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Hodaka Motorcycles

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Mike K P, Jun 19, 2009.

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  1. Mike K P

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    Has anyone ever had or now have a Hodaka motorcycle? I had one as a kid and have a renewed interest in them. I've found a few on line and am thinking I would like to get one and restore it. They were primarily dirt bikes and I had a 125 cc model called a Combat Wombat. Lots of fun. Mike.
     
  2. VAMiket

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    I used to ride a Combat Wombat also. Great bike, but ride it for 3 hours, tighten bolts for 1 hour.
     
  3. WWB

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    Ha--do I remember Hodakas! When my son was 12 we went to Denver and bought an
    ACE 100 in boxes. All it really needed was a clutch. We put it together & he ran the heck out of it. It smoked, was a 2 cycle, had a unique sound and the shift pattern was 1 up and 4 down. It was Red and Silver and I think my son still has the original owners manuel for it.
    Bill
     
  4. drucker

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    I had an Ace and a super rat......see a few on ebay still and every once in a while.....many trips in the mountains fishing and hunting with a good friend....simpliar days
     
  5. Bisi

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    Never had one, but I remember them. They had the "chrome" gas tank, right? Or at least the ones I remember did, the 100-B. A kid I went to high school with had a "Combat Wombat".

    I always wonder what happened to all those bikes from the late 60s and early 70s.

    Everybody I knew had a dirt bike. Then somewhere along the line we all switched to street bikes. The local Honda shop couldn't keep a Honda 350 in stock. You had to put your name on a waiting list.

    I hadn't seen a Honda 350 in 20 years, then last summer gas hit $4 a gallon. I started seeing a few then. I guess there are a lot of old bikes just stuck in garages, just waiting for somebody to ride em.
     
  6. omgb

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    Hodacracker....I had an Ace 90. Great trail bike. I sold it and bought a Bulltaco ...big mistake. Spanish can't make bikes. Sold that Bultaco and bought a Honda 250 Elsenor. that was a great bike. Sold that and bought a Yamaha DT 400B That was a good bike too but the gas tank was too small. I once rode that from Great Falls to Glssgow and had to bring along two 1 qt. tanks of gas, there were just too many miles between towns and gas stations back in 1976.
     
  7. Mike K P

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    One of the things I liked best about my Combat Wombat was it had a lot of low end power which most two stroke dirt bikes didn't have. That made it a great wheelie bike. Went over the back many times. At least I had sense enough to put plastic fenders on it but, that's about the only evidence that I had any brain function back then. Mike.
     
  8. Neil Winston

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    About every young TT and flat-track racer started with a Oregon-based Hodaka; there must still be thousands of them with only a few miles (and an equal number of crashes.)

    Neil
     
  9. Mike K P

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    Thanks for the picture abiezer. Nice!
     
  10. halfmile

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    Had one of the first in our area, Ace 90. Went to Youperland and walloped the locals, LOL.

    HM
     
  11. XT Bill

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    And don't forget the Road Toad !

    Boy, they could come up with some great names !

    Bill
     
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    Never heard of them. Are these a Jewish bike?
     
  13. omgb

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    No, they are Japanese. You must be thinking of the Sadaka as in Neil, that one is Jewish
     
  14. halfmile

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    When the Ace 90 appeared on the scene it was magic. All the other bikes in that class had punch press frames, and this thing had a tube frame like a BSA or a Triumph.

    It handled like them too, nary a wiggle in the corners. The later models were great descendants,but the Ace was the bellwether. All this and a comfy seat. those Pabatco guys in Oregon know what they were about.

    HM
     
  15. J.Woolsey

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    Halfmile, I bought an Ace 90 when they first appeared, first thing I did was buy a 125 kit for it, can't remember who made the kit but it was a real torquer. I then went to a Yamaha DT-1 with a Doug Schwerma, Champion Frame. I knew Doug, I see Rick Hocking who rode for Doug is still active. He was an artist on a short track. J.W
     
  16. halfmile

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    OK, now for fity thousand,


    Who made the engine?

    First one who gets it I will send the nice paperback, "Wing Shooter's guide to North Dakota"by Chuck Johnson.

    HM
     
  17. FLIP

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    pabaco? cant remenber what was on the tank badge
     
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    I never owned one but did have a Bultaco...another off brand
     
  19. Ibex

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    CalvinMD,
    The Bultacos weren't that obscure in the 70's if you were flat trackin.Lots of Astros in the Novice class.Of course as hard as they were to ride & work on they should have been obscure!!LOL.

    Ibex
     
  20. Guard Rail

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    I think the "Combat Wombat" was a 100cc bike, however that was a long time ago.

    BK
     
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