Stolen REWARD: Stolen: motored bike! Northern California

Discussion in 'Stolen Bicycles & Security' started by Artspoke, May 17, 2007.

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  1. Artspoke

    Artspoke Guest

    I'm devastated to report that my one-year-old Motorized bike has been stolen from my backyard. The bike itself has all the paint scratched off of it, and then some type of clear finish - it was that way when I got it. The cranks don't match each other (one is metal, the other plastic), it has a black metal wire bike rack, an electric turn signal, black plastic Planet Bike fenders, a generator kit with the standard front and rear lights, and a bicycle computer. There is a pair of blue rubber gloves and a 10mm wrench hanging from a string inside the seat tube.

    If you see this bike for sale, please contact me anytime.

    Meanwhile, the plans for the next one are heating up!!


  2. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    are you posting this on your local graigslist also?

    tomorrow you'll be able to upload a pic here if you have one.
  3. Artspoke

    Artspoke Guest

    I posted on craigslist the day it was stolen and got no reply. Also, I did some wide sesarching on craigslist, and found what I thought to be my bike for sale (it was a crappy cell phone picture or something). I met with the seller, and it was indeed not my bike. Sad as I was, I bought the old machine from him - it looked like it had seen at least a couple years just sitting someplace, outdoors? I had pedalled an analog bike down to meet him, and was faced with the challenge of walking between two bikes - does anyone know if there is some sort of simple towing bar that would allow a rider to tow an unused bicycle? It would be really handy for bringing a bike to meet someone coming in on the train for example.

    Anyway, I worked all night through last night so I could have a few hours today to experiment with my new purchase. The aluminum and just about all the exposed metal had oxidized pretty badly - cables stuck and one broken, tires... I couldn't believe they held enough air to make my walk home!

    Once I got the essentials free and functioning, I inspected the gaskets, and noticed the exhaust gasket had blown out on the bottom. I happened to have bought two gaskets from Kragen (the guy behind the parts counter let me go behind the counter and peruse the gaskets) the last time my old bike had blown its exhaust gasket. The ones from Kragen (part number at home - will post if I can find it) have a metal layer with a man-made cloth-like thin layer on the top and bottom. I think he said they were EGR gaskets for a Hyundai? Anyway, with only the slightest modifacation to the holes, and saturated with High Temp gasket seal, they last several months. So I put one in the 'new' bike.

    By the way, this bike says American in a cursive decal on the side - never heard of it, haven't done any researching - it's a heavy, clunky mountain bike with crappy mid-eighties(?) hardware, that was all rusty. Turns out I have a penchant for rubbing motored bikes down until they're spotless! What good luck for the old American.

    While cleaning, I noticed that both the front and rear motormount brackets were broken! Both of them! One side was intact, and loose on each of the brackets... I began to understand the abandonment.

    It's amazing what a rag, some hardware, and a can of WD-40 can do for an afternoon. After draining the newly polished stock black half gallon tank, I removed the spark plug, sprayed a good blast of WD-40 in the hole, pulled the choke all the way up, and started pushing the bike slowly to see if the piston was frozen - not the case, free as a bird! I pourd a couple of cups of gas in the tank - no fast leaks - and took her to the road. After pedalling slowly up and down the block with the choke on, I saw fuel in the original, dried out clear (yellow) line, so I dropped the choke to half mast, pedalled up to about 10 mph, and the instant I popped the cluth, it started.

    It threw the chain in the first block , and I saw that the tensioner had moved out of alignment. It looked as though this had happened to the previous owner at least a few times. I had tightened the tensioner brackets, and even added a second brand new M6 nut to each one, but it wasn't enough. The tensioner system is the weakest link I think. I pulled two links out of the chain, screwed the tensioner to the frame, and I just got back from a mile-long, pedal-free ride that I though I might not have so soon.

    I wonder what's happening to my bike right now. Maybe they've finally run the fresh half gallon of gas out of it, and they've refueled without mixing, or maybe even worse things...

