motorized tour bike

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by Slackbiker, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. Slackbiker

    Slackbiker Member

    This are some photos of my motorized tour bike:
     

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  2. augidog

    augidog Banned

    hi slackbiker...i'd be interested in seeing some larger pics and hearing about your travels :cool2:
     
  3. Slackbiker

    Slackbiker Member

    Last edited: Oct 19, 2009
  4. Slackbiker

    Slackbiker Member

  5. augidog

    augidog Banned

    well, heck yeah, buddy!

    i myself am going to jump off in the spring for some serious touring, there's a thread about it in this traveling section, and see my site (in my signature) for more info & pics.

    i know it's all casual with no actual goals or plan, but how many miles is a good day for you? do you camp or use motels? i guess "camp"...

    stories, adventures, tips, etc?
     
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  6. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Here ya go. Staton friction drive, yes?

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  7. cpuaid

    cpuaid Member

    now that's what i'm talking about! man if i wasn't married with 2 kids i'd be riding along with u. no cross winds blew u over with all of that tall gear?
     
  8. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    Here's the other two pictures.

     

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    Last edited: Oct 20, 2009
  9. Slackbiker

    Slackbiker Member

    Thanx much for the posting info from loquin and Happy Valley (yes, friction drive, for easy maintenance and less weight on the road)
    Yes, exactly; "all casual with no actual goals or plans". I also use mass transit and can break down my rig and even load it on a bus bike rack. Zero miles is a real good day (lol), hanging at a hotspring or "cool" town. More seriously 40 miles is a real nice average, using the motor assist for zero miles on a fairly level/downhill tailwind day, to 25 miles on a mountain pass/headwind day. 95 miles is my max, even with a motor its a long day in the saddle. Almost always camp, almost always free camp, the motor really helps me zip out of town in the evening to sweet spots out of Santa Fe, Taos, Durango, Silver City (this year), or the above plus Boulder, Laramie, Lander, Ketchem, and numerous other places in Co, WY, Idaho, Nevada, and Cali (last year).

    Thanx for all the pictures in your signature. It is nice to see another tour bicyclist. So far in 2 summers (from early april to Mid-October) i haven't seen another motorized tour bike, though i've heard of a few. Many places people are stunned by my rig, have skidded their vehicles into the shoulder, have pulled over their tour buses, drawn small crowds (even in Boulder last year), and have been chased down the street. My rig has paid for itself in free beer, food and other kickdowns. Have you seen other motorized tour bikes?

    Cross-winds not a big deal, bike is fairly heavy overall, and the Tall Stuff was light (backpacker guitar, umbrella), and i ditched it eventually.
     
  10. augidog

    augidog Banned

    i haven't yet randomly encountered another MB-tourist on the road, but i know a couple guys thru MBc who have a few miles on the books...

    uncle_punk13 did a wyman-tribute: http://www.motoredbikes.com/showthread.php?t=4217

    and thescooterguy made a run for shriner's charity: http://www.motoredbikes.com/showthread.php?t=22193

    it's been very inspiring to meet & ride with these guys, as it is to have you come along & chime in...i do know, from packing/hitching the 70's/80's, that perks abound on the road, and the bike itself is such an ice-breaker, eh?

    if you haven't met the ultimate MB-tourist around here, look up bamabikeguy's posts, that guy's got miles! http://www.motoredbikes.com/showthread.php?t=3754
     
  11. toad772

    toad772 New Member

    lol thats alot of gear
     
  12. Slackbiker

    Slackbiker Member

    Yeah, i was goofing around a bit with the golf bag, but it worked O.K. Eventually ditched it.
     
  13. Slackbiker

    Slackbiker Member

    ...i do know, from packing/hitching the 70's/80's, that perks abound on the road, and the bike itself is such an ice-breaker, eh?


    I rode a non-motorized bike on tour in 2006 and 2007, and the motorized bike is a much bigger ice-breaker, almost by a factor of 10 it seems.

    thanx for the links to other motorized bikes.
     
  14. robin bird

    robin bird Member

    This year i definetly will do a big trip hopefully 1500 to 2000 miles up the interior of B.C. with a Staton chaindrive 4 cycle Subaru-Robin will use 2 front packs and a single wheel trailer--last year i tried with an unhappy times 2 cycle big mistake the chain wore thru the chain and engine mounts did too--abandoned trip and engine blew shortly therafter-here is a pic of the bike
     

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  15. Slackbiker

    Slackbiker Member

    That looks and sounds like a fun and do-able system for long-distance touring. I've considered a trailer, which would made packing easier. A single wheel trailer is the only way i would go, because of little or no shoulder in some areas, the long distances I travel on Forest Roads, and at least the possibility of putting a short single wheel trailer on mass-transit.
     
  16. Zev0

    Zev0 Member

    Robin, I was under the impression gas powered bikes in BC or maybe all of Canada are a huge nono. And you are planning a 2000 mile trip? Please explain, inquiring minds would like to know. :grin5:
     
  17. robin bird

    robin bird Member

    Not true --very little problem if any here in the interior-- i personaly have been pulled over and the guy was more interested as to what and how it was--he did ask for a drivers license which i had and may be the real key--my friend in Victoria says that the police there are hard on the crazy driver kids but not if they are driving responsibly.
     
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  18. Zev0

    Zev0 Member

    Ok, sorry, I thought I had read someplace on here that it was like a $5000 fine if caught riding a gas engined bike. Electrics only were the rule. But I must have been wrong.
     
  19. robin bird

    robin bird Member

    My friend in Victoria said some of the reckless drivers did get a $5000 fine but so far no problems up here that i know of.
     
  20. Zev0

    Zev0 Member

    That's good.
     
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