Would you motorize this??

Discussion in 'Stretch Cruiser & Chopper Motorized Bicycles' started by rkorson4209, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. rkorson4209

    rkorson4209 New Member

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    Hello I just picked up a new bike yesterday, and I am debating on if I should motorize it. I just want to get feedback on what others would do. What I have is a 25th anniversary Redline Rain City Chopper. I guess that there were only 1500 made, and this is #1199. I really want to motorize it, but something is telling me no. I put a motor next to it and it looked really small. If motorized I would probably have to go with a morini, or something diff. What would you do? To view more pics of this bike,Redline Rain City Chopper 25th anniversary pictures by SBMotorBicyling - Photobucket And to see a couple videos on it YouTube - rkorson42098's Channel
     

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  2. civlized

    civlized New Member

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    I probably would. I think it would look good, but that center support tube looks like it would be in the way. If it's not in the way, motor it up!
     
  3. corgi1

    corgi1 New Member

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    Hi
    In my opinion ,no. But I would probebly try to copy it and use some of the belt drive and size ideas.I do like that they made the triple tree steering so that it would steer properly ,like a bike.
     
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    robertgibbs New Member

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    It looks on the frame type as the bike i have and im trying to figure out how to chop it. so i say yes if you know how if you can, could you tell me how you would mount the engine
     
  5. rkorson4209

    rkorson4209 New Member

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    I don't think i will motor it, there are only 1500 made, and from what i hear there are way lees now. I rode her today for the first time, and she rode smooth with the belt
     
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    simonjohnwilmer New Member

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    I would , and Id jackshaft it thru the belt .
     
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    simonjohnwilmer New Member

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    By that, I mean that would be the only way I would motorize it ,another shorter belt driving the chainwheel .
     
  8. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Active Member

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    You could add electric power without compromising the value of your rare bike.
    That frame will allow you to mount a lot of batteries very low in the frame.
     
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    BADBOOH New Member

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    just do it. i dont think the bike will rase in value because there are only 1,500. Besides the thing looks like a chopper, let her feel like a chopper.
     
  10. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    It does kind of look like it wants a motor. If you were twelve, would you want it with or without a motor? There you go... treat the kid in you right since nobody else will.
    SB
     
  11. Shrek

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    I just got a Raincity chopper. I really wanna motorize it. I like the all black motor in the pic. Did you just paint that yourself or did you get it like that?

    My biggest concern for motorizing this bike its the tank. Obviously I can't just use the plastic tank (which was disappointing when I found out.) and I really don't want to put a different tank cuz this one fits the style of the bike and all. So I've decided on there are 3 different routes I can take.

    I can motorize my bike and put the gas tank somewhere else (possible disguised as an oil can).
    Or I carve out the inside of my tank using it as a shell for a smaller and actually useable tank.
    Or I can go electric.

    If there are any other options I'm all ears. Please send suggestions it really helps, thank you.
     
  12. SAYNONOW

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    Bikes like those aren't ergonomical at all, and shouldn't be rode for long distances. If you want to get your use out of the thing, fugg it put a motor on it. Plus things with motors are way cooler than things without, so if at all it would be worth more.
     
  13. Shrek

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    Totally. I'm definitely going to motorize it, just need to figure out the best way.
    Where did you get that all black motor? Did you get it like that or did you paint it your self?
     
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    Quick, fast, and in a hurry! I would also not use a china girl, I would do some minor cutting and put one of the honda 50 clones with a 4 speed. However that would require a certificate of origin and license to drive at that point. I'd do it though.
     
  16. rkorson4209

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    Sorry I haven't been on in awhile. The motor is one of the BGF limiteds with dual start and cent. clutch. I paint all my motors with dupli color engine enamel. No I dont think im gonna motorize this one, that pic with the motor next to it was to shoow a friend how small the motor looks next to the bike, and how it would look silly with a china girl. If I were you i seriously wouldnt motor it. It is rare and ppl will offer alot of $$ for it, not if its messed up from a motor and gas. I have had a few offers on mine already. If you really have to i would do a electric set up.
     
  17. stingray'04rider

    stingray'04rider New Member

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    i agree...
     
  18. Shrek

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    I looked around and its typically around 1,000 used. I got it in mint condition for 500. The whole reason I got it was to motorize it in the first place. Right now I'm thinking I'll convert a motorcycle oil pan into a functional gas tank for my bicycle. That way I don't take anything from the bike but just added to it.

    The kid I bought this from said Raincity choppers actually sells the motor mounts for these bikes but every time I look it up I can't find it, does anyone know anything about that?
     
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    MotorNut123 New Member

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    no. keep it the way it is. thats a rare bike it seems and you are lucky enough to have one!!
     
  20. Shrek

    Shrek New Member

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    I definitely want to motorize it. My roommate says to take the mock gas tank but think it would be better to use an oil can from a motorcycle as the gas tank and leave the mock tank cuz it fits the style.

    I live in sw Portland near Ross island bridge and work next to the Broadway bridge. Waterfront is a straight rout for me to get to work so I rode my Redline Raincity chopper to work. It's a big pain in ass even on level ground, forget about going up anything. It rides really low so I need more momentum then normal just to get going, with a motor that shouldn't be a problem anymore I believe. Also you've gotta be really careful if your going on the side walk. It kept bottoming out at the lil incline and decline at the corners where the cross walk is.

    So I've got Questions
    1) Does anyone know where or how I can get the motor mount Redline/ Raincity choppers made for this thing?
    2) is it possible to concert a motor cycle oil can into a gas tank for my bicycle?
    3) Whats the real going rate for this bike? And would it gain value or lose it if it were motorized
     

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