THE WEEKLY FEED: EVERYTHING CZ, WILD VIDEOS AND SOCIAL POKES

BLAST FROM THE PAST

This week’s BLAST is a smorgasbord  of vintage CZ. The brand was cutting edge as the motocross world exploded in the late 60s.

Roger DeCoster started his career racing for CZ in 1966. The CZ was at the top of the food chain by 1969, with its main competition coming from two other European manufacturers- Maico and Husqvarna.

Joel Robert won his first championship for CZ in 1964. In 1968 and 1969 he repeated, then switched to Suzuki in 1970.
DeCoster’s best finish in the GPs as a CZ Factory racer was in 1970 where in finished 3rd in the 250 class.
In Southern California Bob Hershey was always a threat on his CZ. At a time when most machines were time bombs, the CZ was robust, durable and loved abuse. The transmission could be speed shifted with no clutch with no fear of blowing it into shrapnel.

 

Greg Robertson was a local So Cal racer and helped elevate the CZ brand with his style and results. He could win on a CZ 125, which was considered to be an anchor- and a slow one at that.

The 1975 Falta Replica was CZ’s push to be competitive with the Maico’s, who had revolutionized the suspension world with long travel rear ends (moved up shocks) . The Falta Replica used full air-shocks, looking for a way to cope with dampers that would overheat and loose damping very quickly.
Jaroslav Falta on one of CZ’s last ditch efforts to stay relevant in a motocross world dominated by suspension travel, light weight and power. They had become the dinosaur of the motocross world.
And finally, my brother Mike and his 1972 CZ250. Check out the mud flap, the Preston Petty fork guards and the duct tape from the downtube to tank. We were heading to Indian Dunes the next day and it had been raining for weeks.

 

NEWS

 

VIDEO JUKEBOX

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL DISTORTION

 

 

 

 

Mark Kariya-No, that wasn’t some poser out there today in the Vet race at the AMA District 37/FMF Big 6 Grand Prix Series finale. It really WAS Jeremy McGrath ! And after signing autographs at the Maxxis Tires @maxxismike rig, he lined up not far from another Kawasaki USA #kx450 rider, Josh Grant ! When the light turned green, Grant was untouchable with @rickydietrich finishing second, @robbybell32 coming from dead last to third after going down in the first turn and MC coming in fourth.

 

 

GEAR BAG

 

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

 

This is Texas Canyon, 1985.  Honda introduced an all-new XR600R  equipped with the dry sump RFVC engine,  improved Showa suspension and a wickedly cool Enduro targeted digital odometer. The handling was the best XR yet, the power getting out of the ‘trail bike’ moniker , though starting was still hit and miss and the weight was substantial. At the time I liked the machine, but in the competitive enduro world it had too many too’s. Too heavy, Too slow, Too big.

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