Why do you ride a motored bike?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by jaguar, Jul 23, 2016.

  1. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    I was in Ecuador at the time and the laws didn't let tourists have drivers license so I had a local dealer install a 48cc Grubee engine in my bike.
    So I want to know about others. Why a MB and not a car or motorcycle?

  2. Arty

    Arty Active Member

    Just for fun. I also have two motorcycles - a '75 Triumph, and a '69 Honda, but the bike is just more fun.
    Also, at least here, you can get away with - no license, and no helmet. - - I'm not saying it's a good thing, or a smart thing riding without a helmet, but I do enjoy the freedom of just going out on the spur of the moment and going for a ride without a bunch of extra gear. - - - Dumb or not, so far it's my choice, and I love the feeling of freedom.
  3. Wolfshoes

    Wolfshoes Member

    I ride a motored bike because the a preferred bike is not offered for sale. My first choice would be a light weight 150 cc motor driven cycle weighing about 150 lbs. Pitster Pro offered one as an Enduro model but withdrew them from the market. Probably just as well. There was no VIN and the engine probably had the clutch and gears of a 50 cc bike and would not last long. I was over pursuaded into the HT type by exaggerations of how fast they could go out of the box. A video on a Michigan dealer web site of a young man showing his motorbike and saying how it could go 50 mph comes to mind. As it happened, I did not buy my engine kit from this dealer. As it turned out, it was more legal to ride in my two state, four county area than I would have thought. I have had no issues with any level of law enforcement. There is a situation here that would be favorable to the marketing of motorbikes and I have built one that looks suitable for resale. All the better with a recent Gasbike engine than the EPA Grubee engine. If liability and EPA issues could be resolved, then there would be room to increase exposure in this area. Many local tasks that are done by car using 4 oz of fuel per mile can be done, in most of the year, by a motor bike using 1 oz per mile. It's nice to have an option in place to use less fuel to the extent safety and the law allows. I was riding in a nearby town turning past the Main St. pub when a man who just walked out the front door says, "That is so cool!". Laughing at it does not happen. On the flip side, if liability issues are resolved and the EPA gets out of the way a chain like Walmart could sell them by the millions. The environment is not taken that seriously yet.

    I could also add that with the know how and brain storming of a forum group, it may be possible to build the lightweight environmentally friendly motorbike ourselves the Japanese for so long have refused to sell. We just need the U.S. government to get out of the way.
  4. FurryOnTheInside

    FurryOnTheInside Well-Known Member

    On the practical side I'm building mine because I love cycling but the beautiful remote places I like to go to camp, fish, snorkel etc. are just a bit too far away for pedal power alone with the kit I need to carry, way too far if there's a headwind.
    Headwinds can be very bad here on the coast and I have run out of food and water (and humour!) a few times when the journey home took too long.
    I have been woken by cops after being forced to camp in unsuitable places. I have fallen asleep on the bicycle after trying not to stop and camp mid-journey.
    I have tried carrying more supplies but then the rides take even longer and then that feeds back.. The weight increases exponentially and the number of days I need to have free does too.

    But mostly I like the puzzle and the learning new things about bikes. I have always enjoyed building my own bicycles but I want to do something more creative with my road and touring bikes than just changing out parts for lighter ones, or trying to find a saddle that gives me painful sores just a bit later!
    This seems like the best way to create something new, unique and interesting, as well as much faster over long distances. :)
  5. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    Did not have a license, did not have a vehicle, wanted to set the buses, bus drivers, bus station on fire... Motorized bikes were a better option, I mean I could possibly get off with justifiable homicide but it would be next to impossible to get out of the felony arson charges...

    And it helped me make new friends.
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  6. ive always ridden bikes now, getting older knees giving out shoulder,elbow, arthritus from all the surgeries and metal left in my body.
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  7. 5 RT Shoulder,/2 RT Elbow,/ 2 RT Knee,/ 1 Left leg at the back of the knee reattached leg. always where helmut!
    no more T.B.I. needed. and a few minor operations here and there. thats why. i would love a harley but,,,,,, i dont know if i trust my knees?
  8. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    can't afford a cab every day, no bus route through my neighborhood, can't afford the jacked up insurance that goes with my ataxia, can't just sit around the house all day.

    plus, I'm a hot rodder at heart. I love cramming silly engines into things not meant for it.
  9. RavenTBK

    RavenTBK New Member

    I guess I'm more practical. In my job, I have to shuttle semi tractors about 20mi up the road for service on a regular basis. I tried simply doing an Uber every time, but come to find out the Uber folk usually dont come out as far as my company's drop yard. So I can only realistically get a ride one way, and not the other. When it comes time to go pick them up, I was always stuck walking several miles up the highway to the into range of an Uber.

    The bike solves the problem. I can easily toss it up on the catwalk, go to the drop, and ride back, usually faster than it takes for the Uber to even arrive. Whereas an enduro or the like would be rather difficult to lift and lower.

