This wacky minibike is a 1971 El Burro Sand ‘N’ Sno Bike and it’s on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $699 or make an offer. They are pretty rare, but as you can see there are a few missing parts and some of them may be hard to find. This El Burro is located in Sayville, New York. An anonymous Barn Finds fan sent in this submission so I know that I’m not the only one out there who likes these unusual little minibikes! The seller says that this was a barn find, now let’s check out this wacky little ride.
As is far too often the case with online ads, the photos aren’t the best. There isn’t one overall photo of this thing, for some odd reason. You should be able to piece it together mentally, or here’s a photo of an amazing original Torque 5 Sand ‘N’ Sno for reference. The hardest part to find, and really the only missing part that matters, is the chain guard with the logo on it. The next owner may end up having to fabricate one.
These are wide tires! The El Burro Sand ‘N’ Sno Bike came in either the Torque 5 with a torque converter transmission and a 5-hp, pull-start, four-cycle Briggs & Stratton motor or the Super 8 with a centrifugal clutch transmission and an 8-hp motor. This is an early model with the 5-hp and it’s missing the transmission, but it shouldn’t be hard to track down what you need and get this one running like a watch again in no time. A clutch assembly should be able to be located, it’s the chain guard that I’d be worried about. Or, you could always just drop an SBC in it and.. well, maybe just an 8-hp and create a resto-mod Sand ‘N’ Sno, I’m sure it’s been done before. This model is rare and for those of you who are plugged in to the minibike world, you already know that. A restored Super 8 Sand ‘N’ Sno sold for a couple of thousand dollars a while ago but I’m not sure what a Torque 5 is worth. The seller’s asking price may be on the high side since this one will have to be restored and that missing chain guard will be a bear to locate.
This should be a fairly straightforward restoration: take a ton of photos, take everything apart, refinish everything, and put everything back together again. Badda-bing bodda-boom, Bob’s your uncle, pretty soon you’re riding on either sand OR snow! I mean, sand ‘n’ sno. These bikes were made by Worth Industrial Processing Company (WIPCO) in Lexington, Michigan and you could deflate the tires to around 2 psi and get the traction that you need from those 12-inch wide tires! Owners reported going through foot-deep snow. I would love to add this to the oddball collection but I’d be worried about finding that chain guard. Have any of you minibike fans (if you’re out there?) heard of the Sand ‘N’ Sno?