`
OldMiniBikes.com Home Page Vintage Mini Bike Forum Vintage Mini Bike Pictures
Register Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   OldMiniBikes.com Forum > General > General MiniBike Talk > What is it?

What is it? This forum is to find out what type of bike you have. Not to find out how much it's worth. When you successfully figure out which bike you have, please select "Best Answer" from whoever answered it.

Become a Supporting Member of OldMiniBikes.com today and enjoy less advertisements, unlimited photo hosting, and many other benefits listed on this page. Supporting Memberships help pay for bandwidth costs, software upgrades and the time that goes into this site.





Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-22-2010, 01:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
wilker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: united kingdom
Posts: 4
iTrader: (0)
Answered: italjet mini mini bambino / indian mm5a?

Hi, i have bought back my first ever motorbike from when i was 2, i am going to restore it but want to no the year, and also if it is an italjet, or an indian so i can restore it as the correct model. The frame number is 01 12539, any help would be much appreciated.
thanks
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 12.jpg (46.9 KB, 75 views)
File Type: jpg 36.jpg (50.6 KB, 64 views)
File Type: jpg 34.jpg (41.1 KB, 50 views)

Last edited by wilker; 06-22-2010 at 01:43 PM.
wilker is offline   Reply With Quote


Best Answer - Posted by markus
I would have to say that from your location its most likely an Italjet mini mini bambino mm5b. Because of the plastic mag cover, forward kick, footpegs, chainguard, and guard on the exhaust I would say its post '73. I know still kind of a vague answer

The fenders look homemade Yours should be the little metal ones, and they are very hard to come by. Seat looks to be custom too, pretty cool looking though I think it also has the wrong handlebars/controls as well. Most all that I have seen the brake handle perches are integral to the bars, and the handlegrips are half the size of a normal bike

As much digging around as I have done on these little bikes (I have what I believe to be a 72 Bambino-which is rare to find here in the states) I have yet to find anyone with any info on deciphering vin numbers or anything like that. I'm doing my best by going by factory photos that I have found snf other things like that.

If your going to redo it, its actually is not going to matter really on what you decide to name it. there really is no difference that I can find between indian or the italjets. It will be easier to turn it into an Indian just because there are guys duplicating the decals/stencils for the mm5a. I'm keeping mine italjet, I've spent a year collecting italjet parts and memorabilia to go along with it.

good luck with it!
Old 06-22-2010, 03:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
mybiz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: In the Boonies of Winfield, KS
Posts: 4,978
iTrader: (9)
I think its a Indian mm5a. Here is a site that will help you..
IndianDirtBike.com

Here is a Italjet mini mini bambino


Italjet_Mini_Mini_Bambino_1


mybiz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2010, 09:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
markus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Southwest Florida
Posts: 6,799
iTrader: (64)
I would have to say that from your location its most likely an Italjet mini mini bambino mm5b. Because of the plastic mag cover, forward kick, footpegs, chainguard, and guard on the exhaust I would say its post '73. I know still kind of a vague answer

The fenders look homemade Yours should be the little metal ones, and they are very hard to come by. Seat looks to be custom too, pretty cool looking though I think it also has the wrong handlebars/controls as well. Most all that I have seen the brake handle perches are integral to the bars, and the handlegrips are half the size of a normal bike

As much digging around as I have done on these little bikes (I have what I believe to be a 72 Bambino-which is rare to find here in the states) I have yet to find anyone with any info on deciphering vin numbers or anything like that. I'm doing my best by going by factory photos that I have found snf other things like that.

