Sportsman Mfg. Co.
5200 W Colfax Ave.. Denver CO.
The History of the Sportsman
By Larry Schaefer
Trail Master "600"
Sportsman "600" & "700"
MT400 and MT500
Mini Trail Bikes
Mini Trail SMT 500 & The Hunter
Custom "700" & "700" & "600"
Chopper & the Pistol
Business card, ID & Name plate's
Jacket patches from our racing team and Scooter Club
This is the prototype for our last scooter.
I built it by hand and then built the assembly jigs & fixtures from it.
I added the spoke wheel 20 years ago.
The rest is all original & has been used every year for the last 40+ years.
A prototype 3HP we never put into production.
I have used it for over 40 years also.
We built theSMT 5hp Mini Trail instead.
It turned out to be out best seller.
This shows the track better.
It was a 6" wide conveyor belt with 3/8" X 1" Channel Iron for traction.
The front clamped to the frame & the back to the swing arm.
It took 2 hours to change.
Steve Mergele & Ben Henderson
Both built by Sportsman.
The 1/2" track of Steve Andersons is 1 of only 2 I built.
They worked well but didn't have quite enough power.
The 8 HP wasn't available then.
It would of cost around $800.
By Dick Debuse
The Sportsman sticker on the rear fender is the only identity, other than a small sticker on top of the triple tree that reads Sportsman Mfg Co Denver, CO. Looks like a cross between a Tote Gote and a BearKat. The monoshock rear is really unique. Power is provided by a 6 hp Briggs. I bought this at a GoodGuys car show in Columbus, Oh. It came with a ski and large frame with dual rear tracks, bogey type suspension with a sprocket that drives the rear track axle. Sorry, no pics of the track at this time. I have never seen another.
Steve Anderson Elyria, OH
Attached are some
photos of a trail bike of unknown make.
It had a sticker on the rear fender that had many coats of paint on it.
The only thing I could make out is Denver CO.
It does not appear to be a Prospector based on your web page ads but it
may be a different model.
The rear suspension in unlike any I can find in any of the photos or ads online. The front is different
also with the outside tension springs. The wheels are 12".
I would like to restore it so any info as to how it looked new would be helpful.
Steve Mergele Boerne, TX
I recently purchased this "tote-gote" frame and am in the process of restoring it. I am trying to find the actual maker and model of the gote I have. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks, Ben Henderson