1969 Sachs 125cc (150cc) Cross Country

1969 Sachs 125cc (150cc) Cross Country

Recognizable by its sunburst cylinder head and leading-link Earles-type fork, the Sachs 125 was at the forefront of small-bore enduro competition in the early Seventies.

Introduced in 1968, the Sachs was designed to be a competitive turnkey entrant for privateer off-road racers with an equally competitive MSRP of $600. The Sachs engine was reliable but not fancy – it put out 12.5bhp and required premixing for the oil. Riders also got a leading-link fork and Magura levers. In 1969, Joel Robert rode a Sachs just like this one and won the World 125 CC Championship.

The motorcycle offered

The 1969 Sachs 125cc offered has been owned for about 5 years by our Northern California collector and professional mechanic. The engine was rebuilt by the late DKW/Penton/Sachs guru, Doug Wilford, punched out to 150cc, and stamped accordingly. It retains the Magura controls and Sachs tool bag mounted to the handlebars. In fine running condition, this bike is “green stickered” for offroad use, though it would be a simple process to add lighting and convert it to on/offroad use.