Sturgis Bound: 1970s Eldon Poweride Chopper

With the 2019 Sturgis Rally coming in the first week of August, it’s time to think about how you’ll get there. I highly suggest taking something like this 1970s Eldon Poweride Chopper. This rad ride can be found here on craigslist in Johns Creek, Georgia and the seller is asking $125 for this rare piece. Thanks to Ricky M. for sending in this cool tip!

Being a lover of all things motorcycle-related, a huge fan of unusual EVs, and 6′-5″ tall, this is the perfect vehicle for my trip to Sturgis. I would take my 1973 or 1975 Aurenthetic Charger EV minibikes but they’re in the middle of restoration so I’m stuck without an oddball bike to roll into town with, and at probably 3 mph, this Eldon Poweride Chopper would be perfect.

All kidding aside, this would have been fun to have as a kid or for someone to give to their child now. Eldon was a toy company based in California and one of their lines in the 1970s, Poweride, consisted of battery-powered cars and little trikes/choppers like this one. They made at least two versions of the “chopper” and I think I’d rather have the other one, the “Wide Tracker“, but beggars can’t be choosers. You may have an easier time making it out of Sturgis alive with the Wide Tracker.

The seller says that this one doesn’t come with a battery charger which is unfortunate. The more original parts and even the original box that come with “toys” the better, as anyone has learned from fake reality TV pickers shows over the last decade. I would count on changing or upgrading the battery/batteries in this one but it looks original and it would be a fun display piece for any motorcycle collectors out there. Did any of you have a battery-powered ride-in/ride-on toy car or trike when you were a kid? Or, do you now?

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  1. Coventrycat

    In the wind, scooter tramp.

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  2. Rube Goldberg

    This stuff comes up, only one person comes to mind. Folks, this guy could have his own website, “Scotty’s Oddballs”. Be a hit. He just has a “knack” for stuff like this. If he had the funds, I’m sure he’d have his own museum. This? Pretty lame, yet, Scotty is right, for a kid in the 70’s, it was the pride of the neighborhood. Many a kid probably got their 1st taste of riding on something like this. I was lucky, I had a real motorcycle as a kid, a Honda 50, but for some, this was as good as it got. I’m sure many kids found out these did great wheelies and wore out plenty of PF Flyers doing so.

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  3. geomechs geomechs Member

    It seems to me that the local doctor’s kid had one of these, or maybe something similar. My grandkids have a Razor, with four wheels. Looks like a lot of fun for kids and a great way to wind up with a hernia for us seniors…

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  4. geomechs geomechs Member

    Happy 4th of July, everyone!

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  5. CCFisher

    I had one of these. I am old. That is all.

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  6. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    Good ol’ ELDON. Is there anything for kids of the 60’s-70’s they didn’t dabble in? Most of us are familiar with their car toys, and games that were constructed like furniture. I didn’t know they did ride-on toys but it makes sense that they would try! Slot Cars and Sets

    Design-A-Matic Woodburning Set

    Bowl-A-Matic Bowling Game

    Cap’n Paddles the dunking duck

    Missile firing F-100 Super Sabre

    Squirt guns

    3-D Scenics models
    This has got to be the most un-motorcycle chopper toy imaginable compared to, say, a Schwinn Stingray or Big Wheel. Price seems reasonable.

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  7. stillrunners

    Dang…..another thing Santa didn’t bring me…..I now can afford to buy….

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