Why do you ride a motorized bicycle?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by just for kicks, Sep 9, 2007.

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  1. I was just wondering why people ride a motorized bicycle.

    I ride one purely for the fun of it. (hence my handle - Just for Kicks)

    I dont ride it because I cant get a license or stupidily lost my license. (without my CDL I dont work)
    I dont ride it to try and stick it to the man by saving gas. (but that is a good reason-lol)
    I dont ride it to try to look cool. (I'm middle aged, over weight, and balding-nuff said-lol)
    I dont ride it to feel like I'm riding a motorcycle. (I have one of those)
    I dont ride it as inexpensive transportation. (I like my AC in my blazer after a long day at work)

    So why do you ride one?
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  2. Because I can!

    Also because I am a hero to the neighborhood children and I seem to make a whole lot of people smile when I pass them by.
    It's amazing how no one else in my area has one.
    Lately it's mainly for telling everyone where I got the kit and talking about this forum and how this bike has changed my life and I hardly ever use my cars for short runs cause this bicycle is a hundred times more fun than even that motorcycle I owned a few years ago.
    And it's fun to see heads turn in your direction.
  3. ironwarlock

    ironwarlock Guest

    I built mine to ride to work when gas hit three bucks. I'm only three miles from work but I like the thing so much I ride the **** out of it.:grin:
  4. turbo/chaos

    turbo/chaos Guest

    i ride because i use to race bikes and i love that felling of
    doing 40+ on a bicycle for me it is a oneness with traveling like in
    the olden days and i just love the fact that it is a bicycle
    and is very small in cc's and gose as fast as a car gose
    and in like 10 yrs gas is going to be to much so im geting a head start
    on the future

  5. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    I got mine as part of an experiment in alternatives for the 26 mile (each way) commute to town, once I get my cabin built. The experiment is going well.
  6. twinkiex

    twinkiex Guest

    I got mine because I love to ride my bike but it hurts my back. I have some congenital lower disk fusion and I hate going up hills. :grin:
  7. dbigkahunna

    dbigkahunna Guest

    As a brother over 40, overweight and beyond balding, I like these little things. I am at the point in my life I could own some cool toys, but these things require a little attention and in return I get it back. I like the attention when I walk out of the Allsups and the bike is being looked over by leather clad weekend bikers or 14 year old wannabees. When they see a large, slick headed, tattooed, shorts wearing, sneakers and a US Army issued parachute helmet, the questions start flying. Kids love it and dads say they want one.
    In short I ride these because they are FUN!
  8. whitedog

    whitedog Guest

    Does it really make sense to get in your car to drive 2 1/2 miles to work when a much more fun alternative is available?:-/ That's why I'm trying my hand at this. Met a lot of nice people on-line too.:)
  9. iRide Customs

    iRide Customs Member

    I ride one because I am too afraid of cutting up the Harley.
  10. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    :cool:my wife and i carpool to work. same work schedule...supposedly.:rolleyes:

    wife works overtime often every week. i sit around my office or in the car, which upsets me. we don't need the extra $$. time and good health are more valuable, and of course i have to listen to the drama of too much work, never being able to catch up, etc. etc.

    i get tired of waiting. bus service past our house is horrible. too many transfers.

    so i decide to walk home five miles. one hour forty-five minutes, and my feet hurt. scratch that option.

    option#2 was a new bike. great idea, but too mentally and physically stressful, especially the morning ride. i decide i don't like pedalling 5 miles to/from work.

    next, i electrify my bike. great ride, but to charge batteries, break down and assemble the bike to carry the 125lb bike upstairs was OVERWHELMING. besides, my employer, the STATE OF HAWAII, decides they don't like their workers' THREE bicycles(out of 200 workers) in the building. forced to park far away in the garage, dissassemble and carry my 80-pound batteries in for recharging, i decide to give up biking to work for the next year.

    fast forward, and my wife is STILL working late. i then bring my own car to work, which means leaving for work almost 2 hours earlier for onstreet parking.:shock:

    a few days of that proved exasperating, so i stuff my wife's bike in the van and take it to work. now i can leave 2 hours later, find parking a quarter-mile away, bike to the office and park in the garage.

    bringing 2 cars to work simultaneously doesn't make good sense, so i buy a folder bike to stuff in my wife's trunk. that works well enough for the next few weeks.

    then i remember that i don't like pedalling 5 miles home.:rolleyes:

    so i install my first engine on my 20" DAHON. great idea, great ride. of course, the bike no longer fits in my trunk, but my wife and i don't mind the bike sitting on the back seat.

    and now i don't mind parking in the garage. i push my bike into the office elevator, down the hall to the garage. after work, i just carry my bike 2 floors down the stairway.

    i like the fact that i can still ride like a bike, or motorized.

    i've only seen one motorized bicyclist here, and he wasn't using his engine.

