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Building A Motorized Bicycle

Updated on July 5, 2014

Building A Motorized Bicycle

Do you want to save money on gas?

Well, the answer may be the Motorized Bicycle.

As far back as 1892 people put motors on bicycles.

With today's 2 stroke and 4 stroke engines you can Expect to get 150 miles per gallon after the initial break in period.

The normal bicycle fuel tank holds 1/2 gallon of gas allowing approx 75 miles per tank full.

Are these engines dependable?

You can expect to get thousands of miles of life out of your engine if you follow a few guidelines:

1. Follow the break in period guidelines - Break in period lasts for the first 4 tanks or 2 gallons of gas.

2. Keep up with routine maintenance on your motorized bike.

3. Don't ride at full throttle often.

4. Use a good quality motorcycle synthetic 2 stroke oil - Mix at a 20:1 ratio or 7oz of oil per 1 gallon of gas.

Decisions you might face.

There are many decisions you will have to make about motorized bicycling.

Do you have a bicycle? If you do, the type of drive that will best suit your current bicycle. Frame mount or rack mount.

Perhaps you do not have a bicycle. You need to decide if you want to buy a completed bicycle/engine combination or purchase a specific style of bicycle and add your own engine to it.

What follows is to help you better understand your options. The advantages and disadvantages of each system and how to get the most enjoyment out of building a motorized bicycle.

Building My Dream Motorized Bicycle

Building my Motorized Bicycle in words and pictures.

I purchased a Micargi Tahiti Bicycle for my dream ride.

You can choose a style that fits your dream.

Here is the Bicycle I chose to begin with.

Micargi Tahiti Stock Beginnings

Micargi Tahiti Stock Beginnings
Micargi Tahiti Stock Beginnings

Add Motor - Engine of Choice

After reading for a good amount of time and developing the style I was wanting, I chose the frame mounted "Chinese Motor". There are a number of sellers for this engine and you can find a lot of good information, both good and bad about dealers on the Motorized Bicycle Forums listed below in the "Best information about Motorized Bicycles" section.

I got my engine from Bob at Blue Collar Bikes. I have been extremely happy with delivery and follow up from Bob and will do business with him again.

The engine kit came with everything pictured below and everything you need for a quick, easy installation.

Engine of Choice

Engine of Choice
Engine of Choice

My Dream as a Finished Product

From the humble beginning using a Micargi Tahiti bicycle and adding the motor from Blue Collar Bikes, I have now created my own "Motorized Bicycle."

I changed a couple of the stock items that came with the micargi... Seat and handle bars

I also added a cantilever front brake to the Bicycle. This model bike does not come with a front brake, if you need to stop quickly a front break is gold.

On the engine I added some paint and replaced the mounting studs with allthread 1/4x20 for a little added strength.

Beyond this I decided not to make any changes or additions to the engine as it comes from the factory. I mainly made this decision to test the dependablity as well as get in a little riding time before the rainy season hits.

This winter I will be taking the bike back down and making changes and some customization to the bikes appearance. For now, I am thrilled with the results.

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Below are three pictures of my project to date

ENGINE CLOSE UP

ENGINE CLOSE UP
ENGINE CLOSE UP

COMPLETED RIGHT

COMPLETED RIGHT
COMPLETED RIGHT

COMPLETED LEFT

COMPLETED LEFT
COMPLETED LEFT

My Motorized Bicycle Review

I have had a huge amount of enjoyment from building a motorized bicycle. I have now ran a tank and a half of gas through the engine.

I have yet to go any place on this bike without people asking me questions and commenting on it. No only the uniqueness of the engine added but the over all look of the bicycle as well.

A half dozen of my friends have also ridden this motorized bicycle and I get the feeling that come spring I will have a good amount of companions zipping around the area with me.

1914 Pope Board Track Racer

1914 Pope Board Track Racer
1914 Pope Board Track Racer

Board Track Racer Build

Early stages of build on the drawing board

The summer has slipped away into memory and I am getting ready to take my motorized bicycle apart. There are a few changes that I planed from the beginning to do and this is the time of the year to do it.

