Dirt Bike History 101

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

  1. Monark 500

    Monark 500 n00b

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    WOW! What a mixture of bike parts, Velo, Greeves ect. ect.

    Once i get enough posts i will get some photos from my collection. MY pride and joy is Sten Lundins 1957 Monark 500 among many others.
  2. altf4

    altf4 playground psychotic

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    ...the interesting bit for me is the difference between 'proper oldschool performance bikes' with both knowledge and money thrown at them and the 'keep it going on a shoestring' possee whose knowledge in terms of improvisation and on the spot bodging seems limitless.

    i have to admit that i have a soft spot for the latter o)

    ...front-end is by bombardier/can-am/harley-rotax by the way...
    ...and would you please show us your monark, please?

    g max ~:)
  3. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Been here awhile

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    2 time Catalina GP winner Bob Sangren (Hilltoppers MC) on the left and "Red" Ludford (Checkers MC) on the right. Legends from back in the day.

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  4. Max L

    Max L Duct Tape

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    OLDSCOOL , Now I know Im keeping my DT175.She missing her stinger and now I only only ride her if a neighbor is power tooling. Would love to have that 1960's Triumph Tiger the older guys (Parker Bros.) let me ride at the sandpits.
  5. Thumpermeister

    Thumpermeister roost maker

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  6. KansasBob

    KansasBob Been here awhile

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    Here's another one of John Draper.

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  7. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    US BSA Legend Chuck "Feets" Minert

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    Used to watch him at Saddleback in the early '70's
  8. Thumpermeister

    Thumpermeister roost maker

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    Great shot of BILL NILSSON on a Husqvarna.

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  9. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    Bill sadly passed away in August.
    Photo here of the 2x World Champ...1st on AJS & then Husky as in picture above...seen here too.

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  10. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Been here awhile

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    Is your first name Dave?
  11. Max L

    Max L Duct Tape

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    As we get old our stuff that we love and hold on to, if we are lucky will become like new again.

    But till then I think to do the jury rigging / improvised repair with our bikes that is almost the essence of why bikes are so a part of us.

    I just redid the vanity light visor mirrors in our old Taho and like my old DT175 it is how you rig that new bypass switch and the way you attach the new device. Like using reverse tape tricks etc so it works and some how looks right jury rig and all.
  12. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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  13. rthuey

    rthuey twist your wrist!!!

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    insanity is not as easy as i make it look
    what is that?
  14. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Life , it's a magazine.
    What's it cost ?
    50 cents.
    I only have a quarter.
    That's Life.
  15. rthuey

    rthuey twist your wrist!!!

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    insanity is not as easy as i make it look
    i thought that was an odd reply. then i looked back up at the pic. :rofl
    had not noticed the bottom right. guess i was too busy looking for waldo to notice.
  16. Max L

    Max L Duct Tape

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    Love that Life, yep the mag. Still living the Life.
  17. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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    Didn't that picture create a huge backlash against riding in the desert?
    I was young then and probably riding my minibike (Big Bear Scrambler) but that picture, and others like it seemed to kindle a fire over the "destruction" of nature.

    Seems to me that every rider wanted Life to publish a similar picture of a cattle drive to show that the animals did more damage than the bikes.

    Or is it just my lousy memory inventing false memories?
  18. Anciano

    Anciano Bushpilot

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    Nothing wrong with your memory. The Los Angeles Times ran articles, the Sierra Club sued, Senator Feinstein got involves and it all turned to shit.

    Wayne
  19. 340hp

    340hp Been here awhile

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    Senator Cranston was the senior CA Senator at the time of that photo, in bed with the Sierra Club and the others. Cranston hated motorcycles from the days when the clubs would ride the hills by Van Norman Dam and kick up dust below his house in the Valley. Cranston's attack started with authoring legislation that was eventually shaped into the FLPMA of 1976, and would co-author a new desert Wilderness bill nearly every year (but never achieved success, starting with S2061 - California Desert Protection Act of 1986, being reintroduced every year as S7, and then as S11, and later introduced as House Bills by Mel Levine). Senator Feinstein gave him S21, California Desert Protection Act of 1994, as his career ended, while she swore to everyone that it was her last land grab (and she has been telling more lies with each attempted land grab since, with S138 as recently as 2011).

    History
  20. Xcuvator

    Xcuvator Justa Venturer

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    Sometimes I have to wonder if the bullet that day in the mayors office went in a different direction how history would have been altered..