Motorized Biking

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by istbenz, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. istbenz

    istbenz Guest

    does anyone know how widespread motorizing bicycles is? Nobody i've talked to around here (jaxson, ms) has any clue about it. i can't really find too much on the internet either. i am really excited about the potential and i'd like to get to know other enthusiasts. if i'm lucky, this bike won't get ripped off like the rest of my stuff and i'll be able to enjoy it.

  2. Tom

    Tom Active Member

    Totally unpopular. I don't understand why, people are just lame. Everywhere I ride, people stare at me, no matter what. I saw one other kid with a motorized bike in my home town, and one of my buddies here at school made one too. Sometimes I opt to ride my motorcycle as I don't feel like being a clown.
  3. i dont understand why they arent more popular either it seems like theyed be everywhere with the fuel efficeny and the cost of the kits and nearly everyone has a bike to outfit it to

    maybe in a few years we can expect to see more of them
  4. Tom

    Tom Active Member

    My theory is that people are lazy. I hear lots of people say "oh thats cool, i want to make one" but they never get around to actually doing it. Having a motorized bike is great here in California, because you don't have to pay any taxes or insurance on it, and you can park it almost anywhere.
  5. Cookie

    Cookie Guest

    Motor /bike :)

    I do not live that far from you (Baton Rouge) I have been making bikes for over a yr and a half now unfortunately the one's I sell go to the out lying areas.
    Most love the bike ( I ride mine back and forth to work everyday and take it shopping) I am always getting a thumbs up or a honk and a wave . Once in awhile you run into those with rectal cranial inversion but not often....even to cops around here love the bike and the motor cops will cruse with me and that is a hoot. If some one stole my bike all the cops around here would know who the bike belongs to as it has a chopper tank (2.5gal) a school boy rack and 2 baskets (the school boy rack is to stop skunk tail as the fender fell off around 200 mile mark) it is all in how you handle yourself. I love my bike I love riding it and the next poker rally they have around here I am going to get about 4 of us together to go on it (as long as the interstate is not on the run) maybe if you can make it down here we can make it 5:).
    If you want a great site is cool and we are all crazy about these bikes and some of the guys are geniuses when it comes to these rice burners
    motokruisers ........

    "Quemadmoeum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est."
    ("A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands.") -
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca "the Younger" (ca. 4 BC-65 AD).
  6. Cookie

    Cookie Guest

    we are every where :lol:

    I forgot to tell you we are all over the country and in Europe they race these things some of the guys on th other site are frome Estonia and they are cool to talk to .

  7. JimmyPage

    JimmyPage Guest

    Those are some sweet kruisers!
  8. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    We are using digital cameras for racing here in N. Alabama

    I sold 3 bikes to some drag racers, they take the bikes on the trailers all over the region, use them in the pits to do chores, like go get food and parts in town.

    We now have a few bikes in this rural county, and we figured all's we needed was to introduce "gambling" and we could make it a sport worthy of NBC coverage.

    We started by agreeing on 4-5 checkpoints, about 80-90 miles total, with a 2 week window of opportunity, "honor system" for times, $5 a head, winner takes all. Well, these guys knew a lot more shortcuts than me, and my $20 vanished in the air.

    So we changed the format.

    We call it "digital challenge".

    Mt. Cheaha is the highest point in Alabama. Whoever makes the challenge first takes a time/stamped pic at the "starting point", usually a "Welcome to:" sign. Then when reaching the peak, take a second pic, time/stamped "finish".

    In Mississippi you could do a Natchez Trace challenge, pick a town convenient to everyone, take a pic (start) and race 100 miles, take a second pick (finish). That gives everybody a target to shoot for.

    My problem is I stop and talk to gawkers, in just about every town I pass through, at gas stations and cafes. As a rule, I avoid fast food joint, mom and pop places are where you get the most attention, possibility of convincing a local to join the MB movement.

    That is how I think we can sell the concept, I am disgusted by 70 percent dependence on foreign oil, and pretty well tell the owners of SUV's with patriotic yellow ribbons magnetically attached that "you are the problem, wasting 2 gallons of gas to go get a durn newspaper/coke and moonpie".

    Anyway, what I was getting at was "gambling is the key". It doesn't have to be money per se, but loser buys lunch is pretty handy.
  9. TWalker

    TWalker Guest

    I live in a mountain tourist town and ride mine around and people just stop in their tracks to see my bikes. In fact I get more attention than a West Coast Chopper when we have motorcycle rallys.

    I rode in a parade a couple weeks ago and was on the front page of the newspaper. I think it really bugs some guys that they put so much money into their bikes but no one pays attention to them when my stretch crusier motor bike is around. They guy behind me in the parade was trying to pass and get in front of me cause he couldn't stand that everyone was checkin out my little chopper.

