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Fastest Vintage MX Bikes: 1971 - 1983

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Welcome to the fastest vintage motocross bikes page.

Those of you shopping for a AHRMA motocross mount will find this almost useless information helpful. Todays modern 2 cycle oil is going to make these bikes run like never before. The rule has always been 90% rider and 10% bike, so if your favorite machine is not on this page, it still makes you a winner.

What is fast? Fast is winning the 90 yards drag race to the first turn (holeshot), and nothing more. Some bikes listed below are blazing fast but the suspension and handling sucks. This means that a slower bike that handles great can win races, but it is too slow to break into the top 5 on this page. The 1975 CZ 250 and 1976 Maico 400 are two examples that come to mind, as both have won many races.

The most important thing is; can you stay on the gas? Even a top level expert can't keep the throttle pegged wide open for a whole lap. Also, many bikes that make more power, can't be ridden faster. This is true with most 500cc class bikes, as the 250 riders will often turn faster lap times. You can break down a winning formula to three parts. Power, Handling, and your right hand.

fast Honda Elsinore 125
125 MX
1971 125cc
1. Bultaco Shepra S
2. Kaw G31M 100cc
3. Carabela MX
4. DKW 125
5. Yam AT1-MX
1972 125cc
1. Bultaco Pursang
2. Carabela MX
3. Rickman Zun.
4. Husqvarna CR
5. Penton MC (1)
1973 125cc
1. Bultaco Pursang
2. Monark GS (1)
3. Carabela MX
4. Husqvarna CR
5. Suzuki TM
1974 125cc
1. Honda Elsinore
2. Bultaco Pursang
3. Kawasaki KX
4. Hodaka Super
5. Monark GS (1)
1975 125cc
1. Honda Elsinore
2. Bultaco Pursang
3. Kawasaki KX
4. Yamaha YZ
5. Suzuki RM
1976 125cc
1. Yamaha YZ
2. Suzuki RM
3. Kawasaki KX
4. Honda Elsinore
5. Penton - KTM
1977 125cc
1. Suzuki RM
2. Husqvarna CR
3. Kawasaki KX
4. Yamaha YZ
5. Honda Elsinore
1978 125cc
1. Kawasaki KX
2. Yamaha YZ
3. Suzuki RM
4. Husqvarna CR
5. Honda Elsinore
1979 125cc
1. Kawasaki KX
2. Suzuki RM
3. Honda Elsinore
4. Yamaha YZ
5. Husqvarna CR
1980 125cc
1. Can-Am MX6
2. Yamaha YZ
3. Kawasaki KX
4. Honda Elsinore
5. Suzuki RM
1981 125cc
1. Can-Am MX6
2. Yamaha YZ
3. Suzuki RM
4. Kawasaki KX
5. Honda Elsinore
1982 125cc
1. Yamaha YZ
2. Honda CR125
3. Suzuki RM
4. Kawasaki KX
4. Husqvarna CR
1983 125cc
1. Kawasaki KX
2. Cagiva WMX
3. Honda CR
4. Yamaha YZ
5. Suzuki RM
fast Ossa Phantom 250
250 MX
1971 250cc
1. Bultaco Pursang
2. Kawasaki F81M
3. CZ 250 Cross
4. Suzuki TM 250
5. Husqvarna 250
1972 250cc
1. Bultaco Pursang
2. CZ Cross
4. Suzuki TM 250
4. Maico 250
5. Husqvarna 250
1973 250cc
1. Montesa Cappra
2. Honda Elsinore
3. Bultaco Pursang
4. CZ Cross
5. Suzuki TM 250
1974 250cc
1. Montesa Cappra
2. Ossa Phantom
3. Bultaco Pursang
4. Husqvarna Mag
5. Honda Elsinore
1975 250cc
1. Can-Am MX
2. Montesa Cappra
