Ive been enjoying reading the “First Car” thread… Brought back a lot of memories… and one of those memories sparked the idea for this thread.
Its interesting to hear what people had as a first vehicle…and its more interesting to think about how those two entities in the universe were somehow cosmically brought together… theres always a story involved. While you can usually tell a lot about a person after you see what they drive and how they keep it on the road. I find it rather revealing of character (and your parents) to learn what, if anything y’all had as kids…before the license and during the time when your mom or dad could bestow upon you a Mini Bike or a Go Kart or the Holy Grail… a real honest to goodness knobby tire havin Dirt Bike… or Nothing at all because the “you’ll get killed on that thing” proclamation was exclaimed and in full effect. Which inevitably turned you into one of those kids who snuck out to ride their friends death traps…
The change to a little persons life is rather huge when they have one of these magical conveyances… I know i will never forget the feeling and how it has honestly changed my life. I would not be the character I am now, wouldn’t know what I know etc…were it not for the Motorized Childhood Deathtrap er I mean Fun Machine I was able to operate and own and maintain all on my own.
Personally at around 5yrs or so I inherited an old Rupp Minibike from the early 60’s. It had one of those 45degree single cylinder iron Briggs engines with… get this… an oil bath air filter, a V-belt drive my Pop pop retro fitted…a bent iron rod for a brake pedal with a piece of wood that rubbed on the back tire for braking. A piece of rope with a knot in the end you had to wrap round the flywheel hub to start the engine sans recoil starter…What recoil starter? Couldnt tell you how many times i whipped myself in the head or eye with that damn knot on the end of thar starter rope…crack! Lol
The things I learned, the places I went, the $&@t I ate regularly… but mostly…the freedom I felt…I can vividly recall all of it…including the thrills, spills, smells and even the most dangerous night time adventures with no lights… Good Times I tell ya…good times all.
So which is it guys n gals? Did you have a motorized childhood death machine? If so, what was it.