Newbie from NC

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by lgboro, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. lgboro

    lgboro New Member

    Just purchased a 1 person Rhodes Car and intend to motorize as soon as funds allow. Used unit I found on Craigs List that so far seems to be in decent mechanical condition. This will be my first bike build I have built a couple of Teardrop campers in the last few years. I have some skills that should transfer to bike building and have been very willing to develop the knowledge and skills to complete past projects as needed. I'm sure I'll have some questions as I get into my future build and hope I will be a positive addition to MB forums.
     

  2. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    Glad to have you with us. There's 3 building philosophies:

    1) Spend the money for a quality kit from the start. $600+

    2) Buy a cheap kit then spend the money to upgrade and rebuild it.

    3) Buy a cheap kit ride it till it blows then replace it with another cheap kit.
     
  3. lgboro

    lgboro New Member

    I am looking at a Honda 4 stroke as soon as I raise the capital. On my camper builds I used the best materials I could find or at the very least the best I could afford. I have been known to fabricate or salvage which sometimes makes a better part or one that fits my needs better. Can't wait to get into the actual build.
     
  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Welcome aboard.

    Being willing to tinker is a must in this hobby. And it sounds like you've already got that.

    You ought to do all right.
     
  5. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    I'm down right now due to double lower hernia surgery. I should be able to ride again after the first of the year. I'm going to be upgrading my engine size on my LandRider. I got a Honda GXH 50 off eBay. That's the only way I could afford one. I'll be putting my Robin Subaru EHO 35 on a Columbia mountain bike. It'll use a shift kit also but unlike the LandRider won't shift gears automatically. I'm making a second bike so friends and family can ride with me. I'll be using Staton Inc products for my second bike as well.

    There's lots of really good non-kit builders on here who can give you some really good advice. As for the engine like I said try eBay or Craigslist. About the cheapest place for a new engine is the Small Engine Warehouse.

    http://www.smallenginewarehouse.com/?gclid=CID07v7mgrsCFSEV7AodvmkArw
     
  6. IbedaYank

    IbedaYank Member

    cheack you local and state laws as to what they define a motorized bicycle as... some are only 2 or 3 wheels soon as you add the fourth it becomes a car
     
  7. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    Yes NC even has inspections on 4 or more wheel vehicles. You'd have to build according to NC moped requirements in order to be legal. A motorized quad can only be used on private property. The closest thing you could come to a quad for the public streets is a tadpole trike.
     
  8. IbedaYank

    IbedaYank Member


    again you put your foot in your mouth... there are MANY delta recumbent trikes and and MANY trikes that have a regular upright seats that meet the legal 3 wheel clause!!!'
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    here is some more... for a guy that bought a stanton KIT you really are not really up tp speed on what he sells are you??

    http://www.staton-inc.com/store/cat...e_Quad_Gear_Chain_Enigne_Motor_Kits-28-2.html
     
  9. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    First of all I didn't put my foot in my mouth. North Carolina says a moped can have two or three wheels in contact with the ground. What I ment was if the OP wanted two wheels up front then he'd need a tadpole trike in order to be street legal.

    I'm very familiar with what Staton sells. What I don't understand is why are you so dead set on trying to make others look bad? Take some anger management classes or something. If someone has given out bad information either PM them or at least in a nice way tell them why you believe they're wrong.
     
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  10. IbedaYank

    IbedaYank Member

    cant even read what you posted??... a TADPOLE has 2 wheels in the front and ONE in the rear


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  11. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    Here is what NC defines as a moped.


    “Moped” means (GS 105-164.3) a vehicle that has two or three wheels no external shifting device, and a motor that does not exceed 50 cubic centimeters piston displacement and cannot propel the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on a level surface.

    Try reading then thinking about what was said before you let the anger take over. Coming on here insulting others is only making this forum look bad.
     
  12. IbedaYank

    IbedaYank Member

    well I know what a delta trike is and what a TADPOLE trike is you have proven you DO NOT.
     
  13. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    A delta trike has two wheels in the rear; a tadpole trike has two wheels in the front. Get some help you're so angry you don't even recognise when somebody was backing you up on what your were saying. Go back to the beginning. Read again with a calm and open mind maybe then you'll understand.

    Like I said there's seems to be a lot of degrading trash talking happening on this forum. It's my hope in time this changes.
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2013
  14. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure what Rhodes Car you have but could it be converted to a tadpole trike? This way you wouldn't have to change any of the steering up front. I looked up the Rhodes Cars and many models look like they could be converted. Then with a 49 cc engine and an automatic transmission system you'd be street legal in NC.
     
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