1977 HONDA CR125M

Classic Bike (UK) - - EVENT -

Honda rewrote the rule­book with the 1973 launch of their CR125 mo­tocrosser – and at the same time, trans­formed the 125 class into se­ri­ous, pro­fes­sional sport. Be­fore the CR125, 125cc mo­tocrossers were ei­ther fast, re­li­able or han­dled well – but never all three. Buy­ers queued up to get their hands on a CR125M Elsi­nore in 1974, par­tic­u­larly in Amer­ica. The AMA in­tro­duced a cham­pi­onship class for 125s and they got their own world cham­pi­onship the fol­low­ing year – the 125 had come of age.

The mid-’70s was a pe­riod of in­cred­i­bly rapid devel­op­ment in mo­tocross and, from be­ing the hot ticket in 1974, the 20bhp Elsi­nore had be­come some­thing of an also-ran in top-flight com­pe­ti­tion by the time this 1977 model ar­rived in a dealer’s show­room. How­ever, the Elsi­nore con­tin­ued to sell to less com­pet­i­tive riders. This one is re­stored in cat­a­logue-cor­rect con­di­tion – right down to the cool red han­dle­bar grips.

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