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…