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Vintage minibikes

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by INJUNTOM, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. landseaandair
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    Snazzy!
     
  2. porsche930dude
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    making progress on my ramrod
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  3. Hellfish
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    Wow. That kicks ass.
     
  4. INJUNTOM
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    I would say that it would be regional depending on where the carnival rides were produced. Most likely got them from a vendor close by....or had their own made.
     
  5. Dennis D
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    Well, as soon as it warms up a bit and the snow goes away, I will retrieve them. Hopefully I can identify them by comparing them to the pictures in the '70 mini bike guide that I have. I'll post what I come up with. I am wanting to build a bike for my grandson, so I am hoping that they have a motor plate on them. The guy that has them said they still have the extra tube welded to the frame that attached them to the ride, but that shouldn't be a problem to remove.....famous last words:eek: Dennis D
     
  6. jesse1980
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    You know where there's probly a lot of people with them? On the jockey journal.
     
  7. This one was built to harken back to Fonda's bike in "Easy Rider"

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  8. need louvers ?
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    You'd be pretty damn suprised! Every time someone has tried to start a mini bike thread over there the Harley faithful bitch and cry like small children and it gets closed. That's why I'm damn thankful that Ryan and the gang have let this one go.

    I always think of mini bikes in more of a hot rod context anyway because my family's race car shop had a fleet of them as pit bikes back in the sixties and seventies. Plus, the first time they caught my attention as an adult was at Day Of The Drags in 2006. A bunch of guys had a whole heard of them and spent all afternoon racing each other down the service road on off the backside of the track and laughiing their asses off!

    If your comment was meant to be snarky (possible?) just don't open this thread...
     
  9. landseaandair
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    Could be Hampton? Metalflake, polished stainless and blinking lights...weee! Could be tricky to make rideable. No rear sprocket or room for one and fixed forks.
     
  10. wheels1950
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    Will sell if interested pm me. It's a rupp hustler
    FRANK
     
  11. porsche930dude
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    I just made this thing. Yes thats a real penny lol
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  12. Hellfish
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    Wow! That's cool.
     
  13. Diceman9
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    I had this ruttman grasshopper. I got it from a friend that restored it. I drove it at bonneville during speed week. (not racing it). Man what a scary assed ride. I cant imagine a kid driving one of these in the 60's. Had chopper flop real bad. Sold it to a guy in new york. Wished i still had it.
     

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  14. I have been searching hi and low for a K&S rear fender like this one if anybody has a lead I would appreciate it...

     
  15. jasonp
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  16. 50 Ragtop
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    This picture was in my Jefferson Junior High yearbook. The year was 1971 and this is in Oklahoma City Ok. The kids were allowed to ride them to school back then. Seems crazy now. These were seventh graders, mostly 12 and 13 yr olds. These were all lined up every morning at school. I don’t know how many are pictured but I’d guess 12-15.
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    I have an old school minibike now but I don’t know the make. I just had shoulder surgery and can’t do much yet, so I’ll post a pic when I can and maybe you guys can tell me what it is.
    Dave
     
  17. Cat 300ss
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    Do you have any pictures you could post? I have one that's the wrong color among other things. I could use some help so I can restore it correctly. Thanks in advance...
     
  18. INJUNTOM
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    Like it or not they are tied in to the car hobby. Everything from guys getting their motorized start on them to them being used as pit bikes at race tracks, to swap meet cruisers, and back to a lot of guys just getting them to re-live their childhoods....and realistically, many guys have kids, and the so the cycle starts again...
     
  19. INJUNTOM
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    And besides, there has to be something relavant about a thread with over 1400 replies, and 355,000 views.
     
  20. Beau
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    I picked this little turd up.

    It has a Schwinn Whizzer tank on it. The rest is pretty much junk. It'll be a good basis for a Billetproof Racer.

    No idea what it is. Looks like it had front fender and the seat was on springs originally.

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  21. INJUNTOM
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    Small frame Bird/Penneys bike...but they widened the forks?
     
  22. lowpunk
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  23. Sadly, I don't need these little guys anymore. Anyone? I have the engines, too.
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  24. Are those cafe style bars down that low? Your gonna need a backeotomy. :D
     
  25. need louvers ?
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    Any body have a clue what this might be? I promise I'll shoot better pictures later...
     

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  26. lowpunk
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    hahahaha. I've been seeing all these lower bars in these old pictures and thought i'd give them a try. 1/4 plate and a old set of 7/8 motorcycle bars and now i have these. Its kinda odd but should be fun. If they suck, i'll just make a taller pair, ha!
     
  27. Looking good so far. Just busting your stones Buddy. :)
     
  28. Jake D 56
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    Looks an awful lot like lil indian or ruttman. That rear wheel is off of a Taco.
     
  29. need louvers ?
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    Cool! I've had a bunch of guys locally tell me that its a Lil Indian since I posted the other day. The Taco wheel is new to me though! Cool!
     
  30. Offy
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    That is most diffenitly a Lil Indian but a good bit away from the basic frame has been modified.
     

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