$250 Manco Thunderbird Mini Bike Revival | The BEST Bang for Buck Mini Bike Project!

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We bought a Manco Thunderbird mini bike for $250 in non-running but complete condition. In today’s episode we get the old mini bike running, rebuild the carburetor, make a few tweaks to the bike, and take it out for a rip on the brand new 2021 Isaac Grand Prix! These small old school style mini bikes with full suspension and 3-5 horsepower are so much fun- they’re easy to ride, decently powerful (but not scary), and they’re easy to store and transport. I don’t think you can have this much fun for $250 anywhere else!
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Tslim
Tslim 11 цагийн өмнө
great now every thunderbird is gonna be priced retarded. Maybe don't bring attention to the good bikes that go for cheap yeah?
angler ship
angler ship Өдрийн өмнө
I got a go kart today goes 30 mph to 35 if I tweak proably can go past 50 also it was a full go kart 200$
Monica Loftus
Monica Loftus 5 өдрийн өмнө
First thing I'd fix is that ugly front fender , the dying toenail just doesn't work for me for me 😡
Simply Wonderful
Simply Wonderful 10 өдрийн өмнө
Uh, not hardly a "full suspension" as putting the back end of the hinged seat base is useless. That's why you couldn't get it to move when you pushed it down.
TSM Msfts
TSM Msfts 10 өдрийн өмнө
Ummmm am I the only one that Notice a Casset 😳😳😳🤣😂🤣😂
Ethan Belback
Ethan Belback 17 өдрийн өмнө
Awesome I got the same exact one for 200 bucks a few years back
Saul Rodriguez
Saul Rodriguez 21 өдрийн өмнө
Lol did Ike let one rip at 2:38
WJ the Home Builder
WJ the Home Builder 28 өдрийн өмнө
I wanted one of those so bad in the early 90's. It retailed for $599 at the local hardware store. I ended up making something similar one out of black gas pipe using this one for spec. Used wheel barrel wheels and even had that 12" drive sprocket.
payten browning
payten browning 29 өдрийн өмнө
You have the same coat as my a burling brown with whole
Jon Carlson
Jon Carlson Сарын өмнө
I. Have one that I put a 212 on
Siah Martin
Siah Martin Сарын өмнө
On my 3hp tecumseh on my mini bike, i had to clean the plug with a wire brush once and once I did that, it started on first pull
Siah Martin
Siah Martin Сарын өмнө
I built a newer mini bike with a 3 hp tecumseh and honestly I’ve learned that the older tecumsehs are easier to get running because I tried getting a newer 6hp tecumseh running and it doesn’t want to run and the carb isn’t even nasty inside
Black Jackal
Black Jackal Сарын өмнө
So I have a Manco Thunderbird, nice to know
Daniel Moody
Daniel Moody Сарын өмнө
It doesn't have brakes lol
Jacob Dixon
Jacob Dixon Сарын өмнө
I used to have an old thunderbird much earlier than this one I believe it was purple. After some tuning and still using the governor it used to go 45 on flat pavement I regret selling it when I went to school. One time the chain broke at full speed on a dirt road and lodged between the frame and rear sprocket and sent me into quite a slide lol.
Brandon Hammer
Brandon Hammer Сарын өмнө
I really wanna see a restoration on this bike I think its be awesome
RGT OFFCODE
RGT OFFCODE Сарын өмнө
Andy Griffith has a beard
nutz4all
nutz4all Сарын өмнө
I would work on replacing the scrub brake...
Matthew
Matthew Сарын өмнө
Hey "dude with hat and beard and sweet necklaces" no offense but I think clean you looked better. I watch a couple videos here and there. I was just like... oh no he picked up the camo jacket and grew a beard there goes his health mentally and physically. Is this a change of pace or change of way? Get some workouts in it takes years off your life look at average sniper (livegamer).
Trenton smith
Trenton smith Сарын өмнө
My colemans mini bike wont idol anyone got any ideas of why and how to fix it
Youngplug1400
Youngplug1400 Сарын өмнө
I have the same bike
Manny V
Manny V Сарын өмнө
I have one but it did not come with wheels and I can’t find the stock wheels it came with can someone help me
Dre' The Cajun '81
Dre' The Cajun '81 Сарын өмнө
20:05.....😍 "Spanish Moss" in North Carolina
Offline Rider
Offline Rider Сарын өмнө
So basically you can get a whole bike from Go Power Sports. You just have to assemble it yourself.
