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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RARE VINTAGE MOTORSPORT AIR SHOCKS 15'' 1/2 elsinore MOTOCROSS CZ RM CR TT XT$498.00
1975 HONDA CR125M ELSINORE DG RACER CR125 RESTORED AHRMA VINTAGE MOTOCROSS$4,999.99
Vtg Yamaha Red White Blue VMX AHRMA Vintage Motocross Size M Pants BMX$100.00
vintage motocross Broc Glover signed custom Bell RT helmet$750.00
Vintage Motocross Suzuki Racing Leather Moto X Pants AHRMA Size 38 Factory Works$1,850.00
VINTAGE JT RACING BELL AHRMA HONDA BAILEY HELMET MOTOCROSS EXCELLENT BEAUTIFUL$724.95
Vintage Style V3 Motocross Pants Yamaha Suzuki MX Enduro motorcycle Reign VMX$129.95
VINTAGE ROCKY LEATHER MOTOCROSS BOOTS MOTORCYCLE TALL LINEMAN VTG 1960s 1970s$99.00
Suzuki RM500 RM465 fuel gas tank AHRMA - vintage motocross RM 500$250.00
YAMAHA GYT KIT DT 1 2 Hooker High Performance Wheel Vintage MX MotoCross Enduro$495.00
Husqvarna - NEW -Vintage style motocross jersey - Size: XL - Husky$120.00
SUZUKI TM gas fuel petrol TANK Vintage MX MotoCross WORKS 100 125 250 370 400$695.00
1970's Moto Fox Jacket - AHRMA - Vintage Motocross$125.00
1981 MAICO OHLINS SHOCKS BRAND NEW VINTAGE MOTOCROSS AHRMA SALE PRICE LOWERED$1,050.00
HRC petcock NOS sand cast magnesium. For 1980's HRC gas tanks. Vintage Motocross$300.00
HUSQVARNA HUSKY BLACK LEG FORKS 7 INCH TRAVEL ahrma legal vintage motocross$175.00
Vintage NOS Preston Petty Motocross Muder Rear Fender Husqvarna Honda Penton$99.99
VINTAGE NOS METZELER MOTOCROSS REAR TIRE 4.50-18 MAICO PENTON HUSQVARNA CZ KTM$399.00
13" REAR SHOCKS GAS VINTAGE MX MOTOCROSS RACING YAMAHA HUSQVARNA FACTORY WORKS$229.00
NOS Vintage MX Motocross Pirelli Tire 4.50-18 Husqvarna Bultaco Maico Penton$99.99
NOS Vintage Zundapp Motorcycle Dirtbike Motocross 125 Cylinder Head Rickman$499.99
(NEW!) Vintage style Motocross Jersey (size: XL) - RM400 - RM465 - RM500 - AHRMA$125.00
FOX RACING VINTAGE IMAGE ZEBRA MOTOCROSS GEAR JERSEY PANTS DAMON BRADSHAW RJ$599.00
DG 1973-74 Honda CR250 Elsinore Pipe AHRMA VMX VJMC CR-250 Motocross Vintage$269.79
VTG YAMAHA 77 1977 YZ 80 YZ80 MX AHRMA MOTOCROSS ENGINE MOTOR$170.00