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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Frisco 57, Oct 19, 2020.
I added more to my last post and I think I broke your post doing it. I’d love to know more about your trials bike though.
My father's nick-name was "Honda", 'cause he bought the first Honda ag-bike from a dealer when they opened 30 miles away (mid 60's?). The first was a ct-55, I think, before they went up to ct-90. As a kid they were great around the farm, no clutch-lever, and as I discovered, they could take you a little further than just the farm............
Funny...I blew it, too!
Anyway...I broke myself up real bad at a young age, so stuff like MX got cut loose.
Trials was a way to ride offroad in a more...gentlemanly way
Been doing it on and off when my health allows for 40+ years now.
With all the old iron I've had, (pans, knuckles, flatties, chiefs, scouts...) I have no desire to flog an old boat anchor around the woods.
I love a hydraulic clutch, disk brakes, cushy suspension and light weight!
As motivation to get better after a total knee replacement, I picked up an '01 Scorpa for a great price.
The original owner had a cabin upstate and thought he'd be able to ride up waterfalls just because he owned a trials bike.
He hardly rode it and parked it.
I'm just starting to wobble around on it a bit here on the farm.
We have a couple little gullies with creeks, no shortage of fallen logs of all sizes...
It feels good to ride again.
I had a minibike way back. This is the closest thing I have now:
If anyone is unaware, you can always flashback.
The price tag is initially shocking, but these are fully registerable and street legal rides here for secondary road use, and very capable little short commuters.
So, I thought we was talkin' 'bout mini bikes...
I had a QA50 as a kid and must have put 300 miles on it one summer in my neighborhood. As an adult I built this:
I documented the build here:
Is the circus in town?
Maybe... In my hood I'm sometimes referred to as the "Circus Bear"
I feel compelled to tell my one and only mini-bike story.
Thirty-odd years ago my band rehearsed at a friend’s house.
She had a mini-bike.
We took a break, and bass player Tommy, a big, tough Nam vet took off on it.
He wiped out at the end of her long gravel driveway.
He dis-located his shoulder.
He was in great pain.
He lifted his “dead” right arm, and put it in the crook of a mimosa tree in her front yard.
He then pushed/shoved his arm back into the socket.
Tommy was tough, cool, and a great bass player.
True, and unforgettable!
I think my first one was a red 1969-1970 Sears model with a B&S that looked like the photos in the OP. My next was a red Mini Trail 50. From there it was various Honda SL models, which I don't really consider minibikes. Those were some of the happiest and best years of my life.
I have some cousins who farmed in Montana and used CT-90s to run around the farm, moving irrigation pipes from one hookup to the next. They had three or four of them, as I recall. The newest may have been a CT-110. The oldest one trailed blue oil smoke but still ran well.
Another set of Montana cousins used a CT-70 around the ranch in the 45 minutes or so out of the year when there wasn’t enough snow to get the snowmobiles out.
Those were my two favorite stops on family visiting road trips.