My name is Steve and I live outside of Washington, D.C. I currently have a 1971 Ossa Pioneer that I am restoring. I need a new gas tank for it. If any one has one let me know.
This bike is a rider so it does not have to be pristeen. When I was about 15 I bought a 125 Yamaha enduro with the money I made cuting lawns. I wanted a Maico 400 but could not afford one.
One day I was riding and met this guy with a Ossa pioneer he let me ride his bike and I was hooked. I alway's wanted one but but money was tight as I was saving for engineering school and had to make due with my Yamaha.
I modified it for trials and then for MX and actually did OK with it beating sevral rich guys with
Pentons. I wish I had a Ossa then I would have realy cleaned up.
In addtion to my Ossa I now have 5 Bultacos, 1 Cotton, 5 Greeves, 1 Benelli and 1 Ducati. I am looking for a Stilleto and a MAR in the NE USA
Steven Metz, Washington, D.C, USA
Dwight Rudder, 7 time ISDT/E medalist,
6 time class champion in the AMA Nat'l Enduro Series. I am now 44 years
old. and the 1998 and now 99 Nat'lEnduro Sr. A champion.
When I was first starting out in enduros in 1971, Ossa was one of the most favored brands and lots of my friends rode them.
In 1973 I wanted to buy a SDR 175 but my dealer in Montgomery Al. couldn't locate one so I had to get a Penton instead. I now own a 1972 Ossa 250 Pioneer and it runs like a top. I love it. I live in the Jackson Ms, area now.
When I am not working , riding Nat'ls , or riding the Southern Enduro Riders Asso. events, I enjoy riding my vintage street and dirt bikes. I also fly my own WW1 replica Nieuport 16.
Dwight Rudder, Jackson Ms, USA.
Keith Hovvels, Newcastle, England
I live in Galicia, in the NW of Spain. I work as Ingeneer in PSA Spain, cars and motorcycles are my hobbies.
I'm interested in spanish motorcycles since I was a boy. At that time,
I read some interesting books about motorcycle repairing, like some books
written by M. de Castro and published by Ceac in Barcelona.
These books where in a public library in my town and are dificult to find now. They contained a lot of information about Spanish motorcycles of the '60 and '70 (Bultaco, Montesa, Ossa, Derbi...)
At the age of 16, I repaired a 125-C Ossa (1963). It is a beautiful
road bike, with the tank painted in red and white, the frame (tubular:
it isn't the stamped frame 125, very common in Spain and called "negrilla")
and the fenders in black, and the airbox in red.
The engine is the last evolution of the first Ossa: it is a square (54x54 mm) 125cc 2T, with 2 transfers, and a 22 mm Dell'Orto
carb. The gearbox have 3 speeds and the bike is in a good general condition.
Luis Lozano, Galicia, Spain
Leland Loper email: email@example.com
204 Leudinghaus Road
Chehalis WA 98532
phone:360 291 3524
I just wanted to thank you for all the effort you have put into your
Ossa website, it has given me great joy. I especially enjoyed the photos
and articles from the magazines. Although it was not on the site,I recall
that there is a 250 enduro comparison in the 1974 Petersens Motorcycle
Guide, the stars of which are the Bully and the Ossa.
When I was 16 years old (1975)I was real keen on enduros, especially the Spanish bikes. The Husky was to expensive for me, and the Montessa King Scorpion was a bit tame, so it came down to the Bultaco Matador SD or the Ossa SDR, both at the same dealer. I bought the Bully, it had more goodies (ala enclosed chain) and was $100 or so cheaper than the Ossa, so represented better value. I have also had a Montessa 250 H enduro, and over the years met several other Bully and Monty owners, but can not recall ever seeing an Ossa other than trials bikes. In some respects I regret not having bought the Ossa, and still desire one to this day.
By coincidence, a few months ago, I came across an SDR that had broken down and spent the night at a local garage. I left a message in case the owner wanted to sell, but no response. My vague search for an SDR or Pioneer continues.
Thank you again, and good luck.
Scott Thompson, Canberra, Australia.
It was orange with white trim, and of course, I painted over it.(!!!) (Any suggestions on removing the blue metal flake lacquer?) One thing tho', although everything was the same as the 250, same frame, cases, even weight(230+)(!!), it had a 125 barrel and piston. With my very small amount of experience, that IRZ carb gave me fits. It was a running joke.
They called me Ossa Bill, and it was normal at any race to hear somebody remark "Ossa Bill's oiling his chain again", which meant that I'd left at least one of the 2 petcocks on, the cases had filled with fuel causing a hydraulic lock, and the bike was upside down on handlebars and seat(ala oiling a bicycle chain) sans spark plug with me draining the fuel out thru the spark plug hole. Before I put a Mikuni on it I think I pushed it more than I rode it. The gear ratio on the starter was so high, that anything even close to the right fuel/air ratio would start it, so I was way off on the IRZ setup.(found that carb, too).
As a 125 it was a dog, but it had the same flywheel as the 250(right
side Femsa magneto) so it did well in sand which we had a lot of, and also
that bike was born to slide. I've never had a bike so forgiving when it
came to that. One time I was showing off for a girl on a long left-hand
slider that was right by the pits on my home track. Went in too hot and
got it way down with me even further down, but I never lost it.
Instead I cut this huge 270 degree circle and it stood up and stopped right by my trailer. Every face was a question mark. "Did he really mean to do that?"
They never found out.
Original Betors were swapped for laid down Konis at some point (I'll change that back), and the chrome on the forks (diameter of which seemed huge compared to the rice-burners of the time) is screwed. I'd really like to find a 250 barrel and piston. Also the rear Akront (sp?) rim is cracked straight across.
Well, that was it's 1st life. Any suggestions you might have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for the inspiration!
(Ossa)Bill Saylor, Round Rock, Texas, USA.
Jim Evans, New Columbus, Pennsylvania, USA.
I do not have a motorcycle at this time and funds really do not allow me to indulge in my fantasy of owning (again) one of the Ossa SDR's or MAR bikes that I originally imported. However, should anyone know of the location of one of these jewels, I'd love to hear from them.
Jerry Baljeu, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.
Tom Bailey, Nyack, NY, USA.