Mean while I have a new project on my drawing board. I want to build a Board Track Racer Style motored bicycle.

Above is a picture of a 1914 pope board track racer and that is the look I am going for. Below there is a picture of a Workman Bicycle that I will be using for the basis of my build.

If you notice the frames are very similar in style

I will need to construct a fuel tank that will fit between the top and bottom cross bars.

I will also need to decide if I want to build another China Girl 2 stroke or go with a 4 stroke Japanese engine this time. There is still plenty of time to decide.

I know that I will not use the sandwich sprocket on this one so the rear hub sprocket is another area that I will be looking into.

That is about where I am at this point and this winter while the rain and snow fall and the wind blows. I can be found sitting by the fire dreaming of my Board Track Racer build

Workman Industrial Bicycle

Workman Industrial Bicycle
Workman Industrial Bicycle

Poll: do you prefer - Comparing 2 stroke and 4 Stroke Bicycle Engines

Do you prefer the 2 stroke engines or 4 stroke on your bikes and why do you prefer them?

Here is your opportunity to make your voice, your opinion and your experience heard.

Do You Prefer 2 stroke or 4 stroke engines?

2 stroke

2 stroke

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      i like herowin

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      2 stroke faster and simple

    • CatarinaAz 4 years ago

      I like to drive safe!

    • webscan 4 years ago

      2 stroke.

    • CameronPoe 5 years ago

      2 Stroke engine to start since I expect to be pedaling for the power.

    • miki85bk 5 years ago

      cool :)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      2 stroke, any more and it's a motorcycle. and i kinda like not paying for insurance or a lisence

    • gamrslist 5 years ago

      i like 2 stroke not much goes wrong with them

    • Edutopia 5 years ago

      When I was a kid these brothers down the street decided to take a 2 stroke mower engine and mounted it to an old bike to make our very own motorized bike to play around with. Oh memories.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      2-strokes: power,weight; only 3 moving parts per cylinder. RA

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yeah. 2 stroke are more light weight. Small but powerful. I know this is noisy and smoky, but for me the power and the weight are the first points. For exsample the Levo motors gas bikes, or the european Trabant car.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      two strokes the only so much more power for the size

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I like 2-stroke engine because they are the best bang for the buck and less expensive. Also there is a company that offers custom decals from flames to dragons to go on both the gas tank and motor for a real customized look! http://www.gtmdecals.com

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      2 stroke is faster and more lightweight. i have one, lets ride,

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      i got a 20cc engine and i up graded it so it is 40cc and tomarro im putting it on my bike i want it ti go at least 40mph

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      with at least 8 to 1 compression 32 to 36cc

    • Jeaniemae 8 years ago

      I'm not sure what I would choose between the two, but interesting lens.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      2 Stroke every time. For power from a small engine, tunability and reliability you can't beat a two stroke. Mine is a belt drive and makes 34mph top speed from a 32cc piped engine.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      For the application - ie power from limited space and cc's and simplicity of maintainence (with a good quality engine) 2-strokes win hands down. You wont find a 30cc 4-stroke engine putting out up to 4hp! And you can put a tuned pipe on for even more power.My MB is 32cc piped 2 stroke and will make a top speed of 34mph

    • Dayle Medley 8 years ago

      It really depends on your needs and your skills. I began with a 2 stroke engine for simplicity, learning and it fit the style of ride I wanted to create. So for the mechanically inclined beginner, I believe the 2 stroke is the best.

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        4 stroke better for my long journey

      • Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

        Four stroke although the downside is they are heavier but much more stable.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        4 str

      • oilsquid 4 years ago

        I prefer 4 stroke engine.

      • ismeedee 4 years ago

        oh heck, I dunno... 4 sounds better than 2?

      • nicks44 4 years ago

        I always went with the 4 stroke one ... So I do the same now!

      • biggking lm 5 years ago

        lol TIGHT!

      • goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

        i prefer 4 stroke engines on a trike.

