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The Story of "O-22"

The Story of "O-22"

Posted by Jason Merrell on 17th Apr 2019

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Hey Race Team! Let’s jump right in with the latest build. Up above is a 1960s Bird mini-bike…in shambles. This Bird mini-bike was being entered into the Muscle Mini Bike Build Off in the Off-Road class. Being the 22nd participant, this mini-bike soon became “O-22″.

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Full-suspension on a mini-bike? Yes. Especially for off-roading. Not race legal but it felt right for this build. Upgraded the rear swing arm and modded a front suspension kit to hug the front tire just right.

(Someone made a comment asking where we found a tiny Predator 212 engine to fit on the back of this bike. Haha, good eye.)

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Up above, we dress O-22 with chrome fenders and an old Speedway tank we had laying around the office. This tank was a gem, just sprayed some clear coat on it to preserve it’s look.

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Now we mock up the seat pan which also allows VooDoo Saddles to get to work on making the perfect seat for O-22. She’s coming together nicely. Now that our frame is complete, we strip it down to send to the Powdercoater and Chromer.

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Oooh Ahh, O-22 is back. And glossy. Looks at those rims! The name “Black Butta” gets thrown around and what a fitting name for the bike in the photo above.

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We are at meat and potatoes portion of the build, the 22hp Small Block Racing Engine. Here’s the spec list: (most parts linked to our website)

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Tada! O-22 is finished and we could not be any more prouder of it. Not only aesthetically appealing but she rides like a dream.

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O-22 took 1st Overall in the contest and will be traveling to Texas Motor Speedway for Pate Swap Meet, Oregon for their Mini-Bike Gambler and Las Vegas for the SEMA show. Hope everyone gets a chance to check out the build in person.

Stay tuned and take care Race Team!

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