- Oct 4, 2016
- Arvada, Co
Been riding since I was 17. Had lots of fun over the years on bikes. This is my ‘02 Fatboy
Thats why I find myself riding less and less each year. Ive lost count the number of near misses people have had around me. Running red lights, on their phone, and some that I believe were just being dicks to people on motorcycles. Its really a chore to ride anymore.
Maybe as cars get more technologically advanced and start taking the driver element out of the equation those who'd rather text then drive will have the option. Thus, making it safer for those on two wheels.
While I love to ride, I do not love riding in Florida. Not one bit.
I had dirt bikes as a kid but my parents didn't ride so I am the rebel of my family. I don't have pictures of any of my earlier bikes. My first street bike was a 1992 Suzuki GSXR 1100. It was STUPID to buy that bike as my first street bike but I was young and dumb at the time.
So I let my daughter ride her NEW bike to school today and she dropped it up at the end of our road and already broke the brake lever. 😟😞☹
But as a new rider I knew it was going to happen. She'll learn and that is part of the reason I got her the bike now. I have about 2 years to try and help her learn how to ride safely and improve her skills. She'll be heading off to college soon.
First time I ever heard it called a "slab side", we always call em Flat side Shovel. Nice bike! never sell those, only 3 years of that motor. Guys who still have those anymore, put them in the corner and throw rags over them so they can't be seen. Avoids all the "Hey, you wanna sell it"?View attachment 95256
My 68 slab side in a 57 pan frame, this is one of those vehicles you sell and kick yourself for the rest of your life.
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First time I ever heard it called a "slab side", we always call em Flat side Shovel. Nice bike! never sell those, only 3 years of that motor. Guys who still have those anymore, put them in the corner and throw rags over them so they can't be seen. Avoids all the "Hey, you wanna sell it"?
I'm 32 but still riding a crf50.. maybe someday I'll grow up but I like how it fits in my TJ
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These things are fun though! Here is a short video we made with some friends back in 2009 when minibikes were a bit more popular. By the way, it's the only time I went to USA, we flew to LA, rented 2 trucks, got some klx110 and spent a few weeks in Temecula, riding in Milestone, Lake Elsinore and a few other places. Then we drove to Las Vegas to participate in the minimotosx and watch the supercross finals, we also had the chance to ride with Mike Metzger in his backyard and met a lot of other cool people! Before leaving we took the bikes apart, boxed everything and sent them home. Good memories
My crf50 when it was a bit more clean
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I also have a KTM 450exc
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And this Arctic Cat SnoPro 800.. ok not really on two wheels but you can find some if you look closely 😏
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Question for ya, where did you get the parts for the 50? My daughter has a crf70 that she has just about out grown but she is not ready to upgrade to a clutch. I knew parts were available to raise the seat height and make it fit her better but could not seem to find a half decent web site to see whats out there?
Most websites I used when I built my 50 are out of business but I can recommend you to contact Matt at https://www.factoryminibikes.com There isn't a lot of parts listed but he can have everything you want at a good price if you ask. He was really helpful with me, when I went to the US I bought my klx110 from him, he got a used stock one he found locally and added the parts I asked for. After that I bought other parts from him, he helped me to get some used ones in local ads, have a fork tuned and ship everything to my country. He is really helpful and knowledgeable
How old is your daughter ? First things to change are the handlebars, footpeg mounts and footpegs and maybe a tall seat, with all these it's even comfortable for an adult with harder springs. The white bike in the video from 33s is a modified crf70, you can see Dana Creech and Mike Metzger play with it, so you can't really outgrow it
Other websites I used without problems:
Pit Bike Performance & Aftermarket PartsFaster-Minis is devoted to Mini-Bikes and Pit-Bikes as a complete and trusted source for aftermarket parts and information.www.faster-minis.com
Fast50s | "The Original MiniBike Specialist" - FastMinisIf you are going to be armed with a Honda 50, make sure that your 50 is decked out with all the parts that will make it a "Fast50s Factory 50"!www.fast50s.com