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kenster

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May 10, 2008
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Hi, I'm new. I'm in So California and I don't have a motor driven bike yet.
I'm looking at different systems and have a couple questions. I hope no one minds if I ask here first.

Which system is the easiest to stop the motor and use as a normal bike? I'm almost sold on the belt drive but I'm concerned that removing the belt all the time will be a hassle.

The second concern I have is I need to keep my bike in my apartment. Has anyone done this and is the smell of gas a problem?

Third, I'm a little torn about registering the bike as a moped and then being subject to laws like brake lights, motorcycle helmet and not being permited in the bike lane. Also, even if I register by mail, I don't think they will let me take the test on a bike since it lacks certain required equipment. Anyone else in So Cal skip the registration and take their chances? Anyone know the fine for riding an unregistered motorbike.

Thanks
 


Zev0

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Jan 6, 2008
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Welcome to MBc. You will finds loads of info here that will help you. Glad you found us.
 

BoltsMissing

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Jan 31, 2008
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Welcome to MBc,

Can only answer the 2nd concern, I keep mine indoors and has not bothered me. It might bother some visitors so I just put the bike outside till they leave.
If ya smoke, common sense would be to have some ventilation and put a old towel over the fuel tank.
Another motoredbike owner I know carries their bike to an upstairs apartment.
Electric bikes are heavier to carry BTW.

All the Best

BoltsM
 
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dbigkahunna

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Another mid ager re-discovering youth!
Welcome to MBc from the Giant Side of Texas!
 

kenster

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Welcome to MBc,

Can only answer the 2nd concern, I keep mine indoors and has not bothered me. It might bother some visitors so I just put the bike outside till they leave.
If ya smoke, common sense would be to have some ventilation and put a old towel over the fuel tank.
Another motoredbike owner I know carries their bike to an upstairs apartment.
Electric bikes are heavier to carry BTW.

All the Best

BoltsM
Thank you, I also live upstairs but I don't think the extra 15 pounds will be a problem. Covering the motor & tank is good idea.
 

graucho

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Hi Kenster. Welcome to MBc!

If you search and are unable to find your answers, don't hesitate to post your question. Someone will steer you to a link, or reply to your question. Were here for each other! Enjoy! :D}
Here's a great crash course post "link" to get you started.
http://www.motoredbikes.com/showthread.php?t=10392
 

kenster

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May 10, 2008
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Hi Kenster. Welcome to MBc!

If you search and are unable to find your answers, don't hesitate to post your question. Someone will steer you to a link, or reply to your question. Were here for each other! Enjoy! :D}
Here's a great crash course post "link" to get you started.
http://www.motoredbikes.com/showthread.php?t=10392
Hi, thanks. I did read that before posting. I was unable to find the answers to my questions. There was good general info there though. I also found a good thread about Caliifornia registration but details about fines were not in it.
 

Eco Speeder

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May 11, 2008
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You might detect a wee smell coming thru the air cleaner but you can close the choke to eliminate that. Also for an engine cover a large cheap shower cap works well. Also good to have two on board (one for the seat and one for the engine) for when the bike might have to sit in the rain.


Michael
 

kenster

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May 10, 2008
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You might detect a wee smell coming thru the air cleaner but you can close the choke to eliminate that. Also for an engine cover a large cheap shower cap works well. Also good to have two on board (one for the seat and one for the engine) for when the bike might have to sit in the rain.


Michael
Thanks, that's a good tip about the air cleaner. I forgot the carb is normaly open. Closing the choke and puting a plastic bag over it, as long as it's not hot should do the trick. I don't think breathing gas fumes is too heathy so if I smell anything I have balcony I can use. It's just difficult to get to a couple months out of the year when my AC is in.
 
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