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    Refresh my memory?

    I first started dirt bikes back in the very early 1960s. I can't recall if Honda ever made a 2 stroke dirt bike. All of my early bikes were all 2 stroke, Hodaka, Bultaco, Penton, CZ, Maiko, & Ossa. All of the Honda's I remember were all 4 stroke but I sure could be wrong and unable to recall any rice burners from Honda.

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    The early Honda CRs were 2 strokes. I wanted one bad as a kid, but could only afford a used Yamaha DT100.
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    I could not remember either so I had to look it up, back in '73 Honda did start selling the CR250R, but I do not recall ever seeing one but to my credit that would have been 45 years ago and I had just finished high school which I also barely remember! LOL
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    I was never a Honda guy and can only remember one guy who rode with us had a 250 Elsinore but I just don't remember if it was a 2 or 4 stroke. He sure could smoke all of us but again, we were on 90-125 CC 2 strokes until the Bultaco and Pentons came along. Just about the time I was heading into the USN in 1970 things went wild in the dirt bike field but I had other concerns and pretty much never did get back to the dirt until 20 years later. I really don't know much about the letters CR, CB and all the variations Honda came out with. Trail 90s were a staple here because we lived and rode all around these mountains with other kids from the RV camp grounds in the early to mid 60s.

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    Honda's First 2 strokes were in 1973 with the CR250 Elsinore followed very close by the Cr125. The sound of one of these in the sand woops (with the right rider) would get your attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2scoops View Post
    Honda's First 2 strokes were in 1973 with the CR250 Elsinore followed very close by the Cr125. The sound of one of these in the sand woops (with the right rider) would get your attention.
    That's where my memory fades. In 1973 I was in the USN, home on leave and driving a 72 Kawasaki H2 750 triple 2 stroke. The guy with the Elsinore at the sand pit was a big MX rider and far better than all of us who were just cool but casual dirt riders. I did think that Elsinore was a 2 stroke but just couldn't remember. It sure was a very wild bike and way ahead of anything we ever had.

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    Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
    If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

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    In 78 I had the Honda MR 175 Elsinore enduro - 2 stroke.
    Build quality was not there - I ended up breaking the bike in 1/2.
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    My first street legal bike was a 75 Honda 250 Elsinore.I got my license on that bike. Less than a year old and I think I paid $900 for it. Absolutely wicked machine especially after I opened up the backside of the muffler, removed the baffles and welded it back up. Had the gnarliest (not street legal) knobby tire I could get on the back and the thing would go near anywhere until 2nd gear went out. Gave it to my younger brother who fixed it up and ran the hell out of it. Can't remember what happened to it but I wish I still had it. As sweet as it was IMO the bike to have back in those days was the Can Am. A buddy of mine had one, also a 250 two stroker, and that thing was insane. Way ahead of its time. One of the best things about trail bikes back in those days were the reasonably comfy seats the manufacturers put on them.https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...ythZevutPM-iyF
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