EARLY BAJA GEAR
Riding gear in the early years of
Baja was primitive to say the least. It
reminds us how far technology has
This Husqvarna 400 Cross was ridden by Gunnar Nilsson and Malcolm
Smith in the 1971 Baja 500, finishing
fifth overall and winning its class.
In 1962, Bill Robertson Jr. and Dave Elkins rode a pair of Honda 250cc
Scramblers in the first timed motorcycle run down the Baja Peninsula at the
request of American Honda Motor Corp. They charted a 963-mile route from
Tijuana to La Paz in an elapsed time of just under 40 hours, and so it began.
AMA Hall of Fame
member and the man
behind the iconic
documentary On Any
Sunday, Bruce Brown
rode this 1963 Triumph
Tiger Cub at many
Southern California local
This Honda XR650R was immortalized by Mike “Mouse” McCoy during
the 2005 Dana Brown documentary film Dust to Glory. The film documented
McCoy’s journey riding the Baja 1000 solo from start to finish.
The Kawasaki KX500 dominated
the Baja 1000 from 1988 to 1996.
Larry Roseler, Ty Davis and Danny
Hamel rode this KX500 to the overall
victory in the 1994 Baja 1000 in 10
hours and 20 minutes with an average
speed of 59. 89 miles per hour.