1977 HONDA CR125M
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.