What we know today as "motocross" began in northern Britain, in the early 1920s, and was an off-road event known as "Scrambles". The first "Scramble" was ridden in 1924 in Camberley, Surrey. The dirt bikes of that period weren't very different from the road bikes, however, the intense off-road competition quickly led to technical improvements, such as the addition of suspension to the bike in the 1930s.
With the popularity of motocross on the rise world wide, it was only natural for a country versus country competition to arise. The competition would be an annual event called Motocross des Nations, with each country's team being comprised of three racers. The first race was held in 1947, and won by Great Britain. Great Britain only lost six times between 1947 and 1968, making them the obvious initial threat. Belgium became the dominating force through the 1970s, but once the United States entered the picture in 1981, no one else would take the prize again until 1994.
Now that motocross fever had spread most of the globe, and Motocross des Nations had become a yearly team tradition, a solo championship was needed. The first World Championship in motocross came in 1957, and was raced with each rider using a 500cc dirt bike. The 250cc class was added to the championship competition in 1962, making way for the two-stroke motocross bikes. It was then that the weight and easier riding ability of the two-strokes allowed companies such as Bultaco, CZ, Maico, and Husqvarna to take over the market. The 125cc World Championship class was introduced later in 1975.
In the early 1980s, Japanese bike companies began making major changes to the typical motocross bike. The bikes became water-cooled and with monoshock rear suspension, which started with Yamaha in 1975. The 1990s brought even more change when Californian environmental laws forced manufacturers to develop more environmentally friendly four-stroke bikes, yet many still prefer 2 stroke models for off road, woods style riding.
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Cross bar pad - Vintage motocross - AHRMA$105.00
* NOS VINTAGE FOX MOTOCROSS JERSEY RICK JOHNSON *$126.75
VINTAGE HONDA 1979 STOCK CR 250M ELSINORE MOTOCROSS VMX AHRMA MOTO FOXBARN FIND$3,000.00
FOX Vintage Motocross Air Shocks 13 1/2 Shox Motocross Bultaco Macio Husky Ossa$500.00
Vintage Motocross MX Dirtbike Montesa Gas Tank$120.00
VINTAGE HONDA 1976-78 CR 125M ELSINORE LOP SWINGARM MOTOCROSS VMX AHRMA FMF D&G$780.00
VINTAGE HONDA ELSINORE CR125M PIPE 1974-75 MOTOCROSS FMF D&G C&H AHRMA HRC PK$250.00
VINTAGE HONDA CR125 M Elsinore PIPE 1974 1975 FMF D&G CH PK AHRMA MOTOCROSS$250.00
VINTAGE CERIANI MOTORCYCLE FRONT END 35MM FORKS TRIUMPH MOTOCROSS CAFE RACER MX$204.50
VINTAGE HONDA CR125 M ELSINORE PIPE 1976 1978 FMF D&G CH PK AHRMA MOTOCROSS$150.00
Vintage Motocross MX Dirtbike Bell RT Helmet Goggles And Face Mask$250.00
VINTAGE HONDA 1975-74 CR 125M ELSINORE HEAD MOTOCROSS VMX AHRMA FMF D&G LOP C&H$400.00
1973 -1976 Vintage Honda Elsinore CR125M CR250M Racing Stand Motocross VMX$120.00
KTM -Jersey (XL) + Visor + Crossbar pad - KTM495, KTM420 -Vintage Motocross$135.00
VTG 1970's ORIG Blk/Yellow MESH YAMAHA Motocross Moto BMX Racing Shirt Jersey XL$99.99
Vintage Motocross MX Dirtbike Montesa Jersey$125.00
1975 HONDA CR125M ELSINORE DG RACER CR125 AHRMA VINTAGE MOTOCROSS$3,499.99
1980 Honda CR - Mugen ME360 pipe & silencer (center port) - Vintage motocross$550.00
VINTAGE HONDA ELSINORE CR125M CYLINDER 1974-75 MOTOCROSS FMF AHRMA HRC PK$350.00
TORSTEN HALLMAN Vintage Motocross Motorcycle Boots VMX AHRMA$250.00
Jofa Vintage Motocross Chest Protector MX AHRMA$100.00
'73 CZ 400 Boyd & Stellings Engineering Vintage MX MotoCross Collectors LOOK!$8,950.00
ALPINESTAR NOS MOTOCROSS BOOTS VINTAGE MADE IN ITALY$299.99
Vintage Style V3 Motocross Pants Yamaha Suzuki MX Enduro motorcycle Reign VMX$129.95
Vintage FOX motocross RACING BOOTS ..NEVER WORN$300.00