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Okay, you've finally gotten the young trophy wife, so now it's time to get something you can actually make use of. Your ultimate vintage dirt bike.

If you could only have one vintage dirt bike, cost being of zero importance (yeah right!), in perfect shape, what bike would you choose?

Gotta admit, I'm torn on this. I can narrow it down to two bikes, (the Rickman Metisse Triumph came in third) and I actually own one of those two.

My finalists are an '81 490 Maico, preferably totally redone and maintained by Eric Cook of Maico Only (remember, cost is no problem). However, I still drool over the photos of the Aberg HL500 Yamaha, especially since I know they're lighter than a YZ426.

Well . . . if I can only have one damnit, Maicos being so common, guess the Aberg Yamaha is it.

Awright, what about you guys?

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I grew up with Jim Pomeroy and my father being best of friends. I wan't his 74' GP winning Pursang with all factory mods done by none other than "Rubio".
 

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Great topic! So many choices...

For sentimental value I'd get the Husky that Malcolm rides in "On Any Sunday". That bike changed my life.
 

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Mine is not a logical choice, its an emotional choice. A 1980 KTM 420 MC80.
( 1978 or 1979 KTM 420's almost as good I had them all and they were the best race motorcycles I ever owned before or since )

Second choice would be a 1987 Honda CR250

Third would be a 1973 Bultaco Pursang 250

Second and Third are just glory year choices. Lots of fun those years on those bikes.

But I am having fun with my 1974 Bultaco 360 and my 1982 husqvarna XC430. So they get the time and attention my new young trophy wife lets dripple by. ( Actually my new young trophy wife is an excellent mechanic. But Horses are her pass time. )

Oh yea, the 1998 Husky WR360 is nice but its a appliance bike. Just ride it and maintain it with the kids. No attachment at all. LOL Have fun guys....

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I want my 125 elsinore back i loved the metal silver and green tank. As a young kid i had problems with the powerband and the thing would load-up in a heartbeat. But if i had it back i would be the boss.
 
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The first bike that comes to mind is Jeff Ward's totally trick XR 75 tearing up Escape Country's track and all the other riders. If I had that bike back then...... or a Harry's Cycle Sales XR 75.

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Wow! This is a tough one because there are so many great choices and only a few spots left in the garage.

I believe I would like Marty Smith's 1975 RC125 (with the solid copper head to make the weight limit) and my 81 RM465 (would like to have it because I won my class at the Daytona Amateur Supercross in 82).

The trickest bike I ever rode was my 74 Elsinore 125 with a cut frame and aluminum swing arm (10 inches of travel!)and a cylinder ported by Uncle Donny Emler (FMF).
I believe it was in the powerband from about 10,000 to 11,000 RPM.
Still have a blister on my left big toe. To be 14 and fearless again. What the hell, I'd ride it if I had it.


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Gee a lot of people here had '74 Elsinore 125's eh?
Well i'm another one.
Was a nice bike, but the powerband sucked for Pa. woods riding!


Hmmmm, what would i pick?
Hmmmmm.
Ossa Phamtom?
Yamaha YZ-490?
'85 Honda XR-350R? (is that vintage?)

Well, i'm a foof bike rider so maybe either a :
1971 Honda SL350K1 (in red of course)
or a
1972 Honda CL450K5 "Scrambler"
I've got a soft spot in my heart for Honda's beautifull CL series!
(even though they are more street than dirt)
 

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If money is no object, I can't narrow it down to one. Here are some exotic race bikes and museum peices I'd love to own:

The Harley works MXer with the forks on the rear

Gaston Rahier's Suzuki RH125 - the first world champion 125

Roger's bike with the Ribi front suspension.

One of the many bikes used by Gerrit Wolsink to win the Carlsbad USGP

Graham Noyce's '76 Maico works bike

A Montessa raced by Mickey Kessler

One of Bad Brad's works Huskys.

Pierre Karsmaker's AMA champ Yamaha

Broc Glover's DG Honda CR

Hannah's first water cooled head OW125
 
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If money was no object.......

Penton 175
Maico 501
Husky 360 8 speed

First off I'd love to have a Penton 175. When I was a kid my neighbor had one I remember that was the "bike" to have in the day

I'd like to have one of those 8 speed Husky's. 4speed gear box with a high and low range. I've rode one and thought it was the greatest thing since slice bread. One of my dad's friends had a fleet of60's-70's Husky's. That was my favorite one to ride


I think the badest bike I remember riding as a kid was a Maico 501
I could not start it, not enough lead in my parts to fire that monster, but once she was running WATCH OUT!!!

The trickest bike I ever rode a Yamaha TT500 that belonged to none other than the KING himself... Kenny Roberts
When I was a kid I rode with a bunch of guys that new Kenny Roberts. Since I lived very close to Modesto, Ca, Kenny would ride with the group on Sundays afternoons after chruch.

Great thread, brings back great early days memories


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Hey, how about a 74 KX 450, isn,t that on anybodys list?
(don,t blame you).
I have to admit Mark, especially after seeing a "look alike" down at Casey last fall,Abergs 500 would be #1.
Other wise my bike would be the 78 KX250, gold rims, swing arm. not the best handling bike, but it looked neat, should of never sold mine.

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I want Kenny Roberts' TZ750 flattracker,
a water cooled Bultaco TSS 250,
and one of the factory Honda 4-stroke trials bikes.
 

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What a question! I would have to go with the 81 Maico 490. I also have a soft spot for 77-78 RM's. Just like the way they look!
 
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I always liked the '75 Yamaha MX400B. Does anyone remember these with the white alloy tank and yellow and black decals? Monoshock suspension and 38.8rwhp. They were a great allround bike, mine was street legal and geared for 115mph. It would cruise at 80 (37mpg) and handled perfectly. It did a 12.9 quarter at 102 as well.

It was used as a commuter, drag-racer, motocrosser, beach and woods riding and for trips on the road. Just a sprocket and tire change as required.

I hammered it daily for a couple of years with nothing done except for oil changes and spark plugs. It was a bike that gave the rider great satisfaction.
 
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A Bill Bell/Long Beach Honda Baja bike. 410cc XL350 Motor in a C & J nickel plated frame, reverse cone megaphone, Elsinore wheels and forks. It don't get no better.
 
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