The Story Of the 1962 Honda CL72 250 by Bill Rowland Jr

The idea for "the scrambler" came about after attending the national at the farm in Chehalis Wa, 2007. There were no Premier Lightweight Honda 250 twins racing (an oxymoron in itself) and I told my dad that if he wanted to build another trick Honda 250 scrambler like the ones he raced back in the day, I would get in shape to ride it. The #R79 Honda scrambler is the latest version of many that my father, Bill Rowland Sr has hand built.

The A.H.R.M.A. Northwest  co-coordinator,  was consulted during design and fabrication to insure we were in the gray area... er, uh,  I mean totally legal! Do you think I could race one like that at the next A.H.R.M.A. race in Premier Lightweight? We have photo documentation.... (note the disc brake - period mods require photo proof - well here it is! )

The frame is a 1962 Honda CL72 with all the stock brackets cut off and the steering angle modified to be more user friendly. The swing-arm is stock Honda 1962 CL72 with mounts built for Ohlins shocks.


The front forks are 1974 Honda Elsinore, and were given to Motorcycle Dirt Works to be modified to work better with our scramblers weight. More spring rate with dampening changes keep the beast in control. We searched for a rear wheel assembly with a right side sprocket and brake. The 72'  Husqvarna 250 with magnesium hub and Akront rim fit the bike easily after proper spacers and axle were machined. The rear brake is stock 72' Husky but has an old school touch and is full floating with a hand made brake pedal. The 72' Husky wheel was also used on the front end and fit well after a custom made brake stay and axle were made.

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