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Old 01-05-06, 11:29 AM   #1
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1970s Motocrossers?

If any. Post your bikes, favorite professional riders, stories.
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John DeSoto. Wasn't he just the coolest?

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Wow! There are others out there. I was actually looking at another thread that got rerouted to the lounge when I stumbled on this.

Favorite Pro MXers from the 70s: Roger DeCoster, Joel Robert, Sylvain Geobers (can you tell I was a Suzuki guy?), the Norton WASP sidehack team, Malcolm Smith.

This picture is of me, circa 1970 at Startup, WA. Startup was the scene of one of the very first InterAM races (before the Trans-AMA series even) - - first time any of us ever saw Euro racers in person. Great mud track. I'm the skinny kid on the Van Tech-framed Suzuki wearing the full-faced Bell Star.
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We got to see the Europeans come through here a couple of times in the early '70s. Pierre Karsmakers made quite an impression one year, when he'd started riding for Yamaha, and gave the locals a pretty good schooling

He was always first into the turn and won every race he was in.

Mmmmm, the smell of that old bean oil, or whatever it was.....

Good thread--thanks.
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Mmmmm, the smell of that old bean oil, or whatever it was.....
Ahh . . . that was Blendzall racing castor (there were other brands, but Blendzall 'Green Label' was the best). I really miss that. Can't get that smell from my DH bike, doggonit. Now if they could bottle that smell and sell it to my wife as a perfume, well...
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I started on a Hodaka Super Rat, and had that till the 1st 125 Honda Elsinore, the 1st Japanese bike IMO, to be near good enough to compete with the Euro-bikes. I had a Yamaha 125 Enduro (electric start, bogus) but that was before started racing. Next:

- early RM125
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- Maico 250
- Husqvarna 250
- Husqvarna 250
- Husqvarna 390

The last 2 were the Huskys that had the proprietary 17" rear wheel.

Riders: Torsten Hallman, Geobers, Robert, Ake Johnsen

Love those old CZs with the bullet-proof trannies. I saw one of the Inter-Am races which were split into the lame 3 30min. motos because at the time American riders couldn't handle the Euro standard 2/45. Aberg, Hallman, Kring, Johnsen, Halm, and a bunch more were there. DeSoto, the top American, was lapped 3 times in each 30 min. moto.
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DeSoto, the top American, was lapped 3 times in each 30 min. moto.
Fine. I see what you're doing here, but I will not rise to the bait.

(besides, your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries)








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If you're into cycling and motocross (and beer) you have to visit Belgium before you die. Probably.
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Wow ...Too ko0L !!

My comupance was spent on dirtbikes and shorttracking in Hanover, PA ! in the 70's.
I worked in a graveyard after school and dug ashholes to finance my addiction !
Below is one of my bikes. I had a few. Started on a Honda 175. This Elsinore 250
(below)was a beast. Too much power for me. I came to become quite familier with
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I run / ran dual sport events on a heavily modded DR650 back in PA most recently.
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Fine. I see what you're doing here, but I will not rise to the bait.

(besides, your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries)
Not sure what you mean. I told the truth. De Soto retired from racing a few years before we saw an American rider who could even think about the podium, much less winning a race.
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Not sure what you mean. I told the truth. De Soto retired from racing a few years before we saw an American rider who could even think about the podium, much less winning a race.
Was kidding. Sorry.
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I can't help myself the, nostalgia trip...


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No probs I'm from Hawaii, I liked De Soto. But liking him was like liking Roman Gabriel.
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Awesome!!! IMO, the main impetus for BMX came from that movie. It was funny when they had to put Mert Lawill on a Greeves with a Harley flattracker tank for the final scene.
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My favorite motocrosser in the 70's? Aside from the big names (Robert, Gebores, DeCoster, the other Europeans, Brad Lackey, the Jones brothers, and Jim Pomeroy), I enjoyed being me during those years of recklessness and never ending Sundays. Pictured is my 1973, CR250 Elsinore and I in action on a track somewhere in Washington State.

"Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end..."
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Down pipes--right on the eve of long travel suspension. Wish I had a scanner.
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I used to ride a bright orange Can-Am MX-6 125. What a cool bike. My buddy and I would ride every weekend. He rode a Maica Mega 460. What a freakin brute that thing was. No pics but sure wish I did
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My favorite motocrosser in the 70's? Aside from the big names (Robert, Gebores, DeCoster, the other Europeans, Brad Lackey, the Jones brothers, and Jim Pomeroy), I enjoyed being me during those years of recklessness and never ending Sundays. Pictured is my 1973, CR250 Elsinore and I in action on a track somewhere in Washington State.
AWESOME stuff! Glad you mentioned Jim Pomeroy. And the Jones brothers. I actually got to share the track with them once during practice at StraddleLine in McCleary, WA. Blew by me and my little 125 like I was standing still. (Trvia note: They used to do moto-length practices without their seats on their bikes to develop endurance. More of us DHers should try that)

References to the Inter-Ams and the Europeans: Glad I'm not the only one who remembers the skill gap. At the Inter-Am at Startup that I posted about before, the Americans rode a Support Class race - - weren't even allowed on the track with the big guns. I still remember watching the Americans paddle/push back up the hill out of a gully/hairpin; the Europeans were wheelie-ing out of there!

Dig the pict posts of the Penton (one of my personal nemesises) and the Bultaco Astro! Remember Ossa DMRs (Dick Mann Replica)? Ahh, the glory days of flattrack racing: Graham, Monroe, Gold Creek, Aqua Barn and Hannegan Speedway
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