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Old 01-30-2008, 10:19 AM   #196
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Hey Gordy, Cousin Weedy's got yur CZ right here.

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Old 01-30-2008, 10:55 AM   #197
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and in fairness to the 125 this applied to the 250 only, as the 75-125 was still the same. I think...



This was very typical of Honda. They spent and lost lots of money on the innovations of 73/74. They then had to try to get some return on investment. Problem was, everyone else was scrambling to catch up and many did so in a leap frog manner.
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Old 01-30-2008, 11:02 AM   #198
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There was a shop in Port Chester(pa,ny?), that in 74 was building custom 4130 framed CZs. Exact same size/geomtery but much thinner/lighter tubing. They turned down the hubs, yamaha front brake, drilled and lightened everywhere all pastics etc. They had them down to about 185lbs dry. I got to ride one once, awesome.
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Old 01-30-2008, 11:08 AM   #199
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What do they call this tank? It's the most beautiful one I've seen yet - way too nice to be on a bike that's going to get thrown on the ground!

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Old 01-30-2008, 12:31 PM   #200
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Hey Gordy, Cousin Weedy's got yur CZ right here.

If I can quit spending $$ on the house and have two nickels left to rub together this summer, I will have a 250 CZ. A rider. Not a looker like that pos original cherry Husky that I picked up.
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:17 PM   #201
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If I can quit spending $$ on the house and have two nickels left to rub together this summer, I will have a 250 CZ. A rider. Not a looker like that pos original cherry Husky that I picked up.

Do ya keep it in your bedroom like TeamDennis?
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:30 PM   #202
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Do ya keep it in your bedroom like TeamDennis?
Damn close.

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Old 01-30-2008, 04:11 PM   #203
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Well, had to dig a bit, but found these pictures of the Suzuki RH67. This was a very limited production MX bike. Preston Petty rode one for a period of time. I had a frame and some random parts for one of these. I searched for all the rest of the parts, but they were real hard to find. The frame weighed a ton!!



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Old 01-30-2008, 04:39 PM   #204
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Hey Valley,

That's a Flug approved photo. You spun the bike around to remain on the sunny side. Nice.
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Old 01-30-2008, 04:45 PM   #205
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Hey Valley,

That's a Flug approved photo. You spun the bike around to remain on the sunny side. Nice.
Wish I could take credit for the photography, but I found these on the web some time ago.
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:05 PM   #206
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There was a shop in Port Chester(pa,ny?), that in 74 was building custom 4130 framed CZs. Exact same size/geomtery but much thinner/lighter tubing. They turned down the hubs, yamaha front brake, drilled and lightened everywhere all pastics etc. They had them down to about 185lbs dry. I got to ride one once, awesome.
Check out this light weight CZ:

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Old 01-30-2008, 06:14 PM   #207
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Well, had to dig a bit, but found these pictures of the Suzuki RH67. This was a very limited production MX bike. Preston Petty rode one for a period of time. I had a frame and some random parts for one of these. I searched for all the rest of the parts, but they were real hard to find. The frame weighed a ton!!



Very nice VR. Heres some RH photos I scrounged.

RH66


RH67


RH68


RH68


RH 68


RH69


RH70

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Old 01-30-2008, 06:52 PM   #208
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This is another interesting Suzuki. It is the only Suzuki produced by Mr Tilken that utilized the cantilever rear suspension. It is the same system as the CZ used earlier (also produced by Tilkens.) The CZ was tested by DeCoster who ran better laptimes than on his lightweight Works Suzuki. When it came time to pitch the bike to Suzuki DeCoster vouched for it but Tilkens couldn't prove mathematically that it was any better, so it was quasehd. This bike was tested by DeCoster and Goebers but it never went into production. Anyway this is the only known photo to exist, enjoy.

The rider is Guy Tilkens, son of Lucien Tilkens, photo taken in 1971





P.S. if you want more works Suzuki (I've also got some Honda stuff) photos just holler! Cheers Amigos.
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Old 01-30-2008, 08:23 PM   #209
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I also keep hearing a lot of mentions here and elsewhere about the Maico. But it also sounds like they broke down a lot. So Iím curious - did they perform so well for their time that everyone put up with the unreliability?
I don't think they broke down more than anything else. like Hunky said if you rode one if was almost like cheating. though I can't say that from personal experience. I did see lots of them being raced and they definitely left an impression as the bike of choice for the rider that was more into riding well than doing crazy crossups. they stuck like glue and you could just see the difference in how they worked compared to other bikes.

which is why a lot of privateer pro's rode them.
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Old 01-30-2008, 09:01 PM   #210
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I worked for a Maico dealer and I donít know why the Maico-Breako name seemed to stick. Many of the outsourced components were the same as other Euro bikes used Bing carbs, Bosh electrical, Mahle pistons. I ported a fair share of them the castings were rather crude. I seem to remember that one of the most common engine failures were cranks/bottom end bearings. The gearboxes were strong. The worst thing about Maicos were the ungodly stiff clutches which used Belville washers; a stack of alternating cupped washers used as a spring. You have to remember that it wasnít uncommon for most of the bikes back then to break down on occasion. Maicos were rather expensive and didnít have that great of a dealership network. The mighty 501 was one of the greatest bikes of all time.
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