1971 Speedway ‘Widow Maker’
A mini-bike called the “Widow Maker”…yep, 80cc can certainly do that…make sure your life insurance policy is paid up. OK, all sarcasm aside, an 80cc mini-bike is a hoot to ride but…can it truly live up to it’s name?
For those of you that have watched the movie “On Any Sunday”…probably so many times your wife and kids are sick of it (and if you haven’t you should) you have seen the Widow Maker Hillclimb in Utah. 80cc probably wouldn’t make it that far up, especially one with a single speed transmission…100 feet? Ok, again, no more sarcasm.
I actually started my dirt bike career on an 80cc Yamaha. Truthfully, the first 30 minutes on the homemade track in Malibu that little bike scared the crap out of me but then….the rest is history. It was more of a motorcycle than a mini bike bit mini bikes are sooooo much fun. Pocket Bikes, mini Road Racers (my good friend and old road racing buddy Erik) rode a pocket bike for a year or two on the Willow Springs Go Kart track and he had way too much fun. Small bikes are supposed to be fun!!! And this Speedway looks the part.
Speedway was manufactured during the early 70’s in Ohio, they were trying to give Rupp mini-bikes some competition. Rupp was the King Kong of the Mini World…I had a Taco mini-bike for a while, I thought ‘they’ were the Mini Kings?
I found this neat little Speedway Widow Maker on ebay this morning. It’s a very cool little mini dirt bike. It’s gonna need some TLC but, if you have a young kid at home, got a big back yard or a neighbor that does, and you’ve got the time get this little sled running and looking good…the fun factor is way up there. The sad part is you’re going to have to wait till your kid goes to school or bed to ride it!
Clock on the pics below for a bit more info (not much) and a bunch more pictures. Got a Five year old kids birthday coming up? A favorite nephew or your own…this is a great way to start!