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  1. huntmaster

    Vintage Trials Bikes

    You could find prices all over the map, very much dependent on the condition of the specific bike and collectability of that model in general. For the longest time older twinshocks could be picked up cheap, but that has been changing. Earlier monos can be cheaper and are far more capable of course, with a few series out there starting to cater to them more and more. Lot's of options out there but get what you like (not what is cheap!) and you will be happiest!
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    2001 CR500...

    That's the last one, and in excellent condition for a good price. Sounds like an easy decision to me!
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    1976 TL 250 Rehab

    Some good stuff here: http://www.twnclub.ch/classic_trial_files/honda_files/honda.htm
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    Vintage Pics!

    Yikes, some of these vintage bikes here were my "new" bikes not so long ago! I guess these will have to be moved to a dinsosaur thread!
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    Best bike of the 80's

    The 510 Husky came out in the mid-80's and was a technical leap for off-road thumpers. It's engine remains the direct ancestor of not only the modern 510 but all later RFS KTM's, Husabergs and a host of others...still looking familiar today. It raised the bar on thumper performance with a powerful, compact, liquid cooled engine in a relatively light package...paving the way to the modern-era thumper revolution in MX and off-road competition of the nineties. Early examples were a little fragile (with splash oiling system!) but performed well and the design developed nicely over the years.
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    TT500 Call

    Assuming thumpers were invented in the sixties?
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    OSSA test - Mototrial

    There was one at the Toronto bike show last weekend. Very trick. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=14903629&postcount=52
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    JCM Trials

    Joel Corroy (JCM trails bikes) museum in France. Some interesting rides. http://www.twnclub.ch/classic_trial_files/Arbecey2010/Arbecey2010.htm
  9. Yep. It ultimately took a "ground up" approach starting from a powerful but compact and lightweight engine to create an MX (or off-road) thumper that was fast period...and not just fast for a four stroke!
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    xr650r or crf450x

    Both bikes make about the same RW HP (stock) but much more torque with the 650. More weight too. The 650 is pretty bulletproof...you will want to watch the maintenance on the 450. Two very different approaches with pros and cons in each case.
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    The demise of the 2 stroke..........

    Both designs mentioned go back to 1985. All CR's since used that basic motor and it was a huge change form the air-cooled 450-480 predecessors. Unless you are saying the CR is the same as a 69 Maico too! The Husky/Berg thumper had an air cooled predecessor too...they are very comparable designs. Not sure why that causes you grief..except for not being what you want to hear! As for the big Honda, I like it. I wouldn't have had two of them if I didn't. All those attributes of reliability and durability are true. The same is true of a full size thumper (as in not a 450 with no oil, piston skirt, fragile valves) and used to be their attribute over two strokes in the pre-RFS era! Big open class bikes (two and four stroke) are a lot of fun as long as you know the throttle works both ways! I've had several smokers and don't dislike them at all. I'm just not stating here 20 years later that it still rules the MX track or that a conspiracy of rules are responsible for the revival of the MX thumper. It's been happening for a while as Triumphs has pointed out....and that's what everyone wants to deny! It's a good think there was no internet during the mid sixties two stroke MX revolution....would the web have been full of thumper fans crying foul?
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    The demise of the 2 stroke..........

    Not sure about the thinker part! Which 1979 did you live in? The last generation CR500 motor goes back to 1985, same year as the 501 Husaberg motor first used by Husqvarna. I had the former, and then a 1991 CR500. Great bikes then, but I have no delusions about them beating a modern thumper (or 250 smoker for that matter) on an MX track. That has been demonstrated time after time in recent years. I never cease to be amazed by the "rose colored glasses" being worn regarding old open class two strokes...like old Corvette fans in denial, still thinking it's the fastest thing out there decades later. There are tracks where 500's could still be competitive, but as noted elsewhere... few in North America. If you went looking hard enough you might even find a track that favored a 500...but every comparison I have read over the years (as noted in earlier posts) have shown the opposite. Most tracks require more finesse the a 500 can deliver. They still make great play bikes....I only just sold my last CR. In fact the stock steel framed CR in its last year of production was tested against the aforementioned AF by DirtBike a couple years back and deemed to be a far better alrounder...selling for just over half the price too! They admitted the AF was better on some MX tracks but also added there were far better tools for the job out there! As for the latter being a low cost alternative, we're joking here right? Those things are stupid expensive and make a KTM sticker price look like a hardware store Chinese bike!
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    The demise of the 2 stroke..........

    Quite correct. Thumpers get their traction advantage due to nature of the power delivery...not any displacement advantage, as noted in the example of the identically sized Kawi and Husaberg. Firing at every second engine revolution allows the rear wheel a monentary opportunity to find grip...as opposed to an unending and wheelpsin inducing assault of power from every engine revolution. The latter is OK when powering a sharpened chain diving into a log...but when powering a rear tire which must find traction on a slick surface it's a different story! This principal applies with 250s as easilly as 600 cc thumpers and has absolutely nothing to do with displacement. It's a four stroke characteristic and a long standing advantage...just one that was useless until thumpers became light enough to race in MX again. That's why a 40 hp thumper will whip a 40hp smoker...all else being equal.
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    The demise of the 2 stroke..........

    It's not really a seperate issue. Fourstokes started winning because they got a lot better. You can't dismiss the revival of the thumper as the reason two strokes are getting beaten and focus on "rules and horsepower" as the only cause! The point made earlier was that fourstrokes can win on the same or less power due to their superior traction and power delivery. The biggest difference is not peak hp...but how much of it gets to the ground! Thumper development and weight reduction made the difference. This started at the International level in the early 90's and thumpers have dominated the FIM open class ever since. The same pattern later followed in the middle weight class....AMA and elsewhere. As mentioned earlier, in the mid sixties the dominant thumpers largely disappeared as new lightweight twostrokes came along. Did everyone cry "foul" and "unfair"... asking for the latter to be made heavier? No, MX thumpers disappeared for about 30 years... until development made them light enough to be competitive, with their superior hookup putting them over the top. In both cases peak hp was never really the determining factor. What comes around goes around!
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