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Vintage minibikes

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

  1. aus55
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
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    from down under

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    Picked this one up recently. As far as I can see it is a Deltek Rockhopper. Please correct me if I am wrong. Torn between getting it running or full resto. Always wanted one. So many cool bikes in this thread for inspiration.
     
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  2. Stock Racer
    Joined: Feb 28, 2010
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    Check out Craigslist or Fakebook Marketplace. Oldminibikes.com for wheels and parts
     
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  3. Lone Star Mopar
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
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    Texas outfit, they do alot of mail order .
    Projects seem to have gone way up in price lately. There are a few guys that sell vintage style frames to build.
     
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  4. chevyfordman
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
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    I loved this minibike, it had a Homelite chainsaw engine and it would go down the road at 40 mph. Wish I had one like it. Scan 5.jpeg
     
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  5. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
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    Hi guys. First time posting on The Antiquated section. Maybe we're not so strict on the cutoff year for mini bikes? I'll put this up, if it doesn't fit, delete it the heck out of here.

    11 year old Zander comes to the farm. Works hard with his dad and me. And has plenty of fun. I've known him since he was 8. I enjoy having him around. We laugh a lot. He likes things with wheels and motors. Go karts, mini bikes, my old car.

    Searched for a good mini bike for him that he can ride around the farm. Looked at all of them. Found this one. About the same size as a Baha, but different from all the others I've seen. Not real vintage, about 15 years old. But they don't make 'em anymore. A Trail Sport Buffalo. Kind of a triangular chopper style frame. 6.5 HP Tecumseh. 30 series torque converter. It was adult owned by a man who rode it on his farm for a couple of seasons, then stopped using it. Ended up behind a bunch of stuff in his barn. Sat for a long time. Still looks good, and with the new carburetor, runs good, too.

    Zander found it under the Christmas tree out in the garage this year with a couple bicycles. He's happy LOL.

    He and I are already talking about changes we might make to it. A different front fork with suspension. Maybe a swing arm and shocks for the rear. A more classic looking round chrome headlight. A real gas tank to replace the fake one. Bigger carburetor, exhaust pipe. I'll let him ride it the way it is for a while this coming season, and then start making the changes so that he can be involved in and experience the improvements.

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    Sorry about the bad pics.
    Took one with a little better light. Taking a look at the torque converter and carburetor and a couple other things right now. Preventive maintenance. Make sure everything's good before Zander starts riding it.


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  6. loudbang
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    Good for you and him too. :)
     
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  7. Deuces
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    They also made snowmobiles back in the day....
     
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  8. 20160412_134319.jpg 20160412_134304.jpg 20160412_134233.jpg The Grandkid's mini bikes. I wish that I could post videos. :( Because I have some cool ones of them rideing around in the backyard. They really love'em.:)
     
  9. vinny harms
    Joined: Nov 23, 2019
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    Looking to get one of these. I'm building 2 bikes right now almost finished one

    Sent from my SM-S111DL using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  10. fourtogo
    Joined: Jan 4, 2011
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    from long beach

    Homlite Trailking and a Heathkit Boonie
     

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  11. I bought this Bonanza from the original owner a couple years ago. It burns oil and smokes. I just got it running again after my son ran it out of oil and it locked up. It’s a blast and will go faster than I’m brave enough to go. It becomes unstable at 31 mph but has more left. That’s as fast as I’ve had it.
    I’m in need of a rear wheel cog for it if anyone has any leads.
     

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  12. loudbang
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    That speed is flying that close to the ground. :eek:
     
  13. 210superair
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    My Lil Indian spitfire. 45 all day, it flies.
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  14. loudbang
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  16. guffey
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
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    wilbur shaws 54 IMG_7829.jpg 54 IMG_7832.jpg wilbr 54 IMG_7833.jpg wilbur shaws cycle scoot black beauty
     
  17. guffey
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
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    2 cycle IMG_3238.JPG 2 cycle IMG_3239.JPG
    has anyone seen or remember one like this Looks a little like an early bug in the front
     
  18. guffey
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    guffey

  19. loudbang
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  20. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
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    Anyone downnear Huntsville/Madison Alabama or nearby in Tennessee?
    Foind a mini I want to buy but I only want the engine.
    Iff someone would pick it up and ship me the engine they can have the rest.
    Will pay for shipping and for some time
     
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  21. s.e.charles
    Joined: Apr 25, 2018
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    heckuvanoffer!

    wish i were close by
     
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  22. partsdawg
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    Hate to be a pest but...this time I'm bidding on a on-line auction near Appleton WI. and should I win it would be handy if someone near there could pick the minibike and hold it until Thanksgiving when I could pick it up.
     
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  23. jimmy six
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  25. Minibike Drags this coming weekend. Will try and post some highlights afterwards
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  26. loudbang
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