what did you do to your motorized bicycle today?

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by Skarrd, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. mapbike

    mapbike Active Member

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    What are you talking about?

    If you mean the clutch pucks, they all come with them installed unless you get one of those build from scratch kits from gasbike.net
     
  2. Davezilla

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    I agree on the adapter as mine is also measuring 1" or just under... I also need to get one that's 1.25" for my newest build but no hurry on either of them right now...

    Today was seriously slow at the shop since it's been raining a LOT so I spent most the day working my customer's bike to perfection. I got the engine mounted nice and secure, got all the cables set up so they don't look like a rat's nest, swapped out his giant cruiser bars for a set of mountainbike bars, set up his fuel line and took his tank off for a serious cleaning... The chinese left a lot of gifts of paint chips, teflon tape, and metal shavings in there and the filter screen was completely blocked off. I even had to flush out his fuel valve as well as take it apart to get the rest of the junk out.
    Clutch adjusted and chain set up with just the right tension and soldered the mag wires to the CDI then covered everything with heat shrink.
    This bike came to me as a total mess with wires all over the place, cables wrapped around the frame and all over the place, an exhaust pipe that was beat to death with a sledge hammer, and a number of other problems, but now it rolls nice and free, the cables are routed nice, there's only one set of wires from the mag to the CDI and they're heat shrinked together so the install is nice and clean.

    I wanted to fire it up today but ran into problems getting fuel out of the tank so that set me back, but I did get the bike finished so tomorrow when I come over here to the shop I'll take it out and fire it up to make sure everything is working as it should then I'll call the customer to come see the bike and let me know if that's how he envisioned it to be. He'll most likely want a layback seat post and an expansion chamber pipe as well as a Fred head but I'll see if he wants to take it as is and put some miles on it first or if he wants to give me some money to order the parts etc...
     
  3. xseler

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    Installed the new rear rim, hub adapter with 36 tooth sprocket, Continental City Ride tire w/reflective ring, and new chrome 415 chain. In going from the 420 chain, I had to 'improvise' the engine output sprocket -- the 'teeth' were too long to allow the bigger, fatter chain to properly circle the sprocket. A little grinding seemed to solve the issue.

    Has anyone seen my bucking bar??!! Can't find it for the life of me......guess I'll cut an old drill bit. About 3/8" protuding is the correct length (I think I remember that from an old thread....). To be continued another day.
     
  4. DRBS

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    I have had three bikes come to me they run great for about 2 minutes then die like they were out of gas take the cap off no theres gas start it up goes right away then dies come to find out they added a gasket to the cap cause it was "loose" what they did was seal the tank completely so as gas is used it makes a vacuum in the tank then no gas would go down the line so now this guy brings it back saying when he puts the bike in his CAR TRUNK it leaks gas LOL and now it has gas flowing out the carb. Well that's fine and dandy so I pull the float bowl off the carb and its full of water he leaves his gas can outside and when it rained the other day it got water in the gas can now he sais I f&%ked his bike up go figure I must have gone to his home put water in his gas can so he would bring it back to me to fix so I guess that I have to figure out how I know where this guy lives where he puts his gas can at and rig his bike to run bad !!!!!!!!!!!! got to love the thinking of some people. I love the work and the money but DAMN that's funny as ****!!! any other horror stories like this??? lets start a thread for the stories of the crazy peoples bikes we fix
     
  5. Semaj

    Semaj Electric Enthusiast

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    Tell him to switch to electric, its pretty hard to mix water with the fuel for those
     
  6. DRBS

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    sure ill jump right on it LOL but you really cant mix water with electric!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol no disrespect meant to any one using electric motors MORE POWER TO ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. chrome

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    I rode my bike around my busy neighborhood and stopped by a store to have a soda...there were 2 guys drinking beer at 10 am and one of them approached me and was amazed at my "contraption". See motorized bikes are spread far and wide in the philippines that it's rare to come across one on the road. Hence his amazement. Anyway, it made me proud to still own this as I ride it like once a month and almost sold it. Bottom line, these motors are "somewhat" well made that they start right up even unused for long periods. Ride safe everyone!
     
