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Old 08-02-2011, 06:56 AM   #1
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Mini Biking Amurika!

Here's a little preview video:



The wolf pack:


Our trusted rides:





Well...maybe not America, but how about some western Indiana counties?


You guys interested? I'll start posting the adventure soon!

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Old 08-02-2011, 07:07 AM   #2
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IN!

Oh-oh, don't think my '74 Z50 will get me that far.
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:40 AM   #3
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IN!

Oh-oh, don't think my '74 Z50 will get me that far.
You may be surprised! We installed a new, untested, un-broken in engine on this journey in the black mini bike minutes before leaving on our adventure.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:08 AM   #4
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My friend "Purdue" and I were talking about how we needed to go on a Mini-Bike Adventure sometime this year. We had gone on one the previous year and had a blast! It involved a 48 mile back country road trip to a restuarant in the middle of no where called "The Pizza Den". That adventure was only going to be a 2 hr shenanigan filled trip near my house....well, it ended up being an all day event and a few wives were mad by the time we got home. We jumped many dead animals (meat ramps), got talked to by a police officer (after pacing/hiding from one) and broke a chain 20 miles from home....we didn't have a spare anything.

I think I only have 2 pics from that adventure:
Right before one of my brothers did a drive by, throwing a dead turtle at me....it hit me....it hurt.

...and the wonderful country town of Amo Indiana, where a few farmers were pretty interested in how fast our bikes would run and the local kids were envious of our "hogs":


This adventure would be different! We had a GoPro Hero HD camera, gps and camera's to take lots of pictures.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:34 AM   #5
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Our friend Andy's wife was due any day with their first child, so Purdue and I thought that would be excellent motivation to get him to come on the journey with us (we told him he wouldn't have time for any fun after the baby came).

So, the date was set...our adventure was 2 days away!

One of my steering "stops" was broken and needed welded back....due to a little "throttle was stuck in wide open issue" I had and had to dump the bike hard and quick before it took out my wife who was holding our son!



You can see the engine swap and torque convertor swap in the background of this picture:


Our Mini-Bikes are the "Baja" branded Heat bikes, we bought them on closeout from Dick's Sporting Goods (I think I paid $230 total)! We have broke the frames....and welded them back together....twice, broke a peg and popped one engine, so for the most part they were pretty well sorted by now.
Want to guess how??:

They all have torque converters and they will run 43-47 mph on flat.

The story of our journey will start tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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Old 08-02-2011, 09:43 AM   #6
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You're all a bunch of SICK-O's...

So... I'm all IN for watching this adventure! This is gonna be as good as the guys who rode from AZ to Canada on 150cc scooters. Yeah!

Have fun. Pics and stories, please!
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:31 AM   #7
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:01 PM   #8
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:43 PM   #9
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tear it up boooooyeeezzzzzzzz!!!!
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:44 AM   #10
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But don't you need one of them bikes with the cylinders out each side to have adventures?
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:06 AM   #11
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Love the plate!

Not that it ever stopped me as a kid but can you get a plate for those in IN?



In!

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Old 08-03-2011, 07:37 AM   #12
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Love the plate!

Not that it ever stopped me as a kid but can you get a plate for those in IN?



In!

I believe you can. They come with a title so you can register them. There is a yahoo group dedicated to these little bikes (minibajagroup) and there are guys out there with plates on theirs.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:19 AM   #13
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Bikes were loaded and we were ready to go! We swapped a new Harbor Freight engine on the black mini bike, changed the oil from fish oil to motor oil, got the torque converter hooked back up and we’re ready to ride!
Quick “Good bye” howl with my son:

Off we go!!
At least we thought….



See those black marks on the garage in the above picture? Apparently the new engine’s throttle return spring isn’t strong enough to pull it back completely when off throttle, which resulted in a drag race sprint into my garage door! It sounded like a gorilla was raping a recycling bin! But adventures don’t wait for little problems. Off we go (again)!

We realized within about half a mile we would have to fix the throttle problem…we weren’t heading back home to do it though (too girly) we would have to “MAN” fix this on the road. We took off down the road to fix this problem somewhere else. When Andy let off the throttle he would sustain 15-20mph…not really great for stopping. As a matter of fact, the brakes that the mini-bikes have are not really great for stopping (they are more of a noise maker).

Okay, we have a few tools, a replacement chain, some pizza, Gatoraid and electrical tape…

Option 1: I suggest wrapping tape around the throttle handle and string it to Andy’s arm and when he wants to stop; make a punching motion forward with his arm, which would pull the tape/throttle arm forward…closing the throttle….(I was giggling inside at how ridiculous he’d look doing this…and how terrible of an idea it was…but I hoped he would choose it).

Option 2: Find a stick, tape it to the throttle handle and when stopping Andy would have to reach down and close the throttle.


Option 2 it is.

Guess what….no sticks! We are in the country and can’t find a stick…we are parked next to some woods, but the undergrowth is so heavy you can’t get fallen branches without getting covered in poison ivy. My brother pulls out the world’s dullest knife and starts rubbing (most knives cut…this one rubs) it against a branch that stuck out over us. Finally defeating the branch, we find it’s too wet for the tape to grab hold of it. Great…
What the heck is that! We must have stopped at an animal sacrificing site (or where some road kill got punted from the road). Either way, we have a skull and some bones…gross!

Fixed the throttle:

…and fixed the “Mini-Bike” stereotypes:

Andy started up his newly “pimped” mini-bike and a tooth fell out of the skull. I laughed so hard I nearly fell off my bike!

Let’s roll!



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Old 08-03-2011, 08:53 AM   #14
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I've looked thru my TT catalog and can't find the skull and bones accessories!

You guys know how to roll for sure! Have a blast!
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:14 AM   #15
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Great report. LMAO!
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