Mini Bike Camping

#1
im looking for recommendations on mini bikes.

were heading out west in about a month for an extended road trip in our sprinter van and plan to bring along 2 mini bikes for exploring the country side and occasional over night camping trips. were looking for something that we could take on the trails and perhaps carry a bit of gear with. nothing crazy, just a tent and maybe some cooking gear. the rest will be on our backs in day packs. im 6'240lbs and shes 5'7'' thin, normal girl weight (whatever that is) so far ive come across the Coleman bikes and they seem decent for there price point. Another bike is the Monster Dog Mini. thats costs a bit more but it has suspension and a torque converter just not sure if the extra money is worth it. budget is around $1,000 per bike but i dont mind spending more if the value is there.


any ideas ?

https://gokartsusa.com/Monster_Dog_Minibike-1.aspx


http://www.campingworld.com/coleman...t-5yGRzI49bpwOgs2DUfNmBdCGgoJ5SBoCkEQQAvD_BwE



 
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#2
look for some older used TW200's Street legal fun as heck and easy to ride. You may find yourself finding the perfect spot and needing to run into town. Setting up our van with one in front and one in the back ( bumper, hitch mount)
 
#5
i went with a pair of Coleman C200UEX bikes. $1,000 for both. im 240lbs and they move me around easily at 20-25mph so thats fine for what well be doing. my wife weights about 130lbs so i figure she can carry 100lbs on here bike if need be. we plan to do some overnight camping in the desert so i got a few saddle bags for the bikes and also installed a water bottle holder (extra cant hurt) the bags fit perfectly over the fake gas tank. i can fit a 1g gas can in each of the side bags plus additional gear. all and all id say we can now carry what we need to have a fun trip. i was a bit worried we wouldn't be able to take much but that's no longer the case.

the bikes have centrifugal clutch's so well have to oil them every few hours. maybe when i get back ill swap them out with torque converters but for now theyre fine. from what ive read the engines are pretty reliable and most importantly, the bikes fit perfectly in the van underneath the sleeping platform. im a little concerned with the gasoline so ill be transporting them empty then when we get to the campsite or about to get there ill fill up a few Wavian cans that i have.



















 

robert

Expedition Leader
#6
Just be aware that some places you have to have to be street legal with insurance to ride the back roads. I've watched a couple of videos with those Coleman/Baja/whatever other brand they're sold under minis and one thing I've noticed is that a lot of folks don't air down the tires, which are essentially your only suspension, so the ride looks really bouncy (read tiring). Most folks recommend carrying a patch kit and a way to reinflate the tires as the wide lug spacing allows cactus spines and stuff to puncture the tires.

A bit late but it's one of the reasons I like the Chinese copy of the Honda Trail 70 that they've dropped 125cc engines into.