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« on: December 19, 2009, 03:30:31 PM »

Katsu  and the Minibike
During the early summers of 71, 72  Rolloflex  sold  minibikes. So it was necessary that we should have one of each of the 3 models that we sold that people could test ride. Out through the big back door, we had a little race track set up in the yard, going around the crates of snowmobiles. Every one working at Rolloflex had the chance to be a racer. I got to do the maintaince on these machines. One day I was checking a bike out, and on the top of my tool box I had a sample roll of ¼ inch self adhesive aluminum trim. This was supposed to go on a hood some time. To me I thought it might look good as seat trim on the minibike. I started the trim at the back of the seat, went over the top of the seat to the front  and right there was the “spark plug” which  I thought would be a good place to attach the trim to. I then ran a parallel piece of trim and attached this to the frame. I then started the bike up, stood over the bike and would rev the engine a little bit, waiting for somebody to come along, who might want to go for a ride. This should be an electrifying ride for somebody.
Along came Katsu.  “Hi  Wage” says Katsu.  He had trouble pronouncing the “D”.” Hi Katsu “I say as I rev the motor a little bit, being careful not to get too close to the trim on the seat.  “How would you like to ride the minibike”? He said he would, so I carefully stepped away.  5 foot tall Katsu threw his leg over the bike, looked like he was on a Harley, grabbed a hand full of throttle and went rocketing out the door. With legs kicking up and down like he was riding a bronco and screaming something in Japanese that I could not understand.  I thought it was kind of funny.
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2009, 08:22:33 PM »

you seemed to have some type of electrical fetish at that time in your life Cheesy

I can't imagine the reaction of having that happen to you!
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2009, 12:52:06 PM »

Richard
 Yes,  I guess that I was obsessed with things that sparked. My father had been a  specialist in all electronics. As a kid, old tractor magnetos were my toys. I tended to view things in a different perspective to other people. I did love to make things spark.
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2009, 01:28:23 PM »

I sure would have liked to see that Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2011, 08:40:53 AM »

Hi
I have a Boa Snowmobile mini bike dated 1971 ser. 500186 would you know anything about getting parts or pictures or anything about this bike.

Thanks
russbracken@videotron.ca
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