    Tons of people want one I can't understand why more people don't get one. Laziness I guess, it can't be the money factor.
  10. Tom

    Tom Active Member

    I would say laziness, but also i think some people are intimidated about the installation.

  11. Cookie

    Cookie Guest

    traffic and bikes

    Some of the ladies that I have talked to about riding the moto bikes want to ride them but are afraid of traffic it is ashame. They think I am brave for riding mine but I think once they could get on one and get use to it they would love it.


    "Quemadmoeum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est."
    ("A sword is never a killer, it's a tool in the killer's hands.") -
    Lucius Annaeus Seneca "the Younger" (ca. 4 BC-65 AD).
  12. try1897

    try1897 Guest

    popularity of motorbikes

    I was thinking about it and i think that around here anyway it could be a cash flow problem. I mean alot of people ask me about my bike and I can see they want one but I live in Martinsburg West Virginia. I don't mean to say its a (hick) town but there are alot of blue collar workers here and if you consider that 500 or 600 dollars will buy a desent car around here well there you go. Most live paycheck to paycheck in a factory setting and 600 is alot of money. I do plan on building some bikes for sale however because there is no body selling them around here and there is a market however small. Tom in W.V. P.S. The only bike shop in town closed last yearas the guy retired. Now its Wal-Mart or go out of town 35 miles .........
  13. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Building bikes in a rural setting has a big advantage, a newbie can take a test ride on vacant backroads, and a week later when they pick it up, together we can ride around and make adjustments, me carrying my handy toolbag, raising/lowering/loosening/tightening.

    Don't be afraid to waltz right into any small town newspaper and announce "Ask me about my mileage!!!" This forum will make it a lot easier for reporters to get a very full picture of the breadth and scope.
  14. Cookie

    Cookie Guest


    paycheck to paycheck in a factory setting and 600

    Try::: get one of the bikes up and running and running good with good breaks and a cart. then take the bike and yourself down to the factorys resorce purchasing agent and show him the bike let him ride it then tell him you can put the motors on as meny of the factory bikes they want for XYZ amount the managers can run the plant at 1/2 the cost and 1/2 the energy output + the carts can be used to transport up to 150 pounds of supplies. get the bikes in the factorys then the public will follow .

  15. scottca

    scottca Guest

    Good old Southern California and the reasons they aren't popular.

    1. It is hard to put on make-up and drive a moto bike.
    2. It is hard to talk on a cell phone and drive a moto bike.
    3. "Spinners" just don't have the same appeal on 26" mountain bike.
    4. The magnito doesn't produce enough power to have a bumpin' sound system.
    5. It's harder to cut people off because they aren't driving as fast as you.
    6. You can't buy a lift kit for a moto bike.
    7. It is hard to appear shallow and apathetic on something that gets +100mpg.
    8. It isn't what everyone else is doing.
  16. nobody I've noticed yet in Boston but people point and I can see them mouthing the word 'COOL' from a distance. some little kids laughed at me yesterday, but that's becuase I was pushing it instead of riding it, a side note - it decided to start working two minutes later...
  17. TWalker

    TWalker Guest

    bumping a really old thread but speaking of Boston....

    Thats my old bike stomping grounds and I dreamt about going back and riding my motorized bike down the Charles and up to Cambridge. Boston is as pure a town as any for not driving but biking.

    There was a very cool bike shop close to Harvard Square where you rent bike stands and tools by the hour, thats where I got my start bicycling.

    Hope to go back some fine day for a visit.

  18. cwucat42

    cwucat42 Guest

    I kind of liken it to unicycle riders. Unicycles are cool, but not everybody understands that.
    You must just have a little thicker skin (Or a few less brain cells) than the general public. I prefer to believe the former. To me it's just one of those unexplainable things. In fact-if you have to explain it to somebody, then they won't ever get it.
  19. stude13

    stude13 Active Member

    my remedy is call local tv news department a suggest our thing as an alternative to the standard--it will be on the market in 10yrs and expected to cost around $40,000.00. i have yet to be called back, but maybe after 10 more phone calls and e-mails they will.
  20. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    People around here seem to think they're cool but I think most are too lazy to actually put any effort into making something for themselves. We have so many people who would rather shell out a couple bucks for a coffee at nasty dunkin donuts rather than make their own for ten cents so I don't expect to see many on the roads very soon. Maybe when all the snobs around here are unemployed due to the fact that their jobs have no real purpose (lots of fidelity and citi offices) then they'll have the time to build one and a reason to. Until then I can continue laughing at these people who seem to enjoy racing their massive pieces of sh t to the next red light. This place needs the coming depression, people have to be put in their places. snobs.