A $250 Motorcycle That Looks Like A Million Bucks

I do not know how they do it? The XtremepowerUS pocket racer is a 40cc, four-stroke-powered minicycle with mechanical disc brakes that is selling today (Cyber Monday) for $250! That is around the same price as a kid’s bicycle. The product information says, “This gas pocket bike is ideal for providing driveway and parking lot commuting entertainment for kids and teenagers 13 years and older.” Not sure what “commuting entertainment” is supposed to mean but “terrorizing-the-neighborhood entertainment” might be a better description of what a 13-year-old rider is going to…

Manco Minibike Hits The Road

A buddy (thanks, Byron) found me an old Manco mini with a seized engine and some missing pieces but it had potential. A Harbor Freight 6.5 HP, 212 cc Predator engine fit in the frame nicely (once the fuel tank was removed) and a call to AZ USA Parts (thanks, Horton) got me all the little pieces needed (clutch, throttle and chain) plus they were really helpful people. I still need to find a gas cap that fits (my gas cap is cracked), but this thing is a torquey beast…

Rupp Minibike “Running When Parked”

I am so tempted by this one. The mini looks complete. All the parts are there and the frame looks ripe for a makeover. Unfortunately, I don’t have the skills of Chip and Joanna (of “Fixer Upper” TV show fame) and while I can envision a cherry Rupp Roadster in my head, I know I couldn’t transform this bike into the mini of my dreams. If the motor runs and wheel bearings aren’t seized, I’d offer $250 and just ride it like it is. The phrase “running when parked” (RWP)…

Joe’s Minibike Reunion Is Crackling Fun

The 6th Annual Joe’s Minibike Reunion took place at Crescenta Valley Park in La Crescenta, California, on Saturday, October 14th. The event, where hundreds of minibike owners pay a modest entry fee to show off their little treasures in hopes of snagging a coveted Joe’s Minibike Reunion trophy, was free to the public (thanks, Joe’s). This was my first Reunion and the crowd was the most diverse group I’ve ever seen at a motorsports event. There were hot rodders and hipsters. Restorators and ground-up fabricators. Drag racers and motocrossers. Guys…

MOTORCYCHO #31 HOT OFF THE PRESS

The new issue of Motorcycho just hit the newsstands (if there are any newsstands left standing) and cool motorcycle shops. The new issue is 46 pages of pure sickle bliss brought to the reader in full technicolor. Yours truly even has a feature, “In Praise of Ovals” about a visit to the Dan Rouit Flat Track Museum. You can also buy it directly from the source by sending an email to motorcychomag@gmail.com. Don’t be surprised if the conniving publisher tries to up sell you on a bunch of back issues,…

SUPER 73 CHANNELS 60’s MINIBIKE DESIGN WITH AN ELECTRIC TWIST

The Super 73 by Lithium Cycles is a fully-funded Kickstarter project that the company says is “A powerful electric bike full of features. Go anywhere with 1000 watts of power, Californian design, and even a cup holder.” Not so fast, Lithium. The 1000-watt power plant prohibits the Super 73 from operation on California’s bike paths and equestrian, hiking and recreational trails (where the limit is 750 watts). It is considered a motorized vehicle in most states, restricting its use on non-motorized paths and trails. The tiny cranks and their forward…