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CZ Single 250
CZ Single 250



Okay, the bug has taken a chomp in your gotta-have-one vein. You must have a vintage Rational thought has nothing to do it.

You’ve seen these examples at the races competing in the class, and steam is coming out of nostrils.

Hold on, sport. are a few things you ought to know you run out and buy a dusty old 1971 250cc Mark II.

First off, are good vintage bikes and bad Not so much in how competitive they but in several other important such as ease of finding basic reliability of the bike and value should you decide to horses later on downstream.

We the following bikes (in no particular are excellent candidates:

MAICO : models from 1970 1972.

MAICO : Radial and 400s (1973 and 1974). the 450cc models, as they had clutches and were not any faster the 400s.

HUSKY: Any model the late ?60s through Avoid the 1972 and 1973 as they were 25 pounds than the older bikes and not reliable. 1974 was a decent except for the 450 Desert Master.

CZ: If you can an early twin-pipe model, it, no matter what the condition. The of these highly sought-after keeps going up steadily. are most any 250, 360 or 400 model.

good years were and 1971.

YAMAHA: Most any DT-1 would make a trail bike and parts are available. Early (1969 1971) MXers were but were evil handlers. there are many mods to make them work

Early YZs are great vintage and the horsepower they put out is almost today.

HONDA: Find an old and you’ll have the world’s pit bike. Find a clean 125 or 250 Elsinore and you’ll have a vintage racing bike.

: There was a 100cc racer in the late 60s that put out a guaranteed hp. I believe it was called a Centurion. one of these and you’ll smoke of the full-sized bikes.

Kawasaki also made a 238cc racer that was a ship (around 1970) pumped out some outrageous and gobs of low-end torque. one and holeshots will be yours. was also a Rickman-framed version of bike that was a bunch than the stock Kawasaki.

one will not be easy, but if you can locate go for it.

SUZUKI: One model stands the 1973-74 TM-250 Challenger. lighter and nowhere near as as the TM-400, it had a few handling quirks, but was and reliable. They also a screaming little 100cc with good handling

This yellow zonker do well in vintage racing and was reliable than a claw

BULTACO: Face it, the beautiful red Pursangs were faster stink and about as reliable as a in a windstorm. If you restore one, do you it’ll be any more reliable it was originally, just because you put a ton of loving care in the rebuild? these early Buls classy-looking, supple handlers and are enough to be considered true

They made a Bultaco in called a Bandito. It was a 360cc with enough horsepower to rocks through windshields in the lot. It also handled someone left out the swingarm bolt. But, lordy, was it a rocket ship!

Get one and learn to it; people will flock and oooh and aaaah a lot.

of the open class Buls up to are excellent candidates for vintage They had smooth low-end handled well, were and proved more reliable the hand grenade 250cc Still, plan on babying the if you want it to live.

MONTESA: than a white-framed, orange-glassed the entire line of Montesas is not worth getting into. that 250 Cappra weighed 242 very heavy for a middleweight of any If you can locate a 1974 Vehkonen (VR-250), it’s worth

GREEVES: Parts are not easy to by, and they are not competitive, but they are enough to merit your Resale value alone them worthwhile, and they do funky. Best bets are and 360s from the late 60s and the 70s.

If you want to do well in vintage consider one of the 380 QUB Greeves from 1972 or 1973.

OSSA: In the 70s, Ossa produced the Stiletto, a 250cc racer a wide spread of power and reliability. I’ve always that Ossa was the cream of the of Spanish bikes.

Late in Ossa released the first a 197-pound missile that set new for performance. Only a cruddy set of shocks kept this from being a world-beater. and a confused company that all of its money on small-bore road efforts.

PENTON: John had KTM build him some great and the best of these were the 250 and the 400, a 352cc machine weighed little more a 250. You could win a vintage on one of these beauties, and parts are around.

HODAKA: Think a 1973 Combat Wombat or a Super Rat if you want a bike a huge chromed tank and a lot of Parts are readily available.

Go for it! No question about it, a Triumph is one of true joys. If you haven’t one, then shut up. cubic inches of horsepower is not to be at. And if you can locate a Rickman Triumph in shape, don’t buy it.

Instead, me and let me buy it. Many consider these the beautiful dirt bikes built. Yeah!

BSA/NORTON/ROYAL /MATCHLESS, ETC, ETC: We of lumped these all together. You are a British bike fan, or you are Show up at the races with a restored British twin or and spectators will slobber and all over the ground.

Parts are around, but pricey. Resale is good.

BEST BETS: CZs, any good Husky, a Maico, or a 1973 Elsinore. A YZ or a dirt Triumph will be a for years to come.

Look, if you want to restore one of the off-brands, or bikes, go right ahead. don’t plan on racing it in the class. Reasons are many, but the ones are high part poor parts availability, bad record, non-competitive nature of the lousy handling, and all the accompanying of a rare or unpopular machine.

Build it, ride it every now and let people enjoy looking at it and it run, but don’t plan on it on a regular basis. We feel dirt bikes are meant to be and enjoyed. Our list of losers, incomplete due to space limitations, is, extensive:

Forget about the 125cc six-speed Maico. It a mad dog genius to keep the gearbox and was a nightmare to service.

