Who's got the most expensive MB?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by shawnshank, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    I was just updating my post that lists all the things I bought for my MB project and was amazed at how much money can be spent on what I thought would be a simple project. It got me wondering....who's got the most expensive MB and what drove up the cost? For me it's been the accessories. Everytime I turn around there is some cool gadget or gizmo to buy for my MB project.
    How much do you have invested in your project?
    Feel free to post pictures to support your reply.

    Mine will be approximately $1,300 when all is said and done.

  2. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    sure would not be Mountainman and proud of it

    bicycle motor and all only cost me around 750 dollars
    for what I believe to be a sound set up -- not a bad price
    as we have seen around here (on site) in many cases you truly do get what you pay for.

    I don't know where the link is
    think that HoughMade posted it somewhere
    the brand new motor bike (THE KIND) being built today for around 10 - 12 thousand each
    now that's the most expensive, beautiful motor bike THING I have seen
    I am sure that someone will dig up that site -- picture

    back when I was a very small little mountain boy
    any little motor of any kind that would push or pull me along on anyTHING was GREAT.....

    it's not about the money as we ride those motor bike THINGS
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2009
  3. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    Who cares, its not about how much you spend but how much fun you have. I'm sure if one a vendor rebranded a HT engine with a Mercedes benz logo and charged 3x for it, folks would buy it just to show off how much they spent.
  4. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    I don't even want to think about that...I'm afraid I might win.
  5. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    I like the way you think!!! :D

    shhhhh... don't give 'em any ideas....:rolleyes7: :devilish:

    In all fairness, what's the least spent, on a functioning motored bike?
    (I may have a winner) :whistling:
    Maybe that's a whole 'nother thread.....?

    sorry for high-jacking.

    I have about a "Grand" in my BikeE powered with a Staton/Mitsu/Friction-drive.
  6. Youngbird

    Youngbird Member

    I started with a junker....needed to be stripped and refitted with basic parts....then the fancy accessories....now the motor kit....its getting costly to say the least, but its a hobby....fun. So what price can you put on fun and relaxation. If $$$$ were the only factor, well, get a wallyworld cruiser and stick a $125. motor on it and bobs your uncle. You are done. But where is the hobby in that. I will eventually have a working MB....but it will evolve over time and be an ongoing proposition. Thats just me though.
  7. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest


    I have twin Mitsubishi engines on "The Iron Dragon", so double the cost of normal.

    I just created "The Dragon Lady", a SECOND twin-engined monster so another double-cost.

    I swear the THIRD twin-engined monster "The Two-Headed Dragon" will be on the cheap. Almost-new bike, two pocket bike engines and make-shift gravity clutches. DIY engine drives, because that's where I spend most of my $$ on.
  8. terrence

    terrence Member

    These sound so cool. I appreciate anything DIY since im only stumble around DIY guy want to be. But I get plenty of help when I ask for it.

    So far It sounds like you take the prize. :sunny:Sunny Hawaii, you stink, J/K
  9. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Where's The Storm?

    Yesterday there was a storm alert and ALL Hawaii government workers got to stay home on administrative leave...

    WITH PAY! Not vacation pay, not sick-leave pay but FREE pay!

    For 32 years I worked IN the storm with the Phone company. Now, as a government worker I type and file papers INSIDE a 5-story air-conditioned building and they tell me to stay home because of a storm they predicted would come. I forgot a phone number on my desk, so I call the office and the secretary and clerk answered. They volunteered to work yesterday. I asked the boss if he wanted me to come in(all the while praying "Please let me stay home!")

    Boss said to stay home WITH PAY!

    So I got to work on my bike, buy a raincoat, do some chores...

    It rained some, a little wind...

    but the storm never came!!!!!!:cool:

    And right now it's 730am, 64 degrees and a BEAU-TI-FUL!!! day in Hawaii.

    Normally, it'd be about 74 degrees right now. It's cool but I like it. It was cold last night because I only used one blanket.

    I think I'll take a ride on my bicycle right now.:cool:

    I'll be marching in The Martin Luther King parade on Monday. Watch for me. I'll be the guy with the ukulele, tee shirt, shorts and the Vietnam Veteran cap. :)
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  10. This vendor already has.. 48cc HT branded engine $559.00......

  11. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    that would be a good thread to start

    hey srdavo -- that would be a good thread to start
    I have seen some super cool home school back yard made motor bikes
    money spent was next to nothing
    they remind me of my grandfather
    that guy could rebuild and repair and build most THINGS for next to noTHING

    as we ride those motor bike THINGS
  12. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

  13. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Yeah agreed, a least expensive MB thread would have more snap.

    There's no limit. I know roadie bicyclists that put $5K into custom carbon.
    As well I've known mountain bikers to pay up to $7K for a bike by the time it was finished. These are bicycles I'm talking, though these both these cases were people who race.

    I told myself when I got into MBs it's gotta be on the inexpensive side, I didn't need another expensive hobby. I still feel that way.

    Meanwhile, I saw a really clean '93 Honda 650 CRB with under 10K miles the other day that I know could be had for under a grand.
  14. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    hey Dave -- what fun that was over there on that thread
    nice shop and good friends and many bikes and motor things

    I got to daydreamming over there
    you guys will put just about any kind of engine on most anyTHING

    thinking that you guys have built many MB's under a hundred dollars
    that is someTHING to be proud about

    please don't get me wrong -- not to bash this thread
    where is the picture of that over 10 thousand dollar motor bike ?

    ride all kinds of THINGS
  15. beachcruiser

    beachcruiser Member

    That would be cruel if someone ordered the motor , not knowing
    the motormounts only come with the complete bicyle setup. I guess
    thats why they are refered to as craftsmen...lol
  16. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    Obviously it's about having fun. I know it's not a competiton to see who can build the most expensive MB. I was just curious if other people get the bug like I did and start spending like crazy.
  17. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    Do you have a link to look at "The Kind"? I tried googling it but nothing came up. I'd be curious to see what they look like.

  18. alex

    alex Guest

    I bought my kit for 180$ on ebay, and my bike for 8$ at goodwill. For 188 dollars, it has made it 4,000+ miles on the same bike, the only thing that has changed was a back wheel add 10$ for that. My grand total is 198 dollars.
    Simplicity is key! More fancy things on a fancy bike, more things to go wrong.
  19. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    I built a trailer, because at the time it was cheaper than putting a kit on a bike, and had more HP for the money.

    Least expensive is a hard one, especially with the rapidly changing motorized bike market. Now you can get a complete bike engine kit for what it costs just for my engine alone.

    I built my trailer for ~$350 to start, and about $450 total invested in upgrades over time. Only $350 got me riding to start with an old bicycle, but as the bike & trailer broke & wore out, I had to spend more to keep riding reliably.

    Spent 130.00 for new bicycle, and upgrades, plus $120 in wheel upgrade.
    $100 invested in electrical system.

    $450 trailer
    $250 bicycle
    $100 electrics
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2009
  20. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member


    Gotta start looking to goodwill and pawn shops for cheap bikes and parts! A $10 wheel!!! Wow!