Please take a look below at the descriptions of the bikes to help you become familiar with the lineup and to help you determine which bike you own. This should answer any questions on which year and model you have. If unsure, please use this section prior to ordering.
The Rupp Minibike Lineup Consisted of:
Also referred to as "The Continentals". Models included: Electra, Custom, Special, Cub, Econo...all had Tecumseh 2 1/4hp, 2 1/2hp and 3 1/2hp engines. All had 6" wheels. 1964 had smooth steel wheels, 65-67 had aluminum turbine type wheels. All had welded panel on frame under seat with a serial # tag affixed.
This was the introduction of the "eye candy" bikes from Rupp. Models included: TT-500, XL-500, XL-350, C-500, C-350, C-250, Cub. 3 colors available: metallic blue, metallic red, metallic gold. All bikes had 6" turbine wheels. All bikes with cable operated brakes were disc brake. 1968 was the only year of disc brakes on a Rupp.
TT-500- H50 engine, 2 speed, lights front & rear
- XL-500- H50 engine, lights front & rear
- XL-350- H35 engine, lights front & rear
Showed subtle changes from the 68 model lineup. They included: Roadster, Goat (Ram), Scrambler, Digger, Sprint, Banchi, Chopper. All had 6" turbine wheels and Tecumseh engines. 5 colors available: Blue metallic, green metallic, red, yellow, orange
Roadster & Goat(Ram)- 2 speed and H50 (5hp) engine
- Roadster & Scrambler- rectangular headlight(new for 69) and tail/brake lights
- Scramber- 3.5hp engine, single speed jackshaft
- Digger- 5hp engine, no lights, only came in blue metallic
- Sprint - 3 1/2hp engine, no lights, only came in green metallic
- Banchi- 2.5hp engine, no lights, no rear suspension, only came in yellow
- Chopper- 2.5hp engine, entry level bike, no bells or whistles, only came in orange
This was a big year for Rupp. An entirely redesigned from top to bottom bike. Motorcycle type frame, angle mounted engine, Torque convertor drive(TC-1), and 10" spoke rims (Roadster, Enduro, Scrambler only). This is the ONLY year Rupp used a 10" spoke wheel rims.
10" models included: Roadster, Enduro, Scrambler. 6" turbine wheel models included: Sprint, Chopper. Available colors: metallic blue, red and orange. All engines and gas tanks(except Chopper) were silver metallic.
Engines were Tecumseh. HS40-4hp(new for 1970 on Roadster, Enduro). All but Chopper had headlight brackets. Number plate was used in place of headlight on Enduro, Scrambler,Sprint models.
- Roadster- lights front & rear, TC-1, 4hp engine, 10" spoke rims
- Enduro- number plate, TC-1, 4hp engine, 10" spoke rims
- Scrambler- number plate, 3 1/2hp engine, 10" spoke wheels, no front brake
- Sprint- number plate, 3 1/2hp engine, No TC-1, 6" wheels/tires
- Chopper- 2.5hp engine, entry level bike, no bells or whistles
Even brought more changes and refinements to the minibike lineup. New 12" spoke wheels on 3 models, new 10" slotted mag wheels on 2 models. The introduction of the famed & fast Blackwidow. Roadster 2 and Enduro available in red, green metallic, blue metallic. Purple metallic offered only on the Roadster 2.
Blackwidow- 4hp engine, Dellorto carb,TC-1, straight pipe exhaust, 12" spoke rims, motocross tires, 24 or 28 spoke rims were used, black only
- Roadster 2- 4hp engine, lights front and rear, TC-1, 12"-24 or 28 spoke rims, trials tires
- Enduro- 4hp engine, no lights, TC-1, 12"- 24 or 28 spoke rims, motocross tires
- Hustler- 4hp engine, TC-1, slotted 10" mag type rims, motocross tires
- Scrambler- 3 1/2hp engine, slotted 10" mag wheels, trials tires, no front brake, green only
- Bandit- 2 1/2hp engine, No TC-1, slotted 10" mag wheels, trials tires, no front brake, blue only
- Rascal, 2.5hp engine, entry level bike, no bells or whistles, purple only
The product line downsized a bit. Left over Blackwidows were being sold as 1972 models, The Roadster 2, Hustler and Scrambler were all almost identical to the 1971 models. The big change was black frame, swing arm and triple tree on all bikes. The mechanics of the bikes were basically the same as 1971. Enduro was dropped. Hustler & Scrambler models only came in red.
Roadster 2 had 1 new color available: Copper metallic.
This time began a new era at Rupp with all models having Tecumseh engines being dropped but the newly designed Roadster II. It featured painted frt fender, no headlight reflectors, no rear shock reflectors. The decal package was ALL new. Fenders were now striped. Available in brown metallic, with gold decals & brown seat or Magenta purple with silver decals and black seat. All had 4hp Tecumseh engines with the new larger blower housing. Both models had lights front and rear.
Rupps Small Motorcycles
This was the beginning of a new frontier for Rupp...a small motorcycle. The RMT-80 was born. Featuring a Fuji 80cc kick start engine, manual 4 speed transmission, headlight w/hi-low, tail/brake light, horn, true hydraulic suspension, 17" frt 16" rear wheels/tires. Built only in 72
The last bike to be designed by the master mind and original owner of Rupp Industries. What a bike he created! The SS-5. A small cycle, equal in size to the RMT-80 but featuring a Tecumseh HS50 and TC-1 drive system. Alloy front forks, alloy wheel hubs, silver in color with red/white/blk accenting decals. This was the only large frame Tecumseh powered bike built by Rupp.
Only Rupp to use the HS50 engine.
2 more new models were introduced. The L-80, L-100
The RMT-80 of 1972 was redesigned and now called the L-80. The dual beam headlight, brake light, speedometer were all deleted. New larger type rear shocks, redesigned rear fender, alloy front forks, Candy apple red with black decals for accents.
The L-100 had the same mechanics as the new L-80 but for a 100cc Fuji engine that featured a 5 speed manual transmission. Blue gas tank and baby blue decals for highlights
The new MX-80 was introduced. It appeared as nothing more than a rehashed combination of the RMT and L-80/L-100. Bike was basically a stripper version of all Rupp's small cycles from years prior. Fuji 80, 4 speed manual trans, alloy frt forks, alloy hubs, green only. By this time financial problems for Rupp had set in, this bike is believed to have been engineered for 1 reason only...to diminish existing inventories of spare parts from the previous model years.