The Vintage Mini Bike Family Photo Scrapbook


"My dad built this bike for me around 1967. We didn’t know bikes like this existed, only knew about the typical 3HP minibike. Not to be outdone he decided 8HP would be better for his kid and purchased a brand new B & S recoil start engine. Then he built a heavy frame in the same shape as the little bikes, just bigger. An engineer, he duplicated the single coil spring front end that many of them had. We had a couple of Piper Cub wheels and tires laying around his “junkyard”, so those became the minibike wheels after he welded a huge sprocket on the back one. A heavy duty chain went to a jackshaft on the frame, then he engineered the ultimate “transmission”, a foot controlled variable ratio belt drive torque converter. Slight pressure on the pedal gave low gearing for fast starts, then you gradually increased pressure for higher gearing. The 0-35 mph time was about a half second."

-Fred W
 

"My dad built this bike for me around 1967. We didn’t know bikes like this existed, only knew about the typical 3HP minibike. Not to be outdone he decided 8HP would be better for his kid and purchased a brand new B & S recoil start engine. Then he built a heavy frame in the same shape as the little bikes, just bigger. An engineer, he duplicated the single coil spring front end that many of them had. We had a couple of Piper Cub wheels and tires laying around his “junkyard”, so those became the minibike wheels after he welded a huge sprocket on the back one. A heavy duty chain went to a jackshaft on the frame, then he engineered the ultimate “transmission”, a foot controlled variable ratio belt drive torque converter. Slight pressure on the pedal gave low gearing for fast starts, then you gradually increased pressure for higher gearing. The 0-35 mph time was about a half second."

-Fred W
Great story and pic. 8 HP! That had to almost scary.lol
 
Awesome Photos. I am in my mid 50's and when I was a kid there were no video games and one of my neighbors had a Harley Davidson 90cc and another neighbor kid owned a Rupp Roadster and still another had a Yamaha YZ 80 and I wanted one so badly but my parents would not let me. My youngest brother just went out and bought a motorcycle when he turned 18 because he saw that I could not convince my parents so when he had the money he just bought one. So now I own 2 minibikes and a roller Rupp which I will be restoring. I have a personal watercraft and 3 snowmobiles and a boat and I like toys that I was not allowed to have when I was a kid. Those photos bring back memories
 

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