a motorized bicycle? but why?

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  1. lotsa_mpg

    lotsa_mpg Guest

    I've been thinking for the last couple weeks what it was that got me hooked on these motorized bicycles.....and I guess for me it's a combination of things: cheap way to get around on short trips, the thing makes me feel like a kid again, my own way of making a statement to the fuel companies that I'm not gonna take it anymore, and I guess maybe some kinda inner need to be different.

    But I'm sure there's tons of reasons other people have for building a motorized bicycle. For many, I'm sure it's likely their first real means of motorized transportation.....and I can only begin to imagine the many other philosophies behind getting on board. So, I'm asking....what was your reason(s)?


  2. SlicerDicer

    SlicerDicer Guest

    In no particular order

    1) Insurance sucks they are worse than the Mafia as its required by law.

    2) Gas Mileage is awesome allows me to spend far far less. Driving to the store sucks about 150 miles worth of gas in the car so I have to consolidate trips with the bike I do not have to.

    3) Plates and taxes

    4) Its fun

    5) It allows me to ride a motorcycle type device without owning the real deal.

    6) People always ask me about it and think its the coolest thing.
  3. JosephGarcia

    JosephGarcia Guest

    I used a bicycle for years as my only transportation, and even further considering I found out that I get cluastraphobie in the drivers seat of a car. I love motorcycles, rode a couple of friends and relatives. Yet to buy my own, as I'm only 19, haha (bet you guys didn't know that!) I found a picture of a bicycle with a motor on the frame and started looking around, first site I came across was Kingsmotorbikes, and seeing as I coudn't afford one then, I waited until a used one showed up on craigslist, Met the guy, he showed me everything about the engines and he took care of it, still running great to this day.

    I guess I like it becuase it's a step into the motorcycle world, it's pretty under the radar by the law (except for my recent mishap) and a gallon of gas lasts me 2 weeks. And I secretly like the praise from random people on the street and motorcyclists. They love my bike and are amazed when I keep up with them on the streets.

    And it really is just the childhood dream, ya know, wishing your bicycle was a motorcycle, it really combines both those worlds, it's pretty great.
  4. Chopper

    Chopper Guest

    Mine was primarily built to get me to work and back because I can't obtain a licence to drive, and it gives me the freedom to go where I want when I want and not have to rely on others to ferry me about.
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    In no particular order-

    1. I swore I'd never own a "CCS" (cheap Chinese scooter), this allowed me the joys of "adjusting" something made in China without throwing away 999.99 plus 299 shipping.

    2. Love to mess with things that go popitty pop and chug chug chug, not to mention the smell is awesome!

    3. Furthers the thinking in my area that I am "just a little bit different".

    4. Love to say "In yer' face" to the big oil companies.

    5. Inexpensive to operate.

    6. Quasi legality of operation is right up my alley.

    7. Infinite "customization" possiblities at very low cost.

    8. It was something new to "wrap my head around".

    9. Saw this site and liked it here.

    10. More fun than two of almost anything else in this price range.
  6. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    Because I've toured by m/c and car but always felt limited once at my destination. The motored bike will travel by itself or on a trunk bike rack for use upon arrivel. Mine must be pedal worthy for where I want to go, running the engine may not be an option at times.
    I should have built one years ago and can hardly wait for the big brown truck to get here. :cool:
  7. When I am riding mine I leave all the stresses of life behind and just enjoy the freedom (sounds lame but its true!).

    I like not having to pay registration and insurance as I do with my Honda scooter. My motoredbike will pay for itself in less than 2 years due to not having to pay it!

    I will save a heap of $$$ by not upgrading my motocross bike as (for the moment) I am far more interested in spending far less $$ on these toys that in the end bring a similar result.

    Unlike motocross bikes these bikes require some custom engineering skills and that makes it more fun. With the Yamaha I buy the part, I fit the part and it's done....boring!

    In my area they have a bike track they call the Veloway and you can go from start to finish with no traffic worries....nice. I have only done small sections of it but plan to organise an official aussie ride some time soon.
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  8. SlicerDicer

    SlicerDicer Guest

    Forgot to mention.

    At present rate of riding.

    700 miles a month is not impossible for me. That means...

