Ready to pull the trigger....

Daefton

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Hey there! So I was a super lurk a year or two back and ended up just getting super busy with life. So now I'm back in the position why I ended up here in the first place; no license. Thats not to say that I don't think that motorized bicycles aren't cool(there kinda awesome), or respect the fact that this is a genuine hobby that people have. I'm just young, broke, and focused on raising children.

Anyways getting ready to pull the trigger on a build and I really need some guidance, because I don't have a lot of extra money to waste on a system that isn't going to fit up right away. Also working with things kinda of time sensitive, because Im walking to work right now and am holding on as tight as I can( 8 miles up a 5% grade after i get off).

I would really appreciate any help i can get in this regard, because to be quite honest, I have some pretty big ideas.


Will be starting up a build thread soon, link upcoming.
 

MotoMagz

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Welcome, take advantage of this Forum and use that Search button.Im 2 or 4 stroke? Your going to always be messing with the bike but with about of the box kit a 4 would be more reliable and involve a little less tinkering.
 

Tony01

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You can’t ride an internal combustion engined vehicle without a license in most states. Your best bet is to go electric. If money is tight I’d recommend a $2000-class ebike from a reputable company that you can finance. With these gas engine kits you will be ready to pull the trigger on yourself when it breaks down the n-th time miles from home.
 

MotoMagz

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You can’t ride an internal combustion engined vehicle without a license in most states. Your best bet is to go electric. If money is tight I’d recommend a $2000-class ebike from a reputable company that you can finance. With these gas engine kits you will be ready to pull the trigger on yourself when it breaks down the n-th time miles from home.
I agree on a ebike. I was thinking cheap! If you go electric don’t go crazy with power like I did or you scare yourself back to a gas engine ! Damn that thing pulled me up a washout and I was aholes and elbows trying to hold on!
 

indian22

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I feel for your situation at this stage of your life & know it's difficult. Getting to work every day on foot is difficult, but an inexpensive multispeed bike new or used is the best immediate answer to your transportation needs .A bike is way faster and easier than walking. What the guys said in the above posts is accurate especially on inexpensive, first effort gas motorbike builds, Reliability is an issue with them.

Assembling an electric hub motor on the inexpensive multispeed mountain or road bike can be done when you have the money available. Motor kits can be found under $150. and add a $300. lithium battery and charger set and you can wheel to work at 20 mph plus, without sweating or just pedal.

Moto mags is correct about to much e-power and it's expensive! The better option is to select a 500 watt 36 volt hub motor and a 36 volt/12 amp lithium battery this setup is at least a 25 mph setup (top speed) without pedaling, and should easily make the 16 mile round trip to work on one charge.

I love the gas bikes, but for the situation you're in at this time I'd suggest going pedal first and convert it to electric when you can. It's the most practical route day in and day out.

Best of luck in everything,

Rick C.
 

Venice Motor Bikes

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If you're looking for a 'reasonably reliable' daily rider?, I always recommend a 49cc 4-stroke kit... (the Gasbike 7G ~ Ghost Racer kit is the one I prefer to use because of the sturdy belt drive that comes with it).

As far as not having a drivers license, that's something you're going to have to research in your state.