      • MillBucks 5 years ago

        better for the environment.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        4 stoke is better don't need to mix oil and gas

      • MikeyMoran LM 5 years ago

        It would be cool to have one of these!

      • E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

        No mixing for me, thank you!

      • heehaw lm 6 years ago

        i prefer 4 strokes for they do not consume 2T oil and it is less noise polution.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        4 STROKE! I DON'T FEEL LIKE TIGHTENING A RATTLED OFF BOLT EVERY 2 MINS... 4'S ARE QUIET LASTFOREVER AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO MESS AROUND WITH MIXING GAS AND OIL! JUST MY 2 CENTS

      • UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

        great idea!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        4strokes rule 4me. 2strokes sound lik bumble bbees on attack.

      • zbikenut 6 years ago

        The four stroke is a much more durable and gas efficient engine usually.Bicycle Hangar of Missoula

      • zbikenut 6 years ago

        Four stroke are heavier but will last longer and will need less maintenance.

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        decals don't make em run better or longer

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        decales don't make em run faster or longer!

      Useful Video's about Motorized Bicycles

      Here are some great videos from folks that have built their own Motorized Bicycles. These will be of great help if you are thinking about building your own Motor-bicycle

      Completed Motorized Bicycle from Spooky Tooth

      Completed Motorized Bicycle from Spooky Tooth
      Completed Motorized Bicycle from Spooky Tooth

      Unlimited Hobby Potential

      The more I learn about Motorized Bicycles and the more of them I have seen, the more I realize this is an unlimited hobby.

      Building Custom cars, restoring cars, building or restoring Motorcycles has become an extremely expensive hobby. Enter the Motorized Bicycle.

      If you just want to build a simple vehicle using a bicycle you currently own - you're good to go.

      If you like to do light customization - your good to go.

      If you love to build from the ground up and do full customizations - you are good to go.

      There are no limits to what you can do with a bicycle frame and motor combination.

      For Your Viewing Enjoyment

      Here is a selection of my favorite bicycle movies. So...

      Grab Some Popcorn - Sit back and Relax - Watch the Wheels Spin

      This is your place to share ideas and experiences. We would love to hear from you.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I love my MB! I ride everyday to work and have a blast on it. You can see one of my videos below..(Motorized Bicycle Westside Tucson,AZ)For friendly help on building, repair, maintenace, and performance...check out motorbicycling.comFrom gas powered 2 & 4 Strokes to E-bikes and DIY builds check out http://motorbicycling.com/

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          andyinchville1 8 years ago

          HI, I love my motorized bike but as time went on I found the need to accessorize and modify my motorized bike kit for better performance and looks. With this I developed a company called King's Sales and Service. With this in mind I began manufacturing sprockets ( a.k.a. King's Super Sprockets)....Smaller rear sprockets increase to end speeds and lower cruise RPMs , anodized colors make the bike look nicer to boot!. With the decrease in sprocket sizes, hills became a bit more difficulty to climb (because of the higher gearing).Seeking to develop more power from the small bicycle engines I developed our tuned pipe kit for motorized bikes (A.K.A. King's Power Pipe) .....Now hills are NO problem AND top speeds border on insane!....Great FUN. To view some of my bike accessories and my bike look on my myspace page atmyspace.com/kingssalesandservice.....For videos of our products look on You Tube and search for " Kings sales and Service" Have fun and ride safely!Andrew

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I have a Tahiti just like yours and want to add an engine to it. Did you have to modify the rear sprocket in order to fit it past the coaster brake arm?

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          Dayle Medley 8 years ago

          [in reply to mreading] Welcome. You need to remove the Brake arm to put the rear sprocket on. I then needed to bend the brake arm so that it would clear the sprocket bolts.The second thing that came up was clearing the dust cover: I had two choices for fitting the rear sprocket.1. Enlarge the hole in the sprocket to fit over the dust cover. It took me little time to realize this was going to be a major pain.2. Make the dust cover smaller to fit the sprocket hole. With a belt sander, this took only a couple of minutes. I just ground it down until the small lip disappeared, then it was a perfect fit.Number 2 was quick and easy and as far as I can tell, it still keeps out the dirt. I hope this helps.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          HiI discovered a way to save gas, reduce ambient pollution, tinker with basic mechanics and don't get mad after driving in rush hoursMy motorbicycleI recommend itJose

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          [in reply to DMedley] Thanks. Do you have a 3-speed? Because I have just a single speed and mine doesn't have a dust cover. Or does the dust cover come with the kit?

