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CLASSIC MOTOCROSS IRON: 1971 AMERICAN EAGLE 405 TALON

CLASSIC MOTOCROSS IRON: 1971 AMERICAN EAGLE 405 TALON

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SOURCE: MOTOCROSS ACTION

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By Tom White
American Eagle arrived on the U.S. motocross scene in 1967, but in truth, there was no American Eagle motorcycle factory. The American Eagle was a private-label bike built at Sprite Developments in Oldbury, England, by Frank Hipkin. Brits could buy the bike as the Sprite 405 Talon. Americans were offered the bike as the American Eagle 405 Talon. Australians knew it as the Alron 405, and Belgians thought it was the BVM 405. All the bikes were identical, with the exception of the American bikes having “American Eagle” cast into the engine cases. Amazingly, all the different national distributors tried to pretend that the Sprites were designed in their home countries. It wasn’t until many years later that each country learned the truth about the “other” Sprites.

Most distressing, however, was that not only was the $1195 American Eagle 405 Talon a product of “clone engineering,” but the engine itself was a clone. It was an Italian-built copy of a late ’60s, four-speed, 399cc …
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