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    Posted 6 years ago

    gotwire
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    My first motorcycle was a 1970 Taco 22 series III mini bike. The picture on the left was taken on a local dirt track near Wichita Falls, TX in 1971 I was 5. When I got the scoot, I was four and my folks had to take off the seat and put a piece of foam in its place, so I could reach the ground. I rode it up and down the alley till one of us ran out of gas.... Second pic is Buffy and Jody from Family Affair. We always called it a Bulltaco, but I don't think they are related. It sure did haul a$$.

    Dealer info: STEEN’S TACO_22_logo, a penny-pinching, practical barrel of fun from its low initial cost to miserly miles-per-gallon operation and meager maintenance. The TACO_22_fits a husky 2.5 h.p. Tecumseh 4 cycle engine in it’s double-loop, cradle frame of heavy-wall, 1-inch tubing. A direct drive through the automatic clutch gives 6.5 pulling ratio to the 11 1/2-inch studded rear tire for 25-30 m.p.h speeds. Stopping power is delivered by a foot-operated friction brake. Curb weight is just 76 pounds, with a full 3/4-gal. Gas tank. The deluxe TACO_22_ is fitted with a hand-operated drum brake system. Price - $129.50

    Don't have this one any longer (wish I did). Dad traded it on a bigger model.

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    Comments

    1. aghcollect aghcollect, 6 years ago
      Wow - had to look this one up cuz I never heard of them. - They are actually making complete kits now so you can build a brand new one.
    2. TheGateKeeper TheGateKeeper, 6 years ago
      You were a big boy when you were four! My feet wouldn't even reach the pedals on my tiny red triclyle. Kidding aside, that is a neat machine. The "Pickers" would go nuts over that.
    3. Belltown Belltown, 6 years ago
      My first motorcycle, too!
    4. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      still have mine, lol, but has swing arm and springs for rear end
    5. gotwire gotwire, 6 years ago
      I've seen the new scooters (kits) for sale here and there. Adults (big kids) race them now. There's a big following in CA for these. I would want an original. Two sold on ebay that I saw, one without the motor $1400.00 One with motor (un-restored) $2200.00

      Thanks for all the luv

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