$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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Dre' The Cajun '81
Dre' The Cajun '81 4 ժամ առաջ
20:05.....😍 "Spanish Moss" in North Carolina
Andrew Hopkins
Andrew Hopkins 4 ժամ առաջ
Is there a way to use a fire, are turbocharger as a supercharger by just adding a pulley sprocket system and then sending it directly through throttle valve instead of a carburetor. Also you might need an extra chain tensioner.
Andrew Hopkins
Andrew Hopkins 5 ժամ առաջ
So basically you can get a whole bike from Go Power Sports. You just have to assemble it yourself.
Chocolate dragon
Chocolate dragon 20 ժամ առաջ
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 Օր առաջ
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 2 օր առաջ
If you guys really like it that much I'll sell it to you 220 v bucks
Well Cabledriller
Well Cabledriller 2 օր առաջ
New year, new track. Shovelhead mini bike!😗
Wade Wright
Wade Wright 2 օր առաջ
I like the frame mounted gas tank.
Dan Burton
Dan Burton 2 օր առաջ
Bike is cool and all but that Kaiser... 👀👀
DSK Illuminator
DSK Illuminator 2 օր առաջ
11:36 The Best
Leo's Custom Builds
Leo's Custom Builds 3 օր առաջ
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 3 օր առաջ
Really wish I could find a bike for that price
Josh Bannon
Josh Bannon 3 օր առաջ
Really miss you guys outing down times on mini bikes and go carts.
Bill Lee
Bill Lee 3 օր առաջ
Ike Ike Ike. What did you think was going to happen?😂😂😂
willowbrook hermit
willowbrook hermit 3 օր առաջ
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 3 օր առաջ
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 2 օր առաջ
I would change it. It only takes a second to snap the rod oil dipper
Karla Ann
Karla Ann 3 օր առաջ
If i can do a run i swear ill kill yas time lol names damon BTW
TheGoldenKnife 4 օր առաջ
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 4 օր առաջ
Thats a cool find. Right on guys. Keep up the good work!
Tim Horning
Tim Horning 4 օր առաջ
I have some questions about a 1977 Honda Mini Trail I own. Will you answer?
UncleIvan 55
UncleIvan 55 4 օր առաջ
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 4 օր առաջ
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 4 օր առաջ
Lol it kinda sounds like your calling me fat
Rick Glow
Rick Glow 4 օր առաջ
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 4 օր առաջ
i got the same bike original everything for $200 in very good condition only 2 owners from new
Ethan Belback
Ethan Belback 4 օր առաջ
I have a manco thunderbird looking to sell
Jerry Nerche
Jerry Nerche 4 օր առաջ
Love you guys shop. It has everything including the casket and the kitchen sink. Lol
HotPocket 4 օր առաջ
Ike got that mountain man beard
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine 2 օր առաջ
Well i do have a place in West Virginia
Cameron Schick
Cameron Schick 4 օր առաջ
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 4 օր առաջ
Sometimes spark plugs die I a way that makes them not spark under pressure iv had it happen multiple times
Hitler Cat
Hitler Cat 4 օր առաջ
Bought the same minibike a few years ago for $80
Iwanttoknow everything
Iwanttoknow everything 5 օր առաջ
where did you guys get the coffin.?
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine 2 օր առաջ
I bought it used 😉. Actually i found it on Facebook marketplace
Wade Gardner
Wade Gardner 5 օր առաջ
Maybe YOU could run an Enduro Race for Little Minis!
Scott Smith
Scott Smith 5 օր առաջ
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 ?
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine 2 օր առաջ
I gave it away the other day. The guy hasnt come and got it yet
Conner Layman
Conner Layman 5 օր առաջ
Man I'm loving the beard!!!! Its looking great!!
