricing bikes and motor kits has been my first step, researching the local regulations is my current obsession. Once I get my first bike built and get used to playing with the motor, I want to start building 'art' bikes. Looking forawrd to many great conversations!

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  2. Dave31

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    welcome anything we could help you or any questions you may have you wewill be able to find here lots of riders here in tucson
     
  4. Finfan

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    At this rate they are going to have to expand the bicycle lanes! Welcome!
     
  5. wheelbender6

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    Welcome to the forum.
    AZ laws are pretty lenient, allowing a max of 48cc and 20 mph before license and tag are required.
     
  6. shokahoka

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    I am planning on buying a 26" Schwinn trike ... now the question is how do I get a motor put on it? If anyone on here can help me please write to [email protected] I can't afford to pay a lot, but this is SO important to me!!

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  7. city of angels

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    hi call this number 520 777 0924 ask for bill he built my trike office hours 10 am to 6 pm
     
  8. ShawnfromTucson

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    I have been riding around since 2007 on a non motorized bicycle always thinking of adding one. I have watched countless efforts of regulation and the way Mb have been treated here in Tucson. TPD law differs from state law and I recently had a friend lose his bike while on Pima and Wilmot area. He was pulled over by cycle cop who said he was doing 22, he was informed that the speed limit in bicycle lane was 19 mph, and now he was considered a moped, a list of all infractions, No lic (suspened d lic) no horn, no lights, no reg + more all totaling $2000 as well as automatic impound, no warning, he had a Huffy 3 months first time being pulled over. I regularly see the touring riders cruising by on Pima at least at 25 MPH. Is it about safety? money? I am still thinking about it. I was told there are 200 or more Mb at G's towing from impound ,I called and they told me they are sold to Phoenix buyer. I also have suspended lic and I don't want any more tickets
     
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    Hey Shawn Welcome to the forum...

    Yes, TPD impounds hundreds of MAB's in Tucson every year and they go to a junk yard in phoenix.

    According to the TPD and City Council they do not impound MAB's...Yeah right!

    Once you do 20mph you are a motorcycle even though mopeds have a speed limit of 25mph? So they will not ticket you as a moped but a motorcycle..extremely unfair!. They dont like us and use every little loop hole they can.

    If you obey the traffic laws and the 19mph or less they cannot touch you. Unless you run into Officer Jeff Couch. He is a real Nazi when it comes to Motor assisted bicycles.
     
  10. shokahoka

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    I strongly believe there are constitutional issues involved here. The laws are being unequally enforced. My roommate was rear ended by a car at a red light. The driver, who was obviously living in her car, had no driver's license and no insurance; but, the cop let her drive away. Compare that to the story above. In addition I have been informed by a motorcycle cop that a Harley Davidson doing 19 mph in the bike lane is legal. When you factor in the issue of TPD officers are using their personal opinion rather than the letter of the law it is obvious that this law is prime for abuse; I have yet to even hear of an officer getting out of a car to enforce this law they are universally, or near so, on motorcycles (if anyone wants to discuss the phallic nature of a motorcycle and the "mine is bigger than yours" mentality just let me know and I'll send my email address).
    If you know an attorney willing to take on a class action suit this is one just waiting to be filed.
     
  11. Dave31

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    If your buddy goes to court, point out to the judge that mopeds only require a $10 moped plate and have a speed limit of 25mph. They do not require title or insurance and drivers license. But if you do 20mph on a motor assisted bicycle. Somehow it jumps from being a motor assisted bicycle skipping the moped requirements to a motorcycle which requires registration,insurance, MC license ect.

    If you do over 25mph, then yes, they should ticket you for being a motorcycle cause now you have gone over the 25mph moped speed limit.

    Also, tell the judge, NO where is there a 19mph speed limit posted anywhere in a bicycle lane. Push the city to put up speed limit sighs for bicycle lanes...real fast the speed limit will be forgotten when they have to spend $$$
     
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    I was mistaken with the moped law, the only difference between a moped and motorcycle is any drivers license may be used, and no title is needed.

    So if you get caught speeding on a motorized assisted bicycle, they should not issue a ticket for no tittle (unless you go over 25mph).
     
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    Well toss that out as well cause AZ DMV says a motorcycle is anything that can over 20mph. But it does say a motorcycle is a vehicle manufactured to go over 20mph. Our Motorized Bicycle are home built, not manufactured? I dont know, need a lawyer to understand all of it.
     

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