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Old 05-05-2012, 03:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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mini bike rupp restoration!!

I had to sell all my mini bikes i dont have any anymore because i lost my job. But now i have my job back and i did have bonanza mini bikes for sale. I didnt do a restorantion on them because i didnt know much about the 2 stroke hodaka engines and i just like the simple briggs or tecumseh engines. Now since i have some money i wanna purchase a good original minibike in need for a restoration. Im not to sure what to purchase?? I was thinking of a rupp black widow , or if i can find a original rupp in need of a restoration. I think that should be a good project. Has anyone restored one of those rupp mini bikes ?
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Better have a good job. Parts can be pricey. You see what these bikes go for when done.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Yup. Working on my Roadster 2 right now. If you can find one in need of resto. and has the orig. or correct engine, your already ahead of the game. most everything else is affordable.

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Old 05-05-2012, 06:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah i have been trying to look for one. If you know of anybody selling on please let me know. thanks
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Rupp Blackwidows are like the holy grail of mini bikes! they're tough to come by. I would imagine most people that have them aren't looking to get rid of them anytime soon. you can see why, if I had something that looked like this, I wouldn't be either:



I would just keep checking craigslist. Every once in while a Rupp comes up around our way. You have to grab them quick when you see them. seems like EVERYBODY is looking for vintage minibikes around here. Even Ebay has a decent looking bike once in a while. problem with ebay is everone thinks their bike is worth $1,000.00!!!! If you can find one that need fixing up, we can show you where to get the parts. I have links to just about anything you could possibly need! theres only 2 things that are almost impossible to come by. gas tanks, and chain guards. If you can find one with these 2 things, the rest is easy!!!!
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spoken like a true Rupp owner
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Any pre 1970 rupp restoration does cost, and 'correct' parts are hard to come buy. The hardest parts for pre 1970 are the gas tank, brakes, engine, wheels........ ah hell, all parts are hard to come buy. 1970 and up is probably the way to go if you're not looking for a multi year project.
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Any pre 1970 rupp restoration does cost, and 'correct' parts are hard to come buy. The hardest parts for pre 1970 are the gas tank, brakes, engine, wheels........ ah hell, all parts are hard to come buy. 1970 and up is probably the way to go if you're not looking for a multi year project.
You got that right!!!
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But a black widow if you can score a correct engine and a Dellorto thats key. the rest is easy pickens!
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
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the black widow's arn't cheep because they used a different carb that are worth 200 to 400 dollars depending on the condition. that along with an origional engion can really add up but you still can restore a nice rupp without burning a hole through your pocket you just need to know where to look. This one i restored completly for only $330.
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