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    Are Baja bikes worth the trouble?

    There are a pair of smaller Baja bikes coming up at an auction soon and I've been looking for something to fix up for my niece. So. Are Baja bikes worth the trouble of dinking with?
    Parts availability and relative ease of general tear-down is kinda what I'm looking for. If they're assembled with shear bolts and cow spit then I'll just keep looking
    There's a 50cc quad too of the same make. Also a possibility if it's in decent shape.

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    Sorry for the junk photos. I can only clean up some chowder head's bad work so much *sigh*
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    I have one of those Baja bikes. Hasn't got 10mi on it in many years. It does about 15mph full throttle. 6.5 engine and goes ok. For kids just learning it would be ok as it is a twist an go with not much zip and a hand brake. Something with that much dust on it will take a carb teardown and some chain limbering.

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    Ive seen plenty of small bikes around here for sale, Honda crf50's and such. I would spend a little more for a name bike for reliability and resale imo. They make the small auto's in 50, 70, and 110 great for beginners

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    She's 6 and will be 7 here in another 2 months so not much zip is a good thing *grinning*

    No worries on the carb tear-down - provided I can find a tune up kit (gaskets and such) for it. Unless it's in substantially better shape than the auctioneer's photos suggest new chain, sprockets, cables and fuel line are likely in order too.

    IF I get it and it all works good resale value isn't a huge concern. My brother over there on the wet coast always said he wanted 6 kids and he's well on his way with 4 so far. Pretty sure the little bike won't be riderless for long once Lilli has grown out of it.
    '01 TW200, '03 Z1000, '09 KLR 650, '13 CRF250L

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