Best privateer bike ever built?

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9/7/2020 1:42 PM

What is arguably the most competitive and best privateer bike ever? True privateer. No satellite team with access to factory parts.

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9/7/2020 1:44 PM

Yamaha
GYTR parts

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9/7/2020 1:50 PM

If i could think of one, it would probably be a KTM with a tom zont engine and finely tuned a-kit suspension.

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9/7/2020 1:50 PM

08 CRF450. The entire track was full of those things.

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9/7/2020 2:03 PM

Max Anstie’s

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9/7/2020 2:09 PM

crowe660 wrote:

Max Anstie’s

his suspension doesn't look good at all

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9/7/2020 2:12 PM

Define “best”

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9/7/2020 2:14 PM

Best Ever? This one comes to mind.

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9/7/2020 2:19 PM

Tony Distefano's 380 CZ raced in the 1974 500cc Nationals. Finished 2nd in the series.

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“Adhering to 1970’s Standards of Political Correctness”

9/7/2020 2:21 PM

Omara's Mugens

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I ripped a start from Egypt and I was happy about that.

9/7/2020 2:34 PM

Bill Nilsson's 1957 AJS special. He built it himself and won the first 500cc World Motocross Championship.

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“Adhering to 1970’s Standards of Political Correctness”

9/7/2020 2:35 PM

Rick Ryan's 87 CR250r.. It was basically stock.

He won the Daytona race in 87.. Bad AZZ !

https://racerxonline.com/2010/10/01/where-are-they-now-rick-ryan

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Owned & raced an 87, those 86 & 87 CR250's were ahead of their time..

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Speak softly and carry a big stick.

9/7/2020 2:45 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/7/2020 2:47 PM

Davi Millsaps RMZ was on its way to winning a championship.......

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9/7/2020 3:14 PM

Any bike Chad Reed rode

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9/7/2020 3:15 PM

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This thing beat other manufacturers factory bikes.

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9/7/2020 3:29 PM

ARay’s 2020 MX season Kawasaki.

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9/7/2020 3:30 PM

Andrew Short got his only career 450 SX win (Seattle 2012) on a stock CRF. So, CRF 450?

Bike only had:

Stock engine
KYB production all-air fork
High compression piston
Hinson clutch basket
FMF exhaust
Clamps
Linkage

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

9/7/2020 3:40 PM

downard254 wrote:

Mic drop! Photo
This thing beat other manufacturers factory bikes.

That 87 CR125R rocked...

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9/7/2020 3:45 PM

H4L wrote:

Rick Ryan's 87 CR250r.. It was basically stock.

He won the Daytona race in 87.. Bad AZZ !

https://racerxonline.com/2010/10/01/where-are-they-now-rick-ryan

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Owned & raced an 87, those 86 & 87 CR250's were ahead of their time..

Mitch Payton did the cylinder and head on that bike.... Arnold Plant built the motor and all Ryan's and Matson's motors that year. He jetted it and matched the cases plus did some work on the crank and the bottom end....

That exact 250 was purchased after the season by a friends dad. It was a very smooth motor that ran very clean....

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9/7/2020 4:25 PM

-MAVERICK- wrote:

Andrew Short got his only career 450 SX win (Seattle 2012) on a stock CRF. So, CRF 450?

Bike only had:

Stock engine
KYB production all-air fork
High compression piston
Hinson clutch basket
FMF exhaust
Clamps
Linkage

Pssst...

That bike had some factory goodies on the inside...

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I ripped a start from Egypt and I was happy about that.

9/7/2020 4:30 PM

Guy Coopers bike that landed him a factory ride? He rode the wheels off that bike

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9/7/2020 4:36 PM

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9/7/2020 4:38 PM

The eleven10 Honda's always looked really strong.

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Unleaded tastes a little tangy. Supreme is kinda sour, and diesel tastes pretty good.

9/7/2020 4:46 PM

Hands down to the 1981Maico 490 sold to hundreds of privateers campaigning from Maine to California and the Importer in RSA and Rhodesia sold hundreds with Super results.

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9/7/2020 4:48 PM

-MAVERICK- wrote:

Andrew Short got his only career 450 SX win (Seattle 2012) on a stock CRF. So, CRF 450?

Bike only had:

Stock engine
KYB production all-air fork
High compression piston
Hinson clutch basket
FMF exhaust
Clamps
Linkage

TeamGreen wrote:

Pssst...

That bike had some factory goodies on the inside...

Go on...

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

9/7/2020 4:52 PM

I bet those MDK crf450s had some money spent on them. Same with the H&H Suzukis - or were they factory bikes?

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"I dont want to milk anything out - i'll just keep pushing"


9/7/2020 5:15 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/7/2020 5:15 PM

It doesnt matter if they were stock or not....

That CRF450 of Chads back in 2011 was pure privateer and was beating a lot of factory machines

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Current rides: 2020 CRF450RWE and 2019 TC300
Occasional ride for VMX: 1985 CR500RF
Adventure/Road bike: CRF1000L

9/7/2020 5:19 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/7/2020 5:26 PM

-MAVERICK- wrote:

Andrew Short got his only career 450 SX win (Seattle 2012) on a stock CRF. So, CRF 450?

Bike only had:

Stock engine
KYB production all-air fork
High compression piston
Hinson clutch basket
FMF exhaust
Clamps
Linkage

I think you're talking about his 2013 bike ? I was at the Oakland SX race that yr. & remember him doing an interview. He said the bike was basically a production bike with some add-ons. He got a couple of top 5-6 finishes that year going off memory.

https://racerxonline.com/2013/01/28/long-story-short

You could see that Short struggled a bit out there with a Honda CRF450 that had new suspension components (the KYB production all-air fork as opposed to a Showa works fork). Otherwise, the bike had a high compression piston, a clutch basket, an FMF exhaust, some clamps, a linkage and that's about it. It was a huge change, and Short, who has been referred to as nearly OCD by many, change doesn’t always go over well. He qualified only twentieth fastest—a strange sight indeed. The odds were against the #29 to do much of anything with not much time on a strange bike on a new team.

"It’s a stock motor with a Hinson clutch basket in it. There’s not much too it".

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Speak softly and carry a big stick.

9/7/2020 5:21 PM

Marty Moates Lop Yamaha, does that qualify?

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9/7/2020 5:31 PM

Reese95w wrote:

Bill Nilsson's 1957 AJS special. He built it himself and won the first 500cc World Motocross Championship.

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Winner -- he built it himself -- and won.

He built it himself.

And won,

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