|Dan's first real motorcycle was the 1969 Sachs 125cc Enduro.
He purchased the Sachs used in Downey California from a man who had broken his foot on it. With just 35 miles on the street legal cycle's odometer, it was just about the hottest motorcycle any 15 year old could dream of owning in 1970.
More than 30 years later, the fun the neighborhood kids had with their bikes that summer- Huskys, Bultacos, Hodakas, CZs, Maicos - could never be forgotten!
Dan started riding competitively around his Petaluma Avenue neighborhood in Long Beach on a 1965 Schwinn Sting Ray. The skills of popping a wheelie for unlimited blocks at a time would come into play later when he graduated to a gasoline powered two-wheeler.
He then moved up to a 1967 Taco 44 mini-bike, where he perfected the art of crashing the lawn-mower engine powered purple status symbol at the Triangle, a popular riding spot near El Dorado Park. Fortunately, he was one of the few kids in the neighborhood who thought it was stylish to wear a crash helmet.
Then in 1970, his dad ("big" Lew) sprung for the 1969 Sachs 125 Enduro. Every weekend was spent at Saddleback Park in Orange County, California. Dan never made over the top of Saddleback's infamous "Matterhorn" hill climb, but he never stopped trying!
Sachs satisfied 's urge for speed until 1971,
when he purchased a new 1971 Husky 360
Millikan high school lunch break in Long Beach,
California was a 45 minute wheelie contest between
all his friends, who all rode an assortment of
barely-street legal modified dirt bikes.
cops never gave any of the kids a ticket, which to
this day amazes everyone who was there to see it
1971 Husky 360 Enduro was not too popular among
hard-core enthusiasts in its day - everyone
preferred the Husky 400. Now the 360 Enduro is
a very valuable collector's bike.
Dan shown here on July 4, 1971 aboard the 1969 SACHS 125
Enduro. Note the custom "Tom Turner"
expansion chamber. The location is 2813 Petaluma
Avenue, Long Beach, California.
Today, Dan owns several vintage motocrossers,
including the 1970 DKW shown below. Notice the
Enduro muffler and Akront rims.