CLASSIC MOTOCROSS IRON: 1976 AMMEX 250MX
The Ammex borrowed its plate-style shift system from Maico, the dual-use kickstarter/shift shaft from CZ and a Yamaha YZ250 top-end could be slipped right onto the Ammex cases.Ammex had high hopes and a couple years of success, but unfortunately the Mexican peso was devalued — dropping from 12 pesos to the dollar to 120 pesos in less than a week. Since Ammex was a Mexican company, it was worth one-tenth of what it was the week before. Gary Jones lost his money and his dream of building his own motorcycle. Production dribbled on for a few years, but after the devaluation, the company was doomed.
1976 AMMEX 250MX FACTS
WHAT THEY COST
Good versions are incredibly hard to find. Prices start at $3000 for an intact core bike to $10,000 for a well restored perfect example.
There were three versions: 250MX, 250 Enduro and 250 Flat Track (ridden by a young Eddie Lawson). There were ten 360cc versions built for Gary Jones to race, but they were never sold (and were identifiable by their blue or yellow colors)
A total of 5000 bikes were built, but only 1500 came to the USA. There were 200 sent to Canada, 85 to Australia, 25 to New Zealand and 20 to England. The rest went to Mexico and Cuba.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Finding an Ammex with Fox Airshox and an aluminum swingarm is a coup. Original bikes have Jones V-shaped bars.
There is no reputable source of Ammex parts.
For more info on classic bikes go to www.earlyyearsofmx.com