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CLASSIC MOTOCROSS IRON: COOPER 250 ENDURO

Hecho in wasn’t the key to success, but this Cooper design had two lives its brief life span

By Tom

Cooper was the brainchild of Frank owner of Apache Limited, the Maico distributor in Burbank, Cooper saw a gap in the marketplace between the Japanese dirt bikes and the and often quirky European He approached Moto Islo, a Mexian commuter bike to build a dirt bike would fill this Moto Islo is named for the of its creator, Isidro Lopez.

The Mexican-built Cooper would handle like a Maico, run a Yamaha and cost less the Japanese entries.

The Cooper appeared at the 1972 Long Motorcycle Show. Beneath its yellow fiberglass side fenders and fuel tank sat a chromoly frame with a engine that appeared in ways to be a DT Yamaha clone. The forks were Mexican-manufactured and the shocks were by Boge.

The dry was 227 pounds (218 pounds for the model) with a full 28 on tap.

Frank Cooper’s brainchild was received, but reliability was a problem. The production run of the Coopers had suspect rims, fragile fiberglass and a “close-ratio” transmission that a top speed of just over 50 Frank Cooper fixed the and the gear ratios, but not the machine’s bad

In the end, Jones family the brand and renamed it “Ammex” the intent of having four-time 250 Gary Jones race it to success. The Ammex was a vastly machine to the Cooper, but was doomed the Mexican peso was devalued in

Moto Islo vanished the Mexican motorcycle market after a brief stint as a subsidiary, went on to produce machines. Isidro Lopez on July 5, 2008.

1973 250 ENDURO FACTS

WHAT COST

Suggested retail for the model was $825, and the MX model was Coopers have never “collector” status, nor become AHRMA race bikes, so the of this Early Years of Museum example is around than the cost of its restoration.

Maico Enduro 250

There were enduro and versions made during the life of Cooper Motorcycles. And Lawson raced one in dirt

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

The cool—and are the fiberglass tank and side Don’t worry about the and rear fiberglass fenders, as are the same as early 1970s fenders and easily sourced. look for the Betor replica Boge shocks and the “thru-the-frame” with a JR-type silencer.

PARTS SUPPLY

The good is that Don Jones saved a lot of parts. The bad news is that Don passed away, Mrs. won’t let anyone near the sheds full of parts for and other brands.

Try Dave in Australia at onleyd@bigpond.com.

For more on classic bikes go to www.earlyyearsofmx.com

Maico Enduro 250
Maico Enduro 250
Maico Enduro 250
Maico Enduro 250
Maico Enduro 250


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