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Vintage Bikes/ off road vehicles?

Our friend from down under Al and I mentioned old bikes in a previous thread.
So, I thought I'd delve outside of V8s and 4speeds.
What other cool guy stuff did you guys used to get into?
My first bike was a hand-me-down 1974 Rickman 125 with the Zundapp motor. I still have it. I put a headlight and turnsignal ***'y from some other enduro junked out in the woods and used to ride it to school.
I also had a Combat Wombat (I swear to God that was the name) made by Hodaka and an SL175.

Im more into snowmobiles than anything else really. My dad used to race semi pro; and his friends owned a polaris dealership.
71 TX440
70 Alouette Villain 440
El Tigre Z340
74 Motoski Sonic
74 MotoSki Futura 295
89 Cougar AFS 500
1969 AMF Ski-Daddler
And the oddball
Im into sailboats...slow quiet sailboats. 1976 AMF Paceship PY26

Not really an offroad vehicle but We've had a 47cj2a Ag Jeep in the family since about 1965. It was our offroad side-by-side on the farm and hunting; before the Yamaha Rhyno was ever thought of

So...Whatcha got???

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I would love to find a Yamaha RD 400,or a Kawa 750 triple.Never had either one,but I been a 2 stroke fan for every.Not much use for a snow mobile in Texas.Hell, I still have my motor cycle lic.I havent been on one in 12 yrs.
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brother we dragrace our snowmobiles in the summer. Nothing more fun than throwing a different track and ski's on a muscle sled and running down motorcycles...
I have friends who dragrace over open water too...not me LOL
Heres a link to sled v. bike
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The first new vehicle I ever owned (of two and both were bikes) was a '70 Yamaha R5 350. Ran strong, pipey as hell though. If you went WFO in first gear from an idle it would go "bbbwwwwaaa" as in S L O W, then "AAAAA!!!" when it cam on the pipe. It wheelied like crazy when it hit.

Rode a friend's Mach III, never had the chance to try the IV.

The neatest bike I ever owned- which I didn't appreciate at the time- was a yellow and black Bultaco Metralla. Single cylinder 2-stroke, right hand shift (one up/three down), 4-speed(!). I got it used in 1969, it was a '64.

A 'friend' had a brand new Yamaha 200 cc twin 2-stroke street scrambler, beautiful bike, green and chrome. Compared to my Bultaco it looked like a million bucks. So inevitably he challenged me to a race. I tried to beg off, but he was having none of it. He had a friend of his on the back of his bike to wave us off and damned if that little Bultaco didn't just run off and leave him!!! I mean not even close. I was as surprised as he was and it was all I could do to not let on. He demanded another race- which he lost even worse (my starting technique was better), and that was that. From that day on I always had a soft spot for the thing.

The Bultaco had some serious porting done on it. If I would catch it just right, it would actually start up and run- in reverse!!! It was basically a street legal road racing bike. Good brakes, alloy rims and triple trees, clip-ons, etc.

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beautiful bike!
Heres a pic of a Combat Wombat. Mine was a mish mosh of 72 and 73 parts and NEVER that nice, I beat it like a gov't mule. Went like hell and whats cooler than actual names like "Combat Wombat" "Super Combat" "Road Toad" and "Dirt Squirt"


Heres a 74 Rickman with the Zundapp 125
http://cybermotorcycle.com/gallery/r...pp_1974_AL.jpg

And an early Alouette Villain like the one my Dad had
http://www.vintagesnowmobiles.50megs...IN_PP15128.jpg
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Had a buddy who owned a Hodaka. It was street legal but off road oriented. I seem to remember it being either 90 or 100 cc, and it had (I think- or do I have this mixed up w/something else?) some sort of gear reduction set up on it like dual range gears or something. We rode together (me on my Yamaha) once from St. Cloud to West Orlando to see a Santana concert, about 35 miles one way. It never skipped a beat, wide open the whole way...