    Car 25 Gallons. 90$
    Bike 3.88 Gallons. = 14$

    HUGE difference I say. And thats assuming my V8 is at max mpg.
  9. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    Every since I was a kid I wanted to somehow motorize my bike. I was on my usual 10 mile trek on my stingray to go see my girlfriend and a guy passed me on a full blown Cushman eagle. All I could think was, WOW.
    I had a gocart frame and a 1-1/2 HP engine that I got running but no type of clutch. I did the real hillbilly clutch. I mounted the motor on a 3/4 inch hunk of plywood and put a couple of door hinges on the edge. I wired the wood hinges to the frame and screwed a lift arm onto the side of the plywood. I would lock down the lift arm, start that giant 1.5 HP, jump inside and let that arm down until it just barely pulled the pully belt tight then baby the tension up and down until finaly, I could let the board or (clutch) down all the way and man o man I would be flying at 6 MPH with a 100 MPH grin.
    Anyway, that is when I started on the bikes. I had an original Wizzer later with a blown jug,crank etc. All the sudden I'm 50 years old and have had umpteen motorcyles, cars etc, but the kid came back out when I seen the ads on Ebay and yup, hooked again!!!!
    sorry abouth the long story! Carried away! :smile:
  10. lotsa_mpg

    lotsa_mpg Guest

    Wow....some truly interesting responses, each and every one of them. And most of them also apply to me as well. Thanks for all the replies and by all means, keep them coming.

  11. FatPete

    FatPete Guest

    Well when my homemade electic bikes batteries went flat I had to pedal a bike which weighed 72 lbs more than the original bike home (2x 1hp hub motors + 3x 24 amp/hr batts). I now have 3 times the range and even if I run out of fuel I pedal to the nearest gas station (Blighty is only small) and put my hand in my pocket for some loose change. Nuff said.
  12. I got mine because I knew I could beat the bus to work by a half an hour by flying by stopped traffic and walking through lights. That worked great rain or shine for a couple of months and it paid for half of itself in that time by saving me the bus fare.

    I got laid off in February and I now ride to work with my wife in her car.

    I only ride the sucker now for fun.
  13. Chopper

    Chopper Guest

    yeah, that's another thing, takes me 20 minutes by bike to get to work, when it takes me just over an hour by bus and train..... and I'm less likely to be blown up by terrorists on the bike! :D
  14. DougC

    DougC Guest

    Mine isn't actually built yet--but I wanted mine as a second means of transportation, if my car is unavailable and I need to get somewhere looking not-sweaty.

    I could have bought a motorcycle, moped or scooter of course, but I can easily fit the motorized-bike into my SUV, adding to its flexibility. And the motor-bicycle has no attached costs, where either of those other three choices would have registration and insurance to pay for; I considered them but doubt I'd use even a 50-cc scooter enough to recover the monthly costs of simple ownership.

    The "second vehicle" advantage is especially a matter of concern as I plan to move to a part of the US where I have no relatives nearby.
    The motor-bicycle is something unique, not as a direct substitute for anything else I have. I have regular bicycles I ride a lot now, and the point was not to stop riding them at all. I use them to get most places nearby now, need the exercise anyway and have no problems with it--but if my car was unavailable and pedaling a bicycle wasn't attractive, I'd like to have another way to get around.
  15. JE

    JE Guest

    I've always had some kind of hobbie car or bike in my garage.Right now i've got 20 vintage bikes in my garage and wanted a Whizzer to ad to the collection but couldent afford one so I built my board track inspired bike.
  16. Bill Snow

    Bill Snow Guest

    Most everywhere I landed my airplane I would have to depend on others to get around, rent a car,or hire a taxi. 1980 I bought a Bumble Bee motorized bicycle and put it in the back of my plane. I had more fun riding that thing that I also bought one for my son to ride also. Those were great times.

    Have had several over the years as a part time hobby and sport.
  17. lotsa_mpg

    lotsa_mpg Guest

    Yeah, I know what you mean about getting around in traffic. Today, I was testing out my bros new bike and encountered a bit of an obstacle on the road. I was easily able to take to the ditch and get around it, while the numerous cars, trucks, and even a Gold Wing behind me had to wait it out.

  18. SlicerDicer

    SlicerDicer Guest

    nice speedo where you get it?
  19. lotsa_mpg

    lotsa_mpg Guest

    I bought it on ebay over a year ago and I can't remember the sellers nic. He had a fair bit of the same style speedos on ebay at the time and I think I snagged this one for around 30 bucks. I don't really care for it much because the case is black plastic and looks out of place on a cruiser.....but it would look pretty sweet on the right bike. I donated it to my bros bike being it was his birthday yesterday.
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    Ed Johnson New Member

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