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    1972 Tri-cat?

    Hey guys, im new here and i have been looking for a mini bike, and thought i would show you what i ended up buying on the local craigslist for $300. The seller said that its a 1972 tri-cat and i was wondering if anyone else has heard of one of these. when i was searching around, i found the snowco tri scat, but it doesnt look like that. then i found the tri sport but it doesnt look like that one. Im just wondering if anyone has information on this trike. He said it has a 5hp briggs and stratton, and i was wondering if anyone can verify if this is true. Anyways, ive included a couple of pictures






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    DrewDay: You got a bargain, that is a Tri Cat made by the H P Muskin company the makers of the cat line of mini bikes. They also made a little go kart called a Dune Cat the Muskin Co also made above ground swimming pools and lots of other things. The distributor I got parts from was in Colton, California . There is one that has been offered on Craigslist quite a few times in Portland, Oregon for around $600.00 I would stick with the Briggs 5 HP engine should be a kick to drive. I have been triking for almost 40 years.
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    Hey Welcome to the forum. Steve gave you the right info. He's the Trike man around here and I agree you got yourself a lot of bike for the $$ it looks really nice!
    Here is a little for you to look at. And again welcome, your vintage trike is welcome here any day.


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    I just noticed the E-line in the back ground

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    Thanks for the welcome and also the information Steve, its good to finally know that info, i forgot to mention, this thing is in awesome running condition. I took it on its maiden voyage about 5 minutes after getting it out of our truck, and it runs nice. Im a little on the tall side at 6' 4", and had the idea of mounting pegs off of the front axle, for my feet to be at so i could get a little more room. I fit but also thought it would look cool with those pegs. Anybody ever done this?

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    Hah, yep. ive got a 61 econoline that i had given to me by the original owners grandson. Its gonna be my first car...or van? ha. If interested theres more info on my econo in my blog Poochie The 61 Econoline BTW Its so cool to see those old pamphlets on my trike

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    DrewDay : About your Poochie make sure you improve the brakes they never were the best and lowering the van is a good move . I had a Cousin who rolled one making a hard right turn. Good luck with your projects. Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewDay View Post
    Thanks for the welcome and also the information Steve, its good to finally know that info, i forgot to mention, this thing is in awesome running condition. I took it on its maiden voyage about 5 minutes after getting it out of our truck, and it runs nice. Im a little on the tall side at 6' 4", and had the idea of mounting pegs off of the front axle, for my feet to be at so i could get a little more room. I fit but also thought it would look cool with those pegs. Anybody ever done this?
    One of the trikes actually came like that. I forget witch one but if I remember I'll post a photo. I remember when I read the review how they commented on how it was a little hard to get used too.

    Check the van real close behind the steering gear box. I would even remove it to inspect the pad that it mounts too. It's only 3 bolts, and you dont have to pull the shaft or the pittman arm. Just remove the bolts and swing it out of the way enough to look in behind it. They where notorious for literally braking the frame and the gear box would rip off. Many people where killed in them because off that, even when they where fairly new.

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    DrewDay : All the Tri-Sports had foot pegs that were mounted to the front end. And they even made foot buckets out of aluminum the bolted on. I never had any of them on any of my many Tri-Sports. Take a look at my photo section lots of tri-Sports there.
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    I'm looking at my color brochure for that. looks like you have a model R8503 finished in Apricot. It was also available in Bright Silver-Blue metal flake. A model R8507 was available same as yours but with smaller rear tires and no hubcaps. My brochure shows a different style decal on the fork. No year is given. Your missing a black snap in pleated seat cover. A ski was an option. They also made a 3hp Tecumseh model called the BobCat . A little different style fiberglass body. Nice machine.

 

 
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