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A Rare OSSA Pioneer 250

OSSA Pioneer 250 

I want to share my 1970 OSSA Pioneer 250 with your readers. I have owned it since new and have ridden it in enduros in Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Pennsylvania. I also desert raced it in Utah, but after restoring and upgrading the bike, I now show it.

I just showed it at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, Calif. It’s been rebuilt and upgraded with new shocks, sprockets, cables, a newly upholstered seat and many re-chromed parts. I replaced every nut and bolt possible. It has been a labor of love. It’s not completely stock, but it’s mine to please me. I am very proud of my OSSA Pioneer 250. I am a big champion of the defunct OSSA factory in Spain (discounting the use of the name by a new company in Italy). — James Noel/Alamo, Calif. 

tim kern
7/16/2013 5:54:04 AM

My first dirt bike was a 1967(?) Ossa Pioneer, and my first race bike was a 1970 Stiletto. Started a hobby that continues today. I'm glad I had such reliable bikes, because back then, I didn't know much about maintenance.


jim bourg
7/4/2013 5:08:29 PM

Always thought the Spanish bikes were some of the best looking bikes out there. I had a '71 Bultaco 250 Pursang. I believe the flat track bike refeered to was a "DMR", Dick Mann, special. Montesa's were great looking also.


kevin voyer
7/4/2013 3:45:42 PM

Yep, back in the day these bikes were something else alright! like a Bultaco, CZ, Maico, Penton, Yankee, and for the trail riders? does anyone remember Hodaka? also a great little dirt bike, and as far as the last yr? I am not sure, but there was a guy I rode with back then, he had a 71-72 OSSA, flat tracker he rode around an old horse track near by us, and also a MX CZ, that was a machine! and the new OSSA, I have seen in the mags looks like a nice trials bike, but you did a great job on yours, but I would have stayed with a black seat myself.


mark johnson
7/4/2013 12:37:44 PM

Beautiful! 1970 must have been close to the last year of production, right?