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  1. #1
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    What are your personal choices for the best dirt bikes of the 70's era/decade?

    Post pictures or links if you have any.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Honda CR250 Elsinore rigby...
    Last edited by John T; 10-26-2010 at 09:51 AM.
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Looks great.

    I have only owned a small number of dirtbikes in my lifetime. I had a 1978 Harley Davidson 80 mini bike, 1975 XR75,
    1980 CR80R. I am far from a dirt bike aficionado yet I want to get another. Nothing expensive. I am dirt poor.

    I had one of these. A 1979 Honda XR 500



    1979 XR 500 Review

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    My favorite all time (had 1 for 3 years) dirt/street enduro ride:

    Yamaha DT1-250 Enduro
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    Bleeding Kawasaki since the 70's
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    Honda CR250 Elsinore rigby...
    The bike made famous by a couple guys named Marty.

    Smith and Tripes.

    79 Hangtown National.

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    I have been to HELL. A loft with John T on one side and SS on the other That was a cataclysmic snore fest, weakening the tectonic plates Georgia rests upon!!!!
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Friend of mine had a 72 yamaha 360 enduro. That was a beast. God help you if you forgot to use the compression release when kick starting. When I took that bike out (trail or street) I thought it was the shnitz. Great bike.

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    East Coast BRUCE!
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    my brother and i went halfs on one of theese..http://home.ptd.net/~wcbarret/TM250.jpg i couldnt keep the front end down while going though the gears on pavement
    stay off the rear brake.

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    Boca Burger
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    This is my favorite..mainly cause it was all I owned It started life as a Suzuki 250 Savage and progessed into my "racer" Even that thing was a better bike than I was a rider


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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    only had a yammy GT80 back then... fun little bike..
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Found an old Pic of my '78 KX 125, practicing on a makeshift mx track on an old farm, also had a first year '73 CR 125 before this..Both were great bikes. The KX 125 was my favorite at the time.

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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyDave View Post
    My favorite all time (had 1 for 3 years) dirt/street enduro ride:

    Yamaha DT1-250 Enduro
    My first bike was one of those in the cool forest green color.

    My buddy Robby Johnson got himself a '79 Husqvarna 390 while I still had the DT. He let me try it one day.. and it was exactly like he said: "Hang on and watch the scenery blur!" Something around 12" of suspension travel on both ends... pretty much the exact opposite of the DT, that's for sure! Didn't take long for me to hand it back to him -- I think I made it into 3rd gear... Amazing bike!

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    Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    It 79? 490! Broke my collar bone on it. 3rd gear wheelie, straight-up & over! That was 1986, my brother still has it in upstate N.Y. Takes it out when he needs a thrill! Oh the drum brakes suck though..
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    Lance
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Quote Originally Posted by JIMZRX View Post
    It 79? 490! Broke my collar bone on it. 3rd gear wheelie, straight-up & over! That was 1986, my brother still has it in upstate N.Y. Takes it out when he needs a thrill! Oh the drum brakes suck though..
    82 first year for 490... bought my 81 yz465 for the simpe fact it pulled the front wheel in all 5 gears on the road.....
    Founding Father and educator Noah Webster (1758-1843) had this to say: "The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."

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    The Maytag Man
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    I never quite got it with the dirt bike stuff. I had a Honda 305 Scrambler that I took off road, twice. Launched it off a hill and soon found out that it landed like a tank once it came down. Next bike was a Kawasaki 185 Bushwacker. It holds the record for the number of times I crashed it. Underpowered, no suspension, and bad brakes. I actually did pretty well on that bike. My friends all said that I would either be a better rider or I would end up killing myself on that bike. When I bought my Maico I instantly started terrorizing my riding buddies. The person that they were once laughing at was now kicking their ass. I still have a soft spot in my heart for that bike.
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    The 1973 250 Elsinore was a leap ahead. Geat engine once you opened up the transfer ports.

    i was partial to the Suzuki RM 370 for open class. But I longed for a big Maico r husky
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    Lance
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    youre all forgetting the BULTACO......... my friends dad got one and restored it back to original.. only missing the emblems on the tank and one other piece... prob. sitting in the barn rotting away now sadly.... just like this one... he said this bike was a monster in his day...

    Founding Father and educator Noah Webster (1758-1843) had this to say: "The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."

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    Boca Burger
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Was it the Bultaco with right side shifter?? THAT was a thrill the first time I rode a buddys..

