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(dare call it a moped)
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Most models under $3000, model shown is $2800 plus shipping with one year warranty on most components. International shipping available to almost anywhere.
Ok, so its not a weapon or piece of field gear, but everything has its place. One thing that has come up a lot in discussions about survival transportation is how to deal with fuel shortages and the need for something that is easy to store and transport by unconventional means. While the idea of the "assault moped" may stay on the back burner indefinitely, the idea of a moped style bike that is actually cool to be seen with has arrived. At better than 80 MPG, and a cruising speed of 35 MPH, this ride looks good and runs well. Made in the USA, this bike is the brainchild of a custom motorcycle builder who wanted to build something unique. Designed in the image of the current craze in custom motorcycles and retro bicycles, these semi-custom motorized bikes are legally mopeds with improved suspension and one major factor - coolness. Being loosely stylized along the lines of the earliest Harley Davidson motorbikes, this bike is built using modern materials and time honored craftsmanship.
In most places, you do not need to maintain costly registration or, in many cases, special insurance policies to keep these ready to use when the need arises. In fact, most states will not even require an adult to wear a helmet on this bike, so you can cruise the streets with the wind in your hair just like the good ol days. A big benefit is that in most places, these are not limited to use on roads and can be used on bike paths under pedal power and places that allow mopeds. That allows people who travel by boat or RV to have a good dependable short range mobility option. Apartment dwellers and those who commute by bike and want the convenience of powered transportation find these bikes to be easy to park in places normally reserved for bikes. In large cities, this can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars per year in parking garage space alone. These bikes will easily fit on the bike racks of most public buses and trains. Another bonus is that we can ship them anywhere that UPS goes, including most of Europe and Asia.
MISSION: In the face of possible gas shortages and the need for individual transportation, revisit the concept of the Moped, and make it cool enough to actually be seen on. The bike must be capable of cruising with an adult at 35MPH either under gas or pedal power up moderate hills. Using both pedal and gas power, a rider can negotiate large hills and fairly long commutes.
EQUIPMENT: Start out with a custom bike frame, a production 48CC motor, customize them as necessary, and marry them to custom components in a small fabrication shop.
The bike has to be under 70 lbs to be shippable anywhere by UPS, it has to have a motor less than 50CC, yet be able to cruise with a fully grown adult in the seat at 35MPH while being nimble enough to move around traffic. A pedal assist helps get that extra bit of power for hills and abrupt starts. The motor and human powered interface must be seamless, yet independent. The motor and related hardware are light enough that it is not a harsh chore to pedal this bike on human power alone. Gas mileage (2 cycle mix) is estimated to be better than 80 Mpg. As you can see in the picture to the right, the bike is narrow enough to easily fit in storage spaces engineered for a normal bicycle.
The builder demonstrates the ease with which the bike can be lifted without the use of any special jacks or winches. One strong man can easily load and unload this custom bike from a trunk or hitch mounted bike rack. With two people, it is a snap to load or unload from the roof rack of a minivan or car.
Can't afford $80k for a custom bike from Jesse James or one of the big name chopper shops? No problem, as most models will run under $3000 each (the model shown is $2800 plus freight). You get a one year warranty on most parts and components and can be cruising within an hour of unpacking the box.
Most of the construction is steel and aluminum for long life and simple maintenance, but future models can involve the use of titanium and carbon fiber. Note that this prototype is designed very similar to the first motorbikes that were made around the turn of the century and it is very easy to work on with limited tools and technical ability.
No custom bike goes without a custom paint job, as this one gets the flame and metal flake treatment. Custom paint themes can vary, but you get lots of chrome, stainless steel and polished billet aluminum components. Most of the small hardware is stainless steel, although the bike should usually be kept in from the elements.