  8. bluegoatwoods

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    ".......the bike in his CAR TRUNK it leaks gas LOL and now it has gas flowing out the carb. Well that's fine and dandy so I pull the float bowl off the carb and its full of water he leaves his gas can outside and when it rained the other day it got water in the gas can now he sais I f&%ked his bike up go figure I must have gone to his home put water in........" --DRBS

    From time to time I've pondered building and selling these bikes. I'll probably give it a shot one day. But one of the things that's held me back is stuff like this. I wonder if it's worth while to have people coming back and claiming that I sold them garbage when the real trouble is 'operator stupidity'. I'd have to make a pretty darned good profit on the bike to put up with that.

    I've been building and riding these bikes since the spring of 2008. During that time I"ve seen quite a few other motored bikes. Mostly china girls. What I haven't seen is any of these guys sticking around. I'll see some guy once, and sometimes twice, and then he'll disappear.

    I guess these folks just don't have the moxie to do what it takes to keep these in good working order.
     
  9. DRBS

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    my first bike is still running I see it all the time he brought it back to me last week to get the old gas out and to clean the carb and new plug I got it in 09 and I rode the **** out of it I must have put 500 or more miles on it yes there are a few that have lasted a long time but occasionally you get a bad apple so do you when the car is new there are problems that come up a motor is a motor is a motor they break sometimes and there are defects that are normal in any highly mechanically made a robot can see defects it judt does what the program says
     
  10. FFV8

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    The original Honda Z50A had a gas cap with a manual vent. The owner's manual showed closing it, and putting the bike on it's side in a car trunk.

    Of course in 1969 you could put a twin bed in a car trunk...
     
  11. DRBS

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    LOL or a few dead bodies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! got to love the old school im 51 and I remember my solex it was basically a bike with a motor you dropped on the front tire and away you go it was built in Germany and was very slow maybe 27 at the most but fun as **** it had a 20:1 mix on it that thing went through tires like no tomorrow it was a friction drive
     
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    you could always sell it back to the Honda dealer if it doesn't fit LOL
     
  14. boxcar

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    I gotta better idea : Don't stuff the poor bike in the trunk......

    Sorry for the sarcasm but gees you here the strangest things on this sight....
    At some point you have to wish that the good lord handed out just a bit more common sense .
    I just got out of bed and haven't done a darn thing to by bike today..........
     
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  15. DRBS

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    I know2 when God handed out brains some ppl heard trains and said they would rather walk!!!!~
     
  16. FFV8

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    So, for whatever reason someone transports his bike in the trunk of a car. Perhaps he does not have a truck.

    I offered a solution to the problem - so what are you saying here?
     
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  18. DRBS

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    I love the old bikes with the "gas tank" look im thinking about making a Schwinn midway into a real tank bike shouldn't be too hard I use to fabricate body panels on cars and trucks so making a tank shouldn't be too hard I have the tools and a mig welder I saw guy selling the neck and caps in e-bay think they were like 10.00
     
  19. mapbike

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    Yep I feel the same way, plus m6 biggest problem is I live several miles out of town, so helping people with repairs would really be a pain for both of us and cost me a fortune in gas running back and forth to town.
     
  20. DRBS

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    its really not that bad I get the motors and the bikes delivered the parts are easy to get and the ppl beat your door down to get a bike I always tell them that these bikes are not going to be super fast at first drive them normally for a tank then you can go crazy after that but I only will fix it if its a problem with the parts not the owners misuse for 30 days after that I charge extra they usually don't come back but to have better parts put on or I get ppl that have one and they need it fixed so its not too bad just have to be truthful to them from the get go. so don't be afraid to try selling its not that hard if you have been building them for awhile
     

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