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          Dayle Medley 8 years ago

          [in reply to mreading] I have a single speed. The dust cover is a small cover over the wheel bearings, its located just under the break arm. It comes as part of the wheel assembly.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I put a 80cc on a huffy mongoose paver 28in. wheels, and a small v frame. Finally got it in and running but I am having trouble with the chain rubbing the seat stay and ideas

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          RobertSeviour 8 years ago

          I built one of these bikes with my son. It took us about 7 hours to install the engine, the only difficult part was figuring out the right way to install the large sprocket on the back wheel. When finished we had a lot of fun with it and it performed really well.Robertsneaky ways to get cheap flights

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          FreaksOnBikesVarietyStore 8 years ago

          Great Lens ... Please consider joining our group All Things Bicycling here on Squidoohttp://www.squidoo.com/groups/AllThingsBicycling

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Although whe had some difficulty with: installing the rear sprocket, cutting the chain to the correct length, the chain tensioner, figuring out how to wire the kill button, and modifying the engine mount, the total installation time was about 7 hours. To do it a second time would only take half of that. Finished we had a lot of fun with the bike.engineer

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          how long do these 80cc motors last

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          how long do these 80cc motors last

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          AndrewTwidwell 7 years ago

          Cool lens

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          beachbum_gabby 7 years ago

          Wow that's really cool.. I have a friend who customized his father's bike into a machine gun.. lolz pretty hardcore though

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          i want in on this

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          Aika 7 years ago

          wow it's hardcore! :) I only know American Choppers for customizing bikes :) yours is remarkable!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Thank you for sharing this information and great pictures, review, etc.Very helpful resource to help people save more on gas costs.Good on you! Blessed by a Squid Angel today.Best wishes to you,Susie

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          WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

          Congratulations on your Purple Star and 2009 Giant Squid Nomination! :)

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          RCflyer LM 7 years ago

          Great work here DMedley. Excellent lens, bravo.

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          Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

          This looks like a very clear and helpful lens. Great work. Congratulations on your nomination!

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          bicycle envy 7 years ago

          Congrats on your nomination! Maybe one of these days I'll turn one of my bikes into a motorized bike :)

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          Sue Mah 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

          I can't even ride a bicycle so I don't think I would be building a motorized bicycle any time soon. I can only ride on 4 wheel vehicles! Good job on the lens.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Will a gas motor fit on that workman frame?

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Good lens and information.Spare Tire Bike Rack

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          ElectricityElf 7 years ago

          Some of those bikes look amazing.The 1914 Pope Board Track Racer is my favorite.

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          johnedencatch22 7 years ago

          Great Lens I may just build one myself

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          LoKackl 7 years ago

          Don't think I'll be making my own motorbicycle. However, I've been thinking of purchasing one. One of the best "green living" ideas I've heard of. Squid Angel Blessed

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          boatbuildingplans 7 years ago

          how long does it take to install the kit onto a 24 speed mountain bike? How fast does it go?

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          i have a bike just like this and i would like to go to a chopper bike frame i am tryin to find the chain where can i order on

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I am also going to build a board track racer, I am thinking about using a beach cruiser bike for the project. Is this a good idea ?

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          What has more power a two stroke engine or a four stroke ?