  11. DougC

    DougC Guest

    Originally for economics, but turned into just plain fun.

    Economics: I first got the idea of getting one when (US) gasoline peaked over $3/gal. I though of building it like an antique-style, but decided I didn't want the hassle of that.

    Just Plain Fun: the first bike I had it on didn't work out real well, and I ran into various problems with the second bike I bought for it, so I just decided to do the antique-style custom bike I had wished for in the first place.

    I have a couple non-motor bikes I ride a lot, and the motorized bike isn't really a substitute for that. The motor-bike is if my car is in the shop and I need to get somewhere, or, if I am taking a longer recreational ride (50+ miles) and don't feel like pedaling.
  12. They are fun to ride and it always generates a lot of questions and admiring glances....Just to much fun!
  13. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    As a kid I used to wish my western flyer was motorized. I was able to buy cars and motorcycles by age 16 because I worked pumping gas, flipping burgers, hanging sheetrock... the years went by and suddenly I was middle age. Surfing the net I searched for bicycle engines and opened up a new world of possibilities. Bought a "happy" time for 145 bucks and went from there to a rack mount belt drive. I ride because I can, because I like the wind in my face, because I don't want the hassle of insurance and registration, because I like bikes and always have, because it's more difficult to exercise at 53 than I could have anticipated and it makes happy.
  14. gauge

    gauge Guest

    i ride a motorized bike cause its way cooler than a mini chopper or pocketbike and its cheaper :]
  15. With your skills,I wouldn't be afraid at all.

    It's funny how every chance I get I'm cruising around the neighborhood. I just came back not too long ago as a matter of fact. And I'm not going anywhere in particular.
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  16. Cookie

    Cookie Guest

    to bike or not to bike :)

    When gas was going into the 3$ a gal. Sutan and I where watching TV when I said rember when you where in S.E.A. and those weird bikes and scooters with the motors then he said they where in GR. also well after some research we ordered our first bike and after several days of hair pulling and arguing (the instruction where in chines) we got the first bike running (but we forgot the breaks :shock:) .........then we ordered another motor we found 4 bikes and made 1 bike out of that mess it looked like Frankenstein
    but ran like a scalded dog once we broke the motor in so here we go to work and shopping everyday a 6'4" 300 lb man on a bike to short for him and me a 5'10" lady in her 60's having more fun than any one would good sence should have :D we meet a lot of folks that wanted to talk, enjoyed the early morning rides together and even went to some "bikers" rally we have even been asked to join in a speed trial (in our own class of course)
    Several yrs later we still love riding and as a side note no matter how mad :-xyou are when you get on your bike you are all smiles when you get off :D.........better than any pills.

  17. wayde

    wayde Guest

    well to be honest i'm too lazy to pedal all 14 km's to work and sometimes after work i'm too tired to pedal home, but after the first time i got on it i loved it, i sometimes go for rides around the block just to ride it, i get laughed at a bit i took the bike to a cruise night and pulled up to where there was about 30 crotch rockets parked, I acted like they were the odd ones they made coments like "i can do a wheelie at 160" i simply reply that i can do 50 kmh on a bicycle and burn a fraction of the fuel or insurance, they quiet quickly
  18. I don't remember anymore the last time I rode my schwinn cruiser.
    My motor bike always wins.
  19. Cookie

    Cookie Guest

    "i can do a wheelie at 160" i simply reply that i can do 50 kmh on a bicycle and burn a fraction of the fuel or insurance, they quiet quickly

    Wayde next time tell them you wilol race them ...they drain their tank you drain yours put a cup of gass in each and see who goes the the 40 miles with out stoping for gass at 5:00 PM on a bz st. :)

  20. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I've always been a bicycle rider. (In, say, high school I lost interest. But then in my early 20s I got a job as a bicycle messenger and that re-kindled my interest) In the town I've lived in for the last twenty years or so I'm pretty well known as "that guy who's always on a bike". But, as great as bicycles are, you must be COMMITTED to them if you want to use them as practical transportation.
    You know what I mean; you arrive where you're going covered in sweat so you must have some way of dealing with that. And some places you simply can not arrive in such condition. And, even for a committed bicyclist, some of those hills are torture. I'm a serious cyclist who will admit this. I'm new to motorized bicycling. My first build is less than a week old at this point. But I can see that this is a way to even out those difficulties with the bike as practical transport. Between my present understanding of what motoring is like and my past experience with un-motored bikes, I just know that I'm gonna get along fine.

    Another thought comes to mind; in my early 20s (bike messenger days) I bought myself a nice highway motorcycle. A Yamaha 850 3-cylinder, shaft drive, windjammer fairing, etc. A big, comfortable bike. I was thrilled with it.
    This motorized bike I've had the last week thrills me in the same way. I'd just about forgotten the feeling. It's nice to have it back again.

    These motorized bikes are fun.