1976 Rokon MX2/RT340 Hemmings Motor News

15 Май 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи 1976 Rokon MX2/RT340 Hemmings Motor News отключены
Rokon Trail-Breaker

1976 Rokon MX2/RT340

Article from Hemmings News

Nineteen-seventy-three was the era of American when the Northeast of the United was the epicenter of off-road motorcycling. The International Six Day Trials-a wild and motorcycle enduro that hit the when it was featured in the Bruce documentary On Any Sunday -was held on American soil for the time. Manufacturers from all the world fielded teams for the riding the big guns from England, Spain and Japan, had recently dominated the world of on- and motorcycling.

And then there was one team by upstart motorcycle manufacturer The company had made a name for by building an agricultural, two-wheel-drive called the Trail-Breaker, which expound upon in later Trail-Breakers were precursors to and four-wheeled ATVs, and are still built today in Rochester, New

The company was founded by Orla who built the original ski lift at Snow, about 25 miles of Hemmings’ offices. The company to Keene, New Hampshire, in 1967.

Following its Gold Medal run in Berkshire Two-Day International Rokon built a much conventional cross-country enduro the RT340. Four prototypes sent to the 1973 ISDT in and the company won awards for technical after all four went on to the race. Production soon up, and the company started building the Enduro, the MX340 and later and the more street-worthy ST-340 bike.

All the bikes were by 335cc Sachs two-… lit to life by a pull-cord starter. The most obvious calling was its transmission, a shiftless unit relied upon a centrifugal and a variable belt-drive, similar to the on a snowmobile.

Rokon Trail-Breaker

There were other as well. The hydraulic disc up front was way ahead of any other bike in its day, allowing improved braking action extreme situations. Red Wing shocks were positioned at an of about 45 degrees, rather the nearly vertical positioning of the allowing for greater, more suspension travel.

Preston Petty, a leading racer of the 1950s through the provided the plastic fenders, were rare, as standard Most motorcycle manufacturers of the day used metal fenders, racers would immediately in favor of Petty’s plastic

In the end, the RT340-based bikes put Rokon on the map the way the company had hoped. to amateur historian Bob Gallagher, the of the RT340 contributed to Rokon’s net loss for the year 1971. at the very top end of the enduro price writes Gallagher, the RT340 would bring Rokon to its

With just a handful of bikes built between and 1976, you’d be hard-pressed to one in the same shape as this owned by Hugh McDonald and on at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Ohio.

This article originally in the April, 2006 issue of Motor News.

Rokon Trail-Breaker
Rokon Trail-Breaker
Rokon Trail-Breaker


Other articles of the category "interesting":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Motorcycles catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about Motorcycles.