I have found that some Chinese tires leak air at the Brand location. (Where the manufacturers' name is indented into the tire). Don't just look for bead leaks, check the sidewall too. Apparently the sidewall is just too thin. You can either install a tube, or look for a higher quality tire.
Everything is different on the mini bikes, and the Compact series mini bikes are different from them. No interchange of parts. The Simplex site does have scans of the ads and some parts lists for the mini bikes. Check this site for some Simplex info. Which do you have, Compact or mini? Most...
Trail Horse E Z Rider. The exhaust goes to the rear. It rests on the bar and clamps to it. The exhaust then turns up at the same angle as the sissy bar. There is a pic of mine in the media section. Can't remember the model numbers, but they made 3 versions: rigid fork, internal spring...
Wheels, tires and front suspension are Cushman, frame is not. There were a couple of manufacturers who bought Cushman parts and used them on their bikes. Since Cushman parts were plentiful and readily available they were popular for modifications by individual owners.
Actually, I think it's a Sensation. I have a Manufacturers Statement of Origin for one. Don't know for certain, but Fimco bikes may have been re-badged Sensations. Fimco is still in business. They make sprayers.
The Skat Kitty elbow is machined from a street ell. An off the shelf elbow will probably not be satisfactory. Originals are impossible to find. A zinc-plated, machined repro with special nut is available.
Wheelbase = 36"
frame height = 15.25"
Handlebar width = 21.5" from end of bar to end of bar.
Most parts are available as reproduction. I get parts from Jim's Scooter Parts in St Paul. He is the only full stocking dealer.
A friend recently made a couple Skat Kitty parts. Parts are located in Seville, Ohio.
Kickstand, zinc plated, $25 plus shipping.
Exhaust elbow and nut, chrome plated, $60 plus shipping.
High quality repro parts.
They are 12" Hawk wheels. Used on their Pony Cycle scooters, their Wards scooters, Simplex Compact Seniors, and some trail scooters. Prone to having the brake backing plates cracked. Looks like original blue paint from a Pony Cycle.
Very interesting to hear from you. I forwarded your posts to US Scooter Museum and asked John to post them on his site. John has some Moto Scoot information posted including a copy of your dad's Bronze Star award. Some of the information came from Ray Spangler in Chicago. I recommend you...