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Old 05-24-2015, 11:51 AM   #1
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This is going to be my little project over the next several months if nothing gets in my way of progress. Best i can tell it's a 1964-69. Took it all apart yesterday and the inside of the engine looks great but the 3 speed transmission is locked up. Gas tank and seat are not original and will be thrown away
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:00 PM   #2
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Wow, cool project. I am not a motorcycle person, so that is the first front wheel drive one I have ever seen. Very unique. Good luck on the rebuild. It's a great feeling when you take something that's not functional, and make it work. And I just looked at the pics again and seen the rear wheel drive. Cool

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Old 05-24-2015, 12:30 PM   #3
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Before 3 days ago i had never seen one of these bikes in person. Only a few times in old magazines. I just happened across this one and had to buy it.
Invented in late 50's and went into production in 1962 i believe.
They are still being made today in New Hamshire.
Youtube search Rokon world for some cool videos
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:34 PM   #4
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Is that an electric motor that powers the front tire?

Never mind I see it's actually a drive train on a video... Cool

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Old 05-24-2015, 03:43 PM   #5
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Old 05-24-2015, 03:52 PM   #6
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Always wanted one of those. Very cool project.


Diggin' the Sportster seat and peanut tank!
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Old 05-24-2015, 05:07 PM   #7
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That is cool!!!

I've never gotten to ride one, but have always thought they were neat. I've only ever seen a few of them in person.
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:16 PM   #8
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When I was 10-13 years old we liven in Rhode Island, thats where my mom is from. I saw a few of these up there but I was too young to appreciate them. I was just into my dirt bikes. I haven't seen one since I lived up there though. Cool find and good luck with getting it all fixed up.
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:27 PM   #9
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Been doing a lot of research and have located a parts supplyer for most engine and transmission parts if i need any. And the manufacturer still sells most other parts.
If i can find a little time i hope to have this working pretty good in 6 months
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:41 PM   #10
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Cool! I remember seeing ads for those in my dad's Popular Mechanics magazines back in the 60's but I have never seen one in person.
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:13 PM   #11
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Cool! I remember seeing ads for those in my dad's Popular Mechanics magazines back in the 60's but I have never seen one in person.
The guy i bought it from is into restoring old Honda's. His dad called him and said he had seen this thing in a scrap metal yard.
So glad he did.
Hoping one day it will look like this
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:19 PM   #12
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You need any welding done on it Kirby, just drop by. It's on the house to see that thing going.
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:28 PM   #13
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You need any welding done on it Kirby, just drop by. It's on the house to see that thing going.
I have not noticed any on the frame but i am thinking of an accessory or two id like to make for it.
Thank you for the offer
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:31 PM   #14
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my boss restores old motorcycles and he has one of these, ill take a pic of it and post it later this week
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:59 PM   #15
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my boss restores old motorcycles and he has one of these, ill take a pic of it and post it later this week
In Cedar Park?
I will probably need to ask him some advice from time to time
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Old 05-24-2015, 10:00 PM   #16
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I live in CP, work in PVille. PM me and I can give specifics
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Old 07-10-2015, 12:28 PM   #17
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This fella was interviewed on the radio the other day. He is riding his Rokon across the US
https://m.facebook.com/pages/ROKON-A...81175301946930

I thought of his thread when he was on.
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Old 07-10-2015, 04:10 PM   #18
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Man.... That's cool. I'm not into Motorcycles but I'd give that a try just for fun. Good luck on the restro..... Following.

Cant wait for the finished riding video.
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:52 AM   #19
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This thing is awesome. My grandfather had one when i was young. Wish i still had it.
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Old 07-15-2015, 01:02 PM   #20
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I sent off the engine and transmission last week for rebuilds.
Should get them back in another week and the rebuild begins
Once i start I'll keep this thread posted with updates
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Old 07-15-2015, 01:34 PM   #21
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This fella was interviewed on the radio the other day. He is riding his Rokon across the US
https://m.facebook.com/pages/ROKON-A...81175301946930

I thought of his thread when he was on.
Thanks, I had not hear of this
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Old 07-15-2015, 02:30 PM   #22
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With those big fat wheels, it almost looks like the Bat-mo-bike.
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Old 07-21-2015, 01:32 AM   #23
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I found a deal on a 2005 trail breaker Rokon in 2009 my friend's father in law had bought it to take hunting in Colorado. only used it on that trip but keep it because he though he might use it on another hunt sometime. well the guy also so had a argo 6x6 bigfoot that was a 2001 model.

