Craigslist find: 1998 Chaparral YZ250

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12/21/2017 11:11 AM

This went down in 2015 but I'm new to Vital so I figured I'd share. One of my dads old riding buddies bought this YZ off some kid who kept it outside and rode up and down dirt roads. Pretty neat story. Here's the email my dad sent me from September 2015.

"Hey There,
Wanted to share this. Lee Rooney came across this bike last year in Texas. He was looking for a bike to race in vintage Mx. The bike was on Craigslist. Bike was outside next to a shed not cleaned up it was dusk when he looked at bike. He bought it and when he cleaned it up he noticed Carbon Fiber parts and fabricated parts. The Title was in a guy's name from California. Lee Called the guy on the title from California and found out bike was a Chararral Yamaha used by Jeremy McGrath or Jimmy Button in 1998! The Guy he called was the head R&D guy at Chaparral at that time. Lee bought the bike for 1600. When he rode it motor had broad power with little or no vibration. Frame has been cut at steering stem and tucked in to turn sharper for SX. Lee cleaned up bike and is selling it on Ebay Motors. He doesn't want to race this bike it should be on display somewhere."

*EDIT* Sorry for the bad picture. It looks like it was took with a toaster oven. But it's all I got.

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12/21/2017 11:28 AM

For sale?

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12/21/2017 12:33 PM

I almost bought that bike!

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12/21/2017 1:26 PM

wiggins419 wrote:

This went down in 2015 but I'm new to Vital so I figured I'd share. One of my dads old riding buddies bought this YZ off some kid who kept it outside and rode up and down dirt roads. Pretty neat story. Here's the email my dad sent me from September 2015.

"Hey There,
Wanted to share this. Lee Rooney came across this bike last year in Texas. He was looking for a bike to race in vintage Mx. The bike was on Craigslist. Bike was outside next to a shed not cleaned up it was dusk when he looked at bike. He bought it and when he cleaned it up he noticed Carbon Fiber parts and fabricated parts. The Title was in a guy's name from California. Lee Called the guy on the title from California and found out bike was a Chararral Yamaha used by Jeremy McGrath or Jimmy Button in 1998! The Guy he called was the head R&D guy at Chaparral at that time. Lee bought the bike for 1600. When he rode it motor had broad power with little or no vibration. Frame has been cut at steering stem and tucked in to turn sharper for SX. Lee cleaned up bike and is selling it on Ebay Motors. He doesn't want to race this bike it should be on display somewhere."

*EDIT* Sorry for the bad picture. It looks like it was took with a toaster oven. But it's all I got.

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If the frame has been cut at steering stem and tucked in to turn sharper for SX it would have not been legal. AMA rules stated you had to run stock frame geometry. So with MC and JB cheating the 1998 SX title is Ezra Lusk's.. lol


1 Ezra Lusk - 271
2 Larry Ward- 240
3 Kevin Windham - 238
4 Mike LaRocco- 230
5 Mickael Pichon - 216
6 Doug Henry - 213
7 Michael Craig- 174
8 Ryan Hughes - 159

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12/21/2017 1:29 PM

And the winner for the ugliest wheels ever goes to...

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12/21/2017 1:32 PM

Fake news.

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12/21/2017 1:36 PM

Does the seller work for CNN? Those aren't even the graphics from 98.Photo

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Don't ever let facts get in the way of a great story

12/21/2017 1:40 PM

2 Trick Rick wrote:

If the frame has been cut at steering stem and tucked in to turn sharper for SX it would have not been legal. AMA rules stated you had to run stock frame geometry. So with MC and JB cheating the 1998 SX title is Ezra Lusk's.. lol


1 Ezra Lusk - 271
2 Larry Ward- 240
3 Kevin Windham - 238
4 Mike LaRocco- 230
5 Mickael Pichon - 216
6 Doug Henry - 213
7 Michael Craig- 174
8 Ryan Hughes - 159

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12/21/2017 1:58 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/21/2017 1:59 PM

2 Trick Rick wrote:

If the frame has been cut at steering stem and tucked in to turn sharper for SX it would have not been legal. AMA rules stated you had to run stock frame geometry. So with MC and JB cheating the 1998 SX title is Ezra Lusk's.. lol


1 Ezra Lusk - 271
2 Larry Ward- 240
3 Kevin Windham - 238
4 Mike LaRocco- 230
5 Mickael Pichon - 216
6 Doug Henry - 213
7 Michael Craig- 174
8 Ryan Hughes - 159

Nothing to say about this bike's authenticity, but just speaking generally, it doesn't need to be a race bike. They could have easily been testing frame geometry.

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12/21/2017 2:09 PM

There are a lot of trick parts on that bike. I had a bunch of photos.

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12/21/2017 2:25 PM

Didn`t Yamaha use 94 cylinders on the team bikes back then. i see the bike got a 96-98 cylinder

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12/21/2017 6:08 PM

I'm sure the graphics have been changed since 98'.. especially if it was in the hands of someone who didn't know what they had. But he spoke with the R&D guy from Chaparral on the phone for a good 20 min. Said he didn't know if it was a test bike or a race bike but it would have a cheater frame regardless. Lol

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12/21/2017 8:34 PM

illegal to cut and modify the frames, but most were running steering stem bearings with a machined offset to steepen the head angle

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If I wanted to ride a 4stroke, I would stay home and mow the lawn

12/21/2017 9:27 PM

Cool story but damn tough crowd in here as always.

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