It is dark and dreary times these days. People are sad and somewhat worried. But the best medicine to cure this issue is fun! So we at Auto Today decided to give you a reason to smile. Read on as we tell you a story about a unique motorcycle which every petrol head must have.
he world of Mini Motos is quite a big one. Internationally there are races where professionals get on these miniscule machines and head out on track. It is quite simply the go kart of the motorcycling world. We too have one at our disposal and although it is hilarious to see a full grown man on a tiny motorcycle, it is serious stuff.
What is it all about?
The mini motorcycle you see here has come from international markets and most probably Thailand. This is not branded bike and hence it is not a Honda or a Yamaha or any such thing. The bike has been locally assembled in Thailand and a large shipment had come to India nearly a decade back and that is when I picked it up from an accessory store in New Delhi. Please note that this bike is not street legal and do not even think about riding it on our roads.
This Mini Moto features super sport styling.
The wow factor
The one thing which dragged me to this bike is how it looks. It sports a super sport design which means it comes with a full fairing made of good quality plastic. The shade resembles that of the erstwhile Repsol Honda colours and I decided to give it a more realistic look by adding Repsol decals and also the racing number 46 which is all about MotoGP ace Valentino Rossi. Looks neat na? The bike gets a small three litre fuel tank and right behind is a miniscule rider’s seat. The tail panel just finishes off the whole package. The rider also gets tiny foot pegs and trust me getting on board is quite a trick! Other intricate details include tubeless tyres, disc brakes both up front and at the back. There are no lights in the offing but I did add a small digital speedo to check on top speeds. The bike also gets no suspension.
What powers it?
Over the course of time, I have received numerous questions and most of them asking if this bike is powered by a battery. Simply put is it an electric vehicle? The answer to that is no! It is powered by a small 49cc two-stroke motor which requires an additional dose of 2T oil along with petrol. There are no gears to shift either. Just twist and hold on for dear life and limb. It is a rudimentary machine and does not get modern features like electric start! In fact it is a hand start if you understand what I mean. There is a small carburetor sitting behind the motor which I must agree is very temperamental and in case you forget to switch it off after use, expect it to overflow. Result? Numerous yanks on the pull starter to bring it back to life. It also features a free flow exhaust with twin tail pipes sitting precariously close to the rider’s bum under the seat! Trust me you sure can feel the heat on the go.
How is it to ride?
Before one can even think of riding it, there is the question of getting astride. To do that one has to find the sweet spot. It is not very hard as the ergonomics are quite interesting. Once you get a hang of it, things become comfortable. Yank the pull starter and the machine comes to life which is nothing short of being a racket. Numerous cracks and bangs fill up the surroundings along with a decent dose of two-stroke smoke. The bike takes some time to warm up and while it does that, just wait and enjoy the experience of the fast heating seat. Once the smoke subsides and the bike starts to idle, give the accelerator a twist and you will be left in awe! The mini mot starts gathering speed and soon, the bike has hit a rather high speed. With the rider being inches away from the ground, the best idea is to crouch down even further to aid aerodynamics. Cornering depends on your abilities and the more you ride the better you get. The You Tube is a good place to find out what can be done but for me, I was happy riding as vertical as possible. Do not even think about rising up from the crouched position while the bike is travelling at speed as it creates an air dam effect and could result in being thrown off the bike! Scary it sure is. The brakes on the other hand are brilliant. Both the discs bite well but do not yank it. The wheels lock up and could result in a spill. But the best part of riding something this stupid is the sensation it provides. Speeding through, making a sporty two-stroke noise (expect dogs to chase you) and feeling like Velentino Rossi! Ah the joys of bikes remain unparallel no matter what you ride. But before I finish, I am sure many of you will ask kitna deti hai? The answer to that is I don’t know and I genuinely don’t care. I fill it up once when I ride and then when the fuel gets over, I fill it again. Simple.
Where can I buy one?
Now here is another question asked to me by numerous people! But before I get to it, let me tell u that this is a serious motorcycle. Do ride it with proper riding gear as in case you fall, there is a high chance of getting seriously scraped. Now to the more pressing question. Well, the bike was purchased nearly a decade back when the store got a dozen of them. Nowadays Mini Motos are more easily available and the only thing I can tell you is that go on to that rather famous used stuff portal. Modern day Mini Motos also come with modern features like electric start, full suspension both up front and at the back, lights and even analogue speedos. Prices range from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 depending on specs. My suggestion is that in case you are a petrol head, go get yourself one once the Corona Virus Lockdown comes to an end and do let us know how much you are enjoying it.
Original Post: India Today