First time on a motorized bicycle with little to no experience.

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Your-Majesty, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Your-Majesty

    Your-Majesty New Member

    I'm mechanically savy, so putting the kit on the donor bike is going well (I am having to do it in a few sessions because of my schedule). One thing that I am not well versed in however is the actual operation of 2 wheeled vehicles with motors strapped on. I know how to ride a bike, don't get me wrong, it's the whole, bicycle w/motor thing that I am completely new to. I've read the manual, It's coming together well, i know the fuel ratios, local laws, etc. I drove a moped, once, years ago but have since forgotten all but turning the key.

    I am interested in the recollections and advice of those of you who, never having operated a similar vehicle before, mounted a motorized bicycle and gave it your all.

    Let's have it. Loosing your MB Virginity?!?!

  2. Well my first time driving as about 3AM in the morning right after putting it together. The tire was hitting the chain and the master link fell off. Was still awesome though.
  3. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Do your first several runs in large, EMPTY lots that are on FLAT ground. It helps if you familiarize riding this specific bicycle BEFORE you motorize it, so you automatically know how to ride it.

    There are extra levers on your bike, like clutch and throttle levers, maybe even a speedometer and extra brake lever you just added. Changing to a lever that activates both front and rear brakes gives you one less item to find and manipulate.

    Familiarize yourself with your bike the night before, all the levers and instruments, where the brakes are, etc.

    Carry your bike to that secluded area in a van or truck. In case you break down, you have a way home. Bring drinking water, your tools and extra gasoline, and snacks. Make it a day to have fun and relax.

    SAFETY EQUIPMENT!!! Use a helmet and gloves. I also use kneepads that carpetlayers and tilesetters use on the job.

    Eat a meal before you ride your bike. You'll be so excited, you'll forget to eat.

    Plan your day. Start in early morning or late afternoon, leave in a couple hours.

    Bring a friend and a camera.

    Ride your bike around the empty lot with full gear on. Pedal your bicycle around the lot, check out the scene for potholes, objects on the road. Clear the area, if need be. Watch out for dips and speed bumps.

    Take your time! Enjoy the planning, check and double check all functions, THEN execute the ride!

    Try not to go full throttle, until you get the hang of things. Immovable objects approach you REAL fast on a motorized bike.

    Stay off the road and ride in secluded areas until you are TOTALLY familiar with your bike and comfortable riding it.

    If you have a motorcycle license, this is just like riding one.

    Have fun, take pics and share with us!
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  4. Your-Majesty

    Your-Majesty New Member

    @Schwinn-Locura: Lol. That's kindof disheartening! I'd hate for it to just all end abruptly like that. But..:
    @5-7HEAVEN: Bringing tools is an excellent idea to prevent it from all ending so soon.

    I live right next to a park with a small concrete sort of depression in the ground. Skaters use it but are rarely there during the week. I guess that's where I'll begin.

    I'm stoked! Can't wait to get going. Pictures is a good idea. I'm a video blogger in my other life so perhaps I'll vlog on this as well.

    Oh BTW, 5-7, I love your quote. I still haven't broken the news to my wife that there is a potential death trap being assembled in the garage. At 6 months pregnant and nesting, she's gonna be POed. LMAO!
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  5. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    I carry a 25lb. military hydration backpack with all my tools and a cellphone wherever I go. That backpack is my rear-mounted crash/air bag, for when I fall. I also carry a 15lb. FUGETTABOUTIT motorcycle chain, bandolier-style, and a 6-ft. cable to secure my wheels. Darn thieves got me paranoid!

    Death is my co-pilot, and sometimes I think my bike is really trying to kill me! The bike chain jammed once, and it threw me off at 25mph, just to scare me. I rolled off the bike onto the ground, when the front wheel hit the curb. All I got was a giant mouse on my forearm that looked like a second elbow for a while. No rips, tears or blood. Not even dirt on my clothes or hands! No damage to the bike. Even the mirrors were still in position. An hour later, I was donating blood at the Blood Bank. All I did was wash my hands and my new mouse, which was already subsiding.

    Last week, my engine was giving me carbon monoxide poisoning, until I changed the muffler and rerouted the exhaust.

    Death is my co-pilot, especially when claiming the lane at 35mph, surrounded by cars who are stunned that you're riding alongside them.

    Sometimes it's safer for me to ride ahead or alongside them in my own lane, instead of hugging the curb. Then even the little old lady will think nothing of squeezing you off the road, into the curb/gutter/signpost.

    But I DO ride it to work, which is like a 25-minute amusement ride TWICE a day!

