What’s The OLDEST Motorcycle You Currently Own ? Tell Us About It.....

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4/17/2020 11:33 AM

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4/17/2020 11:35 AM

Ducati 250 single from the early 60s. I'll have to check on the exact year. We own a bunch of bikes from the 60s-70s but I'm pretty sure the Duc is the oldest.

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4/17/2020 11:41 AM

My 1991 TS200R. Its a street legal 2 stroke liquid dual sport. Got it when I was 16 and rode it for a couple years before selling it. Tracked it down and bought it back last summer.

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Washed up Canadian ex-pro couch racer. Selling bikes for a living

2008 KTM 525XC
2009 KTM 450SX
2016 YFZ450R


4/17/2020 11:45 AM

Rupe babe, this one is from 1973....
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Racer X

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4/17/2020 11:48 AM

77 XL 75.

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4/17/2020 11:48 AM

1975 TM75. Got it 44 years ago when I was 7 yrs. old. Still have it!

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4/17/2020 11:57 AM

1983 YZ125
Bought it to have a project for the wife and I to tinker on together.

Photos when we bought it. Bike ran, but suspension was trashed and no brakes. Was not well treated but complete which is what we were after.
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Current, got a bit of parts in today to get it closer to completion. Last large item i'm trying to find is an aftermarket pipe for this thing which is proving beyond difficult.
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4/17/2020 12:03 PM

Wasn't going to play since all of my fullsize bikes are from the 2000's, but since DC posted a vintage mini Honda I'll share mine.

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1969-1970 (exact year unknown) Lil Indian Sabre. Has been rebuilt a couple times, I raced it all over Milwaukee last month. Had a 3 hp flathead Tecumseh for about 10 years, then I put a Harbor Freight Predator on it with minor bolt ons for the Mama Tried/Flat out Friday races. Just bought a Briggs World Formula kart motor that will double the horsepower since it wasn't quite sketchy enough. Once everything fits (still fabbing the exhaust) I'll have the frame, forks and handlebars powdercoated to restore it correctly.

Helmet cam from one of my fellow racers when we raced through a bar, I'm #138.




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Nick
-2015 Grom grocery getter
-2011 Road King Classic
-2010 WR250X supermoto

4/17/2020 12:17 PM

1983YZ125 wrote:

1983 YZ125
Bought it to have a project for the wife and I to tinker on together.

Photos when we bought it. Bike ran, but suspension was trashed and no brakes. Was not well treated but complete which is what we were after.
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Current, got a bit of parts in today to get it closer to completion. Last large item i'm trying to find is an aftermarket pipe for this thing which is proving beyond difficult.
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That brings back some memories... Had an 83 YZ125. It was a great bike.

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4/17/2020 12:18 PM

blusmbl wrote:

Wasn't going to play since all of my fullsize bikes are from the 2000's, but since DC posted a vintage mini Honda I'll share mine.

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1969-1970 (exact year unknown) Lil Indian Sabre. Has been rebuilt a couple times, I raced it all over Milwaukee last month. Had a 3 hp flathead Tecumseh for about 10 years, then I put a Harbor Freight Predator on it with minor bolt ons for the Mama Tried/Flat out Friday races. Just bought a Briggs World Formula kart motor that will double the horsepower since it wasn't quite sketchy enough. Once everything fits (still fabbing the exhaust) I'll have the frame, forks and handlebars powdercoated to restore it correctly.

Helmet cam from one of my fellow racers when we raced through a bar, I'm #138.




Man, that's beautiful! And it reminded me that I have this bike out front that my neighbor found in the woods behind his house! Looks like the after photo of your bike...

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Racer X

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4/17/2020 12:26 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/17/2020 12:36 PM

2000 CR125 bought as a mental therapy rebuild while down and out with a pilon fractured ankle and as a trial to see if I would be able to ride again. Wife said no more 450’s, so 125’s it is. This thing has brought me so many smiles. Parts added the week before the tracks were shutdown and haven’t had a chance to test. Kehin air Stryker carby, Boyesen rad valve and Swedetech exhaust manifold. Jones’n bad!

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4/17/2020 12:28 PM

DC wrote:

Man, that's beautiful! And it reminded me that I have this bike out front that my neighbor found in the woods behind his house! Looks like the after photo of your bike...

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DC
Racer X

Prime for a resto!! Every minibike I've ever ridden is sensitive to high speed impacts, looks like that one is no different. lol

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Nick
-2015 Grom grocery getter
-2011 Road King Classic
-2010 WR250X supermoto

4/17/2020 12:40 PM

Here’s my ‘73 CL350. Owned it for 15+ years. This is a great bike. Starts right up, idles, everything works as it should. Photo

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4/17/2020 12:44 PM

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Don’t still have them, but my first “bike” also was a Little Indian. I don’t believe it had rear suspension, but it had a jack shaft. My next bike was a Honda CT70, gold with the 3 speed, auto clutch.

