Dirtbike Noob riding a cool bike old enough to be my dad.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lstzephyr, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. lstzephyr

    lstzephyr Solo con rambo

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    About a month ago a local rider(rpage11/Skip) invited me to go ride one of his 70's Pentons off road with him. I thought this sounded awesome so of course I accepted. Its wicked hot around here late in the day as its summer in the desert so we left early in the morning. He had acquired(borrowed or something:lol3) an old pickup to carry the bikes so we loaded up the bikes and off we went in a 60 something chevrolet pickup. Felt very fitting and very old-school.

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    We drove off into the desert, to a small little turnout in the middle of a long gravel road in a national forest/desert/whatever.(hows that for a run-on sentence! english ain't my major yo!:wink:). We pulled the bikes off the truck and he suggested I take the 73 penton 125 six days that I was to ride out on the gravel road and get acquanted. Now I've never ridden a dirt bike off road, never ridden anything smaller than a 650, and no two strokes so this was a bit interesting. He taught me how to kick it, and off I went. I was immediately surprised by how nice it handled on the gravel and how much grip it had. I came back very happy and looking forward to the day. We then took off on the trail.

    I didn't really know what to expect but I was pretty surprised how docile it was and what it could soak up. I was very tentative at first but eventually I started getting the hang of it. Even spinning the tire up a bike and getting on it a bit. We got to a big hill climb, and I was quite a bit intimidated however. Skip went running up it quite easily so i figured what the hell, if he can, i can give it a shot.

    I got about half way up and started to stall it. So I clutched it and gave it gas....it wheelied up underneath me and almost threw me off the back.:eek1 I caught it but it landed off to the side, and I ran through a bush. :roflthen I got back on the hill climb and did the same thing again. This time I stalled it out. After kicking for awhile I finally got it going again. By now Skip was wondering where I was and so he showed up at the top of the hill....so of course I just ran up the rest of it like it was nothing.:D No really I did...somebody watching me and I do perfect go figure.

    We stopped for a break soon after and just talked bikes and whatnot for a bit.

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    Next we took off on some other trails and I really was starting to get the hang of it. Standing up all the time and just running over everything. I even started to get a bit of air off berms. I was having a blast! :wings I came up on one large rock and target fixated however. It launched the bike up in the air and threw me off. I held onto the bars however and landed above the tank. Its a good thing I have long legs, because I landed running and just jumped back on the pegs.:poser

    We came up on a sand section next...which I had a few issues with. I tried to keep the front wheel going but it just sank. Not sure how to get it out I tried pushing it...then I stood up and pushed. It was so light I practically yanked it out of the sand and just walked over it until it got going again. perfect technique I know.:smile6

    After being told how to do it I didn't have as much problems going back through the sand. It was almost fun, and I was begining to get it. We took off up onto a hill and at the top took another quick break and bs'd.

    On the way back I really felt like I was getting it. I jumped stuff, I worked my way around rocks, I got the weight over the front on hill climbs and I was just moving with the bike. I had made the mistake of saying I was keeping up with him however, so of course he smoked me on the way back.

    I loved riding the little bike, and it was a total eye opener for me. I really want a dual sport now and my sv seems far too specialized. The thing that got me the most about the 125 was it was so light I could just throw it around and yank it where I wanted it. Very very cool. I'm sure it's nothing special to you dirt guys but to me this was a awesome day, even with a few ineresting moments.:brow
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  2. retroone

    retroone Long timer

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    Some day I will have a awesome blue Penton.
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  3. winterhk

    winterhk *Disminuya Su Velocidad*

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    Nice! :clap
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  4. dawggawn

    dawggawn Nihilist . . . maybe

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    Wow, those old bikes are in great shape. I had the first year, 100cc Berkshire with the Sachs engine and the transmission of a thousand neutrals. Stuck a much improved 125cc in it later. Broke pretty much everything on that bike. :D

    Thanks for the write up. Glad you got to try the dirt and ride a 'classic.'
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  5. klrTodd

    klrTodd Been here awhile

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    2 nice bikes and an old 60s chevy, man you just cant beat that.:thumb
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  6. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    what's older the bikes or the truck? all look great :thumb
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  7. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    :DVery cool!!:thumb

    :dealNow go and ride a newer bike that actually has some suspension!!:lol3
    :ricky
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  8. sixer

    sixer I suffer from Ainrofilac

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    Awesome truck and bikes!
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  9. Cie

    Cie Been here awhile

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    They look like great fun. Simple, uncomplicated and good at what they do. The only way to ride :)
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  10. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    Great pics !


    Old bikes forces one to truly ride a bike ! Technology forces one to be lazy !
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  11. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    That's a retro-ride from ther word "go". Sweet! :clap
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  12. LoriKTM

    LoriKTM Wrecking Ball

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    Hi Alan! :wave

    Those are some fine looking bikes! You had a great opportunity to ride some classic machinery, there. (I'm jealous!)

    And watch out! Riding in the dirt gets in your blood! (and in your eyes, in your lungs...:lol3 )
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  13. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    :lol3Yeah kinda like ridin' a bull......I learned in the 70's..... before progressive links...:D that old school stuff will definitely encourage good line selection!:rofl
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  14. lstzephyr

    lstzephyr Solo con rambo

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    The pics are by Rpage11 so he gets all the credit. The bikes are his too..in fact so is the jersey and pressure suit I'm wearing. :lol3

    I definetly had to pick a good line to go through that stuff. I felt like a trials rider in some parts as i would go crazy slow, just working my way through.

    Hi Lori! Yeah dirt has definetly gotten into my blood abit. It really got into my helmet though...and my boots....and my clothes.:rofl
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  15. rpage11

    rpage11 Skip

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    Istzephyr, I just saw your post, great write-up. I enjoyed the day, always do when it's getting the old bikes out. I was out on the 450x yesterday, completely different technique, but single track dirt riding is fun on anything you bring. Give me a call and we'll do it again soon. Skip
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  16. lstzephyr

    lstzephyr Solo con rambo

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    Will definetly give you a call in the next couple days. I would love to go out riding on your bikes again. As always thanks for the offer and your kindness.
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  17. rpage11

    rpage11 Skip

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    Here's a couple of shots of the same area we rode. Reddington Pass is East of Tucson in the Rincon Mtns. Great place to ride. I've got to get a new tube in the front tire of the 175. Other than that, I think we're good to go. Skip
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  18. pencipa

    pencipa Life, is chance...

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    Pentons (as a brand) were famous for holing pistons. Too much compression (equals pre-ignition). Yes *lots* of power for a 125...

    Most Penton guys ran retarded-timing...

    With an extra head-gasket (or thicker head-gasket) you can run stock timing and the piston will last forever. Doubtful you'd notice the (very slight) power-loss.
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  19. lstzephyr

    lstzephyr Solo con rambo

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    Huh, good info to know about the pistons. But the 125 seemed to run just peachy. It didn't seem to have lots of power(used to run 125 karts...) however more like tons of torque which could be compression. But they are rpage11's bikes so i'm sure he would know more about them. I would love to have a penton but hardly have room for my truck much less more than one bike.

    If you need/want/feel like a hand with that tube I'd gladly help out. always enertaining using the tools to play with bikes. Just gotta pry myself away from work, my girlfriend, and sleep. :D
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  20. SirWrecksAlot

    SirWrecksAlot Slowventurer

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    Bikes are in AWESOME shape!! Buddy of mine used to race Pentons back in the 70's. I'll try to scan/post a few. Some are pretty cool.
    Great post man!!
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