Hello From Portland OR

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by smyton, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. smyton

    smyton Guest

    Hello all,
    How sweet is this putting motors on bicycles and ridding around your town is so fun. I got into this by purchasing my first motored bike from a craigslist seller. it was an older MTB with a 49cc motor. well we had so much fun that my room mate, Hutch(also a new member) went out and bought a Schwinn retro cruiser and an "80cc" motor from Powerkings. After helping him build on sweet looking bike I decided that old MTB would make a great "buddy bike." I got online an ordered a Greenline retro cruiser a set of disc compatible 24" triple tube forks and a motor form an ebay seller called boygofast. Now about this time my third room mate Elizabeth(not yet a member) got so tired of us boys carrying one about our bikes that she adopted a "If you can't beet em, join em" attitude and ordered herself a motor also. Her first attempt was on a 63 schwinn speedster. She found out the hard way that despite the name the old speedster was never meant to do 30mph. So we searched and found a good deal on a Raliegh Retro 7. That bike took to that "80cc" motor like it had found its soulmate. Now we did all of this unfortunately without the help of MotoredBikes.com. So in order to make things right I need to build another bike. I found a good deal on a Schwinn retro cruiser and got a motor from dax and am giving them to my Little Sister for Christmas. She really wants a bike and I imagine she will be asking her big brother for help building it. Win Win hee hee hee. Alright I have rambled about bikes plenty long enough. I will try to figure out how to get my pictures on here now. And if any Portland folk read this and want to go for a ride leave some contact info on this thread and Hawthorne won't know what's going on when five or more motored bikes roll by. Thanks to everyone and I look forward to chatting and riding with you all.

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  2. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Welcome to MBc.
  3. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    welcome to MBc ! :D
  4. Abeagle

    Abeagle Guest

    Welcome to MBc. :cool:
  5. kenspice

    kenspice Guest

    I thought I heard something down Portland way. Thought it was the rivers overflowing, mudslides and wind howling but I guess it was just you and your room! room! mates playing with your motors! Welcome!
  6. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    Ahhh...another fellow Oregonian! Welcome to the group!
  7. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    How tolerant are the cops in Portland and Vancouver when it comes to motorized bikes? Thinking of moving next summer.
  8. mickey

    mickey Guest

    Welcome. Motored bikers multiply like yeast.
  9. wavygravy

    wavygravy Guest

    welcome smyton! longbeach peninsula here! just across river from astoria!
  10. dbigkahunna

    dbigkahunna Guest

    Welcome to the tribe from the Giant Side of Texas!
  11. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    Hey Smyton, nice rides. It looks like in your second picture the rear sprocket is dished the wrong way. Do you have a problem with it aligning?
  12. smyton

    smyton Guest

    Portland Cops

    To answer Skyliner70cc's question about portland cops. We haven't been stopped yet. I looked up the laws regarding power assisted bikes and mopeds. I imagine if we had full light set ups including signals we could be classified as mopeds but I am pretty sure that would still require license registration and insurance. We have passed many cops and they seem to either smile and head the other way or stare us down with either a look of confusion or disdain. Its my estimation that they themselves don't know if what we ride is legal or not. So for now we have the best of both worlds because the bike lanes are so well developed in Portland and bicycles are allowed a whole lane of traffic when needed as well. I guess we just have as much fun as we can until something changes. I love Portland in so many ways.
  13. smyton

    smyton Guest

    That red bike is Hutches. The rear sprocket is put on so that the teeth are closer to the wheel and further from the frame. This actually help alignment in his particular case because the frame didn't allow too much room. it doesn't seem to rub on the tire and he has never thrown that chain so I guess it is good.
  14. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Smyton, have you ridden the Springwater line? It runs out to Boring (or used to). If it hasn't been taken over by joggers, it ought to be a good ride for you. Back when I lived there (about 8 years ago), I could ride into town from 135th and never see another person except when crossing main roads.
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  15. smyton

    smyton Guest

    Springwater Trail

    To answer Alaskavan's Question about the trail: I live in deep SE Portland right near where the Springwater crosses Johnson Creek. So we ride it into Sellwood very late at night only. I don't think we are really supposed to be on it ever. The trail I believe is off limits to all but foot/bicycle traffic. Due to the tendency of these motors to disturb folks tranquility we try to honor that. But every now and then if we are still awake and want to take advantage of a rare break in the rain, we grab a six pack and blaze down to the Oaks Waterfront Park and enjoy a brew by the water and then sneak home when we have the trail to ourselves. Hee Hee what the bike jocks don't know won't hurt em. We have a buddy who lives in Boring right on the Trail. I think he is getting a 70cc kit from Santa so I'll keep you updated on the Springwater adventures.
  16. Bean Oil

    Bean Oil Guest

    LOL. smyton, you rewl!

    Thanks for an entertaining few posts of your builds and your riding adventures...