    The picture of my old bike that I want to post is my desktop pattern - I'm looking at it right now. Only, I can't seem to find the file no matter how I search... might have to post tomorrow... along with pics of new bike!
  4. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    sorry for your loss. :x

    Here's my bike hauler:

  5. Artspoke

    Artspoke Guest

    I've been looking on craigslist for a trailer for a couple of months now - I think it's the wrong season to buy a trailer!

    I finally just snapped a screenshot of my desktop, and made a picture of the bike that was stolen. Here it is:


    The new bike is getting smoother and smoother! Other than a small leak in the gas tank, I think she's roadworthy! What a blast these little engines are - I'll always have one, well, at least one...
  6. Tom

    Tom Active Member

    Did you have your bike locked up? What a bunch of crooks!
  7. spunout

    spunout Member

    stolen bike

    :shock: :sad: that sux, man. we're all sorry. :sad: :sad:

    you said, "I wonder what's happening to my bike right now. Maybe they've finally run the fresh half gallon of gas out of it, and they've refueled without mixing, or maybe even worse things... "

    ive had non-motorized bikes ripped from me, and i cant help you find it. but maybe it'll help ease your concience if perhaps you just try to concentrate on its locale (looks like you off to a good start), and not stress over the "maybe's" and "what-if's". i know i'm not in your shoes right now, so that's an easy thing to say.

    good luck! keep us posted
  8. Artspoke

    Artspoke Guest

    I'm ashamed to admit that the bike was not locked up. It was in our back yard, beyond a gate, underneath the stairs. The funny thing is that there were two other non-motored bikes back there as well, and they weren't touched...

    Really, it's been a lot easier dealing with it now that I've got the replacement to ride/work on. As long as I can get a little greasy - it's been a good day.

    Thanks for the support!
  9. Mr. Headcrab

    Mr. Headcrab Guest

  10. Artspoke

    Artspoke Guest

    Thanks - but I think it's safe to say it's gone now. Well, the new machine is finally an improvement over the old one! I finally got all the kinks sorted out, and now she's purring like a kitten. I LOVE THESE LITTLE ENGINES!
  11. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    I am glad you didn't let getting ripped off get to you
    :D :D :D
    don't forget a lock for your new ride !!!
  12. Artspoke

    Artspoke Guest

    Bike lock of the future

    I'm back from a month-long trip to the UK - beautiful. The one thing I missed the most about America was my bike!! I'm happy to report it's still in my possession - I bought a new Kryptonite cable lock, and already someone has tried to cut through it in three places!!

    This seems to be a great place to ask: what is regarded as the "best" bike lock out there? I want something more than the usual cable or U'lock - maybe a complete theft-deterrant system.... anything outstanding available??

  13. turkeyssr

    turkeyssr Guest

    Lock it up

    Try looking at a motorcycle shop for some extra heavy duty locks. Kryptonite makes some called 'barb wire' and NY Chain. I have a barb wire loop that works with either a motorcycle specific ulock (smaller than a bicycle ulock) or a standard size ulock. Speaking of ulock is make by abus and I bought it in Germany. I have no idea if or how much it would cost to buy one here (USA). It's a great heavy duty extra long motorcycle specific lock.

  14. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Smith & Wesson makes a great complete theft deterrant system. Handy for hiking in bear territory too. A bit noisier than those car alarms when it goes off.
  15. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    i agree with s&w

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  16. I'd like a theft deterrent system that uses would be shocking.
  17. turbo/chaos

    turbo/chaos Guest

    hope you get the nazi punk that toke your bike man
  18. spunout

    spunout Member

    I'm using a LOG CHAIN! with a Solid-brand extra heavy-duty padlock. some punk-a**es already tried to bust the lock with something, cuz u can see where the impact dice for them, haha.
  19. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    And they call it civilization? Up here, I use a cheap padlock to lock my chain to a spoke. That's enough to keep my bike safe. And it's easy to carry when not in use. It helps keep all those cables neat.

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  20. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    I use a brinks motorcycle cable with a big a*s brinks padlock... hopefully it'll spare me the grief you've experienced.