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This is a trick question because there is no such thing as a good vintage dirt bike.
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in a way i kind of agree i have a few, and i like owning them, but i DONT like riding them very far any more!! face it, we have it soooooooo good now!!
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Usflag My favorite bike of the '70s

The 1975 Maico 250 GP. Compared to what it was up against at the time, in Europe, nothing could touch it. I won more races in the Open Class (500cc) with that 250 (didn't violate their rules) than you might believe. Still have pictures of the trophies. Riding for Maico Gmbh, I know I had a primo engine, but that bike ROCKED!


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The 1975 Maico 250 GP. Compared to what it was up against at the time, in Europe, nothing could touch it. I won more races in the Open Class (500cc) with that 250 (didn't violate their rules) than you might believe. Still have pictures of the trophies. Riding for Maico Gmbh, I know I had a primo engine, but that bike ROCKED!

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Bet my old friend CH Wheat would enjoy this.....

PS...we need a picture of your RT-3
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Your old friend CH probably wouldnt have been totally happy with that until he did something like put a Honda XL engine it it!! Those maicos of the day were like a license to steal. I felt so much better on one than anything else in the open class. Starting with the "square barrel".
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Here's a shot of the RT-2 I was racing in NorCal while stationed at Beale AFB, plus a shot of the RT-3 as found at the dealer's in Dallas (Marbles Motors, they do GREAT work). Pictures of the RT-3 as my 'dream bike' from 1973, done today, will have to wait for while.

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For no other reason than it was a dream bike that I was blessed with-
Honda xr 100 1983
Other than that my still FAVORITE thumper would have to be the good old 1976-8 Yamaha xt 500, that was a machine, first big bore I rode, was a rough rattle machine but never say die engine.

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Still on the hunt for a project xt 500, made into a motard/trails bike/show bike. Can't wait to find a good deal on one
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Check out this Husky CR400 I worked on:







Here is a link to the blog post:
Husqvarna 73' CR400 - MZB Ignition & Baja Light Kit Install

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My (non) biased opinion.....
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Check out this Husky CR400 I worked on:







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I WANT IT! I WANT IT! Either one, but NOT with the tires on the second bike!


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I WANT IT! I WANT IT! Either one, but NOT with the tires on the second bike!


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It's a pretty sweet bike. I have a vid on pilot jet tuning and test spin:

Husqvarna 73' CR400 Carburetor Clean & Jetting Part 2 of 2 - YouTube


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I found this from mx action hope this helps
THE BEST MOTOCROSS BIKES OF THE PAST 32 YEARS: DID YOU OWN ONE OF THESE? | News | Motocross Action Magazine
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1975.5 Ossa Phantom GP
1983 Maico 490
1981 Maico
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My (non) biased opinion.....
I would take that 1985 CR 500 in a NANO second over that yamaha pig
(owned a it465 bored out to 477cc),was so glad to see it go down the road when i sold it,hated that blue hard starting constant 2stroke stinking spewing pig.
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My all time favs:
1989 KX500
1988 RM250
1986-87 CR250/CR500
1985-87 Cr500 (ultimate favs)
1985-87 XL600
1985-86 XR600 (Ultimate favs)
1986 TT600/350
1985 XR350
1984 XR500
1983 CR250
1990's KDX220/200

Every other dirtbike made past about the year 1994 is so ugly to me,no soul for looks in the slightest,80's bikes completely triumped the bikes made today..bikes may be going the way of the dinosaur because of what the designs have become..nothing beats the look of a 86-87honda CR!.Period.Nothing.

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Puch MC250 comes to my mind. Awesome motorcycle.
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1980 YZ465
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Here is a Craigslist treasure i have been riding all week;
1982 Yamaha PE175.
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Back in the 80's we had a 78 Honda XL250. That old gal ran and ran amd we never did anything but put gas in

My friend had the Maco 490 he was like a kid in a candy store he had so much fun on it.
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I hope you know that Yamaha did not make a PE. They were Suzuki's.
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My favorite vintage bikes...

First on the list would be this 74.5 Maico 440GP. Handles unlike anything else, shifts oh so smoothly, almost like a modern bike and power everywhere. The downside is the maintenance schedule that needs to be followed, certain things need to be checked and re-tightened after every moto. Forget to do it and it'll cost you. Stay up on it though, and she's a dream.


Next favorite is this big 'ol CZ. Also handles nicely, tractor-like power and I can start this one on my own. It's drawback is the shifting, you almost have to hit your forehead with your knee because the throw is just that far. Once you get used to it though, it's alright.



Both bikes are holeshot machines.
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I would say early 70s Maicos....

I had a 72 Maico 400, a 74 1/2 Maico 250 GP, 75 Maico 400 during those years and you are so right, handled incredibly, inside, outside turns, handled rough and whoops and very light feeling. Smooth usable power on the 400s. The 250 was a little slow so I didnt keep that one too long. Brakes were so-so. I put YZ250 front hub with D.I.D rims on mine, starting in 73 and transferred it to each new bike so then the brakes were good!

I raced them at Saddleback Park mostly and they were so good on that baked adobe clay especially the last moto when it was dried out. In the morning the yamahas did well when there was traction but in the afternoon, the Maicos just motored away!
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