Rup, where are those photos from? Looks like The Hammersville National from 1974

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4/17/2020 12:56 PM

Cool thread. I was going to respond ‘83 CR480, but then I remembered the ‘79 XL75.

We were up camping at Trinity Lake and my Dad’s friend bought it new at Weaverville Honda. Good camping bike, take it up to the entrance of the campground to make a phone call, go to the Marina, etc.

When it came time((early ‘87) for my Dad’s friend to get his son a bigger bike, my Dad exchanged the ‘83 CR250 I raced for that little XL. I’ve had it about 10 years now and freshen it up from time to time (and it looks like it’s due!). 🤓

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4/17/2020 1:01 PM

1970 Ossa pioneer 250 Photo

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4/17/2020 1:16 PM

I have a 75 honda TL 250 that I bought new, shes in rough shape ruined by a teenage boy with Stanley tools

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4/17/2020 1:17 PM

1938 Motormaster.
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Ed Johnson

4/17/2020 1:24 PM

QA 50
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Ed Johnson

4/17/2020 1:32 PM

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1968 Ascot National TT winning TR120. I have the tank and tail off for paint right now, the rest of it just needed a bath.
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4/17/2020 1:33 PM

1976 or 1977 Husqvarna 125, 1977 simonini 125 (7speed!!) and a 1981 Honda XL250s.

This actually made me want to dig them out of the shipping container. Might update tomorrow with pics!

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4/17/2020 1:36 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/17/2020 1:38 PM

My 2006 KX250

I took about 12 years off from riding and my last bike I rode/raced was a 2000 KX250. I found this in unridden condition here on vital and love to ride it even though it wears me out faster than a 450, I always get lots of comments at the track when I’m riding it so I will probably never sell it!

Motor: Tom Morgan
Exhaust: PC
Reeds: OEM Carbon fiber
Fuel: VP C12
Suspension: Race Tech
Triple clamps: PC
Wheels: Faster USA
Brakes: Galfer
Sprockets and handelbar: Renthal
Chain: DID ERT2
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Don’t piss off the old people - the older they get the less “life in prison” is a deterrent for them!

2020.5 KTM 450 SXF FE
2006 KX250

4/17/2020 1:48 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/17/2020 1:48 PM

1973/4 CR250 Elsinore that I have been vintage racing off and on (currently off...blush ) since 1991. It's a bit of a money pit but still one of the most desirable bikes for the vintage(1974 and earlier) class. Who else around here can say their bike is still the most competitive bike in the class after 30 years of racing it?wink


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4/17/2020 1:51 PM

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Thor34103 wrote:

Don’t still have them, but my first “bike” also was a Little Indian. I don’t believe it had rear suspension, but it had a jack shaft. My next bike was a Honda CT70, gold with the 3 speed, auto clutch.

Rup, where are those photos from? Looks like The Hammersville National from 1974

A Mr Dewitt sent me these photos years ago. I believe it’s Rio Bravo, Texas. (?) Trans USA October 1972(?)

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4/17/2020 1:55 PM

Fine contraptions all, and I hope you’re all weathering this storm, healthy and happy.... Here’s my 1969 JR1 Kawasaki 120, with the dual rear-sprockets, she lacks propulsion..... however, attractive she remains.... Photo
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4/17/2020 1:55 PM

Here ya go- Always wanted one. Chassis feels like it’s made of pipe cleaners compared to a modern bike
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Current rides-
1988 RM250
2019 KX450

4/17/2020 1:56 PM

My 1990 rgv250 i rode it last weekend.

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4/17/2020 2:05 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/17/2020 2:16 PM

1981 MAICO 490. Still have it. Still race it. The original owner was a neighbor that sold me his '79 MAICO 400. He had to quit riding after a car accident. Out of the blue he decided to give it to me under one condition, that I never sell it. I have kept that promise for over thirty years. When I take that final checkered flag it goes to my son.
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Bret Bonham

4/17/2020 2:16 PM

Not a dirt scooter, but I finished this up last summer enough to ride it a bit...

1967 Triumph TR6

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4/17/2020 2:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/17/2020 2:19 PM

Bret wrote:

1981 MAICO 490. Still have it. Still race it. The original owner was a neighbor that sold me his '79 MAICO 400. He had to quit riding after a car accident. Out of the blue he decided to give it to me under one condition, that I never sell it. I have kept that promise for over thirty years. When I take that final checkered flag it goes to my son.
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Coming up on 40 years and once again, the most competitive bike in the class for post vintage racing. Bonus points for the peristyle jump!

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