ROKON Cobra 340 .. American Made Motocross Bike ... Yes, its a pull-start
I bet you have some stories from back in the day. You probably know Gene Stephenson and Dan Hermes? I used to go out to the track in Butler all the time when I was younger. Pretty sure it's the Pendleton co track you speak of.
Here are a few more photos ... can't even imagine what it would be like to pull start an open bike ... since kick starting them was brutal enough ...
bill.bohart1 wrote: How sweet, I still have mine, Raced it for 5 years around Northern Kentucky and southern Ohio, Glen Estie, Mid Ohio MX track. Pendelton Co Ky. New Castle Ky, I raced ET's or Bracket Racing at Thornhill 1/4 mile drag strip. I had great success. Many AMA trophy's. I have two enduro Models in my bone yard. I have 1 new old stock 340 Sachs engine still in it's box. 5 Goodyear belts, torque converter parts (ramps, clutch parts, new down sweep expatiation chamber , air filters, pistons, etc...) assortment of bolts, sprockets, gaskets, foot pegs, points, pull start handles, axles, nuts, spokes, We took on a dealership for Rokon mid 70's... I really liked the fact I could hold half throttle headed into a corner, apply the awesome disc brakes, engine held full torque, release the brake and lunch out of a turn like a rocket. I spanked the Yamadowg 480's and any and all open class bikes. yes it was heavy but keeping it on the grd. also applied full traction to the rear tire. Air time is a waste due to no power down. can't make speed when the knobs is not grabbing dirt.... square turns made for fast lap time as well. I think it had 8" front travel, 4" rear. oh well, it ain't no carpet ride. I was racing not joy riding. Pull start is not to bad if the tune is correct. Yes this Rokon was a bad A$$ MX Iron in it's day.I still enjoy a ride from tome to time, 90 mph across dirt is hauling a$$ guys. BIG fun. It is a different style of ride. I would love to see Bubba (James Stewart Jr.) give it a spin, that would be a sight to see. BTW, I raced a Cooper 250 (Pre AMMEX aka Jones Islo) class moto b4 my open class moto on every Sunday. What a blast I had! I ran top 1st ~2nd in that class as well. Thanks for the memory's and great pix Moto_Geek . Your Biker bro, Bill Bohart. DOB, 1958 Oh yeah I might add, To take an MX iron 6~7 years out of date and pull 1st ~ 3rd every race... Something to be said for that. This Rokon was never at lack for power or speed. Totally stock! Race ready out of it's shipping box!