1978 Honda XR-75 Team Honda Marty Smith Replica

1978 Honda XR-75This showcase Honda is from Randal Stefaniak of Milwaukee, Wisconsin! He has poured a lot of love in this 1978 Honda XR-75. Here are Randal’s comments and story on his red rocket.

#231 – 1978 Honda XR-75 Period Correct Racer

I started riding at age 10 with my Dad on a Briggs & Stratton engine mini bike. From there I was hooked. One day, my Dad was so tired of fixing the bike because it always broke. He took me to the Honda shop as a 10 year old kid. I was in awe, and we bought a brand new 1974 Honda MR-50. I rode the wheels off that bike. From there we keep getting bigger and better Hondas. In 1979, for my high school graduation, my Dad got me a new 1979 Honda CR-125R (Red Rocket). From there he knew I wanted to race motocross. My first race, Lake Geneva Wisconsin, I got 2nd place. My career went on to race from 1979 to 1985, all on 125cc Hondas. My hero of course was Marty Smith. My love for Hondas never stopped. I wanted to build a period correct Honda XR-75 race machine. We had bought the XR-75 brand new in 1978 as a pit bike. It sat for 28 years in my Dad’s basement. Then 2-3 years in my garage, then I started the restoration. It took about 3 years to complete. I still street ride. My other bikes are a 2001 Honda Shadow ACE Deluxe, and a 2007 Harley Davidson Road King Classic. Of course I had to get a Harley, I am from Milwaukee. Anyway, back to the XR-75. The list of goodies on the bike.

  • Lockhart oil cooler
  • Original DG swing arm(I had it polished)
  • 17” front & 14” back DID aluminum rims 8 gage cross 2 spoke pattern
  • Bogie Mulholland gas shocks
  • Betor 28mm front forks
  • DG race mega phone pipe
  • Trick case saver frame with aluminum motor mounts
  • Aluminum rear sprocket
  • Renthol grips
  • Engine was ported & polished
  • The entire bike is repainted Tahitian red
  • Engine cases & head were polished to look like chrome
Published: December 23, 2016 2:40 am Categorized in: ,

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