    What a way to end the work day!:jester:

    When you ride on the streets, ride like every driver is flat-out crazy!

    I always consider myself an obstacle to the other drivers' next traffic stop.:whistling:
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  6. Your-Majesty

    Your-Majesty New Member

    This is all too Hilarious!!!

    ....To work, eh?! 35mph at 25min. That's like fifteen miles give or take. I could probably pull that off once i get comfortable with the riding and the gear. Food for thought. Thanks Bruva!
  7. Virginian

    Virginian Member

    My advice is, be cautious.

    I have ridden pedal bikes all my life - over 50,000 miles. Things happen a lot fasted on a motorized bike. I have so far avoided any problem on my motorized bike only because I have well-developed reflexes on how to handle difficult situations. It's automatic. I don't even have to think. It just happens like a reflex.

    Until you develop the right reflexes, you are vulnerable.
  8. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Nah, more like 5 miles, 35mph spurts, stop-and-go-traffic is REALLY bad. Then there's the elevator ride to the 4th floor, the walk down the hall, etc. Actual ride is maybe 18-20 minutes.
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  9. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    my commute is 15 miles, and it takes me 40 minutes give or take-- less in the morning, more in the evening, based on traffic.

    it's getting cold here in Milwaukee, but the sheer terror of riding this danged sketchy thing keeps me warm :D
  10. untamed

    untamed New Member

    beware of your brakes, mine dont stop as fast as id like it to.gonna have to add some
  11. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Yeah, motorized bikes need better brakes, especially if you're an aggressive driver. I'm running discs front and rear; need to upgrade to bigger ones.:detective:
  12. Turtle Tedd

    Turtle Tedd Member

    Yes ..thats pretty good advice..real good advice..I learned that the hard way..your choice
  13. Hydraulic disk brakes would be best if you going 45+ MPH.

    I still have my stock rim brakes. Have some massive pads that wrap around the rim a long way. They have enough power to flex the front fork when braking.
  14. Turtle Tedd

    Turtle Tedd Member

    Watch those large front rim brakes ..if you lock that front wheel at 40mph , that will be the end for you...Flexing of the front forks?? inspect those welds for stress cracks often..small 1/8 crack in weld or above or below weld is a no go..Thin single wall front aluminum rim?? think about it
  15. Your-Majesty

    Your-Majesty New Member

    Yea that would suck huh?! :sweatdrop:

    It went off without a hitch btw. video/pics to follow
  16. Your-Majesty

    Your-Majesty New Member

    5-7, Assuming you are sporting a run of the mill chinese 2 stroke, how about a manifest of the tools you carry with you? I wish I had my tool kit with me when my clutch cable snapped on the way back home yesterday... uphill!

    After some very hard pedaling, i got it started and was able to drive it home, but the clutch bar didnt like wobbling about very much.
  17. hybrid

    hybrid Member

    I own 2 bikes that I alternate as my commuters. The system seems to be
    working well. I only live 2 miles from my job now, so I expect them to have
    relatively long lives. I don't have the benefit of experience that some of the
    senior board members have but this is what I've learned so far.

    1.) Frequent all points checks. Depending on how often you use your
    bike - nuts, bolts, clamps, etc., all will be vibrated and rattle loose.

    2.) It's not a bicycle, motorcycle, moped, or scooter - It's a little bit
    of each so respect and identify the complexities that having these
    multiple personalities produces.

    3.) AWARNESS - You're up against other drivers in x-TON vehicles
    that are driving drunk-without their lights on-texting with road rage!

    Other than that....Traffic jams and inacessibility are a thing of the past.
    If there's a hassle in your way -KILL your engine and simply pedal around
  18. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

  19. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    when my bike was new, I wouldn't go further from my house than just a few blocks because the first time I took it out (to go get gas even, it was THAT new) pedaling it home was a BEAST.

    When I finally got it running (after a lot of problems I won't list), I was riding no more than 3-4 blocks, circling close to home... then I would venture further and further, but still circling...

    now I ride 30 miles a day for my round trip commute to work. I still have the small occasional problem that require a brief stop to tighten up a bolt or two on the muffler or brakes...
  20. louishb50cc

    louishb50cc New Member

    My chain tensioner wouldnt go on right and i was going at reasonable pace then the back wheel locked up luckily it was wet so it sort of just slid along not damagin the tire. Then later on the chain whipped off and hit me in the leg becuase the split link broke. (god that was painfull) but now i love riding it almost an hour everyday up hills along ice everything. They are quite tuff machines though.