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Baja in the mid sixties

posted Mar 3, 2014, 7:52 AM by Baja Rider   [ updated Mar 3, 2014, 7:52 AM ]
Baja in the mid sixties saw only occasional dirt bikes, but by the late sixties the off road revolution had started and they were proliferating everywhere on both sides of the border riding in any yard, any park or hillside, legal or illegal, any road, anyplace there was dirt and they were almost all two strokes totally the result of a bunch of foreigners who came over to ascot park one time.   I'll tell you about that in a minute. By this time they had got the two strokes so they could start sometimes and you could actually go to a race and make the starting line.   Technology has improved so much that  now if you want a bike that won't start you have to get a 4-stroke. Anyway, baja was really mysterious to us then. There were trails everywhere, many more than now due to so many trails being cut off as ranches are built and other use restricted and no signs of any kind nor many ranches to beg gas from or ask directions and we weren't smart enough to know the difference between a cow trail and a single track so there was always a lot of backtracking and gas problems. These problems came in two flavors. One was because there was no more. The other was because there was too much and it was always on the spark plug of the two strokes meaning we carried lots and lots of spare plugs and had much experience kicking, sort of like the 4-stroke riders today.