Husky rather forget the 450 Desert It was put together by engineer Ruben at the behest of a relative, and he still when you mention this to him.

Husky had wretched in 1972 and 1973. Go earlier. Go Just avoid this period.

Another loser of era was the 360 Enduro, quite possibly the embarrassing woods bike ever built.

Don’t the CZ Enduro with the CZ MXers. produced an abysmal 250 Enduro in and 1974 that was nothing than a collection of leftover from past years didn’t like each These bikes were heavy and dreadfully dull in the department.

CZ also made a 125 that, oddly, weighed two more than their 400 The cylinder liner was about two thick, horsepower was a faint dry weight was 242 pounds, and suspension was and stubby. It would not beat a station wagon to the first

No doubt about it, the single bike Yamaha ever was the SC500 Scrambler. This slug seized with shook its steering head a hooked trout, hopped like a rabbit on diet and stalled when the rider expected it. Some kind of fun eh?

Forget about the DT-l MX and the models. They’re as common as pig and handle about the same.

possibly the worst four-… built was built by the best of four-strokes, Honda. They the XL175 in 1973 and have the world would forget Ditto for the XL350.

However, a Champion-framed XL350 of era might be worth considering.

of losers, here. Avoid the like they were in toxic waste. Faster a speeding bullet, the 1971 1973 Astros had a lifespan equal to a gnat trying to press a hippo.

Kawasaki a version of their Bighorn for in 1972; some called it a Don’t get one.

A few MXers offered in 1974. All were

Ahh yes, we come to one of the truly bad of the 70s, the awesome TM400 Few dirt bikes have had so much horsepower wrapped in a more suited for gardening You can find these bikes all the place, real cheap.

them where you find

They made a hot version of the MX much like the Bultaco called the TT Stiletto. It, too, up with monotonous regularity.

They’re out there, in droves. So droves as you search for a vintage

Good ones to put on your list are:









CZ Single 250
CZ Single 250






American Eagle

And who knows what else? If you to take one of these oddities and it, and put on display on your coffee then by all means do it. Just plan on riding it a whole

Consider yourself a curator of — a one-man museum. not all that bad.

When you go out to for your vintage racer, by all buy more than one. a friend who bought three CZs in one weekend for a few hundred bucks and was able to put one decent vintage together out of the mess, and had a bunch of parts left over.

You have two ways to go: buy a more-or-less vintage racer for big bucks, or buy a and try to shape it yourself for low bucks. you’re buying basket or dust balls, hammer the way down.

A CZ 250 with the engine in a crate should go for literal Examine the pile of parts As long as they’re not rust-damaged, are they’re usable

In fact, if you to build and race a vintage consider buying a half-dozen hulks. But check for chronic areas, For example, CZs with swingarms often froze up and were ruined. Maicos primary side service on a basis.

A clean 1971 400 barrel with a bad primary and drive, as well as a blown is no bargain, no matter how low the price is.

you buy spares, such as rings and from the vintage bike consider purchasing multiples and for a price break. If you’re to ride the bike, you will run top-end parts regularly.

how to make your own gaskets for bikes with hard-to-find

Get a good workshop manual and out the part numbers and sizes of the bearings, seals and such. this information, you can then out which parts from years will fit your racer. In a popular model, the spread can be as much as five or six

Learn how to work with It’s not that hard, and it enable you to fix otherwise … Find a good bearing and you’ll find that are international in scope and sizing.

you know the sizes you need in measurements, you’ll be able to what you need easily.

types, you’ll find interchangeability. Most of the Euro have interchangeable bearings, and rings. For example, many and Maico clutch plates are

You’ll find that Yamaha and Kawasaki have of the same internal parts, in the fork and shock department. stands apart with its own line.

When you get your bike built, by all means, it! Don’t be one of those dorks who build it and then cover it up a sheet. After all, trying to bring a bit of the past to the present. Share your with the public.

Stimulate interest in vintage Share sources and secrets those who are interested. Enjoy it.

all, we are simply trying to a piece of a simpler time. A when you just put gas in your bike and went riding. A of the past. Vintage. Indeed.

open class bike, the 400 radial did it all. Parts are but on the pricey side. It handles, and has that Maico magic.

heavy and not the fastest bike the CZ 250 MX still was popular, because it was to bullet-proof and went where you it. Lots of parts are still

If you want a race winning it’s hard to beat the 125 Elsinore. Just slap good shocks on it, and head for the

Oddity: Rickman 250 Montesa a custom-built British frame and a powerplant. For specialists only.

strong bike that caught on in the US, was the Greeves 380 QUB. Forget it.

One of the most popular expensive) vintage racers is the CR 250 Elsinore. It was light, fast and well. You can still find but they aren’t cheap

Penton 175 Jackpiner was made by KTM for Eastern woods riders to collect and restore these little beauties. Don’t to find the parts as common as Japanese bikes.

Whoops! to find parts for a bike in Mexico can be tough. Even the Cooper 250 was a good concept, it caught on with the buyers.

CZ Single 250
CZ Single 250


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