Reasons for riding Motorized Bicycle

Discussion in 'Welcome to the World of Motorized Bicycles' started by graydog8josh, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods New Member

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    I can think of another reason. This applies to bicycles in general. But that includes motorized bicycles.

    It's exhilarating to go out and defy any weather that Mother Nature chooses to throw at us. I usually win, too. It's very rare for me to be out riding and thinking, "ooohh....I shouldn't have done this". I don't think it's happened at all for a few years.

    There are all sorts of days that I watch my colleagues walking out to their cars almost in tears over the cold rain, the freezing wind, etc. Usually I'm thinking, "Hey! This is all right".

    Most of the folks around me have no idea of the feeling of well-being to be found by merely embracing the outdoors whatever it happens to be like that day.
     
  2. Otero

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    Normal? ...... No such thing!
     
  3. Tom Allen

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    Having read the whole thread I find one or more of four reasons why people take up this sport:
    1) Pleasure
    2) Transportation
    3) Economy
    4) Art--under this rubric I include both aesthetics and the exercise of mechanical ingenuity

    The first three of these account for most of my motivation in this area. In other words, it pleases me to get around cheaply whenever I can. I hate dragging a ton and a half of tin with me when I go to the drug store to pick up a pack of AAA batteries.
     
  4. TakeiT

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    It's fun
    I'm 16 and too cheap to get insurance for a normal car.
    Gas Prices are as high as 1.50 per liter here (I use premium in my bike)
    It's fun.
     
  5. RicksRides

    RicksRides New Member

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    Cause Im a cheap fart
     
  6. Otero

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    Not all that cheap if ya mess with 'em long enuff
     
  7. TakeiT

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    That's so true, my $350 build is running close to $600 and counting :S
     
  8. DDbike

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    .... in a world that seems increasingly less free .... all of the above allow the human spirit to explore ... and express itself through an effort that may parallel an evolving universe ....
     
  9. Tom Allen

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    Let me just say, "Amen" to that
     
  10. Otero

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    I ride my MB when I tire of pedaling most of the time just to
    go a bit further than my old legs can & a bit faster.
     
  11. Tom Allen

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    I like that mode of operating. I think I spend too much time cruising around letting the motor do the work. I am going to try helping it out more. What's the point of having pedals otherwise? Might as well get a little scooter.
     
  12. Otero

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    Considering my age, my legs are getting really strong again,
    both of them, the one with the steel rods & the one with two
    severed tendons. Injuries are one reason I went to motored bikes.
    but pedaling definitely has certain advantages. I'm in much better
    shape at 65 than I was at 40. It's been a long road back & I
    dumped a few vices along the way. I'm getting to where I ride in
    high gear much of the time. 5 years & 5000 mi. ago it was the opposite.
    In contrast, I've probably only 1500 motored miles. I shocked myself
    today. I looked down at my computer & I was cruising a 16mph.
    A year ago my avg spd. pedaling was 7.8 mph.
     
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    Because they have the best features of both bicycles and motorcycles. The engines are interesting in their own right, and you have the simplicity a bicycle as the running gear. And because I'm both a bike and small engine mechanic it satisfies an interest.

    I also used to own a 1960's VeloSoleX and I loved it's quiet funkiness and fuel economy. It was the best bike to take on weekend garage sale junkets, even had people think it was there to be sold.
     
  14. Quadranut

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    happy to ride at a stately and serein 24 MPH and the views .............. man the views, at that speed they take forever to go by ............ and for every uphill ride there is a downhill coming up to take the pain away ........... and ........... she can ride on the handlebars
     
  15. Tom Allen

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    I hope by "she" you don't mean a passenger.
     
  16. Dan

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    Just me here but I like that you can make your own parts and let's face it, buy really inexpensive parts. Honestly, you can make a less then $200 kit/engine move a junk yard bike way faster then you should. (wear a helmet!)

    It is insane that we do this and even crazier that we support each other in taking perfectly good bicycles, strapping motors on them, and if we live, chat about it. It is a crazy 12 year old's dream! Or eight year old's.


    But dang! Done right, is so cool!
     
  17. xseler

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    Support each other, heck yeah!! Sometimes, I think we egg each other on!! :D

    (And something amazing usually is the result!)
     
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  18. Dan

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    Ayup! So True. Build some thing cool......
     
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  19. Tom Allen

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    Listen, when I was 12 years old I would have killed for the buzz bike I have now.
     
  20. Dan

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    I could not agree more, Tom.
     

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