Photo: BikeBerry (Facebook)A motorized bicycle can serve many purposes. Some folks use motorized bikes to get to work or school. Others utilize them to run quick errands around town. And there are others who build and ride motorized bicycles strictly for leisure. Motorized bicycles typically come equipped with a 2-stroke engine, 4-stroke engine, or electric bike motor. These bikes are cost-effective, convenient, and eco-friendly. That said, while a motorized bike isn’t as expensive as a car, it can become a time investment. Of course, you can always turn that investment into a passion project or even a small business. In this article, we’ll discuss five reasons why you should build a motorized bicycle.
Photo: BikeBerry (Facebook)Building a motorized bike is a unique skill. It’s a great way for handy folks to keep busy, and it provides newer builders with a rewarding challenge to take on. Ultimately, whether you’re a hobbyist who likes building things or you’re looking to learn a new skill, it can be really satisfying putting together your very own motorized bicycle. Building a bike of your own is also an excellent outlet for stress. It allows you to unplug for a while and work with your hands, especially if you’re feeling bored and are looking for a way to pass the time. Studies show that working with your hands on a personal project — whether you’re taking up pottery, metalworks, or engine-building — allows your mind to check out from the stress of daily life. Although building a motorized bicycle can be challenging, it certainly isn’t rocket science. You’ll need some basic technical knowledge and a generally handy mindset. Thankfully, the BikeBerry YouTube channel has plenty of installation tutorials, guides, and how-to videos to help you through the process. Whether you opt for a 2-stroke engine, 4-stroke engine, or electric bike kit, the assembly is relatively user-friendly with the right installation guides.
Photo: BikeBerry (Facebook)If you’re the outdoorsy, adventurous type, a motorized bicycle is a suitable alternative to a dirt bike. For starters, it’s a lot more affordable than even a used dirt bike. Second, with the right performance upgrades, you can essentially turn a motorized bicycle into a heavy-duty, off-road dirt bike. The BBR Tuning Racing Series Stage 4 66/80cc 2-Stroke Engine Kit is great for more than just racing. Thanks to its inclusion of performance upgrades, you’ll be able to tackle dirt roads with ease. Oh, and if you’re taking on especially steep hills, don’t forget to fit your motorized bicycle with a 48-tooth sprocket or 50-tooth sprocket — larger sprockets provide you with more torque and give you that extra push you’ll need. If you’re going the e-bike kit route, there’s really no substitute for a high-powered rear wheel like the ModWheel 48v 1000w Direct Drive 7-Spd Rear Wheel Electric Bike Kit. Though not customizable like a 2-stroke engine, this electric bike kit can give you the necessary power to easily ride through off-road terrain and take on steep hills. Putting together a motorized bike using a 2-stroke engine with high-performance parts or a 1000w e-bike kit will ensure you’re prepared to take your bike for a spin off the beaten (and paved) path.
Photo: Socal Motor Bicycle Racing (Facebook)If you’re all about high-speed adrenaline, you could build your very own motorized bicycle and hit the racing circuit. The BBR Tuning Racing Series 2-stroke engines are highly customizable and include high-performance parts such as a high compression cylinder head and expansion chamber. These parts will ensure you’re getting the performance and top end speed you need on the track. Of course, the upgrades don’t end there. If the expansion chamber isn’t cutting it, you could upgrade to a higher-powered option like the BBR Tuning High Performance F2 Thrust Exhaust Muffler. This muffler gives you both a smoother and faster ride thanks to its long, baffle-less design, so you’ll be passing other racers on the track left and right. You could also improve your engine’s spark so you’re the first one out of the starting line with the BBR Tuning Volt Master High Performance Racing CDI. Many local motorized bicycle racing clubs host events and racing circuits if you’re looking to fulfill your competitive streak. Attending these events is a great way to socialize with fellow racers and motorized bike enthusiasts. Adrenaline lovers and speed demons alike will appreciate the ability to take their newly constructed toy for a spin on the racetrack.
Photo: BikeBerry (Facebook)Whether you’re going to work, school, or the grocery store, motorized bikes can take you anywhere you want to go and get you there in a flash. In addition, if you already have a vehicle for commuting, you can always build a motorized bicycle for hitting some off-road trails or the racing circuit. Then again, maybe you’re just handy and are looking for a new project to spend your free time with. If that’s you, building a motorized bike is a great time investment, and you can even turn it into a small business. Whatever the case may be, putting together your very own motorized bicycle is a worthwhile investment. So with that said, why are you building a motorized bike?
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