Chocolate dragon
Chocolate dragon Сарын өмнө
I wanted one of these in the worst way in the early 90s. Parents bought me the manco streaker because it was cheaper. Still had a blast though!
taylor tobitt
taylor tobitt Сарын өмнө
no way! i had this EXACT same mini bike about 12 years ago, traded it for a baja, but i wish i didn’t. i loved that thing
Frank Bowman
Frank Bowman Сарын өмнө
If you guys really like it that much I'll sell it to you 220 v bucks
Well Cabledriller
Well Cabledriller Сарын өмнө
New year, new track. Shovelhead mini bike!😗
Wade Wright
Wade Wright Сарын өмнө
I like the frame mounted gas tank.
Dan Burton
Dan Burton Сарын өмнө
Bike is cool and all but that Kaiser... 👀👀
DSK Illuminator
DSK Illuminator Сарын өмнө
11:36 The Best
Leo's Custom Builds
Leo's Custom Builds Сарын өмнө
Manco Thunderbird was my first minibike and is still my favorite minibike. I recently watched my son ride the same minibike I rode at his age. That was special. I am happy to still have it.
uppair kk
uppair kk Сарын өмнө
Really wish I could find a bike for that price
Josh Bannon
Josh Bannon Сарын өмнө
Really miss you guys outing down times on mini bikes and go carts.
Bill Lee
Bill Lee Сарын өмнө
Ike Ike Ike. What did you think was going to happen?😂😂😂
willowbrook hermit
willowbrook hermit Сарын өмнө
Where is the new cooking stuff Load everything on a bike 20 miles in the backyard Take everything off to bike and then cook
Caroflage
Caroflage Сарын өмнө
Quick question: I own a gx200 with governor removed, 18 LB springs and a vm22 mikuni, which puts out 7200 RPM - it still has the stock rod, I don't plan on flooring it longer than 15 to 20 seconds at once - how safe is it to keep the stock rod?
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
I would change it. It only takes a second to snap the rod oil dipper
Karla Ann
Karla Ann Сарын өмнө
If i can do a run i swear ill kill yas time lol names damon BTW
TheGoldenKnife
TheGoldenKnife Сарын өмнө
I had a 1969 Manco i just sold it a few weeks ago to a friend he fixed it and rode it and snapped the forks yesterday's overnight he welded it back together and rode it today😂
Anthony Blair
Anthony Blair Сарын өмнө
Thats a cool find. Right on guys. Keep up the good work!
Tim Horning
Tim Horning Сарын өмнө
I have some questions about a 1977 Honda Mini Trail I own. Will you answer?
UncleIvan 55
UncleIvan 55 Сарын өмнө
I have the same one like you guys but mine is green and the seat is different it was red like that
Saul Rodriguez
Saul Rodriguez Сарын өмнө
Make sure you bend the tab on the carburetor that may be keeping you from full throttle. You know Tecumseh 👍🏽 don’t want you to go fast. I just realized when I first got my thunderbird it did the same thing and broke and lost the master link!! Must be a thunderbird thing
Wesley Oos
Wesley Oos Сарын өмнө
Lol it kinda sounds like your calling me fat
Rick Glow
Rick Glow Сарын өмнө
good idea to put it on a table.been waiting for you guys to get off your knees when working on small engine machines.
Coby Mortin
Coby Mortin Сарын өмнө
i got the same bike original everything for $200 in very good condition only 2 owners from new
Ethan Belback
Ethan Belback Сарын өмнө
I have a manco thunderbird looking to sell
Jerry Nerche
Jerry Nerche Сарын өмнө
Love you guys shop. It has everything including the casket and the kitchen sink. Lol
HotPocket
HotPocket Сарын өмнө
Ike got that mountain man beard
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
Well i do have a place in West Virginia
Cameron Schick
Cameron Schick Сарын өмнө
I have this identical bike with a predator 212.. lemme tell you with the factory sprocket and a 280lb man on it it wheelies like crazy
James Mower
James Mower Сарын өмнө
Sometimes spark plugs die I a way that makes them not spark under pressure iv had it happen multiple times
Hitler Cat
Hitler Cat Сарын өмнө
Bought the same minibike a few years ago for $80
Iwanttoknow everything
Iwanttoknow everything Сарын өмнө
where did you guys get the coffin.?
