Ready for second bike

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by MarkTur, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. MarkTur

    MarkTur New Member

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    Hi guys,
    I'm about done with my HT setup. It works just fine, but I think I'd like something better now that I know that I both enjoy it and can rely on it. I'll probably sell my current setup (maybe to one of you guys!) and I'd like to go to both a better bike as well as motor.

    It's so hard to get straight info...but here's my questions, and hopefully your answers will include links to the vendor's sites...

    I would like to buy an American Made Kit...frame mounted motor. Preferrably 4-stroke. If not American, then please suggest something...it's killing me to watch our economy go down the toilet, and still willingly send money to China, especially for the lousy quailty - you end up spending the same in the end, but maybe I'll be able to cut out some of the aggravation.

    I just went to Dax's site...thinking about a Titan because of it's great reputation, but it's OUT OF STOCK. I've seen this also on a lot of his parts, and that hasn't changed for months, too...so that's another concern.

    I've also read threads about people buying Honda motors, but then what? I need a way to mount it, gear it, etc. I certainly don't mind getting my hands dirty, but I don't want to fabricate/rig parts.

    Anyway, thanks in advance, and vendors: don't be shy! Without insulting other vendors, please tell us why yours is good...

    Thanks,
    Mark
     
  2. crabdance

    crabdance New Member

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    Hi Mark,

    Good luck on your upcoming venture. I can't recommend anything cause I'm still new at this myself. But good luck with everything. I know there will be lots of people that will help with their input!

    cd
     
  3. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    American made frame mounted four stroke.....Hmmmmm. Good luck.
     
  4. jasonh

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    The only frame-mounted 4-strokes I've seen so far have all been homemade, not from kits.
     
  5. MarkTur

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    OK, so let's expand the search to "Non-Chinese"...
     
  6. NunyaBidness

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    when I was trying to decide what motor to buy, I found this one The Wizard 4-Stroke Bike Engine Kit it may very well end up being my second MB motor
    when I get around to building it lol first motor still isn't here yet
     
  7. UncleKudzu

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    well, it ain't 4-stroke and it ain't American, but i'm giving serious thought to the 50cc Morini engine. Italian at least qualifies as Non-Chinese :)

    it's a sad state of affairs that an American option really isn't available
     
  8. Walter F.

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    Uncle Kudzu the Italians only know how to make pasta,wine & love-don't even say it Ferrari don't make one cylinder engines & if they did it would be $1,000 a cc. Get off the pot and buy something-I want to see your handiwork (c) Walter F.
     
  9. misteright1_99

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    I would look into the GEBE kits......
     
  10. MarkTur

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    Link please?
     
  11. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Last I knew those frame mount four strokes with that gearbox burned up faster than a 2 dollar pistol.
     
  12. csetech

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    GEBE Link you asked for... Golden Eagle Bike Engines, Geared Belt Drive Bicycle Engines / Motors for Mountain Bikes & More They are also backlogged as well. Everything EXCEPT the engine on their kits are American made. The two engine choices are both Japanese. I own two of them. A Robin/Subaru 35 CC 4 stroke and a Tanaka 40 CC 2 stroke. Both engines are bullet proof. You will tear a lot of cheap bikes up before you break these engines if you take care of them. The Tanaka 40 CC 2 stroke is noisier, faster, bigger and a pound or so heavier. The 4 stroke has a much more soothing sound but it takes a bit more pedeling at the low end.
     
  13. MarkTur

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    EHO35 35cc Robin/Subaru Mini-4
    Complete 4-Stroke Mounting Kit plus Engine
    4-Stroke Engine $609.00 plus $20.00 s & h = $629.00

    OUCH! That's quite costly....but Augi - this is your stuff, right? Tell me that I will install it once, and can then throw away my tools? I want to support you, man - you support all of us here, but my wallet is tighter than a frog's a-s these days...and it's got to be the end-all answer for that much cash. I'm only a few hundred bucks from scooter-ville at this price.
     
  14. Ilikeabikea

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    We got no augi here...............
     
  15. MarkTur

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    OK, I guess there's some political crap going on...I dunno and don't want to, really, but theres' some controversy with vendors on the "other" forum, too...and it's hard to keep up with who hangs out where...
     
  16. jasonh

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    I think that puts you in scooterville for sure. Heck, I can buy an actual motorcycle for that much. Yikes.
     
  17. misteright1_99

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    Opppppssssss!!!!!!!!!!
     
  18. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    It's cool, no prob.

    Hey Mark- "you've got a PM!"
     
  19. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    You are firmly entrenched in used motorcycle territory.....;)
     
  20. bamabikeguy

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    I've got 2 R/S 35's on order, and 4 Tanaka 32's, clutch supplier seems to be the cause of shipping delays right now, but GEBE is going to do their own clutches in a month or two.

    I'd recommend the Subarus for city commuters, pull into a pump every couple of days, (standard tank takes you around 25 miles), quieter, starts really easy in cold weather, in fact the string pull can nearly be done with a single finger.

    I run the Tanaka's and keep 2 obsolete Zenoahs on demo bikes. They are preferable for longer distance and heavy duty users, in my estimation.
     

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