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @anonymous: Yes, I just put a 3.5 briggs and stratton on mine with minumal fabrication.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          @boatbuildingplans: It took me 4.5 hourd to install and about 2 hours to tune on my mountain bike. 35 mph is the fastest I have gone.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Have you ever thought about building a motorized weed eater bike. They are challenging to build and sometimes not very pretty but fun to do. Check out my videos on youtube just type in percaine. Great job on your bike.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I am not a fan of motorized bikes. It is the best way there is to ruin a perfectly good bicycle. Your wheels will not hold up, the brakes are not designed to handle the speed that the motor can add to your bike. I do not feel they are safe for most people. Poor brakes on a two wheeler at speed is not a good thing. [url=http://www.bicycle-hangar.com/]Bicycle Hangar[/url]

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          zbikenut 6 years ago

          The speed you get out of a motorized bike will surprise you when you ride with someone who is riding a regular bike. Even if you are only using a 1.5 hp motor it will accelerate a lot faster than a rider can. I have built a couple of motorized bikes but they did not last very long. The advice on not running the motor at full speed all the time is very good. Rick from the Bicycle Hangar

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          PositiveChristi1 6 years ago

          This would become complicated in the UK because a motorised vehicle would need to be registered with the Vehicle Licensing Authority.I guess it's a good idea to upgrade the rear wheel and brakes when fitting an engine to a bike?

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I have wanted to do a project like this, but to many projects and little time.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Good info here. For ideas on your board tracker tank go to http://www.piratecycles1.com/worksmancycles.htmlif you haven't already been there.

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          VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

          Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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          lasertek lm 6 years ago

          Nice! This is something I can do for my son.

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          Samuel_Princeton 6 years ago

          I love the classic look of the bike. Thanks for the simple instructions!

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          usedmoto 6 years ago

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          usedmoto 6 years ago

          Hi i see your lens this is nice.If you want a best crate motors please visit our site.

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          usedmoto 6 years ago

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          jackieb99 6 years ago

          I love the idea! i'm going to try this someday.

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          JustinNapier 6 years ago

          Very cool lens. I have a Chinese engine sitting in my living room and am trying to find a bike to mount it to. Did yours require drilling into the frame?

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          Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

          Nice lens, love your bike!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          i have been unable to figure how the moter sprcket fits over were the large gear cluster was becous it has no grooves in its hole to keep it from spining.

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          finalfantasyxvi 6 years ago

          Looks like fun!

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          Philippians468 6 years ago

          this is such a wonderful idea! i think it is might not be legal in some countries! cheers

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          promotional-coupons-codes 6 years ago

          Awesome idea, eager to give a try.

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          heehaw lm 6 years ago

          it is a wonderful idea , but i maybe stopped by the police in my country for it has an fuel engine hehe.

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          E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

          Now is the time for a motorized bicycle. Thanks for the inspiration!

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          RetroMom 6 years ago

          If you really want to save money. Just use an ordinary bicycle.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Not suitable for kids but still amazing

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hi. I have one of this amaizing bikes. It is called Levo Motors. I bought from Uk, because this is the same perfect quality motorized gas bike like the US ones, and I really want to try it. I know it is looks fun, but once you try it, you never gonna leave it. I was wondering too. It is like a life style. Now it is my life style. Lets try it. Have a nice experience...

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          TWWSTUDIOS 5 years ago

          Nice lens, great ride. Gets me excited to make more videos..

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great bike to use as your inspiration. I am always fascinated by the seemingly unlimited and creative ideas people have on a new build. http://scooter.com-iknow.com/videos.php has tons of videos and articles on building your own motorized bike. Good luck with your project.

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          Logemon1 5 years ago

          I want to have a motorized bike so bad, but the engines are kind of expensive...

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          Actiongames LM 5 years ago

          So much kooler than a scooter.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hey guys. I bought one. Levo motors. This is amazing machine. So cool. Incradible. I love it so much.

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          PositiveChristi1 5 years ago

          Fascinating subject, useful information.This lens is worthy of a Squid Angel blessing. So you now have one.

