Lost my license, looked into scooters, laughed, found motorbiking, FELL IN LOVE!

Discussion in 'Laws, Legislation & Emissions' started by docwee, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. docwee

    docwee New Member

    ok so, well to start I live in Richmond Hill, GA a small town outside of Savannah and I lost my license for a year starting 9/13 due to dui(I know i'm dumb). I need transport to work and such so I looked into scooters for the below 50cc requirement for ga unlicensed commuters. I was unimpressed with the whole scooter idea due to prices and(um yeah the word for it is "uncool") so I kept looking. What I found via internet was a thriving motorbiking community and I started researching the topic. I FELL IN LOVE! So here is where I am. I just bought a new Huffy 26" men's Cranbrook because I needed a bike anyways and it was cheap(I know there are problems with this bike and ppl say don't get lured in by the price but guess what, dui's are expensive so my budget is limited on this so I bit). I need this to last me a year so I insist on doing things correctly the first time and I can afford neither the time or money to learn the lessons of this awesome hobby(lifestyle is a better word for what i've seen on this forum alone) but now that I realize that this will be the first of many builds I want my first build to run smooth and this forum will probably be my main resource to accomplish this goal. Ok thats the back story so now the questions start based on my limited research of my needs.

    1. The first question is probably the most obvious and most frequent on this forum and im sure that ppl with tell me to look at other post but here go's. What kit should I buy that is under 200 bucks that will last me the 1st year, and what parts in said kit would need aftermarket replacements for optimum performance as I have seen certain kits have **** carbs, plugs ect. for my inexperience I was looking at Skyhawk gt5 or gt2(i know the gt5 is beyond the 50cc limit for my situation but i am willing to risk it if the performance is notably better).

    2. Dealing with the cranbrook specifically, is the stock bike enough for the stress of motorbiking? Do I need aftermarket parts because for one I heard the wheels and tubes are **** also I have concerns about breaking as the cranbrook only has coasting breaking and it would seem inadequate for 30+ mph breaking. Would adding front caliper breaks alleviate my concerns or will something more be required. what and where to acquire them.

    3. I have read that the fenders on cheap bikes like mine are dangerous and can kick you from the bike if they fail. solutions for modifying and reinforcing them would be most appreciated. Or is removal the safest option

    thats all I have for now, please post links to threads, answers ect. (I am truly sry if ppl are annoyed buy my lack of searching farther into these questions as I know that these answers are in other threads but I need specific cranbrook related posts and I didnt find one that suited my situation after my feeble efforts lol also my one year old daughter is quite demanding of my time :))

    I look forward to becoming a member for future builds and a play by play of this one. thanks to all that respond and sorry for the longwindedness.
     

  2. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    Howdy,
    Not to be a downer, but you'd better check your motor laws before you get to motoring.You have a revoked license, big difference than "no" license.I know for a fact in some states you're not allowed to ride a MAB if your license has been DUI revoked.I know, how can a dude get to work, but if it's like that there, and a copper pulls you over it would be the same as driving your car on your revoked license.
     
  3. Richard H.

    Richard H. Member

    Good point and good post.

    Welcome to the forum and as to the rest of the questions, let's just say among seasoned motored bikers who stick with this for the long haul, put on the miles and want reliability, a consensus begins to take shape: a decent MAB is gonna run at least $1K.
    Can it be done for less? Sure, but you're gonna do it more than once.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012
  4. docwee

    docwee New Member

    well my lawyer assured me that as long as its under 50cc and 2 hp and doesnt exceed 30mph it is license exempt. i'll call my local sheriff to verify and this first one is my budget build and only needs to last a year or so. afterwards im sure i'll want to build another with more speed, better frame ect. but for now it's all I can do. I'll post with law enforcement verification when I can. and thanks for the quick responses. ::eek:
     
  5. docwee

    docwee New Member

    3-4 hundred is my estimated budget on engine and parts but its flexible. a bit.:sweatdrop:
     
  6. docwee

    docwee New Member

    well ****. further research has led me to believe that a valid license is needed but not for electric assisted under 100wt and 20mpg. wonk-wonk. any ideas on that?
     
  7. docwee

    docwee New Member

    wow cant say c-r-a-p?
     
  8. Ludwig II

    Ludwig II Member

    Pain in the arts, isn't it?
     
  9. docwee

    docwee New Member

    it truly is and i will be bummed if i cant build a MAB.
     
  10. Ludwig II

    Ludwig II Member

    That sounds like a rather severe penalty.
     
