New To The Motor Bike Community Need A Little Advice on building PLEASE read!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by ryan09, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. ryan09

    ryan09 New Member

    Hey im new to this but have always been intrested in these motorized bicycles

    they look fairly easy to build but i have no experience in building these bikes so i just had a couple of questions because i am going to attempt to build one once i get some feedback and advice

    first question

    Are these bicycle motor kits easy to build i have no experience with building motors so i would just go by the instructions and common sense

    second question

    Ive been looking on ebay to buy a bicycle motor kit. Is there a better bike motor kit to buy than the others ones on ebay?

    do they come with all the parts? OR will i have to find extra parts on my own?

    third question

    Is there anything else i would need to know that would be helpful information for a new builder like myself?



  2. GearNut

    GearNut Active Member


    All of the Chinese in frame 2-strokes require a bit of customization to the mounts in order to fit a frame properly.

    The rack mounted engine kits, be it friction, belt, or chain drive tend to be the easiest to install.

    Stay as far away from ebay as you can when buying a kit.
    The importance of customer support cannot be overstated after the sale.
    What kind of support do you expect you will get from an ebay seller?
    (Hint: next to NONE!)

    Stick with the vendors whom advertise on this site. Most all have excellent customer reviews and have rightfully earned them with quality products and good customer support.
    Check out the vendor review section for more information on alot of them.
  3. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    I agree with Gearnut.
    If you have zero to little mechnaical skills , I would stay away from Chinese inside the frame kits. In MY opinion ; the rear mount friction drive is by far the simplest, easiest to install , & with a good Japanese motor, the MOST dependable form of powering a bike.
  4. Stan4d

    Stan4d New Member

    Since this is the "Introduce yourself" forum, it might help if you tell us more about you, then we can make suggestions that will be more helpful.
    What interests you aboput the bikes? (building something neww and different or riding or a combination of both?)
    Where are you from? (Helps answer any legal questions)
    It is hard to suggest anything to someone who I know nothing about.
  5. give me vtec

    give me vtec Active Member

    good lord stanford, dont nitpick the noob.

    ryan, welcome to the site.

    If you dont have any mechanical experience stay away from the chinese 2 stroke ready made kits (especially the ones on ebay).

    I have built just about every off-the shelf-kit you can buy except the rack mount staton erector set looking gearbox thing.

    Easiest to build and operate is the staton friction drive... get it with the r/s eho35 motor and 1.5 inch roller. Its 4 stroke so you dont have to mix the gas... basically allowing you to just pull up to a station and fill up. Only problem is that it eats tires and doesnt work wet (at all). So any puddles or rain and its pedal time.

    Second easiest to instal and by-far my favorite kit is the GEBE rack mount. Its belt driven by a kevlar belt so its the quitest, smoothest, most efficiant, and durable setup you can get. Also recommend the eho35 for this kit with the sprocket that comes with the kit. You can buy it pre-assembled so that it just bolts right on... should take less than 30 minutes and only requires a crescent wrench. This kit is durable and strong enough to pull a small trailer... highly recommend a solid rear axle and not a quick disconnect type for this application. 32 or 36 spoke wheels are required for this kit so make sure your wheel is applicable. Only drawback is the price.... but you will never have to tinker with it or buy another kit.

    scroll down to the bottom....

    Both kits are super well made... quality is similar and uniform for staton and GEBE. Both kits come with relatively small tanks that will only go about 30 miles... if you plan on any serious commuting or long trips I can show you how to mount an auxiliary tank on both setups.
  6. Biff Malibu

    Biff Malibu New Member

    From a fellow - not as new noob.

    1) Instructions? My kit didn't come with any.

    Most of the stuff is easy enough to put together. You'll need a socket set, allen wrenches, screwdrivers, soldering iron and shrink fittings (or butt connectors) and most likely a chain breaker tool.

    If you don't have a lot of mechanical experience, its going to be a good learning experience but I would not say its "easy". My experience was that it was more of a logic puzzle, than "mechanically difficult". Don't let that discourage you though.

    2) Probably better kits. I bought mine off ebay and it was missing a few minor things - A fiber washer and possibly a piece for my throttle. In theory they are supposed to come with everything you need.

    3) Take your time reading and installing things right. Don't expect to knock a kit out in a day.

    Another step is using this forum. A lot of these guys are very nice and helpful.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2011
  7. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Welcome aboard, man. We're glad you like the idea of a motorized bike. You're already one of us.

    If you are capable of keeping a pedal bike up and running, then you are capable of installing one of these engines. Though some are easier than others, this is the basic requirement.

    Stan4D was really only trying to nudge you in a direction that is a bit more appropriate for an intro post. Nothing wrong with that. He shouldn't be criticized. But you've done no real harm, either.

    As for your other questions, all you need to do is start reading these posts. Go into any section with an interesting subject and click on any threads with an interesting title. Before long you'll have your answers. You'll be feeling confident when you place your engine order.

    You can keep a bicycle in good working order, right? You'll need to learn other things, of course, but you've got what you need to get started.

    Have fun.