Motor Bicycles at Perris

Arrow Motorized Cycles at Perris

By Jamey

Remember the old Whizzer motorized Bicycles from the 1950's? Ever wonder what they might have evolved into with modern technology applied to this inexpensive form of transportation / fun vehicle? Well; back in 2011 with gas prices always going ever higher and the economy in the tank Dave Rush found an inexpensive way to have fun and go racing. Dave coming from a Flat Track racing background knew all too well how much money was needed to fund a solid racing program, but what about the guy's or ladies who just wanted to race for fun, or even just ride for fun. Dave found a Russian designed / Chinese built two stroke engines made for attachment to bicycles. At first Dave developed and tested his own reed boxes for these engines, (which come in three different displacement sizes) then he and his brother Jim attended a local race just for Motorized Bicycles. Suddenly Dave realized there were enough enthusiasts for him to market his reed box as there was nothing available in the industry to enhance the performance of these one hundred plus mile per gallon bikes. So it was that in 2012 Dave launched Arrow Motorized Cycles offering reed box kits, exhaust pipes, performance cylinders and heads, along with spare parts and some smaller items from his newly created web-site.

For publicity Dave created a three bike race team using neighborhood kids. They started racing in local races on asphalt (Le Grange in Apple Valley Ca.) as well as dirt. Dave's initial concept for the dikes was to resemble flat track bikes since that was his passion and background, so this called for him to manufacture his own frames, gas tanks, and seats. He sourced existing twenty four inch wheels and tires, Shimano drive train (sprockets, hubs, levers, calipers, etc.) with Avid rotors. The tires are three inch wide dirt track style bicycle tires and Dave prefers the 66cc engine called the "Gruby Skyhawk". Stock this engine produces 2 horse power but with Dave's modifications he can reliably get 8-10 horse power, which in this trim have been clocked as fast as fifty miles per hour on the street. Total weight of an Arrow Motorized Cycles machine tips the scales at fifty five pounds with 6 1/2 " steel cranks (with standard pedals) and the 24" Sun rims. In this configuration a buyer can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $1,500, of course with lighter materials and more custom work the price will head upward.

As for the law where these motorized cycles / bicycles (they do have pedals) is concerned. As long as you wear a DOT approved helmet, adhere to traffic laws and don't exceed thirty miles per hour (right) they are not considered by the DMV to need a license plate or have the need to meet their codes. Think of it this way, you couldn't keep up with Lance Armstrong on your own bicycle, but on an Arrow you just might be able to. It's like performance enhancing without the penalties. 

For information you can reach Dave at

(562) 640-1244

#5 Andy Rust posted a 19.94 second lap time around the Perris1/4 mile oval on the Jake Busey sponsored Specialty bike. Andy won the main event of this growing field by a large margin...#89 Ryan Scruggs gives chase but couldn't keep Rust in sight. After the races with his first dirt track victory Andy Rust was all smiles.

Apparently there are many manufactures of Motorized Bicycles. This class seems to be growing as Ron Rudy didn't race his, but brought it out as a pit bike. This one uses a 50cc 4-stk engine.