Few stories about the whole defninition thing around Vintage
few very large clubs almost died cause the founders thought that anything that wasnt a british scrambler bike wasnt vintage
No CZ, didnt care about 4 inches of travel, 74 was modern....
then it gets to whats important in the classification - getting folks out to race the old bikes and have fun or worry about a perspective that is truly only valid based on the year you were born?
This is how we break our classes out - around travel, technology and in our support classes, years + technological evolution
all with the purpose of grouping like technologies and capabilities together to get folks out to race - we also break these out in to skill classes and or age. Premier classes = classes 1-5; support classes #6 and #7.
- Inter-Am - true vintage the bikes that started it all - usually pre-72ish
- Vintage - up to anything that has: Air cooled, drum brakes, 4 inches rear 7ish max up front
- Trans-Am - that weird stage where the factories were screwing around with long travel on Vintage class bikes - aka 1976 CR 250 etc
- Evolution - Air cooled, Drum Brakes - NO LINKAGE - long travel - such as my 1981 YZ465
- Unlimited - those early 80s, again where the factories took EVO bikes and started slapping linkage on the machines. - air cooled, drum brakes, and linkage okay here.
- Revolution - (support Class) anything goes - our transition into modern technology and the factories sorting things out - anything through year model 1989
- Sunset - (support Class) anything through the last year of the sunset of the true 3 class AMA seasons or anything through (technology wise) 1993 - last year of the 125, 250 and 500cc classes
We are trying to get folks out to race and have fun - you can get on CL and get a Revolution or sunset class bike and run it for fairly low coin - try that with a true race ready EVO or Vintage class anymore....PRICEY...but hopefully they will come out with a Revolution or Sunset class bike, see all the old bikes and want one of the Premier class machines. Bottom line we want folks to have fun - and race.
Thats what we do...and it works for us.
Vintage ask me in my 50s, ask my boys in their 20s = different answers.