What vintage trials bikes were most desireable back in the day

Discussion in 'Trials' started by sdm, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. H_Mushmann

    H_Mushmann Smartass

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    My '78 Pursang has the reversible shifter/brake pedal. I have it setup for conventional (left shifter/right brake) operation and the kick-start clears the shifter. The rear wheel is also reversible so a rod can be used on either side. However mine came with a cable which I still use. My '73 Alpina has the left brake/right shifter and is not reversible. I ride the bike in vintage trials and have the shifter setup high so it won't get damaged in the rocks or accidentally knocked into neutral. Also, when I brain-fart and stomp on the brake with my right foot and grab air, it helps me remember the controls are backwards. I've also seen a few Buls setup with the brake and shifter on the same, usually the right, side. Now that would get confusing.
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  2. buls4evr

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    Happyrider that 1336 tank fits a variety of bikes and is very narrow in front so it works on most trials bikes. It is small, only 1.5 gallons, center mounted and fits most trials bikes no matter who makes them. For instance I use 1 on my KT250 Kaw in place of the steel one. They give you good dimensions on the site. I have a very modified turning radius on the KT and it works fine. This is a small tank and very narrow. An Elsinore replica. This tank would not be suitable for a bike used for trail riding as it would limit your range but for trials I highly recommend it. Very tough, translucent so you can see fuel level, good cap and that great Pingel petcock. Any further questions should probably be on e-mail, another link or directed to Clarke as they can tell you everything about their tanks .
    SDM sorry .....not trying to hijack your link.
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  3. Lobo50

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    Dark green is my 75 Kawasaki KT-250. The other one is my 76 Kawasaki KT-250. The Honda TL250 is still waiting on parts so no picture.
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  4. sdm

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    Hi Guys!
    Thanks for all the input as it is all very useful. Those little tidbits help me to put things in perspective. I have not ruled out the Kawasakis or Hondas or Yamahas either but mainly don't want a total rebuild right now. Nice KTs Lobo.
    Keep the info coming as the search goes on:ear
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  5. Lobo50

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    I got the TL 250 running today and after riding it and then the KT I would take the Honda any day. I love that 4 stroke engine.
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  6. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I have a Honda TL 250 to sell.

    I live in Claremont, California 91711.

    It is mostly all original. Starts first kick every time (Honda!).

    Side covers gone (TL 250!).

    Sporadically used over the last 30 or so years.

    Just fitted new front fork seals.

    Ready to play or compete.
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  7. sdm

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    Hey James!
    If I lived closer to you I would be looking at your Honda. Unfortunately I am up near the Oregon border....96104
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  8. Ogre_fl

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    If 1979 is the cut off for Modern classic, I think that was the year the Montesa Cota 349 came out.
    I preferred it over the Bultaco Sherpa T (and the kick start was on the right side).
    I also had a 123 cota of around the same vintage and while it was much less powerful than the 349, it was lighter and easier to ride.

    I started out on a Honda TL and rode several TY's, but the jap bikes were not even close to the same league as the Montesa's and Bultaco's of that era.
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  9. El_Oel

    El_Oel Laugh. Out Loud.

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  10. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    SDM just got back from the TN NATC nationals. How goes the quest for the perfect vintage trials bike? Had time to price out radial tires, wide footpegs,Domino throttles and Motion-Pro cables for your favorite brand yet? The TY Yamahas did pretty well at the NATC nationals. Rode the KT Kaw and it did very well in TN. Didn't ride the BUl as the KT was a new experiment with the long rod and wanted to see how it would do. Tough, never quit, little motor I found. If a bike does well in TN it is good anywhere in the country. I also recommend a KT250 especially a B&J 255 as well as a Bul and a TY. All bikes capable of winning your class and making life easy on U.
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  11. Lobo50

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    B&J racing is where the majority of the parts came from to build my 75 KT in the above post. The Domino throttle is great. These also carry a sprocket set for a good price for the KT. Still is seems Yamaha parts are easier to come by.
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  12. sdm

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    The search for a bike has been lowered on the priority list for right now. My Father inlaw's health is failing so we are doing what we can to help him out.

    On a lighter note most of the bikes I have seen on the web are at least a day's drive from me so I have to plan some to arrange to see stuff. There have been some great looking prospects but we need to sort out family matters before I can move on to that.
    This is a good diversion however and I am, sure I will find a good bike.
    I have seen a couple of Kawasaki KTs out there that look promising.
    Thanks
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  13. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Sam I hope your father-in laws health improves. First things first. You always know where to find us later.
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  14. sdm

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    Well back in circulation and the search for a good vintage trials bike continues. Buls4evr I sent you a PM.
    Sam
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