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          E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

          Outstanding lens. My trouble is it gonna be gas or electric. Great lens and most interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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          alokagga 5 years ago

          Hi I found a good motorized cycle on a cycling social site www.famliyofriders.com . that was really a good bike to build and all spares were also categorised

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          alokagga 5 years ago

          Hi I found a good motorized cycle on a cycling social site www.familyofriders.com . that was really a good bike to build and all spares were also categorized

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Hey. Mine is from the UK. Levo motors gas bike. Some of you have the same. F**kin cool man. Everyone have to try it. Old school... Also it have a cluch system too.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Yeah. Levo motors souch a Funky stuff....

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          Linda Hoxie 5 years ago from Idaho

          This is pretty interesting, I wouldn't have thought of putting an engine on my bike...only because I use it for exercise and recreation but my goodness the gas you could save, the places you could go, with just a little motor! Great and Green idea. Blessed!

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          agent009 5 years ago

          I knew that people put engines on their bikes but I always associated those with motorcycles. Sounds like a great solution over a scooter!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          ive had mine for 2 months tops, then i was halfway to work when it started back firing then the engine just cut out, it turns over ok then just dies like the fuels not getting through, i replaced the spark plug with an ever reliable honda but it still wont work??? any ideas??

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          It should be the carb. Try to open and close the mixer pin, but I think, You should clean the fuel filters. Or You made wrong petrol-oil mix. There are lots of guides on the net about the maintenance. Read them. This engines are quiet strong. Does not broken easily.

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          SquidooPower 5 years ago

          So weird, I was just thinking about this last week. I live ona boat so was looking at a folding bike and was wondering if I could motorise it.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Yes! Build one! Or you can buy it too. The best is the Levo motors brand. They make folding bikes too. Motorized folding bikes. The best idea.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          my advice don't get hinesse i like the black panther muffler better make ps i put the engine on my bike ols vframe it was to much problem with parts god luck

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @Logemon1: go electric if you live in the usa you can get them around 300 dollars fast too up 25miles hr or kit under 200 grunbys are cheap go with the 49 cc good luck

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          Edutopia 5 years ago

          Your finished product looks a lot like the one my friends made back from my child hood. Only yours is clean and polished and well kept and theirs was a project of love and spare parts, haha.

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          goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

          that is really cool. how about building a solar bike? you don't need to fill it up with gas. the gas prices here are skyrocketing.that some leave the gas pumpstation without paying. angel blessed.

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          SaltySailor 5 years ago

          very cool page, would be interesting to build one. I'm wondering just how loud they are? What could you compare the noise to?

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I have a very rare bike called a trouble t.I am thinking of putting a gas motor on it . I am not sure What type of engine will work best for this bike.They are only three of these bikes made. It looks likeAn old Indian motorcycle. I think it would be veryCool to install a motor on it. Any thoughts?

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          epsonix 5 years ago

          Cool lens, good info :)

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          infiniti99 lm 5 years ago

          Awesome lens great ideas.Thank you for sharing

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          peggygallyot 5 years ago

          Nice work.my father was a very good mechanic . Love to read about machines. Thank you.

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          biminibahamas 5 years ago

          TeeHee, I love it! Save on gas and have fun at the same time!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          My funds are extremely limted and need just one easy kit to attach to my mountain bike, since i live in an extremely hilly area i thought a motor would be a life saver, i have 100$ and 150$ if its from amazon, just wondering if u had any ideas!:D

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          epsonix 5 years ago

          Very good lens, thank you.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Interesting lens!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          how did u spent on the engine???

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Best place to get upgrades www.jnmotorsbikes.com

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          KevCooper 5 years ago

          Now that's something to think about.

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          Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

          Interesting take on DIY electric bikes. I would like to build one but I'm way too lazy! I think a pedal powered bike would be better as it would force me to exercise!

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          Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

          Interesting take on DIY electric bikes. I would like to build one but I'm way too lazy! I think a pedal powered bike would be better as it would force me to exercise!

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          TerryNeal 5 years ago

          This is a great way to save on gas and get some serious site seeing in on the weekend.Great job on the lens .Rebuild Toyota Prius Battery Guide

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          TerryNeal 5 years ago

          @anonymous: I saw an ad on this site and their price for a complete kit was $189 Great way to get some site seeing in too.Rebuild Toyota Prius Battery Guide

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          TerryNeal 5 years ago

          Great way to save some gas and see some sites on the weekend.

