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Vintage Motocross Bikes, Parts, Photos & VMX Racing Dates and Info

Pictorial Collage of Vintage and Evo Motocross Bikes

If you share an interest in vintage motocross and dirt bikes that were air cooled, or stopping on drum brakes, or which came with left side kick starters, right side shifters and left side brake pedals, or if words such as Maico, Hodaka, Bultaco, Harley Davidson or Jawa interest you, you'll enjoy the information and resources presented here which include old school Vintage and Evolution class motocross bikes for sale, as well as pictures of vintage bikes on some of the country's best motocross tracks.

If you're just now gaining interest in nostalgic motocross, you may quickly find out that all the bar banging action you see in modern motocross carries right over into the vintage classes, as these guys on the vintage / classic bikes of yesteryear know all about racing and will drop a block pass on you, or stuff you into a corner just the same as any modern class rider would.

If you're interested in American Vintage Motocross in all it's glory, with riders sporting Joffa masks and Authentic Retro gear, or if you're looking for some hard to find parts for a vintage motocross bike you're building from the frame up, you don't want to miss the racing and endless swap meet vendors that gather at the Vintage Motorcycle Days held annually at the Mid-Ohio Motorsports facility in Lexington, Ohio.

What Defines a Vintage Motocross Bike?

Per the AMA rule book, A vintage class bike is defined as a machine originally sold as a pre-1975 (and like design) model with no more than 7 inches of front wheel travel, and a maximum of 4 inches rear wheel travel.

What's ”and like design” all about?
According to the AMA rule book for a vintage machine "Like Design" refers to the frame, swingarm and forks being of a period design and materials.

Note: If you should need to change the frame, swingarm or forks to a different configuration than the way they were designed during the period of time of which the motorcycle was manufactured, or if these parts have been changed / modified before your ownership, be sure to file a written request for approval with the AMA a minimum of 30 days prior to an AMA sanctioned event by emailing your request to: MXRacing@AMACycle.org

What Exactly is an “Evolution” or “Evo” class bike?

Evo bikes are classified in 3 different ways:

  1. Evolution 1which are machines that were originally sold as pre-1978 (and like design) models with no more than 9 inches of front, or rear suspension travel, and of which the engine is air cooled, forbidding liquid cooling.
    Note: "Like Design" in Evolution 1 Classes has the same meaning as for the Vintage Classes but is applicable to all bikes built prior to 1978.
  2. Evolution 2 classes refer to dirt bikes with air-cooled motors, drum brakes front and rear, and linkage-less rear suspensions.
  3. Evolution 3 classes refer to dirt bikes with drum-style brakes front and rear, forbidding disc brakes but the engine may be liquid cooled, and / or have linkage style rear suspension.
More info on this and other classes and rules can be found by referring to the AMA Rule book on the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Web Site

When you want to catch up on some history surrounding the sport of Motocross, be sure to check out our page providing a Brief Introduction to the History of Motocross Followed by a link that will take you directly to the AMA's "Motocross America" Online Exhibit