Hello from San Diego

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Mighty Impaler, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. Mighty Impaler

    Mighty Impaler New Member

    Hello all, my name is Dan, building my first motorized bike, actually, I test drove my bike for the first time a couple days ago in the desert, everything worked as it should, I have a bit of tweeking to do, but all in all, I am very impressed with this little motor kit (Grubee 66cc super rat).
    I am building this bike for the Playa, I plan to take it to BurningMan with me this year. I am fabricating a K&N based air filtration system to handle the "powder like" playa dust, my main goals for this build are reliablility, and low noise. I am going to fabricate the exhaust myself, after test driving the bike a couple days ago, I came to the conclusion that I am happy with the stock silencer so I plan to use it in my fab'd exhaust...unless any of you could point me to a quiter muffler that doesn't restrict the engine to bad, that would be great :)
    Here's a pic of the bike after I mounted the motor and fab'd the gas tank. If any of you know of any "need to know" issues or info about my engine setup, your expertees/knowledge is much appreciated, I've learned alot already while browsing old posts, thanks again!

    Dan
     

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  2. Animal454

    Animal454 Member

    Nice man...

    I am in Riverside.


    Burning Man sounds great this year..Have fun:bowdown:
     
  3. Dave C

    Dave C Member

    Hi. Really the most inexpensive and good exaust setup is a Sick Bike Parts expansion chamber and the add-on muffler. Then the most predominate noise makers are the flat covers on the clutch and magneto and you can get dampener material from the sponsors in the sidebar, some even use glued on cardboard. Just something to stop the thin aluminum from resonating. Little chunks of rubber can be placed between the cooling fins to further quiet things down.

    I like the tank, too. Just wished I could enlarge the photo for more detail :)
     
  4. Mighty Impaler

    Mighty Impaler New Member

    Animal, this is the first year the Borg is allowing motorized bicycles on the Playa, I can't wait to see all the "deep Playa" installations that I seem to miss do to the distances needed to travel to get to these "off the map" art pieces, should be fun! :)

    Dave, an expansion chamber is definitely in my future, but I figured I would keep the stock exhaust on while doing the break in on the engine. I did purchase the quite kit when I ordered my engine kit, I took the three side covers off and installed the foil type sound deadener. I also ordered another sound deadener for the clutch side as well, its just a piece of cut plastic about as thick as a silver dollar, I haven't installed it yet, but it looks like it simply glues to the outside of the clutch cover.
    I will update very soon with more pics, the gas tank i welded up works great and it really fits the frame well, looks very "steam punk", I like it. I'm also going to fashion the K&N air box ( and the chain guard as well) in the same style as the gas tank, then spray the tank, air box and chain guard with a clear coat to prevent rust. Here are a couple different pics...

    Having problem uploading pics right now, will try again later.
     
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  5. Mighty Impaler

    Mighty Impaler New Member

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  6. GearNut

    GearNut Active Member

    Welcome to the addiction!
    You have a pretty darned good start there. I like your "Steam Punk" fuel tank.
    I am in San Diego too. I have wanted to go to Burning Man for years now.
    Best of fortune to you on this journey!
     
  7. Mighty Impaler

    Mighty Impaler New Member

    Hello GearNut, well if you are one who has thought about going to the burn, always wanted to go, but just haven't gone for whatever reason, I say GO! I see you are an electrician and a mechanic? The mechanical engineering that goes into alot of the art installations on the Playa are mind blowing to say the least. Things you wouldn't even think possible, or wouldn't even think of in your wildest dreams are being built out there. It's like one big science fair. Let me know if you ever decide to make the Journey to Black Rock City, I put together a fairly big camp of mainly San Diego people every year, you're welcome to join us if you like.
    So where do you ride here in San Diego? Do the police tent to hassles mb riders? I'd love to find out about some rides/gatherings. I plan to surprise my girl friend with a motor kit for her bike as well, she'll love these things.
    Take care,
    Dan
     
  8. GearNut

    GearNut Active Member

    So far I just putt around my immediate neighborhood. I haven't gotten a Cali. plate for it yet.....yet.
    I haven't gotten hassled yet, only one Sheriff has seen me riding and I did have a DOT half shell helmet on. No mirror, lights, plate..... not quite legal... but no hassle from him!
    I do want to warn you though to stay far away from LaMesa. That city has an all out ban on MB's.
     
  9. Mighty Impaler

    Mighty Impaler New Member

    Good to know, thanks!
     
  10. Dave C

    Dave C Member

    heheheh, I've been to the Black Rock Desert many times but not for the Burning Man..I go there to fly High Power rockets :grin5: and I'm going again this September for a launch called XPRS. I have no idea if that means anything:rolleyes7:
     
  11. Mighty Impaler

    Mighty Impaler New Member

    Awesome...I to have been going to the Playa long before I even heard about BurningMan, I used to live in the Redding area and I would go to the Black Rock Desert to land sail. The wind is kinda unpredictable there, but when its on, its alot of fun, good times :)
     
  12. Dave C

    Dave C Member

    That's cool:cool2: I've thought about building a land sailer to take to Black Rock. Then, if the wind is calm I fly rockets. If the wind is blowing(like it is most of the time:annoyed: ) I sail and get the best of both worlds....


    ....hummmm....mebby rig the bike with a sail.....:idea:.:ack2:.:dunce:.:tt1:
     
  13. Mighty Impaler

    Mighty Impaler New Member

    Hey Dave, you ever go out to Ocotillo Wells (half hill dry lake) to do your rockets? I own property on Half Hill dry lake and I see groups of rocketeers out there about a half a dozen times during the desert season. They seem to be a well orginized group, but they fly the smaller to medium sized rockets, not the real big stuff that you seem to do. I love watching the kids running like crazy to try and catch the rockets before they hit the ground, good times.
    I actually started landsailing as a secondary hobby to flying untralite aircraft, when it was calm we would fly, when to windy to fly we would landsail. Soon after, landsailing took the #1 spot, it is a blast. My ultralite is long gone, but I still have my landsailer, lots of fun, cheers!
     
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  14. Dave C

    Dave C Member

    Nope, but I know of them. It's too far to drive for little rockets. I fly with a group here in Boise. The fly about 2.5 miles from the Snake River Canyon rim above Swan Falls dam. I like Black Rock because you can fly there with the highest altitude windows allowed by the FAA. Sometimes another government agency has oversite, the AST, the Administrator for Space Travel:sweatdrop:
     
  15. Mighty Impaler

    Mighty Impaler New Member

    Oh ****, sorry, I got confused, thought you were in SoCal for some reason. Haha
     
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