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          oakstreet 5 years ago

          Hey, this len is cool and it is interesting to know how to build a motor bike with something simple. It is even interesting that you can just build up a simple len and still rank #8 and #184 overall in hobbies a, games and toys. I would like to learn how can you do that. A "like" from me. Great len.

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          What a cool project! Thanks for sharing!

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          DON TKMAN STEWART 4 years ago from KANSAS CITY KS

          Cool project. Thanks for the lens. I will put in my favorites.

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          tslizzy 4 years ago

          This really innovative

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          mdfroze 4 years ago

          Hey it was awesome......great idea and planning........

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          BikePro 4 years ago

          I've seen a few of these around town. I'd be tempted to try an electric conversion on one of my bikes. Thanks for the article!

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          Mami Design 4 years ago

          Outstanding lens!

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          poorwendy lm 4 years ago

          I could use these. Add a basket and a quick trip to the store would be that much quicker.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Very nice lens! Useful too. Thanks

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          mysweetjane lm 4 years ago

          what a nifty idea

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          E L Seaton 4 years ago from Virginia

          Well done motor squid! Blessed this day by COUNTRYLUTHIER. I can feel the breeze whipping through my stubble on top of my head as we speak.

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          Guided Abundance 4 years ago from Mobile, AL

          Oh I wanted one of these so bad when I was a kid.

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          drsalm 4 years ago

          Nice lens! Congrats! I even found something suitable for my nephew.

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          ThePorkMan 4 years ago

          Really liked this. if we had more sidewalks around here I would love to try. Drivers are too crazy to try one of these in the street.

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          hamstring 4 years ago

          I love how you chose old-styled bikes for your projects. The classic feel just adds so much "pop"Also, the tip to not ride at "full throttle" is good. Let's face it, bikes are not made to be motorized, and it is wise to respect them as such.

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          webscan 4 years ago

          Great for hobbyists mechanically inclined.

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          glossym 4 years ago

          Always wanted one of these!

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          ismeedee 4 years ago

          Super idea! Great for those, like my husband, who have to cycle to work and sometimes just too tired from long work hours!!! I shall pass the info to him!

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          dellgirl 4 years ago

          Very interesting lens, so well put together. I learned something new. Glad you shared this.

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          resurrection7 4 years ago

          I have one myself and like it

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Thanks really cool site.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Good lens, thank you.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I am trying to find where I can get the full kit Chinese Motor from and I can't find a website that has the fill kit of Chinese Motor.Can you please provide me the website where you purchased this from.

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          Bob 4 years ago from Kansas City

          I love building and creating things, and this looks like a fun project! Thanks!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Thank you so much I've been trying to find away but it's great now I can use my $440 bmx and my brand new whipper snipper motor.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Maybe you think it's not but think about it if you get them one then they can just go on it and go for a sleep over or something so until you think about things don't say them.

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          chironseer 4 years ago

          Interesting, I have been on a motorized bike once, it's a good idea.

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          mistaben 4 years ago

          Brilliant ideas. Loving the information on this lens.

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          Jogalog 4 years ago

          Wow! I wouldn't dare do this to my bicycle but I'm sure it's fun to ride.

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          francescajohnston 4 years ago

          Very cool Lens! My son is thinking about doing this. =)

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          lawyer-marketing 3 years ago

          Great lens.

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          RoSelou 3 years ago

          I will build this one. This is a great lens.

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          idealifestyle 3 years ago

          Lots of interesting information. I'm not so good with motors, but I'll try to do it maybe finding someone who can help me! thanks a lot for your lens!

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          Jim Houston 3 years ago from Wilmer, Alabama

          Great lens and it shows how the imagination can create amazing things.JimHouston33

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          benkuyf 3 years ago

          where did you get the engine kit? can you give me a webaddress or something like that?I'm very interested and I would love to hear from you so I can start building my own. Can you give my another engine kit that's capeble with this kind of project?thank you,Ben

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