Rupp Minibikes

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by R1150GSA, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. R1150GSA

    R1150GSA Saint "Alloy"sius

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    I had one. Little Tecumseh engine. Man, that thing was fun. Pull started first time, every time.


    Did anyone else have a Rupp?
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  2. spezjag

    spezjag Long timer

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    Sadly, I grew up in Delaware Country, so unlike the elites in Bucks County, we had to settle for the cheap Cat brand minibikes.
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  3. R1150GSA

    R1150GSA Saint "Alloy"sius

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    Delco is where Bucks stores it's "old money".
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  4. blacksan

    blacksan Rev Limiter

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    Rupp 125 MX, I was a Dirt Demon in my hood.
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  5. HD

    HD Neighborhood Threat

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    First minibike I ever rode.

    3.5 hp.

    Belonged to my neighbor.

    I rode it into the curb and broke the front fork in half.
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  6. R1150GSA

    R1150GSA Saint "Alloy"sius

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    Rupp Continental


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  7. BubbaZanetti

    BubbaZanetti for a corrector life

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    what's the point of minibikes

    are they for short people?
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  8. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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  9. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    In 6th grade my friend had a mini bike with a Hodaka 100cc engine on it, think it was a Bonanza brand. I really really wanted one but we didn't have much money. Only way I could have one was build it myself. Bought one of those $18.95 "arc welders" from an ad in the back of Popular Mechanics magazine, a few pieces of 3/4" electrical conduit, and went to work. I put a Vespa 160cc engine on it and that thing would do almost 70 mph. It's a wonder I didn't kill myself. No front brake, homemade front forks, but it was by far the fastest mini bike in the neighborhood.

    Q
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  10. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    Yupp I had a Rupp.
    It was my first bike.
    I liked that it had a "real" gas tank.
    I was too little and couldn't pull the starter.
    My dad found a kickstart conversion kit.
    It kicked forward :huh , but at least I could start it myself.

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  11. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    My cousin had one of those...good times.......ran great...
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  12. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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    I used to go to...sears? JC Penny?...can't remember which....but they used to have the mini bikes and go-karts in the automotive/tire section in the 70's. My parents would shop, and I'd stand there and stare at them (not allowed to sit on 'em) for the entire time.

    Ended up with a Z-50 that my cousin had outgrown. :clap

    I remember the Rupp with the gas tank was the superduper cool one. So was the one that had spoked wheels. I didn't dare to dream about the hondas and yamahas at that point.
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  13. ElusivePedro

    ElusivePedro Layin' Low

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    I did the exact same thing... it seems like just yesterday. Ahhh the smell of those new tires!

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  14. Earthshake

    Earthshake Adventurer

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    Yep, don't remember the model. But it had a 5hp motor, a belt from the engine to swingarm pivot, and a chain from there on back. With a tight belt and light 12 year old it would wheelie...woohoo!!!!
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  15. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    Speaking of Bonanza, a kid in town had a Bonanza with the Hodaka motor. I thought he was the coolest kid on that bike. He ranted and raved about it, he let me put around on it.

    Then he got the first ever Honda XR75. He was sold, and the Bonanza sat and rotted. My folks wouldn't let me buy it from him, I am sure I could have talked his father into selling it to me.

    We were all of 13 tto 14 years old.:baby
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  16. Bagspacked

    Bagspacked Chasing the Sun...

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    Don't have a picture right now, but still have my brothers 1971 Rupp Hustler. my first Rupp was similar to yours. Sure wish I still had that. I also have a '71 Honda Trail 70, a Steen 90, and a '77 honda XR 75. Hey I'm right up the road from you. I have 5 acres up here if you wanna go mini bikin in the spring!
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  17. Yellow Iron

    Yellow Iron Long timer

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    Rupp is where I got my start

    WOW seeing these pics brings back the good ol days
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  18. mullman

    mullman Adventurer

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    +1

    Mine was a rusty green color and it would fly. :clap
    I rode that until I got a Honda XR80, I was really cool then. :rofl
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  19. * SHAG *

    * SHAG * Unstable

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    My brother and I had a "Digger" with a jackshaft. I don't remember a belt :dunno . I thought it had 2 chains.
    We had a blast on the thing until the twatwaffle down the street got the 2 speed roadster. :becca It was a lot faster.
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  20. TAS

    TAS Been here awhile

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    My first "bike" was a Rupp; I literally rode it to pieces. The gentleman who built the Rupp line lives in Stuart, FL., the next town over from where I live today. He is actually more popular here for his Rupp Outriggers than his mini-bikes. He still collects examples of his bikes and go carts and restores them in his shop for old times sake. Nice guy, very talented.

    Edit: 5HP Tecumseh, pull start, centrifical cluth, front and rear suspension. I can't remember the model name.
    My next bike was an Alsport Steen as well, it was powered by a 100cc Hodaka engine.

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