Penton and Bultaco at OKC Motorcycle Show

Doug Duncan from Shawnee, Oklahoma was kind enough to bring a couple of really nice vintage dirt bikes to the OKC Motorcycle Show to share with participants. Doug is a vintage bike restorer and collector on a budget.

1972 125cc Penton

“I always wanted a Penton growing up. I could never afford a Penton as a kid. All I had money for was a Suzuki TS-125 which was about $475, while a Penton ran closer to $900. But you had to do a lot of work to the Suzuki to even try to get it close to a Penton, if you even could.”

Doug looked for a Penton for 15 years for before he found this particular model. “I wanted a bike that had matching engine and serial numbers.” He purchased it from the original owner, brought it back to his shop in Shawnee, removed the Sachs engine and swingarm, had everything powdercoated and painted, installed original Radaelli wheels like the ones that came from the KTM factory. “I did not paint the gas tank” says Duncan. “It had a few scratches but I think that adds to the character of the bike.”

John Penton and his family imported these KTM made bikes from Austria back in the early 1970’s and prepped them for racing in the states. These are rare bikes and this nicely restored model was raced in enduro’s in California before being brought to Oklahoma for restoration. “The Penton Owners Group (POD) was invaluable in finding old parts.”

This beautifully restored 1972 Penton (KTM) motorcycle is owned by Doug Duncan in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

This beautifully restored 1972 Penton (KTM) motorcycle is owned by Doug Duncan in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

1974 Bultaco Model 123 360cc Flat Tracker

“I have been looking for a Bultaco flat tracker for 25 years” says Duncan. “Again I wanted matching frame and motor serial numbers.” He found this particular bike in northern California, where it was amateur raced all over the state. “This bike is just like I bought it and just like it came off the track” explains Duncan. “It was tuned by Pistone, who did the head porting and built the pipe. It also has a custom made box section adjustable swingarm for added strength. The back wheel is reversable so that a racer could use both sides of the tire. You just pull the wheel, flip it around, switch the sprocket, and you are good to go.” Like most flat track bikes there are no front brakes.

No restoration is needed on this awesome piece of motorcycling history.

This 1974 Bultaco Model 123  flat track race bike is unrestored and just like it came off the racetrack.

This 1974 Bultaco Model 123 flat track race bike is unrestored and just like it came off the racetrack.

About James Pratt

I am an Oklahoma based writer, photographer, videographer and adventurer. I love telling stories about people. A motorcycle is my preferred means of travel, and I have over 5,000 hours piloting small airplanes.

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