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Thursday, October 16, 2008


Alright, let’s about my favorite bike the XR75. This one bike has had impact on mini bikes my life in general) than any bike ever made. introduced the XR75 in 1973 and worldwide success.

In the 70’s, was becoming huge in the United There were motocross everywhere and you could ride anywhere you wanted. In grade I remember half of the kids or raced motocross, and the majority of had XR75s. It took me and my brothers a longer than most to up with our first XR, but we were

Chris, Brent and I were into BMX racing and our parents ready to make the shift to MX yet. Each of us had a few expensive BMX a sidehack, go-karts, and a number of toys that were our parents on the edge. Plenty of were spent riding and neighbor’s XR’s, but ours eluded us.

Our cousin, Brian, a BMX/Motorcycle shop (N.K. in Poulsbo, WA. Every year we make an annual trek to out the latest BMX parts and ride his XR’s. As a matter of fact, the time I ever heard the “trick” was at his shop in the 70’s.

One of the we went to visit Brian he had a ‘77 DG racer XR75 with all of the parts for the time. It had a Powroll 116 motor, gold DG everything, Fox and Betor forks. It was almost too for a twelve year old to comprehend. was it! I was going to build an XR no matter

Since I had access to BMX bikes, but not to a of money, I figured I could my way into my dream ride. We put the out in our Junior High school we were looking to trade for an It didn’t take long. One of our had just gotten a new YZ80, so he was to trade his XR75 for a DG Rooster BMX

We loaded the bicycle up and headed to his to make the swap. When we we found a gray 1974 XR a DG pipe. Perfect. With the XR in our garage the real fun began. We disassembled it and painted it red.

I remember jumping on my JMC BMX bike and down to Ace Hardware to buy a can of Krylon red paint. The plan was to make the look like Marty factory Honda before it to the neighbor kids. Other eating a set of points that day, and having the neighbor at us for making too much noise, it was a day.

It didn’t take before every kid in the neighborhood had a Some of the best races I ever been in occurred on residential neighborhood track.

At our BMX we used to carry a magazine Minicycle/BMXaction that had all of the cool and stories from the day. were tons of companies parts for the little XR. Jeff dad had a company called J.W.R.P. made frames, swingarms, ignitions, etc. Red Line also made a frame on for the XR75 (before BMX consumed

Dave Miller, of DMC fame, had a called Miller Mano cranked out some super one-off XR parts. There was PK Racing, the Vulcan Bros, Racing, and of course DG Performance. DG was the of all things aftermarket for MX. They a monoshock frame and swingarm for the XR, they carried every hop-up part ranging seats, to heads, and forks. DG had part you could want, and each one of them cool.

All of the riders of the day rode for DG and used products. You couldn’t go anywhere in the without seeing a DG logo. at DG was a marketing genius and had a huge for all things MX.

My brothers and I respected a lot. Here’s a DG catalog from 1978 (courtesy )

When the two … MX bikes taking over in the late Honda started selling the as a playbike. The after market that continued to produce for the XR75 started gearing items toward adults and the market. Eventually, the two-strokes took over the racing and the BBR brothers followed. I caved in and a 1979 YZ80 to keep my dream alive, and we soon a stable of two-strokes.

But just like many of the we continued to ride XR’s in the for fun. Chris was always interested in play riding, so he to a 1978 XR75. He saved his and bought all of the latest DG performance that were available at the and did every modification possible.

At point, he decided he was going to a complete single shock for his XR, so at the age of twelve, with no one telling him he do it, he started on the frame in Junior shop class. It was a two year project that we both on together, but Chris was the one who kept until it was completed. I will that I gave up a few times the way.

When I went off to School the next year, I had shop class which me access to a milling machine for the time. Chris gave me drawings of a linkage setup he was on for the bike. After two weeks of the teacher (Don Sharp) we were ready to start with the shop equipment.

He the class the “sheetmetal box” that we would all be working on for the of the quarter. I raised my hand and “Hey, can we work on our own stuff?” He and asked, “What do you have in “I want to make a linkage for a me and my brothers are working on”. I him the drawing and he just laughed at me. couldn’t make that set he said. “It is too complicated”.

So I told him it would sure be a better than just a sheetmetal Amazingly, he let me work on it. I spent the year working on that setup. That is when I I could crank out billet It took more than a few but by the end of the year I felt like I make anything.

When Chris showed up for school machine shop the year, the teacher didn’t asking him if he wanted to make a box. He just let us do our thing. I on the billet stuff, and Chris to focus on the frame and motor. though Brent was in college he showed up for class a few times to some parts.