If your going to redo it, its actually is not going to matter really on what you decide to name it. there really is no difference that I can find between indian or the italjets. It will be easier to turn it into an Indian just because there are guys duplicating the decals/stencils for the mm5a. I'm keeping mine italjet, I've spent a year collecting italjet parts and memorabilia to go along with it.

good luck with it!
markus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2010, 03:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
wilker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: united kingdom
Posts: 4
iTrader: (0)
thankyou for the replies, you are write about the mudguards and controls etc, the mudguards are a trials mudguard cut in half! and the seat is a speedway seat, the same one my dad put on it about 12 years ago when he sold it! i think i will be keeping it as an italjet then, as a friend can make the decals no problem, only thing i would need is some pictures of the tank decals, and the little one that goes on the mag cover, any help with this would be appreciated also.
thanks again.
wilker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2010, 07:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
markus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Southwest Florida
Posts: 6,799
iTrader: (64)
Quote:
Originally Posted by wilker View Post
thankyou for the replies, you are write about the mudguards and controls etc, the mudguards are a trials mudguard cut in half! and the seat is a speedway seat, the same one my dad put on it about 12 years ago when he sold it! i think i will be keeping it as an italjet then, as a friend can make the decals no problem, only thing i would need is some pictures of the tank decals, and the little one that goes on the mag cover, any help with this would be appreciated also.
thanks again.

Sorry my photo skills are not very good, These are NOS tank decals and a match to what was on my bike originally:





They are black outline white inset, of course the ruler is in Inches which won't help you much!

Heres the mag cover decal found on plastic covers, its a little faded but its just the colors of the Italian flag:



this is what the bike with these particular decals looked like, this is an actual dealer flyer for them. this scheme was used for a few years (note the designation on the top right)


I used to have the measurements upclose shots of the racing stripe design on the top, I was smart enough to to take photos before I stripped the paint on mine. But then like an idiot I deleted them on accident!!!!! the fender stripes were smaller than the tank stripe but the were the same design, I can tell you that much
can kinda get an idea from these pics of my bike when I first got it (also the font onthe back of the seat):




I know, this is backwards, thats because it is an Iron on transfer for like a hat or shirt, I am including it because this "logo" was also used on some tanks and it was also the logo used on the earlier aluminum mag covers. I don't think its to size for anything in particular.


This was the card that was paper clipped to the iron on when I got it

markus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2010, 02:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
Junior Member
 
wilker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: united kingdom
Posts: 4
iTrader: (0)
Brilliant! thankyou very much, really appreciate it , they will help alot when i come to getting some made! i noticed your other thread about the strip down of your mini, any more pictures of how that is coming on?
wilker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2010, 06:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
markus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Southwest Florida
Posts: 6,799
iTrader: (64)
Quote:
Originally Posted by wilker View Post
Brilliant! thankyou very much, really appreciate it , they will help alot when i come to getting some made! i noticed your other thread about the strip down of your mini, any more pictures of how that is coming on?
I have not done anything more as of yet I bought a storage bin that the entire bike fits in (in pieces) and there it sits. I've been collecting parts whenever I can. I have a very hard time staying focused on one project, which is a nasty habit that I don't reccomend picking up!

Good luck, glad to see you keeping with the Italjet theme
markus is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   OldMiniBikes.com Forum > General > General MiniBike Talk > What is it?

Tags
bambino, indian, italjet, mini, mm5a?

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Italjet mini mini Bambino/indian mini mini MM5A markus Project Logs 12 10-27-2011 10:14 PM
Italjet mini bambino Lewigreg Project Logs 19 05-08-2011 01:18 PM
Indian MM5A Indian MM5A mini mini vintage dirt bike ebay eBay Mini Bikes 0 07-22-2010 01:50 PM
italjet bambino/indian mini bike points adam h Mini Bikes & Parts WANTED 0 06-14-2010 05:21 PM
Indian : MM5a 1971 Indian MM5A 50cc Mini Dirt Bike Italjet Vintage ebay eBay Mini Bikes 0 08-24-2008 08:30 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:55 AM.
Style Developed by Andrew Slane

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2 Copyright 2006-2011 OldMiniBikes.com / OMB Group LLC
Contact Us - OldMiniBikes.com Forum - Archive - Top
no new posts