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
I bought it used 😉. Actually i found it on Facebook marketplace
Wade Gardner
Wade Gardner Сарын өмнө
Maybe YOU could run an Enduro Race for Little Minis!
Scott Smith
Scott Smith Сарын өмнө
Ike, I really want to buy that load master boat trailer the green boat is on. I always eye your boats when I watch your videos out at the (swamp) house. Really love your videos. I started watching you guys in 2015!! Can you message me about the boat trailer ?
Scott Smith
Scott Smith Сарын өмнө
@Isaac it'll be fine thanks my friend. If he changes his mind, let me know. Thanks for the response. Stay safe.
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
I gave it away the other day. The guy hasnt come and got it yet
Conner Layman
Conner Layman Сарын өмнө
Man I'm loving the beard!!!! Its looking great!!
Conner Layman
Conner Layman Сарын өмнө
@Isaac it'll be fine So does John own the cars and cameras youtube and you own this one?
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
Thanks
J Cataclism
J Cataclism Сарын өмнө
Oh, man! Look at that! Just don´t go turn it upside down right at the gate exit! ;-D
Brandon Clements
Brandon Clements Сарын өмнө
First bike i ever had ... My dad orderd it and it sat in a crate out front for months... He said it was a lawnmower ...
TheBaconBrotato
TheBaconBrotato Сарын өмнө
Isaac, it's not that you're fat, it's that John is so much shorter that his center of gravity is lower. 😗
Jeremy Dunn
Jeremy Dunn Сарын өмнө
I really think it would be a great idea to get a chain break and do away with those master likns
Seth Mihalik
Seth Mihalik Сарын өмнө
John...stop breaking the merchandise 😂
Santiago Sandoval
Santiago Sandoval Сарын өмнө
I have this Minibike for 2 years and I can say one thing and one thing only... put a stage 1 212 predator engine!
Matt Monteith
Matt Monteith Сарын өмнө
U can take off the shit engine of and a Honda five and a half horse a bigger then u will go 55 to 65 mi
KahvozeinsFang
KahvozeinsFang Сарын өмнө
Shouldnt they re-name the channels to "Carts" and cameras. I looked at the channel and the last 100 videos were all about go-carts. And I just found this channel today. That's why I bring up the misleading channel name.
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
Started out as a car review channel. Hard to change a name on a allready established channel. Might loose subscribers
Tim Stewart
Tim Stewart Сарын өмнө
I would like to see y'all attempt a rear-steer articulating go-kart. I don't think I've seen anyone attempt that.
Reese Gaster
Reese Gaster Сарын өмнө
Ike's tryna start a cars and camera Grand Prix in the shop😂😂😂🤟
Eastbay Noor
Eastbay Noor Сарын өмнө
The different tempo canonically groan because step-grandfather indisputably happen versus a plastic destruction. maddening, protective light
dave jones
dave jones Сарын өмнө
Please start posting your videos on Rumble im done supporting Utube
suspicious delicious
suspicious delicious Сарын өмнө
what do you do with the left over engines from your project, plz let me know!!!
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
If we have any engines left over they are not useable. Thats why we make trophies out of them
Ken Bergren
Ken Bergren Сарын өмнө
Fast on a slowbike, Big fun
Dillon Neidlinger
Dillon Neidlinger Сарын өмнө
I bet it gets a tilitson and a spun aluminum tank lol
Clint Russell
Clint Russell Сарын өмнө
UH you was doing different routes it looks like to me Ike was doing longer route heh
Larry Foulk
Larry Foulk Сарын өмнө
You should get a couple of Rupp mini bikes.
Removeable Skull
Removeable Skull Сарын өмнө
Is it there a way to run a v twin predator engine in a classic vw beetle? They can make the same power right?
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
Yep. I thought about doing it
Raymie Blackburn
Raymie Blackburn Сарын өмнө
i have a manco minibike identical love it
Rich Giesey
Rich Giesey Сарын өмнө
How many mini bikes do you currently have in your inventory
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
Good question. Alot
Western devil
Western devil Сарын өмнө
You guys should bring back monster truck and do the best fastest engine swap on Monster truck
James Seabolt
James Seabolt Сарын өмнө
I've got one of these bikes. I CANNOT get the throttle working properly! I have busted my balls. The throttle opens all the way if the engine is not running but once it's running, the throttle only opens halfway. Some guy told me to put a stronger spring on it. If I can ever get it to run properly I'm going to install this band brake in place of that deadly scrub brake. I cut it in half on a bandsaw so it will wrap around the shaft of the rear wheel.
