MB #2 -- what would you want ???

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Mountainman, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    that's the question motor bike brother and sister riders...

    if you could have any motorized bicycle you wish to have -- what would it be for #2 ??

    things on my wish list for motor bike #2
    more power than my Robin 35cc
    don't care for the smash to the spokes drive sprocket...

    I perfer a 4-stroke -- but realize -- a sweet quality 2-stroke may be the one to light the fire !!

    ok -- a nice piece of MB work is that "Timeless" darn THING
    coming in at around 11 thousand dollars or someTHING like that !!

    would like to spend at the most -- 2,000 or maybe 2,500 for bicycle and motor...

    noTHING around here -- seems to be -- jumping out at me ??

    please give me some ideas -- what would you all wish to have regarding MB #2 ??

    we sure do like to ride those THINGS
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2009

  2. strotter

    strotter Member

    4 stroke, frame mount without having wider cranks
    centrifical clutch
    dual disk brakes
    Nuvici hub
    Incorporated engine chain into crank like, sick bike parts shifter kit, but no HT engine

    I figure to get all of those THINGS, it would be close to $2000.....maybe someday

    I working on a beachcruiser with a titan engine and scooterguy frame mount. No disc or nuvinci hub..........yet.
  3. moped-dan

    moped-dan Guest

    I would get the staton chain drive with nuvinci hub and a honda gx50.. if i had that setup all my lifes problems would be solved.
  4. Hawaii_Ed

    Hawaii_Ed Member

    I think nuvinci is the top of most people's list. So far I am super happy with my lighter shift kit bike for my #2 :)
  5. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    $2-2.5K is a fairly generous budget, should bring you just about whatever you want. That, of course depends, only you know.

    How about one of those spiffy Pipelyne motocross type bikes? They're out in CA I believe.

    For me and for that money I'd have a frame made, dual suspension cargo bike, keep the Robin and run it through an all freewheel transfer hub to a Sram internal geared rear drive.
  6. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    thank you all for the fast responce

    Strolter -- you hit right on one THING which I sure do enjoy on my #1 MB
    yes -- got the disk brakes front and back
    I have not changed out the brake pads yet
    man oh man -- the pads seem to last a ((good)) fair amount of time
    and of course anyone who has used them knows -- they are grrrreat !!
    one problem may be ??
    on the rear I may wish to attach drive sproket to where disk brake attaches ??
    there has to be a way to have the best of both worlds
    as mentioned up top side -- I just don't care for the smash onto the spokes drive sprokets..

    Moped-dan -- I have owned many Hondas -- and have always been very happy with them
    Honda = a good choice
    so as to get you there always on time -- let a Honda be the one to push your behind !!

    Hawaii Ed -- yes those Nuvici Hubs -- got a chance to ride -- just one -- one day
    very interesting to say the least !!
    the one that I rode had a Honda 50 on it -- a sweet set up...
    on a different note -- the little Lady and I were in Kona last Summer -- man how time flies
    sure did miss not having my MB #1 over there -- happy riding !!

    Happy Valley -- Pipelyne -- not much that I can say except
    I have been urged to buy that fine looking fast machine
    I would perfer a 4-stroke but know very well from past experiences
    that is what we call a quality 2-stroke on that THING !!

    ride those THINGS
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2009
  7. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I want a comfortable mountain/commuter type bike with electric assist. That way you get it all; comfort and exercise but with the edge taken off those hills and headwinds.

    To this day I ride my pedal bike more than my motor assisted bicycle because I want the exercise and comfort. I do love my motored bike, but it's not perfect.

    So here's a question; any one else out there still ride a pedal bike more than a motored bike?
  8. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Wait a minute......

    Forget my last question, please.

    That was thread hijacking.

    Sorry, Mountainman. I'll try to remember not to do that.

    Maybe I'll just post that question in it's own thread.
  9. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    to be very honest with you bluegoatwoods

    no -- 80% with motor engaged ----- 20% pedal

    I am spoiled -- I need to pedal more -- it's good for us !!

    as we ride those things

    that came in before I responded -- no big deals here
    but -- it seems that would be a good new thread ?? with a poll included ??

    Last edited: Jun 24, 2009
  10. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I'm gonna think about it before posting.

    I would like to know the answer. But this is a motoredbike forum. Discussions of pedal bikes would seem to be off-topic.

    Still, it's hardly going to do any harm. I'll go ahead and do it. That is, if I can figure out how to post a poll.

