LATimes-Cool article "1903 in 2009"

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by bamabikeguy, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    If somebody could embed Susan Carpenter in the video, she looks sharp on that cycle, with those goggles and all.....

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/uptospeed/2009/06/a-2009-take-on-1903.html

    Up to Speed blog

    A 2009 take on 1903

     
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  2. Danny3xd

    Danny3xd Member

    Awesome find Bama, thanks!
     
  3. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    for the money -- one would think they would have a more reliable engine on that THING ??

    looks wise -- yes -- they have that going on very well !!

    engines worth what -- 200 at the most ??

    is the bicycle alone worth over 2 thousand ??

    MM
     
  4. Danny3xd

    Danny3xd Member

    Have to agree with you MM. Was just sitting here pricing one out using a HS kit, a felt MP and front brakes/dyno hub. Watch the muffler at the end of the first vid; http://www.ridleymotorcycle.com///Motorbike/videos.htm

    http://shop.ridleymotorcycle.com/shop/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=215

    Really does look cool though. Great vid with the story
     
  5. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    It's true. The Ridley bikes are pure works of art, but the price is ridiculous.

    At a guess I'd say that we are not their target market. They're more interested in folks who can spend the equivalent of my yearly mortgage payment (well, half of it anyway) on something that's merely for show off purposes.

    That's not to say that I resent them for it. If they can make it work, that's just fine with me. I'm just not too interested in what they have to offer or to say about our hobby.

    And they (and their customers) are not too interested in us.
     
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  6. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    if they had just their bicycles for sale at around 800 to 1000 dollars
    without that motor THING they have on there
    they would have someTHING going on

    this is truly the first bicycle manufactory in a long while
    who has turned out a nice looking bicycle -- looks good -- does it hold up ??

    expect to see more companies get with the program

    more vintage looking bicycles expected out in near future

    someTHING along the lines of the super fine ((Timeless Motor Bike))
    but -- selling for around 3 to 4 thousand dollars

    so as to ride those cool looking THINGS
     
  7. Pablo

    Pablo Motored Bikes Sponsor

    I love the vid - but she should have some real brakes.
     
  8. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    it's grainy, but, it's from a screenshot of the movie... (gigo)
     

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  9. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    Anything that gets MBing out there....but I'll stick with the Houghmade '71' which, in my humble opinion, even with the 4 stroke looks more 1903 than the 1903. However, I have front and rear brakes in addition to the coaster, and a speedometer- coming soon a full, and i mean full lighting system...maybe even a horn. However, I love the look of that bike and the video piece was not bad.
     
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  10. sunsetboy

    sunsetboy Member

    How much?

    No way would I pay that much! My Felt Hot Wheels bike cost 700 off of Craigslist and the motor (now my 4th) still only ran me a total of 500. The stock clutch lever can't handle potholes, having shattered two of them on the mean streets of San Francisco and this is just for starters. The gas hole on the Ridley requires a funnel. Good luck during those Santa Ana windstorms! The bike does look nice and if it keeps someone from using a car, it's a good thing. :rolleyes7:
     
  11. velosolex

    velosolex Member

    I think a Whizzer would be a better buy for the $$$. $1,795 out the door at the factory and street legal in Texas.....

    Cris
     
  12. Danny3xd

    Danny3xd Member

    Big time. And would have lights
     
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