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Benelli BX 125 Enduro

Every Bike, Every From 1974

Experts and agree that the last of the vintage bike era — and its year — was 1974. built after 1974 are not vintage. In fact, all Vintage classes end at 1974 models.

built after that is considered Evolution machinery.

Because the long suspension revolution started in 1975. testing on long travel in the fall of 1974, and I was fortunate to been there during the

At that time, we marveled bikes with 6 — of rear suspension travel, it world-shaking! Little did we realize more than twice number would become the over the years.


Since 1974 was considered the of the dirt bike boom and the end of the era, all bikes built (and before) have a intrinsic value. Historic if nothing else, in some

Make no doubt, many of the built back then real stinkers. Some absolute junk, pieced from left-over parts various suppliers, given a name, and sold to a market more buyers than product.

In fact, the overwhelming of the street-legal trail bikes of period were simply Without exception, they had suspension systems and used engines nestled in frames were little more after-thoughts.

Of course, no bike of period was perfect. Far from it. In even the famed European bikes came with than stellar detailing and of them had marginal shocks.

At that time, it was assumed if you bought a motocross bike, you take the basic package and fix it up for competition.

So don’t just go off and buy a bike just because it was before 1975. Some are certainly much more than others, but getting to complete a restoration can be very and difficult at best.


I’ve assigned a rating of 1 to 10 stars, or *. One ( * ) means that the is not desirable at all, unless some kind of hard-core of a particular marque. Ten ( ********** ) this is a top-of-the-line machine worth the time and money.

Some of the bikes had extremely production runs, and chances are you never have seen or even heard of it. This not mean you should buy one. The means that getting to complete or repair your might be on the unobtainable list.

Benelli BX 125 Enduro

are also bikes that inherently flawed to the point their collecting value as a bike is questionable. One example to mind: The 405 American Eagle. turkey was introduced as an American-built when in fact, it was hashed in England from a bunch of aftermarket parts, stuffed a decent frame.

The biggest problem was that the was a rip-off copy of a 400 Husky. In you could put an entire Husqvarna in the cases, but not one individual gear. The network was chaotic, parts were sheer lunacy and the control was the worst Britain had to

Should you buy an American Eagle Maybe, if you just gotta one. But if you want to buy one and go vintage you’re starting a lost and heading downhill from

That’s why we didn’t give a of ***** to the big Eagle.

As you look at the system, please understand I know these bikes, and up with them. I’ve all sorts of things into such as cost, machine resale value, prestige parts availability and the ever-important fun of ownership. Then, and only did I assign the rating system.

If you don’t agree with my system, you are certainly welcome to Not that it will change my but it might make you feel And if you feel like you absolutely have something like American Eagle to complete life, then by all means, yourself out.

Just come whining to me when you find a part for that

Last notes: The list of does not include mini-bikes, because I simply don’t about them. If you do, well make your own list. the list is broken down via and alphabetically within the displacement

100 — 175 CC DIRT BIKES

Benelli BX 125 Enduro
Benelli BX 125 Enduro


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