Trail Breaker At Camp Perry

I haven’t seen one of these types of bikes in 30 years. I didn’t know they still made them! Or perhaps started making them again? But there it was. On Vender’s Row. At Camp Perry. Staring me in the face.

Brand. Spanking. New.

Let me explain. Back in the day before we had modern dirt bikes, 4 wheelers and side-by-sides, if you couldn’t get a standard off-road vehicle back into your favorite hinter-lands, this was it. Or walk. And many a hunter back then would dream about having a Trail Breaker to help retrieve that prize buck he bagged at the bottom of some valley.

Perhaps this post is lost on the kids today? But I just had to talk about it. It would be cool to have one. Would I take it over our 4-wheelers? Probably not. But you can’t pickup a 4-wheeler and haul it up a ravine either.

It would be a fun toy.




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  • Mikial

    As I recall, the original version floated. If the water obstacle was too deep to ford, you simply laid the bike on its side and floated it across the river with your kit on top of it, then stood it up and started it on the other side. Very cool items.

    • You know what? That rings a bell actually. I suspect it’s correct.


  • B. Young

    Way back (1970’s) you could only buy plans for this machine, but now you can water pumps and a few other implements that will run off this thing. Floats even better!

  • Super cool!! We love that this has been used by the military – it could float because of the large tires and also the hollow wheels. Another benefit of the hollow wheels: you can store fuel and/or water for longer trips in the bush. These were once made right down the street from us at the Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, NH! They are now made in Rochester, NH.