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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by SJC, Sep 20, 2007.

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  1. SJC

    SJC Guest

    In my enthusiasm, I didn't read everything before posting to another area. I work for a local police department as a 911 operator and dispatcher. I had a call from a cat who wanted to know what the locals would think about him riding. I had no idea what he was talking about, so explained a short bit to me. Where have I been, that this idea has escaped me? I live 8 miles from work, and the first mile of is rather dangerous to pedal, but after that, it's a straight across the city into the next one. I used to ride it everyday until a scary experience with the side of a Ford F550. There's quite a bit that I don't know, how to get these disparate parts to work together, and questions I have. Looks as though I've got some reading...

  2. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member


    I don't get in the intros much, but noticed we are getting quite a few folks either with police departments or lawyers....it's good to have members involved who will KNOW what this is about...

    Just have to avoid the mess legislators in Canada made, because of those kids on pocket rockets...

    I saw a Missouri story about the confusion a guy was having, (your opening sentence), can't find it this early a.m., so I'll just paste one from Oakland, Michigan.

    Look forward to YOUR input SJC !!!

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  3. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    we already sed howdy...i had a good chuckle when i saw your post. spunout chose a great color, eh? reminds me of the old general motors paints :cool:

    i was wondering, how'd you find your way here?
  4. SJC

    SJC Guest

    Lots of digging around in the internet. I was talking with a guy on the phone, and he was explaining the differences between motorcycles, and motor driven bicycles and mopeds (still not completely clear on the subtleties), and I got to checking here and there, trying search engines with different combinations of words, and the traffic officer here suggested 'power-assist'. I'm struggling a little because I know less to nothing about machinery. I do like to ride, and the pictures I've seen are of just beautiful machines, even as I'm trying to understand the mechanics of it all. Even better is the no registration bit, I was pretty bitter about the whole register and pay taxes on a boat thing.
  5. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    i think i can clear things up.

    you choose a bicycle, you choose an engine or motor, you combine the 2 into something neither mopeds nor motorcycles can begin to challenge as far as overall riding experience. when built correctly, the ratio of motoredbike to adult rider, for both weight & size, is the most comfortable of all three "classes"...now that's just my opinion, but i think you'll agree as soon as you have some solid evidence.
  6. SJC

    SJC Guest

    How difficult is it to get started on this? I have been scrolling through pages upon pages of pictures of bicycles, and a little bit more on the engines. I like the idea of the middle of the frame mounting, the chain to the rear hub. I had someone try to explain a centrifugal clutch to me, and the engagement of the motor to the rear wheel; this all seems pretty complex when compared to the apparent simplicity of the photos. I like the idea of the 49cc motor, seems pretty straightforward, but I'm 6'3, 270lbs. Will it be strong enough?
  7. drimpact

    drimpact Member

    Welcome to MBc. I am about your size and my Happy times can propell me at a comfortable 30MPH, It tops out at about 35.
  8. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    keep reading...you already know about 49cc, are becoming familiar with rear sprockets, etc...it is as simple as it looks, if you pay attention to the (also usually simple) potential problems fixes and workarounds. you have the luxury of knowing about all this beforehand, whereas the people who've posted the info have bled, sweated, and cried to get thru those first few installs "in the dark"...now, all they can do is grin like fools everytime you ask 'em how it's going :D

    so, keep reading (when you find an interesting topic, or need clarification, post a "reply" in that thread to get some help) til you feel the corners of your mouth start to curl up (it's called a smile) and then you'll know your own project is starting to take shape. :cool:
  9. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    Welcome to the group. It's easier than it seems, plus you have lots of help here. Once you get finished, you'll say, wow that was pretty easy. Plus you'll have the thrill of riding somethig YOU built. It's a rush.

    I'm one of those "fools" with a grin a mile wide.
  10. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    Welcome neighbor. (I'm about 2 hours south of you....that's like 6 hours & a sore butt away, by motored bike!!:lol:)

    enjoy the forum!
  11. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    welcome to MBc ! :D
    glad that phone called piqued your interest :D
  12. quay1962

    quay1962 Guest

    hi and welcome to MBc...well let me tell you i had no savey when i started, i have a little now,but not enough to keep mine going! thankfully enough my friend augidog and beach cruzin who is learning allot from "adog" we have come along way... you really have to understand something with either a 2 stroke or a 4 stroke...mine is a 70cc 2 stroke from one of the vendors that sponsor an add on this site...i did not have the funds for a 4 stoke nor the funds for a worksman bike which is allot stronger than your average beach cruiser which i have it cost me 190.00 for the bike and the worksman we found was 225.00 but not made in usa! if ya want a nice bike iride customs makes the brutus it's phat! i would like to buy a 4 stroke, but waiting to see the feed back on them...hopefully you know a mechanic and then a bike mechanic that can help you along...the guys and gals here will gladly oblige when you ask them nicely,lol. well good luck on all your endeavors and happy motoring...!:smile:
  13. Danny3xd

    Danny3xd Member


    SJC, Great to meet you. I have only been here about 10 days and know just what you mean. It does seem daunting at first. (still hating acronyms, lol) But reading other folks questions answered, most of mine so far and some I didn't know I had have been answered.

    Today I ordered my first thatsdax motor and bought an old 12 speed yesterday. First bike I have been on in 20 or so years. Was great fun to just peddle around town to give it a shake-down cruse.

    Again, great to meet you!
  14. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    Welcome to the group!
  15. welcome aboard SJC! the majority of folks on here are grown up people looking to make a motor-assist bicycle for commuting or travelling purposes. Sadly there will always be an element of the population that wants just the thrill of speed and recklessness with complete disregard to the rules, but usually those are kids and the hope is that their parents will monitor their behaviour rather than leaving it up to us to monitor who we are giving information to.