Yamaha’s competitor to the very successful KDX200, the WR200 (WR stood for “Wide Ratio”) was only offered in the US for one year, though it was sold in other markets for longer.
Founded by Geoff Fox in 1974, the company we currently know as Fox Racing was started under the name of Moto-X Fox as a mail order business. They quickly expanded to offer hard parts, protective gear, casual apparel, and even products for ATVs, cars, and bicycles. In ’77, they started their own race team in AMA, and it led to …
After Can-Am ended up under the wing of Amstrong/CCM, they experimented with some different models. One of the rarer bikes was the CMT series, trials bikes that were available between 1983 and 1987 in varying displacements.
Jim Edwins was the man behind the J. I. Edwins Company in Issaquah, Washington. The firm was best known for the production of the “Trooper”, a competitor to the better-known Tote Gote.
This bike combines a KTM 450 chassis with a Honda CR500 motor, and the seller states that it weighs 225 pounds and makes 70 horsepower at the wheel. Good lord. Plus it’s got a Florida title, because they’ll title anything! He says that “the bike feels flickable in the air yet solid on the ground. It’s the best of old …
Cycle World’s May 1st 1968 review of the X4 starts with the following: “What a difference a year has made to Maico’s 360-cc motocross model. In a little over 12 months, the West German factory has transformed the bike from a competitive but unsensational mount, to one of the fastest and toughest scramblers available.”
One of the coolest upgrades one can find for their classic Honda dirt bike is a Mugen upgrade kit – here’s one that comes with a NOS “Mugen Works Water Cooled Super Pro Kit” built for a CR250.
2005 marked the last time that a two-stroker won an AMA Supercross championship, and the feat was accomplished by Ricky Carmichael on a Team Makita Suzuki. To commemorate the feat, Suzuki announced a limited edition model for the following year.
Though they sold many more examples of the WMX 125 and the 250, Cagiva also offered a 500cc open class monster of their MX series in the 80s.
Restored by Southwest Montesa as a replica of the works Montesa 414 raced in 1981, this VG250 is equipped with a rebuilt 414 motor and a few other goodies – it has “never been ridden and has been stored indoors for 10+ years.”
Restored by Chuck Davis Restorations, this RT1 has been covnerted into a replica of Yamaha’s ’69 factory MX race bike, the 250cc DT1M. As Yamaha put it, “here is proof that high performance machines can also be beautiful.“
Rokon was founded in the early 60s with the intent of developing a “moto-tractor” that featured two wheel drive. This task was achieved with a combination of shaft, chain, and belt drives, and it enabled riders to go nearly anywhere – as long as they weren’t in a rush!
For the last few years, KTM’s offered a customer version of the race bike they use in legendary competitions like the Dakar. Called the RFR (for Rally Factory Replica), it features a race-spec chassis, WP XACT PRO suspension, Akrapovic exhaust, windshield with navigation tower, and a whole bunch of pedigree – when this bike was released, KTM had won the …
In 1983, Husqvarna introduced a new 500cc motor for their Open Class bikes, and they promptly won the 1983 Baja 1000 in 14:48:10 with the US team of Dan Smith and Dan Ashcraft. While there were obviously plenty of modifications to the race bike, the production motorcycle was quite formidable in its own right. They’re also not easy to find …
For one year only, Ducati decided to create a 450 motocrosser after their American importer convinced them it was a market worth exploring. “R/T” stood for Road/Trail, which might explain why the bike was heavier than the MX competition at 300 pounds. It did not sell well, meaning these are hard to find nowadays.