    Wish me luck :)
  11. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    was kind of interested in the EZM

    but -- what's all the TOP SECRET stuff regarding their product ??

    come on now !!!

    let us see you ride that THING

    does it hurt to show us what's inside that EZM thing ??
  12. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    just talked with Dean at Pipelyne

    just talked with Dean at Pipelyne -- yes up in the Calif Bay area
    yes -- they have a sweet thing MB going there
    starting at around 1,800 and up to 2,400 -- depending on types of forks used
    49cc Motomorini motor 5.8 hp

    as I sit here and dream -- thinking about it ??

    in that range -- it does fit the bill rather well !!


    noted one little possible problem with the Pipelyne bike
    that muffler thing ???
    does it look to you all like it may
    burn the heck out of ones leg ???
    it's for sure -- not in the best spot !!!
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2009
  13. Shadeslay

    Shadeslay Member

    Only two things I want for now.

    Disc brakes
    Sealed wheel hubs "or cartridge bearings"

    I want one as low maintenance as possible and those seem to be my major two issues right now. My caliper brakes I need to adjust way too much and having cheap "unsealed" wheel bearings the grease goes bad way to fast. My mtn. bike with no motor I had over 1k miles "over a year" and when I went to regrease the wheels, the grease was still in perfect condition. My cruiser I need to do every 3 months, because of all the dirt that gets in them. Kind of funny too, because the cruiser I ride just on the road, while my mtn. bike was only off road.

    I have been considering a 4 stroke, but I'm still undecided.
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2009
  14. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    oh well -- ride that thing

    yes -- I have been riding with Disc for a while now -- spoiled to say the least !!!

    interesting regarding your statement -- new grease in Mtn bike wheels
    the other day I dropped off rear wheel for spoke and true
    went ahead and asked the bike guy to through in new grease
    he said no reason -- when he opens these up -- most never need it ??

    oh well -- ride that thing
  15. give me vtec

    give me vtec Active Member

    I built my dream MB first, now that reality has set in I have ordered a GEBE kit w/the 35cc robin engine for an electra townie comfort bike. There are downsides to building an 80 cc cruiser like this one.


    Overly complex instalation
    No brakes, can fab mount for disk but it may or may not work
    bad riding position (although I have adjusted the seat post down a bit which helped, but not much)
    2 stroke mixed gas is a hastle
    less "user friendly" so i cant have my family ride it
    too many chains = danger + hasstle , I know I could cover them but just more hassle to fix a "malfunction"
    engine between crotch increases chance for burn (I alreay experienced this problem) , I know I could wear pants but then they will get caught in chain

    There are a few upsides...

    Dangerously fast at 45+ MPH (50+ with pedaling)
    Looks very cool
    Extremely fun to ride (on shorter trips)
    Lots of low end torque and top end gearing w/nuvinci

    The townie however rides amazingly comfortable and smooth, more suitable for long distance riding
    The one I am getting has front brakes w coaster hub (thank God!!)
    Robin/Subaru is a more reliable engine with an internal oiling system
    Runs on pump gas
    More user friendly, now my family can ride with me
    Easy instalation
    Belt drive, no chains running power through bottom braket = less wear on more delicate bicycle parts

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jun 28, 2009
  16. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Vtec, interesting observations, informative as well. Also interesting you going to a Robin/Gebe next.
    BTW, not sure I'd list the same, one of the upsides as 'dangerously fast', lol but I think I know what you mean.
  17. give me vtec

    give me vtec Active Member

    Dont get me wrong... I LOVE the red barron. But for a daily driver, I think the GEBE-townie will be best.
    It will be nice to have both....

    why is it interesting I am building a 35 cc GEBE???
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2009
  18. Shadeslay

    Shadeslay Member

    Ya if they are sealed well, the grease will hold for a very long time even at speed. Dirt seems to be the major enemy for grease going bad. It must be nice too be spoiled. :grin5:
  19. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Yep, understood Vtec. Your Felt cruiser is a sweet looking ride and I'm sure a labor of love.
    In the MB world there's a lot of creativity, board trackers, choppers, heritage retro work some of show quality.
    My interests are pretty much pragmatic, it could be said mundane, people movers alt. trans. daily users. It's a big tent, seems like you're moving toward the best of both with an open mind. Ride safe.
  20. give me vtec

    give me vtec Active Member

    Yeah, I got into this for alternative transportation too, as my daily driver right now is an 09 jeep wrangler... (not exactly a prius if you know what I mean). However with my first build (as typical with all my projects) I went overboard. Now I want to build something practical, and safe... even if it isnt that fast. This build is all about practicality.