Minibike Makeover | Fall 2007 Out Here Magazine
Buddies find it's never too late to soup up your ride
Richard Schwab squeezes the horn on his souped-up minibike and a high-pitched "ooga-ooga" reverberates. Two buddies, who hang out in his workshop, deliberate over which part to tinker with next.
Teenagers, they're not. But these retirees, of Devil's Lake, ND, are having as much fun as teenagers, buying and tricking out their custom minibikes.
Schwab, the instigator of it all, bought his Baja Heat minibike the day after Thanksgiving 2006 at the Tractor Supply Store in Devil's Lake and immediately began customizing it.
After 15 years of reconditioning cars and more than 40 selling automobiles, he knew exactly what to do.
Off came factory parts and on went custom fenders, mud flaps, running boards, and lots of chrome. A skilled harness maker, as well, Schwab added studs to the mud flaps and leather components.