PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
ROLAND PREISSNER, co-owner of Big Boy Cycles, shows one of his motorized bicycles which are sold at the Golden Spoke bicycle shop at 679 Placerville Drive. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

ROLAND PREISSNER, co-owner of Big Boy Cycles, shows one of his motorized bicycles which are sold at the Golden Spoke bicycle shop at 679 Placerville Drive. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

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Pair create motorized bicycles

By From page A3 | January 25, 2012

One doesn’t know whether to ride a BigBoyCycle or put it under glass and admire it. For they are sculpted, they are shiny, and they are beautiful.

Called “Bomba” which is Italian for bomb, these sleek vehicles truly are “da bomb.”

Like a lot of startups, BigBoyCycles got its start in a garage. Owners Roland Preissner and Timm Cooper came up with the design for the cycle last April.

Preissner is from Munich, Germany, and has a master’s in mechanics. Cooper is from Alaska and also has an engineering background. Preissner joked that both moved to California because they wanted to escape the cold and the rain.

In August of last year the owners rolled out their first bike. It only had a two-stroke engine and it wasn’t satisfactory. So they redesigned the bike with a four-stroke engine and sold the first one in August of last year.

Preissner is very proud of the fact that the bicycles are primarily made in this country. The frame and most other parts are produced in the United States. The engine comes from China because there are no engine manufacturers left in this country. However, Preissner said that when they get the engines they take them apart, replace the gaskets, and re-torque the bolts to ensure a higher level of quality. The bikes are then assembled and sold in Placerville either through the company’s Website www.BigBoyCycles.com or through Golden Spoke Bike Shop at 679 Placerville Drive.

The bikes are built to last a lifetime, according to Preissner. They have a 49 cc engine and a fuel capacity of somewhat less than 1 and 1/2 gallons. They have a maximum legal speed limit of 30 mph and one can travel approximately 100 to 120 miles on one tank. However, the vehicles are only legal on the streets.

Currently you can buy a BigBoyCycle for $4,500, but what price can you put on a classy yet functional work of art?  Like a throwback to another era, the “Bomba” reminds one of what is best about America — functional quality and style.

Dawn Hodson

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