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Reader Restos

The magazine covers a lot of restoration projects but sometimes we just have too many at any one time to feature in certain issues. Also, some of the resto projects that come our way don’t have photographs that are of a high enough quality to meet the very demanding standards that are a hallmark of VMX Magazine (and they can be too damn far away for us to get to and photograph ourselves!). But most of those restos still deserve an audience so we have devoted this page to featuring some of the bikes that didn’t quite make it into the magazine for one reason or another. Either way, they are someone’s pride and joy and well worth a look.

If you have a bike you want to show us by the way, don’t be shy, email ken@vmxmag.com.au and share it with the world.

 

Honda CR125R 1982

Bike purchased from eBay looked like it had been preserved in a time capsule. Read more …

 

SCRUFFY - Honda XR200 1983

In a perfect world, when I attend a Vintage Enduro I would love to be riding an early 1980s Husky, KTM or Maico, but due to financial and time constraints the chances of this happening are pretty slim. Read more…

 

Harley Sportster 'Dakar'

Paul's creation started life as a 1972 Sportster and it was delivered to him eight years ago in six plastic buckets, for free, so the price was right.  He casually told us "that it needed a bit of work". Read more…

 

1975 Honda CR125 '2012 Concept'

Words and photos by George Lucas

It all started in 1975 when my dad drove my brothers and myself to the local Yamaha shop. He bought us three new bikes - a YZ 80, a GT80 and a DT175.
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Kawasaki KX250A4 1978 restoration

Back in October 1977, a friend and fellow competitor, Don Gill, called me up one Wednesday. He asked me what I was doing that evening and I should come over to his place and to bring my truck and bike. When I got there he opened the garage door and here was this trick Kawasaki KX250, all shiny and green with gold rims, swingarm and motor mounts.Read more...

 

Penton Berkshire 100

I have just finished restoring this 1972 Penton Berkshire 100, a bike that I always wanted when I was 18. I built it under the supervision of Don Burgess, one of the original Penton dealers, who was my mentor as a rider and mechanic beginning in 1973. Read more...

 

Honda CR125R

The 1979 Honda CR125R is the bike I wanted most when I was fifteen. I've always liked the look of the red racers that I saw in magazines. I started motocross racing in 1979, with a used 1978 Suzuki RM125C2. When I got a job at a gas station and started buying new bikes, I always bought Yamahas. Read more...

 

HL500 Yamaha - building the ultimate TT500

I guess if you are into building old cars you might want a Cobra replica, if classic road racing is your game then you might want a Manx replica. But with VMX, well you are a bit spoilt, especially if you hanker after a HL replica Read more...

 

Honda CR250RE 1984

Veronica Daniels, from Shepparton, Victoria, emailed these photo of her husband's (Ronnie Halliday) latest resto. Read more...

 

Yamaha 1983 YZ250K - Mid-life Purchase

What possesses a forty-four year old, who has not owned a dirt bike for at least twenty-two years, to out of the blue up and purchase an old MX bike? Read more...

 

Gemini 175

Chris Osbourne sent in these photos of his latest resto.  The bike is a Gemini  AG175 and it was given to him by his neighbour... Read more...

Honda SL125 1970

Mark, from Remar Cables, a VMX advertiser, sent in some info and photos of his rather unusual SL125. Read more…

KSI…on a slightly smaller scale

Dick Tett is still slogging away at making a brand new KSI and it is getting closer to fruition.  In the meantime, he popped out a junior version. Read more…

Yamaha YZ465 1981

Words and photos by Kevin Marrs.

I am a mechanic by trade and work for BP I have been vintage racing for three years now with my buddies in Washington, USA. Read more…

Suzuki 1978 (and a half) RM125

Mark Studebaker from the NW region of the US sent us some photos of his very neat RM125. Read more…

Montesa Cappra 250

This Montesa Cappra 250 was the last restoration undertaken by Aussie Montesa legend, Lyall O'Brien, before he passed away a few years ago. Read more…

Kawasaki KX250 A5

Rick Figari sent us these pics of his KX250 and we can’t recall seeing one that's more pristine. Read more…

DKW 125 1973 Enduro

I raced as a kid at Indian Dunes, Muntz and sometimes at Carlsbad. My main club was CMC Motocross. I have never left the Motorcycle world and over the years I’ve tried my hand at roadracing and vintage MX. Read more…

Honda CR450R

Restoration by Kris Stainwright — West Oz

Kris was inspired by the CR450R that graced the cover of Issue 24 and has been going all out to find one for himself to restore. Read more…

Husky XC 250 1981 — The Time Machine

In 2006, that I started thinking that maybe I could find a 1981 Husqvarna 250 XC to restore and replicate my last race bike, one I’d always regretted selling. Read more…

Gori, Monty, Beta and TGM!

We recently received an email from a restorer in Belgium, who obviously likes the more unusual brands. Read more…

Suzuki TM 125

I discovered dirt bikes in 1975 courtesy of a friend with a Honda Z50. That first ride led to a lifelong obsession with the off road world, and eventually led to my active involvement in vintage motocross. Read more…

Pentaha 125

What do you get when you cross a Yamaha and a Penton? One potent ‘AHRMA legal’ Classic 125! Read more…

Honda CR 250R

I couldn’t have timed it better. When racing as a young lad (too many years ago to remember really) my first real racer was a 1978 Honda CR 250R. Read more…

Yamaha TT500

In the 1970`s I was the proud owner of a Suzuki RM 250A and raced at the old Kamagutza track (now the Canberra motorcycle track Pialligo). A few of the other riders had those great thumpers, the TT500 Yamaha. Read more…

Mugen 125 '76

Restoration by Nobby Toledo—USA

Nobby had two of his brilliant red and yellow Mugens featured in Issue 26. He mentioned at the time that he had a few more Mugen projects on the boil and here's a look at his latest Mugen —a 1976 125. Read more...

Suzuki TS250

You’ve probably heard this before—my wife said for years, “What are you going to do with that old Suzuki motorbike in the garage, you haven’t ridden it since the kids were born in 1989”. Read more…