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
The governor keeps it from revving to high
Brad Taylor
Brad Taylor Сарын өмнө
In the 70's we had gobs of experience with chains. What boy didn't adjust his bicycle chain? Who needed warnings? Yeah feet for torque, AND brakes.
cartoonist1975
cartoonist1975 Сарын өмнө
John can you put a link to that hoodie your wearing? Couldn't find it on the website. Thanks
Chicken Fingers
Chicken Fingers Сарын өмнө
ThatS definitely to coolest mini bike Iv seen! The size is perfect!
Justin Perry
Justin Perry Сарын өмнө
this is so cool i have the exact ones i got two from my neighbor for free with a four HP on it that thing does 45 with a new engine clutch chain and alot more i was curious if you guys may want my other one?
Justin Perry
Justin Perry Сарын өмнө
@Isaac it'll be fine although I live in NJ
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
Tempting
Amazing Animations
Amazing Animations Сарын өмнө
I have been a fan of you guys for a while and have been watching you. I have a go kart myself and I love your content especially the mini bike. Keep up the good work.
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
Thanks
OCTANE
OCTANE Сарын өмнө
John “Let’s de jankify this thing.” Also John “So we’re gonna drill a small hole in here and put a codder pin and a washer.”
j0enickel
j0enickel Сарын өмнө
Not sure if it has been said, but John should wear a weight vest or something to equal out the weight difference.
Conner Barnd
Conner Barnd Сарын өмнө
few once that 3.5 hp hits that power band she starts getting light in the front lol
bill bill
bill bill Сарын өмнө
Oh it runs
bill bill
bill bill Сарын өмнө
There’s a Manco for sale here running looks like yours 200 if your interested let me know will get pic n video. And we could deliver for you Bill in Fort Wayne Indiana
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
Thanks. We need to leave a few for our fans to purchase. Lol
Jason Panzer
Jason Panzer Сарын өмнө
I had one back in 1996 I baught it at true value for 700 had so much fun riding it I had it until 2002 and sold it I miss it alot had a blast thou
Lazarus the Atv
Lazarus the Atv Сарын өмнө
I have a snowblower with that same engine I think. Problem is it has an exhaust stack and the half a beer can my uncle used to cover it came off, water went in and now it is seized. Good thing I have experience with seized engines
Kenneth Dispain
Kenneth Dispain Сарын өмнө
Nice ride
pthrelkeld090
pthrelkeld090 Сарын өмнө
Bruh, you ought to know better than that with the fuel filling faux pas, funnel that shit up next time! Cringe city 🤣🤣🤣
mellender0
mellender0 Сарын өмнө
i can see someone getting taken out by the tree before the straight away.
Robert Ayer
Robert Ayer Сарын өмнө
What's going on with the trophy truck
Robert Ayer
Robert Ayer Сарын өмнө
What's going on with the truck the truck
Rastá Ron 202
Rastá Ron 202 Сарын өмнө
I Want To See U Guys Convert A 2 Door Electric GEM Car Into A Gas One😏That’ll Be Too Sweet..Please Make One.. U Guys Are Very Gifted Mechanically I Wouldn’t Mind Joining U All🛠But I’m Hoping U Guys Make A 2 Door GEM Car Converted To Gas...Oh And The One With The Doors Not The One Without🤟🏽 Ron
Luke Schuckenbrock
Luke Schuckenbrock Сарын өмнө
The 1st 14min I kept yelling "It's the linkage to the governor!"
Lazarus the Atv
Lazarus the Atv Сарын өмнө
I was thinking low compression. That thing spun a long time on a single pull and wasn’t any longer without the spark plug
wycks-509
wycks-509 Сарын өмнө
for the life of me i can not figure out why you guys do not have motorcyle lifts .....wth you always work on the ground or some jenky table
Roger Wood
Roger Wood Сарын өмнө
Maybe its me but the long helmet go pro shots kill the frame rate. Just turns the screen into a blurry mess. It would be better with some well placed tripods.
samuel szego
samuel szego Сарын өмнө
anybody know if installing a mikuni is an automatic governor bypass?
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine Сарын өмнө
Yep
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