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Old 03-09-08, 01:35 PM
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zippy cycles 49 & 80cc Gas Powered Moped Kit

http://www.zippycycles.com/main.html




with the 49cc kit it gets 250miles per gal.. and the kit is $350

sounds like a hoax but i just saw a bike with this setup in austin, texas..

what do you guys think? maybe it was a different kit? i think this would be an awesome project. If i find enough info on this i might do this for a project bike.
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Not sure if it was that kit or something else, but I passed couple of those when I was in Bay Area. I could smell them a mile away.
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I have always thought those were fairly neat. I see them everyone once in a blue moon around here, but the cops crack down on those. Not that it applies to you, but HBPD out here even made a website related to that kind of stuff:

http://www.ci.huntington-beach.ca.us...ve_vehicle.cfm

Basically I could run around on a GOPED all I want but putting a motor on my beach cruiser is a no go.
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Old 03-09-08, 09:17 PM
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could be fun.
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Lame. A guy with one of these was heading the other direction on the bike path one day a couple months ago. The smelly exhaust fumes hung in the air for quite a while. If you really want a motor, go electric. A smelly gas engine won't make any friends among other cyclists.
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is electric still fairly slow and limited on distance?
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I'm no expert on electric bikes. You'd have to ask on the electric bike forum: http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdisplay.php?f=258. Or this site seems to have lots of electric bikes and kits:
http://www.greenspeed.us/. If you want to talk about fun and cool, check out their electric skateboards! I'd love to try one of those.
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You can get them on ebay or at kingsmotorbikes.com for way less and don't let the dealers fake you out by telling you there Chinese bicycle kits are better than other kits. They all come out of the same factories and all parts are interchangeable.
I built one 3 years ago and ride it having put over 5,000 miles on it. I wore out the first cheap Huffy cruiser bike I put the engine kit on in about 2 years. I built my second bike using quality hubs, alloy rims, stainless steel spokes, and an antique Raleigh frame. It's holding up very well.

I did use a coaster brake in the rear hub but put a modern V-brake fork on front for safety and confidence knowing I can get this HOG stopped when I'm cruising at 30 MPH.

The gas mileage is way overstated. No way are you going to get 250 MPG out of one of these. If I keep my speed around 15 MPH I'll get between 120 and 140 MPG.
I use synthetic 2-cycle oil in mine. No smoke or smell out the exhaust. It's cleaner than the cheap 4-cycle lawn mowers my neighbors use puffing black smoke and emitting lots of noise. My motorbike muffler works very well and never disturbs others as I ride.
In Alabama mopeds are legal and you don't even need to register them or have insurance which you could not buy anyway. You do however need a drivers license.
If you live in a state that harasses you with something you built yourself you might want to check out Whizzer Motorbikes. http://www.whizzermotorbike.com/
These motorbikes can be registered and insured just like motorcycles.


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i need to find a sweet cruiser frame for it.
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Originally Posted by dewthedew View Post
is electric still fairly slow and limited on distance?
The Chinese are producing good electric bikes. Some require that you pedal along with the motor as required by some European countries. You can "wind mill" the pedals with no effort to keep it going or add am much as you like to greatly improve range. These electric bicycles are quality machines. The next class of electric bike does not require you to pedal except when starting from a dead stop. The motor will not "kick in" until your moving a few miles per hour. Doing this extends the range as starting draws the most power from the batteries. The third class of electric bike is a simple motor with a throttle to control speed. You need not pedal at all. If you don't help the motor your range will be very limited. Bicycle electric motors are rated in watts. 750 watts = 1 horse power. That is the limit for electric bicycles in the USA to still be considered a bicycle and not an electric moped. A 750-watt motor is capable of pushing a bicycle to 20 MPH at which time a regulator to prevent higher speed is mandated by law in the USA. The higher power motor and the faster you go drains the batteries faster than if you keep your speed around 10 to 15 MPH, which is the speed of most commercially produced electric bicycles for the USA market. Most electric bicycles sold in the USA market have 500 watt motors, are limited to 15 MPH, and will typically travel 15 miles on flat roads with little or no help from the rider. With moderate help range can be extended to over 20 miles.
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I think I'd go ahead and just buy a Honda Super Cub. They're about the most reliable thing ever built, they get something like 320 MPG, and they're 4 cycle, fuel injected and meet california emissions. They can go 50 MPH. Also they've got to be a lot more durable than this retrofit; they will probably last decades; I doubt this thing would. They're not horribly expensive; something like $1200 I think. Well worth it for the number of years you'll get out of it. Also a Super Cub can haul significant weight (2nd person, lots of cargo).

There's no way in hell I'd ride a road vehicle with a 2 cycle stinkpot on it. I won't even buy 2 cycle engines for lawn mowers; you might as well have a tire fire.
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seems like the 4 stroke would be kinda bulky
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If you want a motorcycle, why not get a motorcycle?
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Originally Posted by dewthedew View Post
seems like the 4 stroke would be kinda bulky
I bet it doesn't add more than 3 pounds to the motorcycle. Dry weight is about 165 pounds, and probably only about 10 of that is engine. Honda knows how to make very small, quiet, dependable 4 stroke engines. I don't think anyone in the world does it better, for small engines anyway.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_Super_Cub

Discovery's show on motorcycles deemed the Super Cub as the greatest motorcycle ever. They've been making them for 50 years and has sold 50 million of them. It's by far the most popular motorized vehicle ever.
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