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Ossa 250cc Stiletto – 1971
5-speed

Despite competition from the giant Japanese manufactures, the Europeans still had the edge in producing professional motocross bikes. And in the European ranks, the Spanish Ossa must be placed close to the top.

By 1971, the new Ossa 5-speed model (4-speed in 1970) was a well sorted out machine with classis Spanish good looks and finish. The combination of a 5-speed transmission and a torquer engine prepared the Stiletto for any situation. With a low saddle position, the location of the pegs and handlebars were just right.

Possibly because a stronger dealer network, Ossa Stiletto’s sales in America paled in comparison the Husqvarna, CZ, Maico, and the new Japanese offerings. Scrambles was the Ossa’s best nitch and a friend of mine, Danny Hockie was one of the best pilots.

I was lucky to find this bike at a Vintage swap meet held at the Infinium Raceway in Sonoma, California.

Images are property of The Early Years of Motocross Museum, ®2006