Do you remember the Bridgestone 350 ads that were out about the same time as the Hodaka Wombat? They advertised it as having some ungodly amount of HP (about 40 IIRC) but I never saw one run. Up until the Yamaha the fastest bike I owned was an X-6 Hustler.
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Im 30 so I have no clue on ads. I do know the Wombat was pre Combat Wombat. I also know a large number of Hodaka's were 90s and 100s. I had heard of the dual range thing; I'll do some digging.
A friend of mine is selling a worked T250 streetbike with a tuned pipe and a fresh overbore. Thing sounds mean; my girlfriend hates it (go figure, shes asian and doesnt like the 'tin can full of bees' sound but used to love Hondas, Acuras etc). I think it sounds righteous. Oh; Hodaka's aren't from Japan, they were made in Washington State I believe
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All I have is a M/T mini bike.
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Mickey Thompson made some mini bikes for a short time and then sold the mini bike biz.
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Had a couple of Ossa 250's, a Honda CT70, Dart go kart, some sleds too, a Sno Ghia, ski daddler and even a Mercury. And that was just when I was a kid.
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MICKEY THOMPSON'S BRIGGS & STRATTON MICKEY-BIKE TO BE SOLD: $10,000 Will Get You A Chain-Driven, 5 HP, Single-Cylinder, Briggs & Stratton, Taco-Like Bike; This Is Classic | News | Honda
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The plate is too cool, but talk about paying for a name!!!

V8&4spd, looks like you have a mini-gold mine! And here I thought I had a good deal when I found my Manco minibike for $45.00...

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I found that Mickey Bike before they started poping up on the internet. Very few are known to exsist that have the ID plate. It has miniature torq thrust wheels. The one they sold at auction was one of the first ones made, the wheels and front fork are different, that one might have been the one they used on the 1967 M/T catalog cover.
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I have always been into Motorcycles, and still own 'em today, so here is my story-

In 1979 I bought a brand new Harley Davidson XLS "Roadster"-I won't bore you with the reasons why I went for a Harley, that's a story for another day, but-

I will never forget when my friend rode up on a brand new, 1980 Harley Sturgis-I was in awe of that Bike (they only made 1800 iof them), and always wanted one-well, I never forgot that Bike, and had the chance to buy the first, new Harley Dyna Sturgis ever sold (the first one is in the Harley archives, the second is in the AMA Motorcycle Museum in Ohio)-the only made 1600 of them (500 wnet to Canada, so only 1000 in the Us)-needless to say, I bought it (and still own it)-it was in the collection of a Harley Davidson Dealer, and I got lucky-

I also own a 2009 Yamaha R6, and the older I get the less I like it-any way, here are a few of the Bikes I've owned:

-1972 Kawasaki H2 (later turned into a Drag Bike, went low nines)
-1977 Kawasaki 650 Custom (bought new-also turned into a Drag Bike, went mid tens)
-1978 Kawasaki Z1R (1000 cc)
-1974 Suzuki TM400
-1980 Yamaha RM400
-1971 Honda CB350
-1972 Honda CB400
-1974 Kawasaki Z1 900
-1983 Yamaha Midnight Maxim
-1978 Montesa Cota 348
-1974 Kawasaki KT250
-1980 Bultaco Sherpa T (great Trials Bike)
-2004 Gas Gas 300 Pro


Back in the day I had a bunch of friends who raced Flat Track and TT's, and they used a lot of Hodaka's and Bultaco Astro's-they were the fastest Bikes around here, and one of them went on to be a three time State Champion in Flat Track-those were fun times!


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My Uncle had a 440 Victor single cyl Thumper. My dad broke his ankle when he kickstarted it.

Im interested in very few Harleys; but an early Buell or an XR750 would certainly get my attention ex:http://www.framecrafters.net/show-project.php?id=73 (or any real custom harleys before the Discovery Channel turned the whole custom bike/car thing into a circus. (now they're ruining guns and gun owners...can't they pick something to ruin that I DON'T enjoy? Hardcore Scrapbooking or Militant Ovo Lacto Vegetarianism perhaps...)

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