I didn't have the money to buy them at the time ,so I told my brother about them and he got a package deal on both for $6000. I had to talking him in to buying the rokon because the guy said my brother could get it for $1500. I told my brother that was a great deal so he bought it and sold it 10 days later to a guy 900 miles away on criagslists for $3250 the guy drove down and picked it up that weekend.

but I did get to play on it for about 30 mintues in the woods it was so much fun it will drive over anything. they can drive over downed trees the size of 55gallon barrels no problem.

the guy in your avatar picture with his feet stuck out is the way you ride them also. because your feet are always touching the ground in the woods to keep you up right.
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Old 07-21-2015, 07:41 AM   #24
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I seen that bike on pawn Stars! It can go anywhere!
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Old 09-12-2015, 09:20 AM   #25
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Any updates on this? Looking forward to some pics
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Old 09-12-2015, 09:26 AM   #26
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Cool project! Looking forward to updates
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Old 09-14-2015, 01:43 PM   #27
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cool bike, any updates?
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:51 AM   #28
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Thanks for the interest in this project. unfortunatly about the time i got the engine and transmission back from the shop i found a little piece of land and home and made an offer...that got accepted. I have spent the last 3 weeks getting my house ready to sell.
That means the Rokon will have to wait another couple months before I'll have time to work on it.
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Old 09-15-2015, 10:19 AM   #29
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Congrats on the land and house! Have fun on the bike!
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:38 AM   #30
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Rokon's are really cool but horribly slow also. I was bow hunting in Colorado in '98 and saw a guy who had a whole, field dressed cow elk tied one top of one and was walking beside it holding the throttle. I actually knew an elderly gentleman here in Temple who had one from the 60's where they used them in Alaska on the tundra. I called him up and bought the thing from him, fresh plug, gas, and cleaned carb and it busted right off. Its a 2 stroke. Sits out in my shop, never took it hunting.
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:46 AM   #31
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I want one. One of these days...
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Old 09-15-2015, 01:21 PM   #32
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Congrats on the land and house! Have fun on the bike!
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Old 09-15-2015, 01:24 PM   #33
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Rokon's are really cool but horribly slow also. I was bow hunting in Colorado in '98 and saw a guy who had a whole, field dressed cow elk tied one top of one and was walking beside it holding the throttle. I actually knew an elderly gentleman here in Temple who had one from the 60's where they used them in Alaska on the tundra. I called him up and bought the thing from him, fresh plug, gas, and cleaned carb and it busted right off. Its a 2 stroke. Sits out in my shop, never took it hunting.
This is true but they are much faster than walking
for 25+ years i have been hunting Colorado and NM and always hiked or had to get someone in the group to give me a lift to my starting point. This thing wont take up much space on the trailer and I can get around with out begging for a ride. And most of all, it just looks like good fun

I might want to come by one day and check yours out
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Old 10-03-2018, 11:41 AM   #34
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I saw a Rokon on a trailer going down the road yesterday and remembered this old thread. Flywise - did you ever get that thing restored?
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Old 10-05-2018, 01:43 PM   #35
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I saw a Rokon on a trailer going down the road yesterday and remembered this old thread. Flywise - did you ever get that thing restored?
Nope, About the time i was going to start I bought my current place, had to rebuild the house. With 2 jobs and 2 kids doing all the stuff kids do I cant find the time to get started. But, I see it every day and think about it
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Old 10-06-2018, 06:48 PM   #36
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Want to sell or trade for it ????

I would like to have one...

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Old 10-08-2018, 05:39 PM   #37
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Want to sell or trade for it ????

I would like to have one...

,,Sam,,
Well Sam Im still holding out hope I'll get it started one day.
I already had the engine rebuilt, really just need to put it together
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:27 PM   #38
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Well keep me in mind , my shop needs a ne project if you decide otherwise...
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:19 PM   #39
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Well keep me in mind , my shop needs a ne project if you decide otherwise...
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