Motion Pro proudly supports the Legends and Heroes tour. Promoting the history of our sport is vital to our future, stop by the next live Supercross to see for yourself.posted Feb 8, 2013
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If you like old-school motocross bikes and like to hang out and talk about the good-old days with other hard-core motocross and Supercross fans, and even MX legends, then you'll enjoy the Legends and Heroes Motocross Tour display that is back again for the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross and outdoor National MX Series. Not only does the Tour display some of the coolest motocross bikes of the day, it also honors some of the coolest riders.
This is some of the cool stuff you'll see inside the rolling museum.
At each Supercross and National Motocross round, a different rider from the past are honored, such as was Jeff Ward at this year's Anaheim I Supercross. Arizona's own Shaun Kalos was spotlighted at the Phoenix Supercross, and Nathan Ramsey had his day in the sun at Anaheim II. Northern California's Tallon Vohland was the man of the day at the Oakland Supercross, and just last week at Anaheim III, one of So Cal's first heroes of the sport was honored - Bruce McDougal. Local great Billy Urban will be honored at this weekend's Supercross round in San Diego. Other San Diego legends are expected to hang out at the Tour, including Marty Tripes, Broc Glover, Ron Lechien and Marty Smith. Tommy Croft, Donnie Hansen and Gary Bailey have also been invited to attend.
"We do this to display the history of the sport, to portray it to not only the younger generation but the generations that understand it," said Mike Owens who, along with partner Alex Moroz, makes the Legends and Heroes Motocross Tour come alive every weekend. "We also want to educate the younger generation where the sport came from and how it's evolved over the years. Of course, we want to honor and recognize the legends and heroes from the day at each event, too."
If you haven't seen it yet, the Tour hauls around a moving museum that houses examples of motocross bikes from the '60s, '70, '80s and '90s. Other artifacts and MX memorabilia are displayed as swell, such as Jim Pomeroy's chest protector, Chuck Sun's riding pants and an old but pristine Maico gas tank (among other iconic fuel holders), but the Maico's angular tank is probably the most distinctive ever fitted onto a motocross bike. But CZ fans might disagree.
Jeff Ward's 1987 Supercross Championship-winning works Kawasaki.
"We have a rolling museum that features three decades of Supercross machinery," Owens says. "We also have a 1967 Husqvarna, Marty Smith-replica Honda CR Elsinores, Jeff Emig's outdoors National Championship bike, Nathan Ramsey's Pro Circuit bike and we wrap it up with Jimmy Button's four-stroke works bike."
Not all the bikes you see will follow the tour, many are produced locally at each event, such as the late Jorges Jobe's works Suzuki that was on display at Anaheim III.
"We're grateful to have that out here," Owens said. "A lot of people enjoyed looking at it, as well as all the other machines that we have."
Jeff Ward's career pretty much got started on this Honda XR75 on loan from Troy Lee Designs.
Owens says that they acquire bikes differently.
"We attain the bikes through various ways, though private collections, some of them are mine, and we have a lot of vintage enthusiasts that have some on loan. The works bikes are on loan from Kawasaki and various owners from private collections."
So what was Owen's favorite bike that he had on display at Anaheim III? "Jeff Ward's XR75 Championship minibike," he says. "Jeff claims he's won three on that bike. We picked it up from Troy Lee's the day before the race. It's always on display there."
It's a lot of work for Owens and Moroz to locate different bikes for each week and to unpack, pack up, and unpack again week after week after week. But he says it's worth the effort.
One of Kevin Windham's unmistakable number-14 Honda that was raced in Las Vegas.
"When I see the younger generations come up and actually soak it in like a sponge, it make it all worth while," he says.
Owens says that these old bikes bring back memories for many of those who come by the Legend and Heroes display.
"We get all different kinds of reactions, but probably the most common saying I hear over and over again is, 'gee, I remember that bike,' or, 'I remember my dad had that bike,' or, 'my uncle had that bike.' It brings back a lot of memories to the older gentlemen, and they're able to show their kids what they rode back in the day, and what the true champions back in the day rode.
"I wish each one of these bikes could talk because they would have some great stories."
Luckily, Owens they have acquired enough sponsors to keep the show rolling every week.
"We have sponsors that help us out, but I really have to thank Bel-Ray, Motion Pro and, most importantly MotoThump.com, a new online social network, for helping us make this happen."
The Legends and Heroes Tour will again hit each and every Monster Energy AMA Supercross round, as well as all 12 stops of the outdoor Nationals, so don't forget to set aside a few minutes at the next Supercross to check out some of the machinery of the past and meet some of the legends of the sport.
The late Jorge Jobe's works Suzuki was on display at Anaheim III.
These are some of the bikes you'll see inside the moving museum.
Some bikes still look trick to this very day, like this very cool mid-'80s Montesa Cappra.
Here is a nice example of a 1979 Honda CR250R.
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