Hello from Orange County, California!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Melissa Ortiz, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. Melissa Ortiz

    Melissa Ortiz New Member

    Hi Everyone,

    I've been stalking this forum for 3 weeks and finally decided to join :).

    I have a sick motorized bike (won't start /too much oil) and this forum is helping me to get it back up and running!

    I also don't see alot of girls on the forum and wanted to represent! Girls ride motorized bikes too!
     

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  2. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum. I lived in the OC in the mid 80s and worked in the blimp hangars in Tustin.
     
  3. oldpot

    oldpot Member

    did you have any problems with the build as i thinking about same bike ty.
     
  4. Samdallas214

    Samdallas214 Member

    welcome to the form you will learn quick
     
  5. Melissa Ortiz

    Melissa Ortiz New Member

    Thanks for all the lovely welcomes :)

    @wheelbender06 I used to live by Tustin but I moved to Santa Ana, makes my commute to Costa Mesa much easier by bike (gas or regular).

    @oldpot my ex and I built it together with no problems. I rode if for about 400 miles and a bad oil/ gas mix has caused me some problems getting it to run. Its been puttering for 6 weeks now, still trying to get it running! But besides that the build is comfy for a short person, I'm 5'3, its awkward for someone taller to ride it, though I'm sure it can be comfy with a few mods to the handlebars.
     
  6. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    Hi Melissa, did you get your bike running?

    When it gets warmer we will have some more local OC rides.

    The next race is on Saturday April 13th 2013 and we have had a
    couple of women racing on the track.
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2013
  7. Melissa Ortiz

    Melissa Ortiz New Member

    @MotorBicycleRacing not yet :(

    I'm going to check to see if the clutch is slipping on Sunday, its the only day I have to work on my bike ;)


    ooooh a Motorized bicycle race sounds fun! I'll make sure I make a note of it and see if I can make it out there, it'd be great to meet other riders and see different builds.
     
  8. Mary

    Mary New Member

    Hi Melissa,

    Just to let you know, I am on my 2nd motor-assisted bike and I'm a woman and I live in Orange County.

    Welcome.

    Mary
     
  9. Melissa Ortiz

    Melissa Ortiz New Member

    Hi Mary!

    It's good to hear from you!
     
  10. Melissa Ortiz

    Melissa Ortiz New Member

    Guess what everyone?

    My Pumpkin is running again!!!

    It turned out to be a combination of things due to running it too rich for the first 200 miles.

    So, after taking out the following:
    -Removed fuel line and replaced filter
    -Emptied the gas tank of gas/oil mix
    -Taking apart the clutch line and Kill switch, then reattached
    -Cleaned out clutch plates

    I put everything back together (said a small prayer) and started to pedal and it finally caught and started running!!

    I'm so excited, I missed my motorized commute. It's a nine mile commute from home to work, now I can be home in 20 minutes!

    Thanks to the forum and all the posts!
     
  11. Max-M

    Max-M Member

    Welcome, Melissa! This forum has been extremely valuable for me. There are lots of good, helpful people. And plenty of interesting characters!

    Your bike looks nice. I may be building one for my 5' 1" wife this spring, and she'll be glad to hear about another petite gal riding an MB.

    Cheers,

    Max
     
  12. Max-M

    Max-M Member

    I'm sure it can be comfy with a few mods to the handlebars.

    I've never understood the very common practice of having bars on a cruiser or other bike adjusted so that the grips are almost pointing skyward! In my opinion, it looks pretty goofy, and it looks very uncomfortable. I don't get it.

    I keep my big 28" cruiser handlebars adjusted noticeably downwards. I think it gives a totally different, and vintage, look. And it makes for a very comfortable riding position. One man's opinion...

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  13. Melissa Ortiz

    Melissa Ortiz New Member

    It's official...it is time to retire my pumpkin. The chain is once again stuck in the engine. It is time to upgrade to a new, larger build.

    My bike is intact and so is the kit (minus the chain/engine) problem. What can I do with the bike if I don't want to keep it for the rebuild?

    Sell? Junk Yard?

    Send suggestions guys and let me know if I should post this somewhere else on the Forum.

    MO
     
  14. Samdallas214

    Samdallas214 Member

    if it was me I would buy the cheapest engine I could install it and sell it the MB for$400-$500.00
     
  15. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Plenty of motor heads in SoCal that will buy your motorbike as-is.
     
  16. Melissa Ortiz

    Melissa Ortiz New Member

    @Samdallas214 That was my original idea, but I barely have time to fix the chain problem, I doubt I'll have time to install a new engine. Working Full Time and going to school gobbles up all the hours in a day :(

    @wheelbender6 I hope so, I'd love for a fellow motorized bike rider to inherit my pumpkin.
     
  17. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    I personally use Staton Inc. I've got 4500 miles on my kit so far and never had a problem. I've got a one of a kind bike. It's the only one in the world that shifts 5 gears automatically.
     
  18. Saddletramp

    Saddletramp Member

    Insane people, I love it. I have 2 strokes & 4's. I freak when I go from an MB to my Goldwing. Or Vicea versa. My chrome dealer is recommending I seek help. I'm normal for here.
     
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