Ol' Timey Desert Racers....

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by gaspipe, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    The way to tame the TM400 as Super Hunky found out was to mix it up with the TS,that's what I did.The TS case gives you a tach drive,but a low 1st gear,a heavier crank and the better TS ign with a flywheel as well - they still made the big HP,but could pull from 2500rpm no worries to red line when it stopped,a bit of a problem in the middle of a slide,you sure as hell didn't shift one of these things mid corner!
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  2. vintagemxr

    vintagemxr old fahrt, nobody special

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    Chappy and Bob Blose. Chappy was the fast one, one of those guys who almost made it but didn't quite. I used to race dirt track cars with Bob in the middle 80's. Had forgotten about those two.

    Vintage Iron in Calif. was restoring a Mugen Honda for someone a few years ago. Saw it setting half finished in their shop back then. www.vintageiron.com if anyone's interested.

    Lots of great photos in this thread. I had a small collection of Bultacos right up until the divorce a few years ago including a Frontera with 470 or so original miles. :cry
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  3. Johnny Drunkard

    Johnny Drunkard Raggamuffin Super Moderator

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    So she took the Bultaco collection? Man that is evil! :bash

    Thanks for the info on Chappy. Wonder what happened to him?
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  4. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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    These bikes belong to Downtown Harley-Davidson in Tukwila, Washington.

    The Mugen was the most costly and is the rarest of the lot, due to the stupfyingly low numbers in which it was produced. All the body work is paper thin hand laid fiberglass. Hand made frame and swingarm... lots of one-off parts and pieces that were double secret trick shit of the time.

    The 250 Harley and 125 CZ are also quite rare. The owner of the shop, Russ Tom, was a 125 racer as a teen and now that he has money, woke up one morning and decided to buy up a bunch of restored MXers.

    Most of the 250s including the Maico ( :cry) and Bultaco are gone already... used as trading fodder to aquire more 125s I suppose.

    I don't have a photo of it yet, but he recently aquired a 125 rotary valve Maico that is quite trick... funny thing when you look at it is just how large the cases are... enough metal to make two modern 125 motors.

    Later,
    Creep
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  5. Johnny Drunkard

    Johnny Drunkard Raggamuffin Super Moderator

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    Close to home - I'll have to check it out. Don't normally frequent the HD dealers. Not much of a fan.

    Seems odd to have all that "foreign" stuff in an H-D dealer.

    Cheers.

    *JD*
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  6. vintagemxr

    vintagemxr old fahrt, nobody special

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    Nah, she didn't take the Buls but the financial squeeze forced their departure. Life goes on. I still have a restored Sherpa 100cc motor in my living room; the frame is out back waiting for time, money, and patience.

    I don't know what ever happened to Bob and Chappy. I got out of dirt car racing stuff in '87 and lost track of a bunch of good people after that.
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  7. GaM

    GaM Long timer

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    Remember when the U.S. Army had an enduro team and they rode Rokons? When I got to basic training about half the guys there had been told by a recruiter that they would have no problem getting into motorcycle recon:rofl

    But speaking of desert racers, back around 1970 I had a husky 360 which was called a Desert Racer. It had a lever on top the case to change the gear ratios. Since I rode enduros in the southeast, I never needed to change to the higher ratio. I've tried to look it up on husky and vintage sites, was that just a huskyWR? did all the WR's have that transfer lever? Man that was a fun bike.
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