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Novelty Dirt Bike Bicycles - CCM Skyline, Motobike Xgames, how big was this fad?

Old 06-05-13, 10:14 AM
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Novelty Dirt Bike Bicycles - CCM Skyline, Motobike Xgames, how big was this fad?

The story goes a lady had about 25 bikes she wanted gone and since I fix bikes she gave them to me. Two pickup truck loads later, my general rule of about 10% of all free bikes might have some value, either monetary or coolness, is still strongly in effect. In this group of bikes I came across 3 of these heavy beasts. They are motorcycle/dirt bike bicycles.

Now I understand the coolness factor in the department store story...the "mommy! daddy! I want this cool bike!" and it comes home to just find out it is as heavy as hell and outside of looking cool, isn't much. That's not to say they aren't loved, as when a kid (I have a 7 year old) coolness is a huge factor in a bike. Its my job to make sure it fits and runs right, anyway, my questions as I myself had a Huffy Thunder Road Banana seat bike with a dirt cross number placard on the front:

Are these just novelty bikes? Were they popular? I'm guessing the CCM older ones seem to be 70's, the newer Motobike seems late 80's to 90's as X-games is a newer thing. I'm guessing there were no actual sporting events with these bikes as they're super heavy, especially compared to a bare BMX bike?

I'm a shade under 40 right now, so I missed the bike boom and didn't care about bikes that much for 30+ years so a story of these bikes or confirmation of their cheapness would be nice. Now, here are pictures!

First the old two, they are CCM "Skyline" bikes. They seem 70's-ish bikes. They do have front and rear suspension, the rear is on a little swing bolt, so the springs and shocks actually hold up the back of the bike. No hand brakes, just a coaster. One has lost the gas tank and both are very worn by sun and time. (all bikes have 20" wheels)

Not sure what I'm going to do with these. I'm thinking take the best of them both and make 1, something I can kinda ride with my 7 yo while he rides this one. It's a Motobike Xgames bike, a much more modern take on the above bikes. It has dual disk brakes, more conventional suspension, and a neat seat mounting I'm not sure can be adjusted. Given the "X-Games" I'm thinking really like the 1990's. There is also information on the internet about these, at least pictures. Looks nice but the rear wheel needs a lot of work and apparently the rear disk is pressed into the hub somehow and not readily replaceable..aka I'm gonna have to fix it instead of replace.

Thanks for your help and your stories.
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That CCM Skyline might just squeak intothe 1970s. It looks like a rebadged Voodoo which ran from about 1979-1982. That Motobike X-Games is only about 5-10 years old. Both are novelty bicycles.
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