Motivation behind your MB

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Huntington, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. Huntington

    Huntington Member

    Motivation. What keeps us building MB's? I know my own selfish reason for building a MB. Like some I was stupid and lost my DL, needed a way to get to work and a MB was the answer. I know not all have such selfish reasons for building a MB, I wounder what the inspiration behind your first build is.

    Further... After that first build.. the frustration of fitting a motor to your bike, aligning your ill fitting sprocket, stripping the dam* china screws!!!!

    What is it that keeps us coming back for more? Why do we put our self's through such torture?

    I wounder so I ask you to explain...
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2010

  2. I noticed a motored bike parked at the library and stopped to examine it. The owner came out and I asked a lot of questions. I was hooked. Inexpensive to own and operate fun practical urban transportation, what more could one ask? There may also have been some return to childhood when I built several motorized things resembling scooters/soapbox cars/bikes. I have been a tinkerer all my life and these things looked like an adult version of tinker toys or erector sets. I had given up riding motorcycles after several somewhat serious accidents and MBs seemed like a way to recapture the freedom and fun of that experience with less risk from 100mph spills to my old bones.

    I did some research on the Internet and opted for an inexpensive but high quality friction drive kit from Staton and the Robin 35 engine. The installation was a snap and I have had few of the problems you describe. The engine has given zero reliability issues and the only problems have been with rear tire wear and rear wheel spoke breakage. That set up worked well, but wasn't particularly elegant from an engineering standpoint, so my next kit was a chain drive from Staton, again using the Robin, this time with a front suspension and front disc brake. More expensive, slightly more difficult to install, but rock solid quality and reliable as a stick. Now I've built a GEBE/Robin drive bike with full suspension and twin disc brakes. I'm still enjoying myself and having a ball.

    After I've worked out the last of the few bugs on the latest bike, a cargo trailer is on the wish list. Somewhere down the road, I'd like to build an electric bike with a gen-set in the trailer to charge the batteries, thus extending the range for longer trips.
  3. Adams77

    Adams77 New Member

    I am building them with my Son, using this as an opportunity to pass down a life skill. Plus we get to ride when we are done.
  4. give me vtec

    give me vtec Active Member

    dont know cant explain it... some irresistible driving force that I have felt since I was a kid, to understand and manipulate the internal combustion engine.

    I can tell you about my first mod... I had a 3.5 hp briggs and straton go kart in 5th grade. My dads buddy liked me, so he made me a straight pipe and we bolted it on on. Its been downhill from there...

    I guess my mb obsession started a few years ago when my wife bought me the red barron as a gift. She wanted to ride cruisers on the bike path so we went to pick them out together. I saw the RB and thought it would be cool with an engine. It sat for about 2 years with a broken rear hub sprocket until I saw a guy riding a motorized Schwinn... looked up the engine on ebay, bought it, found this site... and now I have like 5 mb's and a mini bike.

    I literally dont know what happened.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2010
  5. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Really? It's called boys and their toys, we just never got over childhood.
  6. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Long time cyclist upon entering geezerhood needed a little assist. :grin5:

    Actually, a few years back my then teenage son acquired a HT out of that Florida guy and I helped him set it up. I inherited it after he moved on in life, sold it soon after discovering Robin and Mits engines and kept experimenting.
    Car free by choice, MBing for me is definately alt. trans.
  7. donutguy

    donutguy New Member

    I'm a long time cyclist as well.....arthritis in both knees is why I decided to try out a motor. So far.....I absolutely love it.
  8. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    For me, they're cheap transport. I'm on a pension, (emphysema), and wanted to save money by not paying rego, car maintenance costs etc.
    Walked for a couple of years, but that's getting too hard now.
    My bikes were the perfect answer.
    (And they satisfy my 'big kid' instinct as well.)
  9. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    I'm regressing backwards. Age 16-30 streetrods. Age 30-40 Motorcycles. Age 40-45 mini choppers. Age 45-50 motoredbikes. Last 1 1/2 years... custom bicycles. I guess I just like things with wheels that move. :cool2:
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2010
  10. Neon

    Neon Member

    Probably because of the ohh and ahh factor, as there is not too many people driving them around here. I have seen two people with them in 2 years. but they are just fun to drive.
  11. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    Wife made me get rid of my two motorcycles when I married her. MB's good alternative for castrated husbands :)
  12. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    You must have an exceptional lady - I would have kept the bikes and got rid of the wife.
  13. Drunkskunk

    Drunkskunk Member

    I used to like working on cars.

    Then I got old.

    Now working on bikes is about all I have the energy and time for.
    Plus I can work on them in the kitchen, in the airconditioning :grin5:

    I think there's a gene all men have that makes us want to work on old rusty junk. Its an even more powerfull instinct if that rusty junk happens to be some form of transportation.
  14. retromike3

    retromike3 Member

    to get from here to

    I need to get from the suburbs to the city and although I live on a mass transit route(light rail) I don't get along with the folks on the train. one out fifty seems to not be self absorbed cel phoning, mp3 playing,up yours I am busy BOZO.

    If I ride there I "feel" so much better.

    I could be wrong its just my point of view.

    Mike Frye
  15. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    same as Skyliner

    I can relate
  16. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Second childhood.
  17. Gh0stRider

    Gh0stRider New Member

    C'mon guys, what's the motivation for anything? POONTANG!!11!!1

    Motorcycles and motorized bikes are great ice breakers, the rest is up to you.
  18. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    I needed to tinker with something simpler than a corvette (drove one 9 years).
    Unlike my pedal bicycles, I can ride when I'm sick.
  19. AussieSteve

    AussieSteve Active Member

    Nobody could explain, (or defend), that
  20. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Is a big Joke !!!!

    it's just a scam to get people to go to ohio and spend money, Who the heck would want to go to ohio anyway !!!!

    Lot's of great bands left out ,,,,, KISS, RUSH and many more....
    I wish some big time group that get's inducted would say no thanks !!!! YOU SUCK !!!!!!

    I mean come on 1/2 of the hall of famers aren't even rock !!!!!!!!