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WHITE 250cc TORNADO SCRAMBLER MOTOCROSS – 1966

You needn’t ask why I had to have a White in my collection. Jack White contracted the Csepal Motor Works in Hungary to build this unique motocrosser in 1965. White Motors, located in Santa Ana, California actually imported several different models of motorcycles that included 125 and 250cc offerings for street, scrambles, and motocross.

Check out the completely non-adjustable handlebars, rigid footpegs, heavy-duty brake and shift pedals, the 3-piece swingarm, and the flat expansion chamber. Also nice to know that at speed you can look down and see what gear you are in.

In 1967, White Motors advertised that the prototype 250 Tornado won its class at the Cherry Creek National. Apparently this wasn’t enough to convince buyers to purchase these old-world crafted machines as production ceased in 1968.

My friend Dave Boydsen of AMS provided this machine and Vintage Iron did the restoration.

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