    At the same time, the wife has decided she wants to ride more often. I'm not much for exercise, so I can putz alongside, and we've strapped a bungee between my rear rack and the front of her frame a few times when she has gotten tired. ;)
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  10. AquaManAndy

    AquaManAndy Member

    License was revoked when I was 19. Anybody wondering license revoked is not suspended revoked is permanent. Im almost 30 and my wife drives but i fell in love after years of pedaling a normal bike. Im not a mechanic and the ht engines in particular can be frustrating but when im riding i feel more free than people driving cars or motorcycles no needing license, registration, ride on sidewalks, trails, park my "car" wherever i can chain it up much closer to the entrance than a car can park minus handicap. Pennys on gas and the overall build is much cheaper than any car or moped and the facts are clear cut on why i ride
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  11. JunkyardDog

    JunkyardDog Active Member

    I ride one for fun, not commuting. I used to be a mountain biker, but can no longer pedal due to medical issues. I also ride scooters and motorcycles, but still love to ride a bicycle. I use a car for commuting. I had my MB stolen while chained up at Wallymart about a year ago. In my state, if your license is suspended for DUI, an MB is off limits. I don't know what the deal is for a revoked license.
  12. tomslikk

    tomslikk New Member

    DUI /suspended license is what led me ultimately to the awesome world of motorized biking..I used to wonder what or how limited I made it on myself ie; job/transportation.But ooooh quite the opposite gonna work or postemates ..and the money that I planned on using to pay my fine in order to get lic back I gonna instead dump it into my bike and the only way I can see losing this means of transportation is it gets stolen not by getting it impounded lol
  13. Andyaquaman

    Andyaquaman Guest

    revoked is the same as a suspended except that you either have multiple infractions or didn't bother paying fines and the state decided suspending it wasn't enough. You can fix a revoked license but it's not as simple as a suspended. You have to schedule a hearing with your state's dmv headquarters and plead with them and ask what you can do to get it reinstated. I was charged with 2 dui's and 3 no license charges when I was a minor and young adult so that's why my license is revoked. I was told at the last hearing I had they would consider it in 2025. So in the meantime.....
  14. Holly

    Holly Member

    I'm new to the group but I'm getting into MBs for low cost commuting and hopefully many new adventures. I'm not a mechanic, rather an inquisitive tinker-er. I loved working on my jeep so I have no fear of working on a 2 stroke (but believe I'll probably have questions). I haven't been able to safely drive a car for 2 years for medical reasons but things are improving enough I feel I can safely ride a bike. I've been walking and that keeps me in a 2 mile bubble between work and home. My world is about open back up with this bike. Another motivation is my little dog that is not getting younger. He will be my co-pilot and I see lots of rides to local parks and beaches into the fall to sniff new places and furry bums.
  15. LRSimons

    LRSimons Member

    When I started a year ago, I had some mechanical knowledge but had never done any work on engines or vehicles beyond the very basics. I got into motorized bikes to learn on something small and cheapish, before diving into a classic car project or the like. This hobby has turned out to be much more fun than I ever expected, although my ratio of working to riding may be a bit skewed.....

  16. Ken Hinson

    Ken Hinson Guest

    It was like dominos for me . I fond a 49cc in a storage building in pieces .pit back together with a few of jag's tips on performances and loved it . with 7 deferent bike builds in the last 3 months ,I have a bike I plan on keeping and ride it daily to work
  17. Frankenstein

    Frankenstein Well-Known Member

    Skewed? Skewed like the bike stops working all the time and you have to fix it? That's not Skewed that's actually normal...
  18. ionia23

    ionia23 New Member

    Because it's an alternative for those of us paying off old stupid traffic tickets. Public transportation out here is a joke. I did it out of desperation.

    But...I do have to admit, when the bike is actually running well, it's a hell of a lot of fun. I love the advantage of not having to wait through multiple traffic lights when it's red. I can cruise right up to the light and go. Fair trade.

    Now, getting shocks for the front forks...that'd be nice. I don't call this monstrosity the "boneshaker" for nothin'.
  19. JunkyardDog

    JunkyardDog Active Member

    The only reason I would consider using mine would be riding to work, where there is a safe place to keep it, and I don't have to carry anything on it. But even that is out for over half the year due to extreme heat. I drive an old pickup with a brand new A/C setup in it pretty much everywhere I go. The MB, just like my motorcycles and scooters, is pretty much worthless in the summer in AZ, in 115+ degree temperatures. Yes there are spandex riders out there riding pedal bikes in that heat, but my physical condition won't allow it. About 2 months ago, several mountain bikers and hikers died in the Phoenix area due to the extreme heat. It was so hot they shut the airport down for a few hours. In the short winter, I love riding about 100 miles a day, buzzing along the shoulder of rural roads. I only ride in town long enough to get out of town. Traffic is crazy here, and it is extremely dangerous to ride in town on anything that will not go at least 50-55 mph. That's where my 200cc CVT scooter really comes in handy. No shifting, plenty of power for city riding, and storage under the seat and in a top box.
  20. CrazyDan

    CrazyDan Active Member

    I'm with Frankenstein on this one, no licence (nothing court ordered just never had one lol), no car or desire to pay everything that goes with owning one, and was sick of 4 hours a day travel using the local bus system to and from work. Cut that travel time in half with a bike, but boy is it tiring to pedal 36 miles round trip on top of walking 15+ miles working as a security guard. The thought danced in my head a while of getting a motorized bike, but then one day tiredly pedaling home up a particularly steep hill I was passed by a motorized bike going up around 20 mph, and he wasn't pedaling!!!!! I bought a motorized bike the next morning and have been hooked since. Built a few since and ain't looking back (except to make lane changes :p).