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

  1. need louvers ?
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    Bird "Wrens" to be more specific.
     
  2. This is mine. The 5hp Briggs took a dump. I had the fuzz chase me down one time, sirens and all. He spotted me from the other side of a main street as I was taking a test ride. I tried to play it cool and act like I didn't see him. When he drove up he acted as if he just caught me robbing a bank...hand on his weapon and everything. He told me if he ever saw me riding this "thing" again, he would lock me up.
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  3. SaltCoupe
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    SaltCoupe
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    from Indiana

    I just scored this Trail Horse. I've bought 5 mini bikes so far this year.
     

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  4. During the recovery of hurricane Sandy i drove my bike everywhere for 14 days everytime I would pass this one block in the neighborhood this one guy would come out and complain saying he's a cop and he's going to arrest me
    Turnsout he was a rent a cop . The state guys he finally stopped told them I need to be arrested, little did he know they were hanging by my house taking rides on my bike themselves hahaha
    I have been lucky and gotten out of arrest and them taking my bike 1377575375208.jpg


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  5. unclescooby
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    from indy

    I just got in on this action too. Gotta go pick up some more this week.
     

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  6. I like that green one on the left!

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  7. fordsum
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    fordsum
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    from SO CA

    I miss the days of the minibikes I had so much fun and the always looking for a new lawnmower motor to make the bike faster
     
  8. doinbad
    Joined: Sep 17, 2012
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    doinbad
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    from celina tn

    Here is mine anyone know what brand it is? had it since i was a kid had a 3 hp briggs but i put a kaw 5 hp on it,runs about to good. was getting it running again for the redneck rumble
     

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  9. T_Bird Guy
    Joined: Oct 6, 2006
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  10. Hellfish
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    Those are great! Bring them IN the Econo to the Scramble. I need to take notes. :)
     
  11. M224SPEED
    Joined: May 12, 2010
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    M224SPEED
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    from Missouri

    WOW !!
    Glad to see all of the Pics. sure did bring back some fond memories from yester-year.
    To those of you lucky enough to have one,enjoy the heck out of it no matter if you ride it or just sit and look at it.
     
  12. Chopped 66 Bug
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    Is a mini bike worth $5,000.00? I was looking into getting a Bonanza with the Hodaka engine. Found a restored one on E-bay. I think $5000.00 is a bit steep. Ever ride one of these old crotch rockets? Man are they fast!

    Mike
     
  13. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
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    I've seen the ASKING price for some restored minibikes for $1000+ and even that seems a bit steep. Restored vintage go karts are the same way, if it's a popular brand or rare model.
     
  14. Just picked up this 1938 Elgin bicycle that was converted to a B&S in the late 40s, engine is dated 1948!
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  15. I sold this restored '67 Taco 22 last year for a grand. Later found out, based on current Taco prices, I gave it away.

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  16. Chopped 66 Bug
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    Damn! I had no idea. I had one when I was maybe 14. Only paid $75.00 for it from a kid down the street. Saved my lawn mowing money and bought a brand new Briggs/Stratton 3.5HP upright . Felt like a hundred horse power to me! I found an old chrome vacuum cleaner extension pipe that fit perfectly over the muffler. Sounded real cool too. I hated pulling the rope starter so I went to the local good will drop box and got one of those crank starters off an old mower. It worked but not as well as I had hoped so I took it back. Anyway looking at all of your Mini Bikes really brings back some great memories.

    Thanks, Mike
     
  17. SaltCoupe
    Joined: Jun 10, 2010
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    from Indiana

    Made by Bird Engineering. Not sure on the model due to the forks/handlebars. I have 2 birds, a Duck and a Falcon. Same main-frame, kickstand, and brake as yours. The photo is of my Bird Falcon for you to compare.
     

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  18. mrobvious34
    Joined: Sep 12, 2012
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    from AUSTIN TX

    I dug this out of the dirt from behind a shed in my girlfriends back yard. Is a girls bike that her aunt said she road back in the 60s. I slapped some wheels on it and rode it everywhere. It now has a bicycle motor on it that makes it way cool (sry I don't have a pic of it yet with the motor). But what is really cool is it has an old STP sticker on the head tube from who knows when, you can see it in the first pic

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  19. yule16met
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    This is my wife's Rupp Rascal, we have raced it at Symco 2 years now. We have never won a race... It's just a 2.5 horse motor.

    Anyone have any more info on this one? I was told it has rare turbine wheels

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  20. Abomb
    Joined: Oct 14, 2006
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    I have no idea of the vintage, but here's a homemade job that I picked up...

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    I plan to add a little rake ( it's a bit sketchy at speed ), add a chain tensioner / roller, and replace the awkward triangle front downtubes with a single tube, leaving the floorboards in place...
     
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  21. oldwood
    Joined: Mar 13, 2010
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    from arkansas

    Here are 2 that I bought from a salvage yard here in AR. They have crushed 130 cars before I found out the owner was put in an out of state nursing home.
     

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  22. That cheetah 1400 was my first minibike awesome

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  23. Stu Padasso
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    That seems like a very fair price for a genuine Taco 22, I have one just like it, and would let it go for $1000. Seems the Taco 44's bring the big money
     
  24. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
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    There will be a 3hp and under class at the White Knuckle Scramble (9/14). Try your luck there! :D
     
  25. need louvers ?
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    Gotta bump this one more time!!!

    If you live in Phoenix and are at all MINI-BIKE curious, and are wondering what to do on MONDAY... I have your answer!!!


    THE SECOND ANNUAL ARIZONA MINI BIKE ROUND UP!!!

    See, that's all you needed to know! Last year we had about thirty mini bikes and over sixty people, this year I bet will be far more!
     

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  26. Jeem
    Joined: Sep 12, 2002
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    Jeem
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    MINIBIKE CURIOUS


    Awesome.
     
  27. JSHAW
    Joined: Jun 27, 2010
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    If you live in Phoenix and are at all MINI-BIKE curious, and are wondering what to do on MONDAY... I have your answer!!!


    THE SECOND ANNUAL ARIZONA MINI BIKE ROUND UP!!!

    See, that's all you needed to know! Last year we had about thirty mini bikes and over sixty people, this year I bet will be far more![/QUOTE]






    Can't wait this is gonna be a BLAST!!!!
     
  28. Cap'm
    Joined: Dec 14, 2010
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    Cap'm
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    from So Ute

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    Just snagged this 1940's moto scoot. Need an engine and fuel tank and and and....


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  29. Mr.Freeze
    Joined: Jan 15, 2009
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    from Az

    I think you mean Mini-Bi-Ke-urious !
     
  30. Mr.Freeze
    Joined: Jan 15, 2009
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    Mr.Freeze
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    from Az

    Mostly mocked up just missing a couple nuts and bolts and i'll have it ready! See ya there.
     

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