Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by hjjfffaa, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. hjjfffaa

    hjjfffaa New Member

    Hi, I'm Eric from New Jersey and I'm looking to convert my Jamis Ranger SX. I'd like it to be powered by a gasoline engine. Would it be possible to do this for ~200 dollars? I'm not looking to go super fast at the moment.

    The bike:

  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Welcome aboard.

    Yes, it's completely do-able in that price range. Those are 24" wheels, aren't they? Your frame might not be big enough to fit the engine. That would be a pity, because that looks like a good bike for the job.

    Measure from the crank to the top tube. You'll want about 15" for the typical 2-stroke engine to fit.

    Good luck.
  3. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member


    You have a big advantage being from Jersey, in that your Craigslist entries for reasonably priced used bikes to motorize are probably triply-gooder, compared to us hicks in the sticks.

    And once you "get that grin" every newbie seeks, you might sell that Ranger to one of your friends....
  4. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Good choice. Welcome to the forum.
  5. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    Welcome aboard. I'd do some quick looking arround for measurment specs but some motors vary slightly (factory to factory) in size. Your best bet is to go with a 26" frame without a rear suspension for your first build. That should work tho.
  6. hjjfffaa

    hjjfffaa New Member

    The frame is 15.5" according to the manufacturer from the crank to the top tube. The wheels are 26" inches though. Now, what can I do about a drivetrain? I would like to be able to switch between pedaling and motorized easily.
  7. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    your frame looks to be too small to fit an inframe chinese 2 stroke kit and they do not pedal easily with the clutch pulled in
    the kits that pedal easily cost quite a bit more than $200

    at 14 you are under age to use a motorized bike on the public streets not that i give a **** :grin5: but your local cops and parents may
  8. hjjfffaa

    hjjfffaa New Member

    What, really? That's lame.