He would the shop teacher that he was a student”, and then would with us. I think Brent is the person in history to get high-school without even being a high-school student. Too funny!

the frame and linkage were we needed a shock, so we gave the at Works Performance a call and cranked one out for us, to our specs. Chris the frame with some over Plymouth R6 red paint Brent’s drag-car, and then pinstriped the frame 70’s to finish it off. When the was complete, we loaded it up and headed out to our track (S.I.R.) to race it. was the first time I remember into mini-dads.

I had never so much whining in my life rules, points, and inspections, I lined up on the gate with 39 two strokes, and me on the lone red 4-…. I up going 6/5 for sixth overall. I being a little disappointed, but back it was a small miracle.

me a couple of kids that their own bike from raced it, and put thirty other behind them. Check out the of the bike here:

We never riding and modifying XR75’s. they morphed into the and 100, it just gave us to work with. Eventually, the movement moved into the type backyard races is a whole story by itself).

As big as races, and several others, it just goes to show the whole country was riding for fun. As we got older and were big bikes, we would continue to XR’s in the back yard as as we could. There was a time you could pick a decent XR up at a sale or swap meet for a bucks. Usually you could swap out the points and they ran new.

At one point, our parent’s backyard looked like an XR junkyard. were just showing up and off XR’s or abandoning them on our track. At last count we had through more than two of them! As a matter of fact we are going through XR’s – We got a 2009 CRF100 last (which is just an updated

In our spare time, we like to all of the old rare XR’s, and related that we could only about back in the day. A lot of the fun of the is the hunt to find the old bikes and If you have any old XR parts or vintage BMX you want to sell, trade, or to the BBR show-room, please drop us an at ‘’.

OK, for all you XR nuts out there, are a few of the rare XR75’s we have over the years:

The first one is the Grail of XR75’s…The Jeff Racing Products 1975 It has a chrome-moly frame and swingarm, shocks, 82cc piston, cam and ignition, 22mm carb, rims, CR125 side and the famous 3x number.

The second is a 1976 Red Line Engineering It has a nickel plated chrome-moly and swingarm, Ceriani forks and 17” front wheel, P.K. ignition and 82cc piston, DG Mini-Mudder front fender, and chain guide.

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The third is a 1974 DG mono-shock XR75. It has a cad-plated chrome-moly frame and swingarm, Luft shock, Bros. forks, DG Performance head, cam, and porting, carb, J.W.R.P. ignition, DG and DG valve cover.

The fourth is a 1978 DG package racer. It has a DG frame, DG gold anodized Fox 13.5” air shocks, Betor and clamps, D.I.D. gold Duck-bill front fender, piston and cam, Answer bars, J.T. Supercross plate, and DG up-pipe.

The fifth bike is a bone 1978 XR75. This was assembled about 10 years ago N.O.S. parts when you still get them from We ordered every part for an XR75 and almost everything up.

Basically, this a brand new one bolt at a time.

Blast the Past

This week’s from the past comes the March/April 2006 issue of Pit magazine with Jeff and the gang. On the last page of issue they did a column Classic Pit Racer. They did a on our Red Line XR75 that was a few years back. It was stolen by “victim of society” who has been a bad hand” and for whom “the isn’t doing enough to and has been “repressed by the man” and “parents do not love him”.

He a chain to the front door and the whole front of the BBR shop off he is good at something). He then cut a that was strung through a bikes and stole the Red Line XR. blame him for wanting it, I guess, but it his method of getting one is a little than how we would do it. It was heartbreaking to it was gone, and we have not seen it

We found another Red Line XR later, that you heard earlier in this story, but I had to my first born for it. Pit Racer covered one of the DG Monoshock XR’s we had a few ago. It is now part of a vintage in northern California.

I also this great Jeff XR75 article in Motocross from Jimmy Mac and the gang. bike is sitting in the Primm If you ever get a chance to visit in Las Vegas, it is one of the most incredible in the MX industry.

Question of the Week

“I see you are into XR75s. Do you sell for them or know where I can get I’m restoring a ‘73 XR75, and am having finding everything I need to the project.” Barney (in Tucson)

Hey Barney, love the ‘73 with the red stripes on the tank. We really sell anything for the XR75’s but are some good companies we have run into over the that do. At the top of the list is Scott over at Scott is the of vintage bike restoration and has more fun and passion doing it Scott and his crew.

If you have a bike you want to send off to restored, Vintage Factory is the Check out his great website for old vintage photos, a swap and streaming videos. Scott has almost every vintage you can imagine, so check his site Another great place to all of the little detail items separate an amateur restoration a show winner can be found at They have gas caps, seats, etc, and they are guys.

Another great for performance parts for the XR75 are . Alex, the owner, has been and riding XR75’s in SoCal the beginning. He has all of your favorite from back in the day and many items. Check ‘em out.

but not least is These have been at it since I was born and are still making go fast. Give “Powroll a call and she will hook you up the right parts.

Hope helps! Duane

OK, that’s it for week. Thanks for helping us the dream!

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