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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Badass vintage dirt bikes, these guys are awesome.

Yes they are expensive, but holy shit. Well done.


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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Vintage moto is all around. There's AHRMA and Midwest VMX that has a local series that runs all summer around Il, Iowa, Minn. Wisc. etc. plus the AMA has their vintage Grand Championships in July @ Mid-Ohio. These bikes are beautiful but a tad pricey because they're over restored...But Hey...if it's what you want and you have the cash...you only get to do this once! It's amazing how many vintage dirt bikes are around that are raceable once you start looking.
In spite of some off track personality conflicts that have led to political BS it sometimes seems that vintage racing is stagnant or in decline. Nothing could be further from the truth. I see vintage racing only getting bigger. Hopefully some of the boys who spent too much time trying to prove who's dick was the biggest will start to disappear or start acting like adults and all of vintage racing can come together and be the great national sport it should be!
Cool site, cool bikes and a new source for parts & such...Thanks for posting!

"Dirt is for racing on...Asphalt is for getting there" OR "Flat trackers go in deeper and come out harder... OR (With apologies to General MaCarthur) "Old motorcycle racers never die, they just slip off the groove and fade into the dust!

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"Over restored"?

With visibly dented (and aftermarket) pipes, in many cases? Wouldn't really call them that myself- just way too much ArmorAll on the knobbies!

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"Over restored" as in made too pretty. Either you're going to pay too much for a bike you're going to look at and maybe show off or you're going to be serious and work at finding a racer that isn't pretty but will take you around the track as fast as you are capable of going for about half the price.
What I'm driving at is that vintage racing is (and should be) about racing. Not having the best looking looking old MX bike in your garage. Those kind of guys have seeped into vintage racing but thankfully they don't dominate it...They remind me of the guys in the '80's who didn't have a mechanical cell in their bodies but thought it was a status symbol to pay more for their exotic car (Porsche, Beemer, Mercedes, etc.) than their buddy and have the biggest repair bills compared to the next guy...it was ridiculous...It was a scream to watch them all come running to the shop I worked in part time trying to unload those cars for pennies on the dollar when the market crashed in '87 and they couldn't make margin call!
Buy a junky looking runner, fix it up to make it raceable and race it...that's what it's about!

"Dirt is for racing on...Asphalt is for getting there" OR "Flat trackers go in deeper and come out harder... OR (With apologies to General MaCarthur) "Old motorcycle racers never die, they just slip off the groove and fade into the dust!

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They R indeed gorgeous, kind of takes me back and love those radial cooling fins on the head. As old time biker noted they r pricey, Not the I wouldn't ride mine, but I don't mind lookin at purty murdercycles, and my fast days. Tell that to the guys flyin old Mustangs, T-6s, Sea Fury's, and the Tigercat. That kind of art doesn't go out of style. So if you buy one and start gettin all sentimental like oldtimbiker, send it my way.
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Oh yeah, my fast days, what fast days, I never really liked pain, and I hate gettin my purdy toys all scratched up, I'm just along for the ride! Oh Yeah, keep postin that stuff, it does kind of remind me of the good old days.
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Love #1 and #2 and had #3 when I was 12
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My uncle had a Bultaco a lot like that one.
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Yeah when I was an Air Force brat at LRAFB, my Dad was an IP in the C-130 and I mowed all the little leftenants and captains yards. One captain grider, had a full bore KX250 that he rode to work every morning in the dark . Course no lights, but you could hear that two stroke for 5 miles. the SPs chased him every morning. Another captain had a blue 250 bultaco, i took lots of breaks just to stare at that beauty, he also built a really cool SE-5 control line biplane, that was gorgeous too, untill he got a little carried away flying it inverted. Those guys were the best friends a fouteen year old guy ever had. I had a learners permit for a car and a motordriven cycle license, with a beautifull Kawi 90 SS. My neighbor Bonn Tanner, Texan to the max, had to let me drive his 65 corvette, with a 396 porcupine motor ahead of a four speed, he fell in a hole playin frisbee and needed a clutch for his Tiyotta! He couldn't drive the vette because he was on crutches, I did ok till some dumb hillbilly in jax ark came over the top of the hill doin about 70 and ran a red light. We Bonn, the vette, and yours truly were at the bottom of the hill, goin 30. With my lightnin quick 14 year old reflexes, I went WOT and down to second, and exploded that vette into orbit, needless to say Captain Tanner never invited me to drive the Vette again, I told him about the truck, but he may have had a accident, he wasn't impressed, but I was hooked.
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I love the 79 RM! My Buddy had one at tricked out, i used love to try and ride it as thats when i had my 78 yz80- 79 was a great year for riding - we rode almost every friggin day that summer!

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I raced a 1979 100cc in 1979 It was a 125 frame and a 100cc jug with 125 corroborators. It had a refrigerator coil as a radiator to cool the head and didn't use a water pump to circulate the water... just hot rises that's it.

I won 1st place almost all year. I wish I had a picture of that thing.


next year 1980 I kept racing the 100 and got the first watercooled yamaha 125 Great year. Anyone remember it had the radiator on the numberplate.

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