Conner Layman
Conner Layman 2 օր առաջ
@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 2 օր առաջ
J Cataclism
J Cataclism 5 օր առաջ
Oh, man! Look at that! Just don´t go turn it upside down right at the gate exit! ;-D
Brandon Clements
Brandon Clements 5 օր առաջ
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 5 օր առաջ
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 5 օր առաջ
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 5 օր առաջ
John...stop breaking the merchandise 😂
Santiago Sandoval
Santiago Sandoval 5 օր առաջ
I have this Minibike for 2 years and I can say one thing and one thing only... put a stage 1 212 predator engine!
qanon Canon
qanon Canon 5 օր առաջ
He weighs more than you
Matt Monteith
Matt Monteith 5 օր առաջ
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
Charles 5 օր առաջ
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 2 օր առաջ
Started out as a car review channel. Hard to change a name on a allready established channel. Might loose subscribers
Tim Stewart
Tim Stewart 5 օր առաջ
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 6 օր առաջ
Ike's tryna start a cars and camera Grand Prix in the shop😂😂😂🤟
Eastbay Noor
Eastbay Noor 6 օր առաջ
The different tempo canonically groan because step-grandfather indisputably happen versus a plastic destruction. maddening, protective light
dave jones
dave jones 6 օր առաջ
Please start posting your videos on Rumble im done supporting Utube
suspicious delicious
suspicious delicious 6 օր առաջ
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 2 օր առաջ
If we have any engines left over they are not useable. Thats why we make trophies out of them
Ken Bergren
Ken Bergren 6 օր առաջ
Fast on a slowbike, Big fun
Dillon Neidlinger
Dillon Neidlinger 6 օր առաջ
I bet it gets a tilitson and a spun aluminum tank lol
Clint Russell
Clint Russell 6 օր առաջ
UH you was doing different routes it looks like to me Ike was doing longer route heh
Larry Foulk
Larry Foulk 6 օր առաջ
You should get a couple of Rupp mini bikes.
Removeable Skull
Removeable Skull 6 օր առաջ
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 2 օր առաջ
Yep. I thought about doing it
Raymie Blackburn
Raymie Blackburn 6 օր առաջ
i have a manco minibike identical love it
Rich Giesey
Rich Giesey 6 օր առաջ
How many mini bikes do you currently have in your inventory
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine 2 օր առաջ
Good question. Alot
Zombiehju Devil
Zombiehju Devil 6 օր առաջ
You guys should bring back monster truck and do the best fastest engine swap on Monster truck
James Seabolt
James Seabolt 6 օր առաջ
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 2 օր առաջ
The governor keeps it from revving to high
Brad Taylor
Brad Taylor 6 օր առաջ
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 6 օր առաջ
John can you put a link to that hoodie your wearing? Couldn't find it on the website. Thanks
Chicken Fingers
Chicken Fingers 6 օր առաջ
ThatS definitely to coolest mini bike Iv seen! The size is perfect!
Justin Perry
Justin Perry 6 օր առաջ
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 2 օր առաջ
@Isaac it'll be fine although I live in NJ
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine 2 օր առաջ
Amazing Animations
Amazing Animations 6 օր առաջ
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 2 օր առաջ
OCTANE 6 օր առաջ
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 6 օր առաջ
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 6 օր առաջ
few once that 3.5 hp hits that power band she starts getting light in the front lol
bill bill
bill bill 6 օր առաջ
Oh it runs
bill bill
bill bill 6 օր առաջ
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 2 օր առաջ
Thanks. We need to leave a few for our fans to purchase. Lol
Jason Panzer
Jason Panzer 6 օր առաջ
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 6 օր առաջ
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 6 օր առաջ
Nice ride
pthrelkeld090 6 օր առաջ
Bruh, you ought to know better than that with the fuel filling faux pas, funnel that shit up next time! Cringe city 🤣🤣🤣
mellender0 6 օր առաջ
i can see someone getting taken out by the tree before the straight away.
Robert Ayer
Robert Ayer 6 օր առաջ
What's going on with the trophy truck
Robert Ayer
Robert Ayer 6 օր առաջ
What's going on with the truck the truck
Rastá Ron 202
Rastá Ron 202 6 օր առաջ
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 6 օր առաջ
The 1st 14min I kept yelling "It's the linkage to the governor!"
Lazarus the Atv
Lazarus the Atv 6 օր առաջ
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 6 օր առաջ
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 6 օր առաջ
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 6 օր առաջ
anybody know if installing a mikuni is an automatic governor bypass?
