1973 Triumph TR5 Trophy Trail – Dave Mungenast’s ISDE Team Bike

By 1973 two-stroke powered motorcycles dominated off-road competition of all types. Yet in 1972, Triumph Corporation, USA decided to field an ISDE team of three riders on their 500cc four-stroke twin, the TR5 Trophy Trail. The International Six Days Enduro is a traditional event held annually at various points on the globe since 1913. With no Read more

1969 Kawasaki F21M “Green Streak”

About the same time Yamaha introduced the DT-1 and offered a GYT Kit to convert it to a decent motocrosser, Kawasaki released to the American market its first semi-serious off-road bike. Kawasaki intended the F21M for TT and flat track racing, but soon it showed up on motocross tracks and in desert racing in California as well. Typical of two-strokes Read more

1969 Benelli Buzzer

Before the early 1970’s there weren’t many light weight motorcycles with low seat heights. Even Hummers, Whizzers and most scooters had 25 inch or more seat heights, so kids had to wait until they grew to over five feet tall or so to learn to ride. But backyard mechanics, sometimes aided by plans and kits found in magazines like Popular Mechanics, Read more

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