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POCKET BIKES, OPINIONS?

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by reckedracing, Jun 25, 2004.

  1. reckedracing

    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    so has anyone on here ever been on one?
    owned one?
    any funny stories?
    or reasons not to get them?
    or any that are better than the others?

    i started researching them today and you have the egay ones for like 3 bills, and then i found the "true race pocket bikes" for like 2500...
    out of control...

    i think they would get old fast so i was just curious if anyone has experiences with them...


    edit: i think the mini choppers would be a better option, but i still think its a waste of money... i'd rather get a made in china enduro for a couple hundred more...
     
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    dood, my friend just bought one from pep boys for like 500 dollars, yeah, its cool, but it gets old. I read an article in the paper the other day that said almost all places are going to ban them, cuz theyre not street legal, but they cant be used on the sidewalk either....so...you pretty much have to ride them on private property only.
     
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    a whole group of people had them at the last "car show" i went to, which was really just a parking lot type showing...

    so i guess they were selling them, but there must have been 8 riding around together, i was just waiting and hoping someone would dump, or drive into a car or something...

    nothing cool happened, but they got real annoying real fast.
     
  5. jeffie7

    jeffie7 Wrong Whole! VIP

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    Pocket bikes are great if used for IMO what they are ment for

    one of two things

    1. pit bike
    2. Racing!

    If the racing scene picks up down here I will buy a pocket bike and no not a piece of shit pepboys one

    good pocket bikes run anywhere from 1000-3500+ depending on what options you get

    pep boys I think max out at 20mph and their bad ass options are WOW headlights!!!!!

    the good pocket bikes do anywhere form 40-80mph depending on how they are geared as with what motors/upgrades you have on them

    one of the bike shops around here has a fully stock pocket bike "one of the better ones" and he was able to keep up with RT4 traffic the road has a 55mph speedlimit


    If you get a pocket bike don't plan to use it on the streets becuase you will just get a ticket, have to walk it home, or have it impounded.
     
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    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    its a lot of fun...

    but really, its fucking useless and a waste of cash.
     
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    jeffie7 Wrong Whole! VIP

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    not if you race a lot but once again maryland has yet to get a big racing scene going so till then I wont buy one

    when theres a race everyweekend I might pick one up =)
     
  8. NotUrAverage_Si

    NotUrAverage_Si Senior Member

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    I tried to sit on one and couldn't figure out how to see past my knees.

    Some guy dropped one recently...his face was all cut up (no helmet) and so were his arms and legs. I'll pass on pocket bikes.
     
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    For riding gear, you should have the same gear that you would have on a real bike.

    Racing them has GOT to be a load of fun, and something I would really do. Lets say that on non-autocrossing weekends I could throw it, a small bag of tools, soem gas in the back of the truck - And whamo, $10 entry fee and have some fun.

    That would make it the cheapest kind of motorsport out there. Even cheaper than karting.

    -> Steve

    And you don't need a full garage to enjoy one fully.
     
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    Sounds like he was a "in the bike world" squid "some one who wears no gear". As stated before you should wear riding gear just as if you were on a bike.

    [​IMG]
     
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    lol, that's a funny looking pic. they all look like giants.

    i think that they would be fun to ride, but I would never buy one myself.

    why waste a grand or more on a bike you'll get tired of in a few months IMO.
     
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    once again if you get into racing then it's not so bad

    why make a track car you cant use that cost $$$$ if you're just going to get tired of it? some people enjoy doing stuff like that and make it a serious hobby
     
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    i got one 2 weeks ago brand new for $250 (my step-dad's friend sells them and he gave one to me at cost) anyway...they are pretty fun, my step-dad just ordered one from italy through his friend for $1100. it's a 3 speed and it's capable of up to 75mph!!! IMO, is it worth it? yes! but to some it's not. it all depends, is it worth it to you?
     
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    well if i could get one for $250 then that would be a different story... :D
     
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    I like the video posted a while ago of all the tiny asian children racing them. I thought that that was the REAL purpose for pocket bikes. :shrug:
     
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    MikeBergy Blah blah blah....

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    pocket bikes are stupid IMO, just get a real bike
     
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    You can get them for 250ish at pepboys


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    Does it suck that you can race 5-6-7-8 people on a empty parking lot? You can really get into the racing it's pretty competitive.

    You wanna know what really sucks? Driving 3-4 hours and spending 200 bucks to do a track day on a real bike then either trashing your bike or killing yourself. fun fun fun

    Another guy died last weekend at the track that makes 2 weeks in a row for deaths at race tracks =)

    Pocket bikes are a little more forgiving and still very fun

    so Mike have you ever been on a GOOD pocket bike? not a cheap POS but one of the nice ones? Ive NEVER heard anyone complain about them
     
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    [​IMG]

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    :lol: old school CBR =)

    [​IMG]
    12HP!

     
  19. BigJ

    BigJ I'm just about that action Boss. VIP

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    My friend bought one off ebay a bit ago. His is supposed to do like 62mph and has a 8hp motor. Best part is, it has a speedo I think.

    In my area, these thigns are legal aslong as you wear a helmet and they have headlights at night, and you yield to traffic as if you were on a pedal bike.
     
  20. MikeBergy

    MikeBergy Blah blah blah....

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    No, I actually haven't been on any pocketbikes. The closest thing, was a trail 90 that my cousin had, it was fun, and I didn't have to scrunch down to fit on it. I can see how it would be fun, but my cbr cost less than a lot of those nicer pocketbikes, so I cannot justify spending any money on something that will not be legal on the streets, and although you talk about spending a lot of money on track days and the risks involved, most people that go to those events know and accept the risks. for someone that isn't interested in the practical side of owning a regular bike, but wants some cheap fun on the weekend, I agree that these might be a good option.
     
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