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    1st Monoshocks YZ360

    The box said "Requires Windows XP or better", so I installed Linux.

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    Bleeding Kawasaki since the 70's
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    These.

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    YTRAP, itchy butt, Gary1129, Mavwrek forever remembered.
    How the REX makes me feel.

    You don't do the right thing because there's a penalty for doing the wrong thing, you do the right thing because it's the right thing!
    I have been to HELL. A loft with John T on one side and SS on the other That was a cataclysmic snore fest, weakening the tectonic plates Georgia rests upon!!!!
    YTRAP 2/23/05

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    Bleeding Kawasaki since the 70's
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Another!

    SS
    Attached Images  
    YTRAP, itchy butt, Gary1129, Mavwrek forever remembered.
    How the REX makes me feel.

    You don't do the right thing because there's a penalty for doing the wrong thing, you do the right thing because it's the right thing!
    I have been to HELL. A loft with John T on one side and SS on the other That was a cataclysmic snore fest, weakening the tectonic plates Georgia rests upon!!!!
    YTRAP 2/23/05

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Quote Originally Posted by Perko View Post
    These.

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    Hannahs OW40? and a Honda RC250 Both works replica's ?
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Quote Originally Posted by Perko View Post
    Another!

    SS
    That would be the "MAN "Roger Decoster..

    Actually met him at this years San Francisco SX,he is team Mgr for Makita Suzuki..
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    Bleeding Kawasaki since the 70's
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Quote Originally Posted by pitrider View Post
    Hannahs OW40? and a Honda RC250 Both works replica's ?
    Replica's??? .... thar the actual works bikes of Hannah and Tripes from 79.

    Thars more Ti on that OW than on most any dirt bike today.

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    YTRAP, itchy butt, Gary1129, Mavwrek forever remembered.
    How the REX makes me feel.

    You don't do the right thing because there's a penalty for doing the wrong thing, you do the right thing because it's the right thing!
    I have been to HELL. A loft with John T on one side and SS on the other That was a cataclysmic snore fest, weakening the tectonic plates Georgia rests upon!!!!
    YTRAP 2/23/05

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    Bleeding Kawasaki since the 70's
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Quote Originally Posted by pitrider View Post
    That would be the "MAN "Roger Decoster..

    Actually met him at this years San Francisco SX,he is team Mgr for Makita Suzuki..
    Yeap ... running a Preston Petty front fender back in the day.

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    YTRAP, itchy butt, Gary1129, Mavwrek forever remembered.
    How the REX makes me feel.

    You don't do the right thing because there's a penalty for doing the wrong thing, you do the right thing because it's the right thing!
    I have been to HELL. A loft with John T on one side and SS on the other That was a cataclysmic snore fest, weakening the tectonic plates Georgia rests upon!!!!
    YTRAP 2/23/05

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Quote Originally Posted by Perko View Post
    Replica's??? .... thar the actual works bikes of Hannah and Tripes from 79.

    Thars more Ti on that OW than on most any dirt bike today.

    SS
    The actual works bikes were usually destroyed or kept in a museum,that's why asked if they were replica's..
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Don't know if it was the best, but I beat the heack outa one for years!!!
    How fast is it?? It'll do a minute in 30 seconds....

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    Bleeding Kawasaki since the 70's
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    Quote Originally Posted by pitrider View Post
    The actual works bikes were usually destroyed or kept in a museum,that's why asked if they were replica's..
    Those 2 are documented ... I found them a few years back.

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    YTRAP, itchy butt, Gary1129, Mavwrek forever remembered.
    How the REX makes me feel.

    You don't do the right thing because there's a penalty for doing the wrong thing, you do the right thing because it's the right thing!
    I have been to HELL. A loft with John T on one side and SS on the other That was a cataclysmic snore fest, weakening the tectonic plates Georgia rests upon!!!!
    YTRAP 2/23/05

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    They were (are) all good. I've had a few over the years, but don't have pix of most of 'em. Here's a few I DO have-

    My wyfe on an XT250 Yamaha (early design monoshocker, might be 80s vintage), and my son holding my Bultaco 250 Pursang so I could take the photo-



    Stylin' on the XT with my Bell Star helmet and big-bell Levis-

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: Best dirt bikes of the 70's era

    I don't think I saw a "Best dirt bikes of the 60's" thread, so I'll toss this one in here, too; it's my '68 BSA 441 Victor "thumper"-

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