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Old 05-27-2011, 10:46 AM   #1
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My 1970's MTD Widowmaker! Oh boy!

Picked this up a few minutes ago! 1960-70's MTD with a Yamaha IT 400 engine.... Scary, had to have it! Runs like a raped ape....

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Old 05-27-2011, 11:00 AM   #2
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Hold my beer and watch this!
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:50 AM   #3
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Raped Ape?

A raped ape is at least likely to maintain equilibrium, not so sure about the MTD. I had a friend in Detroit years ago who had a mini of similar construction that he kept aboard his powerboat. He brought it out while they were moored and offered it to a fearless dragster-driver friend. The macho buddy fired it up (it had a West Bend 820 I think) and got on it it, headed down the wooden dock towards shore. As he twisted the throttle hard it gained speed very quickly, at first unicycling and then it wheelied out from under him as the power came on. He was uncerimoniously deposited head first, in his bathing suit, at 25+ MPH onto the older dock surface. If it had been concrete or asphalt he might have skidded further, but the splintering old dock stopped him almost immediately. The splinters that embedded in his body as he hit probably contributed so the abrupt stop. Interesting that prior to the ride the mini looked so, well, harmless. Apparently not. Those little bitty wheels and short wheelbases demand lots of caution and concentration.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:59 AM   #4
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All rides on this little bike need to be videoed. Not to sound like a spoilsport but I had a friend who actually was killed on a little contraption like that, although that would not stop me from giving it a try. Burn some rubber the tires are cheap.
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:55 PM   #5
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What could possibly go wrong?
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:19 PM   #6
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Be sure to wear flip flops and no helmet at all times!
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:20 PM   #7
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Back To The Future. Cant wait for the big tour write-up.
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:21 PM   #8
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That begs to be launched off some sweet jumps for sure. Also videos... lots of videos.
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Old 05-27-2011, 02:41 PM   #9
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i'd rather ride the ape

have fun and dont forget to wear two rubbers and a forehead cam.
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Old 05-27-2011, 02:57 PM   #10
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Be sure to wear flip flops and no helmet at all times!
.........And drink a few beers first.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:14 PM   #11
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My thoughts exactly..... Not for the meek. We originally had an 8hp on a little Taco at our camp, that was bad enough! This thing ia like putting a V-8 on a baby carriage! if nothing else, buying kept some drunken fool from killing himself or his kids....
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:23 PM   #12
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A 400cc two smoke cobbled into a frame of what appears to be knocked together from rusted old swingset bits.....

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeee........Haaaaaaaaaaa..............

Can I take it for a spin?
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:57 PM   #13
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I think this has LarryBoy's CB50490MX Yamonda beat for scariness.

What the hell is next, a TM 400 in a Sting Ray?

Video... we need video!
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:11 PM   #14
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Needs an air filter.

I could see taking this thing apart, blasting some of the parts, painting it, and using it.
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