Vintage Motocross Bikes
Motorcycles were manufactured by several companies earlier than the 1960s, but some of the best vintage motocross bikes of all time were produced in the 1960’s and 1970's. These bikes were a common sight at motocross competitions all over the world during that time and are still well loved by vintage collectors.
- Vintage 1971 Bultaco Pursang 250cc Mk4 Motorcycle. The Mk4 Bultaco Pursang hit the tracks in 1971. It had a long wheelbase, fork angle and low center of gravity, making it a serious competitor at motocross competitions. The motocross model had a 21 inch front wheel, knobbies and a cross-braced MX style handlebar. Jim Pomeroy helped to make this bike popular in America when he won the FIM International Motocross Race in 1973.
- Vintage 1972 Husqvarna 250WR Motorcycle. This high performance stock motocross bike with updated rear shocks, a good Femsa and a small motocross tank kicked butt against all the other motocross bikes. It came with an MJ style silencer, alloy fenders and a dual cable style Magura 305 throttle. Husky’s motocross bikes won twelve championships in all classes in the 1960's and 1970's.
- Vintage 1964 Hodaka Ace 90 Motorcycle. In 1964, Hodaka introduced the Ace 90. This powerful single-cylinder, two-stroke off-road motorcycle was street legal, which was unheard of in that time period. Its tubular frame was light and made of steel, and the exhaust was high and out of the way, leaving plenty of room so the bike could shed mud. The bike only weighed 170 pounds with a horsepower a little over eight, handled well and had good performance. Riders went on to win their class at the 500-mile Greenhorn Enduro, the National Trail Bike Championship and the Pike’s Peak Hillclimb.
- Vintage 1968 Suzuki TM250 Motorcycle. The Suzuki TM250 was introduced in America in 1968 and was an improved bike based on the earlier RH67. The bike came with a complete parts kit that had rings, replacement clutch parts, pistons, carburetor jetting and gearing. By 1970, Joel Roberts won Suzuki’s first 250cc Motocross World Championship.
- Vintage 1968 Yamaha DT-1 250cc Motorcycle. The DT-1 had a piston-port, two-stroke single engine with five speeds. The frame was steel tube with standard instruments and had drum brakes. It was not technologically a new concept, but Yamaha put it together in a way that gave it excellent styling and functionality.
- Vintage 1973 Honda CR250M Elsinore Motorcycle. The CR250M Elsinore was introduced in 1973. It was a two-stroke engine that weighed 229 pounds and had 29 horsepower. Gary Jones won the AMA 250 Class National title that year, but the bike was quickly beat out by the Yamahas after that year.
- Vintage 1974 Maico 400 Motorcyle. The most popular motorcycle built by Maico in the 1970's was the 1974 Maico 400cc motorcycle. They were as powerful as any other bike on the track, with suspension that had very long travel. This longer travel was allowed from the front wheel axel being mounted in front of the lower fork leg. It also allowed more rigidity in the internal structure and more overlap. In 1974 they also got their radial fins that were common until 1983.
- Vintage 1963 Kawasaki B8M Motorcycle. The B8M 125cc two-stroke motocross bike was released in 1963 and took the top six places in the 125cc class. It was known as the “red tank Kawasaki”. The horsepower was increased to twelve and it was given a four-speed gearbox.
- Vintage 1965 175cc Ossa Motorcycle. The Ossa motorcycle was little known outside of Spain until 1965. At that time, the factory built two 175cc prototypes to go against Bultaco and Montesa that they put riders on at the 24-Hours of Barcelona Race. The Ossa easily took first and second place astonishing the crowd by lapping the closest Montesa 25 times.
- Vintage 1972 400cc CZ Motorcycle. The first Czechoslovakian 400cc CZ motocross bikes were manufactured in 1972. The riders quickly won seven World Championships and dominated the International Six Day Trials Competition. They were well known for their powerful two-stroke motocross bikes and the expansion chambers they used in their exhaust pipes.