Dirt Bike History 101

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by kittycactus, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Been here awhile

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    I was going though some of my stuff this weekend. Here is a CZ jersey logo that came from the factory in the late 60's early 70's.

    It is for sale. It is a cotton jersey and still has mud on it from Carlsbad. It is the real deal. I may see if Tom White wants it for his museum.

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  2. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Been here awhile

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    Found this photo, This is my buddy Rich. He just turned 70. This is from the legendary Deadmans Point here in Socal. Rocket Rex and a whole lot of the fast guys raced there. 1969 ish?

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    Here he is 40+ years later a month ago. Racing a Deltaco Alpina of all things. He ain't right. He just wanted to see the checkered flag one more time. He is a member of my club, Hilltoppers MC

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  3. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    did I post these already....Taking the '79 KLX250 out for some vintage MX :lol3 mind this thing is by no means a MX bike and what a gutless pig but still fun


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    Lined up with some nice vintage iron


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  4. skorpioskorpio

    skorpioskorpio Been here awhile

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    Being a Honda 4 stroke rider in the swarm of yellow bees back then made you appreciate them even more. It was a tortoise and hare story for me. The YZs, TMs and RMs would mop up on me and my thumper around a track but across a corn field they had no chance when I hit fifth I'd just mope on past and bury them in that 4 stroke rooster tail that never ends. The interesting part of the story on my two bikes, as much as they look alike, is this:

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  5. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Caught a pic of yourself in the tach. I really need to get busy on my TS185.


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  6. KansasBob

    KansasBob Been here awhile

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    Ok, do any of your SoCal guys remember this outfit?
    Is any part of the business still on going?

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  7. wfopete

    wfopete Suffer Fools; Gladly!

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    Sweet XL's, one of my all time favs. Keep the oil clean & watch those cam bearing surfaces.
  8. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    I don't remember them. I did a quick google search for GEMCo in Santa Fe Springs and came up with this:

    http://www.gemcoinsulation.com/
  9. KansasBob

    KansasBob Been here awhile

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    Thanks
    It's always cool to me how cottage industries pop up to make specialty items like this, then vanish just as quickly.

    I have 3 pairs of these, and the first set only lasted a couple of hours ebay. I must have been too cheap.............:baldy
  10. R80st

    R80st Been here awhile

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    I think it is a ESO Speedway engine and a bsa frame I saw it on a farm. I was looking for a BMW. He would not sell it
  11. darmst6829

    darmst6829 Been here awhile

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    I have a pair of those on my Campera!

    Dave
  12. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    No idea but they pop up on ebay every now and again. I need to grab a set for my Matador.
  13. Trailing Jack

    Trailing Jack Dr. Acula

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    My brother-in-law had a 250 Motosport, my sister (his wife) had an orange SL100.
    That 100 was my first bike when I assumed it from my sis.
    There's some pics somewhere in the family of those bikes.

    Flug, if you ever see Jack again, ask him about the time he raced my brother-in-law's 250 at the local stock car track. :rofl
  14. KansasBob

    KansasBob Been here awhile

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    I have two sets left, and one is on ebay right now. Send me a PM and I'll make you a better deal than what I have them listed for. :1drink
  15. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Been here awhile

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    Jeff77 asked for some pics of old MC club jumpers. Here is a couple of the Hilltoppers.

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  16. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Been here awhile

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    I rebuilt a set of forks for an old buddy of mine this week with new seals and internal cleansing. He showed up with a 36 pack of adult beverages and this in a shadow box frame.

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    This is the last shirt made out of 144 originals. Deadmans is still where it was but nothing has been done with it. I believe that Rocket Rex Staten still owns the property. It is near Apple Valley CA.
  17. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    Thanks :clap

    Gonna make my own for my pretend club :D got to get the wife on the sewing machine
  18. supershaft

    supershaft because I can

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    I only saw him race once. He ran away with both open moto's at the St. Peters Trans AM qualifier in I think it was '74? He was from Texas if I remember right. He was on fire that day! Then he didn't make it to the actual Trans AM later that same year. That same year DeCoster won both 500 moto's and Jimmy Ellis won the 250 overall at the Trans AM itself. DeCoster was butter smooth. I read in an interview that St. Peters was then his favorite American MX track. It was one bad ass track!
  19. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    Nice 250!! I start off-road on a 1972 XL 250. No power, but sure was fun. :eek1:eek1


















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  20. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Marsh Runyon's KR 750 MXer
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    Dick Mann 'sTriBSA 500 at Honda Hills ,1988.

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