  11. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    OK, I didn't want to go any further in my assumptions, but it sounds like you're in one of those states (it may be nationwide??), when they say electric in regards to someone with a DUI I believe they're meaning is one of those pre-built E-bikes; they don't give you ANY assist unless you pedal, and range costs.So you wouldn't (again this is an assumption on readings from a while back, and I'm a foggy guy) be able to buy one of those hubs and strap batteries where ever/ hit the gas and go.That being said if it wasn't that I live 20 miles from civilization I'd consider an E-bike; go to work, charge at work, tool home.
    It's do-able, just going to be more expensive for a good E-bike but if you get a nice sturdy one you're halfway there when you decide to convert to petrol, and a possible nice hybrid.Another consideration, what about a push trailer?I don't know if that could squeak by since it's not actually part of the bike frame.
     
  12. Greg58

    Greg58 Member

    I built a bike for a friend that was in the same situation, he rode his eleven miles one way for six months to work. He tried to be as noticeable as possible, he always wore a fluorescent riding Jersey and d.o.t. approved helmet with reflectors and lights all around his bike. All of the bikes I've built have been 48cc because of the moped law. I have been riding mine for over a year and a half and have never been stopped. The grubee has a I.d. plate on the side cover which I leave on in case an officer looks at my bike, I have had one guy taking pictures of one of mine when I came out of a store with a soft drink. After asking could I help him he wanted to know all about it, then he shook my hand and said "that's cool ".
     
  13. docwee

    docwee New Member

    well its like I said i think i'll build a 48cc just because I want it. I know I can ride it on some roads for sure but its the commute that is up in the air. I doubt I will be stopped anyways but my lawyer did suggest it so i think its legit. I will call the sheriff dept trw for absolute confirmation.
     
  14. Samdallas214

    Samdallas214 Member

    Welcome to the form I found this form about 3 weeks ago because of a Drunk Driver with out insurance totaling my car.
    With no way of getting another one and with the bus being 10+miles to walk and costing $125.00 a month to ride them, I going with bike berry's 4 stroke kit will be ordering it Friday.
    What ever you do STAY AWAY FROM EBAY'S BOYGOFAST he has beyond bad customer service and he sells junk, To be fair most vendors are selling the same kits the difference is when you get a bad kit Boygofast just will do nothing to help you .
    Most of the vendors that advertise here offer a 6 month warranty on all there kits, and has very good BBB records
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2012
  15. Greg58

    Greg58 Member

    I think you mean a 60 day warranty, some people have had problems with bgf some haven't. I have bought from him and have had good responces when something was wrong, the best thing to do to any mass produced engine is to disassemble it and see what you have.
     
  16. Samdallas214

    Samdallas214 Member

    Greg58 thank for catching the 60 but no I did not mean a 60 day but a 6 month warranty on all there kits (or at least BB does.)
    I thank they even offer a 30 day money back guarantee .
    As far as BGF all I can say about boygofast is how he treated me.
    If you knew me you would know I'm a very easy person to please, I Have fixed more thing that was suppose to be new.
    The man just would not answer my emails .
    The main thing is in the vendor review area boygofast is 1 of the lowest rated vendor there are; out of 28 Reviews he has 10 at Below Average or Poor (4 Below 6 poor )to me that speak for itself.
    He has a rating of 35% below average to poor, and 6 more than would judge him at just average that's more then half at average to poor rating.
    How many product would you buy with a 2.5 out of 5 star rating .
    myself none even a cheap product should work.
    You keep dealing with him you will eventually you will be 1 of the 10.
    In another 10 days I will be able to add my poor rating for boygofast to the vendor review area.
     
  17. Greg58

    Greg58 Member

    I have only one kit from bgf, everything else has been parts. I'm not defending him, I'm saying what dealings I have had with him have not been bad. I bought five kits from one of the "big distributors" that were 2010 grubees with the cns2 carb, when the plastic spacer fell apart on one in a mounth they would not do anything. They said I should try to make one, that part was not available. So I have made three so far. I wont name the company but they are probably the Bbigest.
     
  18. Samdallas214

    Samdallas214 Member

    I the future if that happens go to the BBB and file a complaint I can not say all but most of the dealers will do what ever it take to make you happy so will tell the BBB they mad you happy most will do there best to make you happy so that the BBB will not give them a bad mark for not trying to help you, this works even if they are not a member of the BBB. I'll PM you there web site to file a complaint or check on a company if a company is not listed with the BBB you can even have the BBB check them out.
     
  19. Greg58

    Greg58 Member

    That happened a year and a half ago, I was just saying that kinda stuff happens sometimes. I have no intent to do any thing.
     
  20. Stoltzee

    Stoltzee Member

    I was having issue's with riding an MAB here in Calif. So I read post, and talked to another MAB riders, but eventually I search the DMV website until I found everything pertaining to MAB's. The truth is the laws are some what unclear from page to page, but they do actually show the Penal Codes. If you go to court stick with the under twenty mph's, and the 49cc or less knowledge.
    9 out of 10 times the DMV and local Sheriff, Police, etc. are going to say no.
     
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