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Any Mini Bike Guys?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Frisco 57, Oct 19, 2020.

  1. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    We knew those as Tote Gotes. But they were suddenly a POS compared with a Honda 50 trail when they came out.
    All my friends Dad's who were loggers up here in Skagit County had them, then the Honda arrived and they all disappeared!
     
  2. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I want a QA50 kinda badly.
    I am getting around the farm on a 78 XL125 that was a $150 barn find.
    Wish I could find a similar deal on a QA.
    I might have to get a minibike with a Techumseh or Briggs just to hear that SOUND.
     
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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I seem to remember a Bonanza mini with some rudimentary suspension and a 100cc Hodaka engine.
    It FLEW.
    I don't think it was homemade.
    Anybody remember this?
     
  4. Frisco 57

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    Nope, you're right. That was the Bonanza BC1300SH 100cc Hodaka engine and a 5-speed transmission.

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  5. Frisco 57

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    Yup, Tote Goats and Tule Troopers (from Issaquah WA.) were a bit larger and when Honda MC's arrived most of the mini bike companies went out of business.
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  6. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Don't forget the smell.
     
  8. Wildeman

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    That just looks crazy!
    Good to see it might actually have brakes, maybe:D
    Mine just has a piece of steel on a lever that rubs on the back tire!
     
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  9. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Critical!
    I still have a 2-stroke trials bike I wobble about on, and I was thrilled to find a very high tech oil that contains some....castor oil!
    Ahhh, the smell if pre-mix in the morning!!
     
  10. charlie chitlin

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    The guy I knew who had one could powerslide it on the high school cinder running track.
     
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  11. rghill

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    We had a Honda Trail 70 and a mini bike, we used to ride around the desert north of Phoenix.
     
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    Cool Bikes! As a 13 yr old on the 60’s my Dad bought me a Red Honda Trail 90! Rode it all over the desert we lived in. Sold it to buy my first Good Guitar and Amp - a Gibson Melody Maker and a Blackface Fender Deluxe Reverb (Both used). Good Times!
     
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    ASATKat Friend of Leo's

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    At 66, no car, I want a Tao Tao 4 stroke 49cc scooter. They don't need registration or insurance, street legal, 35mph, 105 miles to a gallon. And geeky enough to keep my 66 yr old body from challenging off road and all the other fun crazyness.
     
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    You don't need to look BACK to reminisce about mini-bikes. Soon, you can look FORWARD:
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    Or, you can get one of these and actually get on the road TODAY:
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  15. Frisco 57

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    No the one with a Hodaka 100cc is just crazy IMHO, my Bonanza is much more tame. A five horse Brigg & Stratton just for cruisin' is more my style.
     
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    I, see, it was like this, uh.........

    :oops:

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    got one like this and we have a Buddy 170 scooter. My son has the minibike, we have the buddy, it flies.
     
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    We finished this '74 CT90 (not a mini bike) yesterday. It runs great and everything is now working. We're going to give it back to the owner, a good friend who couldn't get it running. Giving it back at his retirement party, next week!

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  20. mexicanyella

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    @charlie chitlin, beware the infamously weak 2-speed trans on the QA, and the sort of orphan OHV engine design that was surpassed and buried by the OHC engines on the Z50/CT70 etc. QAs are cute as hell but if you break it you’ll be scouring for parts while it sits in dry dock.

    I wanted a QA real bad when I was a kid.

    What model trials bike do you have? I would love to have an older trials bike; the only one I’ve ever ridden was a Honda TL125. It was in a sandstone slick rock area near Moab UT, which should be cooler than anything...but my trials skills were pretty wobbly.

    I know a guy in Illinois who shifted from a massive Honda collection (pretty much all variants of the Z, CT, SL, XL models from the 70s, all colors, etc) to older Spanish trials bikes. I think he had some Bultacos and Ossas and one Kawasaki (KL? RL?) trials 250....I need to find an excuse to go visit that guy. Last I talked to him he had just come home with a Bultaco 250 Astro, the dirt oval power sliding variant. He had ordered a new repro piston from some guy in Arizona that was making them and selling them for a couple hundred a pop.
     
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