These light weight machines featured an Italian made Husqvarna 125cc two stroke engine, putting out 36 hp and were manufactured by the Spanish firm Metrakit. Competing on identical machines in Red Bull Rookies Cup races held in conjunction with Moto GP events, the idea of showcasing young, up and coming rider’s talent. Capable of speeds in excess of 125 mph and lap times nearly that of a Moto 3 machine with the same crazy, elbow dragging lean angles. This bike won several WERA Championships with riders Kayla Yaakov and Damian Jigalov.
2014 Erik Buell Racing (EBR) AMA Pro Superbike
Corey West rode this Factory Superbike in the 2014 AMA Championship along with Larry Pegram on another machine. Aaron Yates rode this bike in 2013 and claimed “the best handling bike I’ve ever riden”. Erik Buell has been quoted as saying “it takes $100,000 to build Superbike.” This bike is based on the $40,000 RS1190 production bike. It’s believed that only 6 of these were built. These bikes had several podium finishes in AMA SBK. Other EBR bikes won the Macau Grand Prix and the Chinese Superbike Championship.
1978 Hercules 250GS
The German manufacturing giant Sachs was well known in the 70’s as a producer of engines used in many industrial applications such as portable generators and snowmobiles. They also produced motorcycles under the Sachs brand, which morphed into the DKW brand, then the Hercules brand. Heavy duty and well suited for off road endurance competitions, such as the International Six Days Trials. This 1978 model was sent to Goettel Motors near McHenry IL. Gerhard Goettel sold Jeff Schwartz his first motorcycle, a Puch 125 motocrosser. This was one of Gerhard’s final two personal bikes prior to his passing in 2012. The other was a motocross model. With only 558 miles on the clock it’s clear the motocross model was Gerhard’s favorite.
1975 Honda CR125m Elsinore
The 1975 CR 125’s got several improvements that were used on Marty Smith’s AMA National Championship winning Factory bike of the previous year, most noteworthy was the aluminum sprocket, lighter DID rims and red and silver paint scheme. This bike was purchased along with another from a man in Crystal Lake IL for $350. My Crystal Lake Central High School friends Bob Cummings, Jim Connell and Steve Tonne all rode this exact model back in the day, it’s possible this is one of their bikes. Restoration by Jeff Schwartz.
1973 Cz 250 mx
Purchased on Ebay in Oklahoma, it had the proper 1973 red tank on it. It was rough, had wrong enduro wheels with trials tires and the engine was seized up solid. Proper original parts were sourced for the missing items. Engine, forks, hubs were fully rebuild by CZ Charlie Richardson. Paint was carefully matched to the original underside of the original paint gas tank. Correct original Akront alloy rims and tires. Restored by Jeff Schwartz.
1976 Maico AW400
“AW” stood for Adolf Weil, one of Maico’s most successful rider of the era. Maico’s were not nearly as refined as other bikes, but they worked incredibly well. In the 1970’s Maicos were the best handling and easiest of any bike to go fast on. Maico a German company was founded in 1926 by Ulrich Maisch. Family infighting led to the demise of the company in the 1980’s. This example came from Florida and has been vintage raced by Jeff Schwartz. Maico’s are still one of the most sought after bikes for Vintage Motocross Racing and are one of the most expensive.
1975 Rupp RMX125
The Mansfield Ohio based Rupp Industries, founded in 1959, was the leader in off road recreational vehicles producing go-carts, mini-bikes, snowmobiles, atv’s and many other innovation creations. In 1971 Rupp had 400 employees. Heavy investment in snowmobile production followed by several winters with little snowfall led to the demise of Rupp. These motocross machines were produced in 1973 and 1975 with around 1000 total produced. They had many innovative features that similarly Sachs powered bikes from Penton and Monark did not have. Forward mounted shocks, double pinch bolts on the Alcoa produced triple clamps, light conical hubs, light but strategically gusseted double downtube chrome moly frame. This Rupp was purchased two years ago from Dennis Kline, who I met at MCACN. His father had purchased several new leftover bikes from a liquidator. This is one of three that had remained in their family for years. It’s recently undergone a full restoration, and I am grateful to have it in the Schwartz Museum.