Mini Biking Amurika!

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Monday, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Monday

    Monday Been here awhile

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    Here's a little preview video:

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    The wolf pack:
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    Our trusted rides:
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    Well...maybe not America, but how about some western Indiana counties? :D


    You guys interested? I'll start posting the adventure soon! :deal
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  2. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    IN!

    Oh-oh, don't think my '74 Z50 will get me that far.
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  3. Monday

    Monday Been here awhile

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    You may be surprised! :rofl 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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  4. Monday

    Monday Been here awhile

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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. :D

    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.
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    ...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":
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    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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  5. Monday

    Monday Been here awhile

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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). :lol3

    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! :eek1

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    You can see the engine swap and torque convertor swap in the background of this picture:
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    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??:
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    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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  6. rgoers

    rgoers Been here awhile

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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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  7. Hobbes950

    Hobbes950 Darth Kitten

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  8. benwiggin2

    benwiggin2 Long timer

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  9. stinkyrider

    stinkyrider Been here awhile

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    tear it up boooooyeeezzzzzzzz!!!!
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  10. Bendernz

    Bendernz Torrential

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    But don't you need one of them bikes with the cylinders out each side to have adventures?:evil
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  11. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Love the plate!:thumb

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



    In!

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  12. Monday

    Monday Been here awhile

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    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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  13. Monday

    Monday Been here awhile

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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&#8217;re ready to ride! <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    Quick &#8220;Good bye&#8221; howl with my son:<o:p></o:p>
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    Off we go!!<o:p></o:p>
    At least we thought&#8230;.

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    See those black marks on the garage in the above picture? Apparently the new engine&#8217;s throttle return spring isn&#8217;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&#8217;t wait for little problems. Off we go (again)!
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    We realized within about half a mile we would have to fix the throttle problem&#8230;we weren&#8217;t heading back home to do it though (too girly) we would have to &#8220;MAN&#8221; 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&#8230;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&#8230;
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    Option 1: I suggest wrapping tape around the throttle handle and string it to Andy&#8217;s arm and when he wants to stop; make a punching motion forward with his arm, which would pull the tape/throttle arm forward&#8230;closing the throttle&#8230;.(I was giggling inside at how ridiculous he&#8217;d look doing this&#8230;and how terrible of an idea it was&#8230;but I hoped he would choose it).
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    Option 2: Find a stick, tape it to the throttle handle and when stopping Andy would have to reach down and close the throttle.

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    Option 2 it is.

    Guess what&#8230;.no sticks! We are in the country and can&#8217;t find a stick&#8230;we are parked next to some woods, but the undergrowth is so heavy you can&#8217;t get fallen branches without getting covered in poison ivy. My brother pulls out the world&#8217;s dullest knife and starts rubbing (most knives cut&#8230;this one rubs) it against a branch that stuck out over us. Finally defeating the branch, we find it&#8217;s too wet for the tape to grab hold of it. Great&#8230; <o:p></o:p>
    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&#8230;gross!
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    &#8230;and fixed the &#8220;Mini-Bike&#8221; stereotypes:<o:p></o:p>
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    Andy started up his newly &#8220;pimped&#8221; mini-bike and a tooth fell out of the skull. I laughed so hard I nearly fell off my bike! :rofl<o:p></o:p>
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    Let&#8217;s roll!<o:p></o:p>
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  14. Ramage

    Ramage needs improvement

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    I've looked thru my TT catalog and can't find the skull and bones accessories! :cry

    You guys know how to roll for sure! Have a blast!:clap
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  15. sgtpaco

    sgtpaco HoosierDaddy?

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    Great report. LMAO! :super:super:super
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  16. Monday

    Monday Been here awhile

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    First place we were headed is a single lane, dead end road that has a single run down house on it that is supposed to be haunted.
    On the way we pass a huge concrete rabbit beside this country house (maybe the electric lines had something to do with it??:
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    When we were kids we heard stories of people being chased out of there by people with guns! Last year we went down that road and when we got to the dead end....it smelled...like death! This road dead ends at I-70 We started looking around and found 3 dead rotten deer corpses in the grass! We screamed like girls (b/c it was gross/funny) and took off leaving a cloud of dust in our wake.
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    Didn't have that experience this year. This year there was what looked like the insides of a destroyed trailer...wish I took a pic. We did have to swerve to miss a huge pothole on the road that would not have been a good experience to hit at 30mph....we didn't realize that was just the beginning to problems we would get from pot holes later in the day. We did find a little box turtle crossing the road and took a picture of him (I'll load it as soon as my brother sends me the pic).
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    Let's hit it!
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  17. Jonzilla

    Jonzilla Adventurer

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    You guys are hardcore lets see plenty more of this:clap
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  18. Monday

    Monday Been here awhile

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    Next stop; Grandpa's house for lunch.

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    We're feeling good, rodent bones are doing their job and as long as your moving the weather was fine (94 degrees, humid and no breeze). I wondered how the tape would hold up due to the heat, it had become a little elastic. We wanted Andy to take the lead b/c then we wouldn't have to worry about him drilling us if we decided to stop quickly (almost had a bad accident when we stopped for the turtle). Well, he doesn't so my brother, Purdue and I start drafting each other.
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    We get to a "T" in the road where we'll turn south and follow it towards the town of Hazelwood before taking a right on a less traveled road. We MAKE Andy lead and when we get to our right turn everythings going fine....then a leg bone bounces past me. We lost our throttle mod! Stephen turned around quickly to grab it and we decide as soon as we get to my grandparent's house we'll get zip ties to attach it. The heat was too much.

    Made it, time for lunch/rehydration.
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    Old barn at their house:
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    While we eat I charged my phone in their house (the GPS was eating the battery). Next stop was a little old church up the road about a mile. On the way there we passed a creek we used to play in as kids. There was NEVER a time we went when we didn't have problems with snakes. These water snakes (we were told) were Cotton Mouth's...whatever they were....they sure were aggressive! They would "B-Line" straight for you....but we always had bb-guns and were great shots. I don't know why they let us play there?? No snakes...just minnows. To the church:
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    This church actually had been cleaned up from the state I remembered it in. I don't ever remember it having windows instead of boards. :huh

    Next stop....where-ever the bikes took us! We were just planning on heading west-ish.
    Next installment....a mini-bike breaks down....pot holes make for a dangerous ride (think GASOLINE)...and gravel roads!! :clap
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  19. Animo

    Animo Beastly n00b

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    Now, that is cool :lol3 :clap
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  20. Hobbes950

    Hobbes950 Darth Kitten

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    Hooowwwwwwwwwlllllllllll!!!
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