3. Ossa Phantom
4. Yamaha YZ
5. Husqvarna Mag
1976 250cc
1. Can-Am MX
2. Bultaco Pursang
3. Montesa Cappra
4. Ossa Phantom
5. Suzuki RM
1977 250cc
1. Can-Am MX
2. KTM MC
3. Bultaco Pursang
3. Yamaha YZ
5. Montesa Cappra
1978 250cc
1. Yamaha YZ
2. Honda Elsinore
3. KTM MC
4. Kawasaki KX
5. Suzuki RM
1979 250cc
1. Honda Elsinore
2. Yamaha YZ
3. Kawasaki KX
4. KTM MC
5. Suzuki RM
1980 250cc
1. Suzuki RM
2. Yamaha YZ
3. Kawasaki KX
4. Honda Elsinore
5. KTM MC
1981 250cc
1. Yamaha YZ
2. Suzuki RM
3. Kawasaki KX
4. Honda CR
5. Maico Mega
1982 250cc
1. Suzuki RM
2. Kawasaki KX
3. Yamaha YZ
4. Honda CR
5. Husqvarna CR
1983 250cc
1. Cagiva WMX
2. Kawasaki KX
3. Maico Alpha
4. Suzuki RM
5. Yamaha YZ
fast Maico 440
500 MX
1971 500cc
1. CZ 380 Cross
2. Suzuki TM 400
3. Bultaco 360 Ban.
4. Husqvarna 400
5. Maico 400
1972 500cc *
1. CZ 380/400
2. Suzuki TM 400
3. Maico 400
4. Husqvarna 400
5. Bultaco 350
1973 500cc *
1. Kawasaki F12 450
2. CZ 380/400
3. Suzuki TM 400
4. Maico 400
5. Yamaha MX 360
1974 500cc *
1. Kawasaki KX 450
2. Maico 440/450 GP
3. Husqvarna 360
4. Bultaco 360 Pur
5. CZ 400 Falta
1975 500cc
1. Maico 440/450 GP
2. Yamaha MX 400
3. Kawasaki KX400
4. Husqvarna 360
5. Yamaha YZ 360
1976 500cc
1. Maico 440/450 GP
2. Bultaco 370
3. Yamaha YZ 400
4. Kawasaki KX400
5. Suzuki RM 370
1977 500cc
1. Maico 440/450 AW
2. Yamaha YZ 400
3. Bultaco 370
4. Suzuki RM 370
5. KTM 400 MC
1978 500cc
1. Maico 440/450 AW
2. Yamaha YZ 400
3. KTM 400
4. Maico 400 MX
5. Husqvarna 390
1979 500cc
1. KTM 420 MC
2. Maico 440/450 MX
3. Can-AM 370
4. Suzuki RM 400 N
5. Yamaha YZ400
1980 500cc
1. Yamaha YZ 465
2. Can-Am 400
3. KTM 420 MC
4. Maico 440/450 MX
5. Kawasaki KX 420
1981 500cc
1. KTM 495 MC
2. Maico 490 Mega
3. Yamaha YZ 465
4. Husqvarna 430 CR
5. Suzuki RM 465
1982 500cc
1. Husqvarna 500 CR
2. KTM 495 MC
3. Maico 490 Alpha
4. Yamaha YZ 490
5. Honda CR 480
1983 500cc
1. Husqvarna 500 CR
3. Maico 490 Alpha
4. Yamaha YZ 490
5. Kawasaki KX 500
2. KTM 495 MC

Get Fast! Motocross Speed Advice Tips - Free

(1) Ditto for Hercules, DKW, Penton and Ancillotti bikes that used the same Sachs 125cc engine.

* The 501 Maico and Yamaha SC 500 are not listed because they were not the best for motocross, even though both have monster motors. If you ask Maico riders, they will tell you that laps were faster on the 400 bike. For desert and scrambles racing the Yamaha SC 500 and Maico 501 were awesome machines!

Also not listed are some rare vintage bikes that were blazing fast such as; The 1974 Ossa 125 Phantom, Puch 250 Twin Carb, Montesa 125 Cappra, Tyran 125 MX, Rickman Montesa 250, Dalesman 125, Ammex 250, Harley Davidson 250 MX, Maico 125 Rotary Valve, Montesa 414, American Eagle Sprite, and Moto Villa. The Moto Villa open class bikes were darn fast. If you can find any of these rare bikes, you should be playing the lottery!

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