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine 6 օր առաջ
Christopher Folker
Christopher Folker 6 օր առաջ
What size wheels do those run? I've been researching this bike for a bit and I can't find hardly any info on it! I would love to build a replica or find one to fix up if I can.
Christopher Folker
Christopher Folker 5 օր առաջ
@Isaac it'll be fine Gotcha. Yea I've been trying to find replacements and such but theres barely anything out there for these! Thank you!
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine 6 օր առաջ
I think its 8in wheels
Aaron Grabowski
Aaron Grabowski 6 օր առաջ
What??? Make sure it turns over before you check it’s oil
Marvin Long
Marvin Long 6 օր առաջ
You two do so much fabricating, you should build an adjustable mini/motor bike stand.
420_lionboi_ vlogs
420_lionboi_ vlogs 6 օր առաջ
Let’s See what Ike’s 0-8 mph is on that thing
John Martin
John Martin 6 օր առաջ
Snug plus One Ugga Dugga 🤣🤣
D P 6 օր առաջ
you guys def need a gokart/mini bike tool box you take everywhere is misc parts and tools to use lol
Duner250R 6 օր առաջ
What percentage of your subscribers actually watch the entire video when they are more than 20 mins long? Seems like the common length for a video is 15-20 mins. I cant imagine people watching more than 30 mins of you guys working on the same little mini bike.
Jimbo Edwards
Jimbo Edwards 6 օր առաջ
Famous last words, Shoulda used a funnel.. Heard that before, several times.
Bush Ape
Bush Ape 6 օր առաջ
You guys are living the dream, His legs gives him a two stroke advantage. Thanks for videos just built a doodle bug with 212 lots of fun, taco is next up. Keep em coming.
miles richardson
miles richardson 6 օր առաջ
You 2 need to venture off into other toys. 2/4 stroke 4 wheelers and dirt bikes. Years of little mini bikes and go carts.... Same repeat stuff! The builds y’all do are cool but many other u tubers that do the same yet better for anybody watching to benefit and learn from.
Hensley’s Hobbies - Doug
Hensley’s Hobbies - Doug 6 օր առաջ
Where have I heard of the name “Manco”? Did they make something else or something??
Hensley’s Hobbies - Doug
Hensley’s Hobbies - Doug 5 օր առաջ
@Isaac it'll be fine - oh ok! Thanks Ike! Preciatecha bud
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine 6 օր առաջ
Go karts
Dan F
Dan F 6 օր առաջ
Wait..what??? I watched until the end and John did not crash or break it? Well, except for the chain! 😂
ReverendBow 6 օր առաջ
It is always more fun to drive a slow car/bike fast and at its limits...
Dylan Church
Dylan Church 6 օր առաջ
Who else thinks ike looks like santa with a black beard
MustangBranden 6 օր առաջ
I had that exact same mini as a kid. Chains were the bane of my existence. Even worse when it came off and got caught between the sprocket n the wheel. We ended up extending the front end and putting apes on it to “chop” it.
reaper2009rzr 6 օր առաջ
way to go "fatty". lol
EZE- FPV 6 օր առաջ
Hey man I ordered few things from go power sports and they will not answer the phone or ship my parts but they dam sure took the money ..do you know what could be going on with them ...thanks and love yalls videos..
Isaac it'll be fine
Isaac it'll be fine 6 օր առաջ
As far as i know there isnt anything going on
robbie b
robbie b 6 օր առաջ
bout to sell a lawn mower that has a back half of a go kart (like the axle and the engine mounting plate and the frame) welded on the back of it. Any tips on how to get it sold quick. Also is there going to be mini mayhem this year
Ray Madore
Ray Madore 6 օր առաջ
I have a manco as well. My front forks are frozen. But to add breaking i installed a clutch break. I kniw in the case of chain throwing its useless. But gold gps chain should hold up. Mine came with a non hemi predator. But i got a tecumse or however is spelled off a snowbliwer thats 6hp i may downgrade and put predator on something else
Liam Perry
Liam Perry 6 օր առաջ
you guys should put a bigger engine,suspension fork and taller wider handlebars like a mini chopper.
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