Scot Farmer, owner of Houston Montesa Works. I chose Scot for his expertise in racing and restoring vintage motocross bikes. The first Montesa he ever bought and restored was a V-75. He found it in Warren Texas and today, it sits in a Spanish Museum.
Among what different types of restoration services does Houston Montesa Works provide?__
Spanish Dirt Bikes are our specialty. Mostly Montesa, Bultaco and OSSA Brands per se. However, we can restore any type of Dirt Bike. We have done Yamaha, Honda also. Only Vintage type though. Mostly 1970’s to 1980 Models. Additionally, we have a Large Montesa and Bultaco NOS (New Old Stock) Parts Inventory that we sale to customers all over the world. If we don’t have it, I can find it through additional contacts.
And as a restorer and rider of Vintage Motocross Bikes, what can you tell us about motocross that most people don’t know about?
Professional Motocross Riders are the second most physically fit individuals in the Sports World. Only Professional Soccer Players per pound surpass their overall physical endurance and strength. Additionally, a mistake when riding a Motocross or Dirt Bike usually causes catastrophic injuries. It’s one of the only sport that requires 100% consistency and stability.
What are the key things to look for when pursuing a Vintage Motocross or Dirt Bike?
When pursuing a Vintage Dirt or Motocross Bike, always check for parts availability. If the parts are not available; then custom making them can become an expensive proposition thus causing an unfinished project. Most Vintage Riders gravitate to the particular brand that they rode back in the day. Finding the bike is one thing. Having the proper parts to restore it is another.
What’s your favorite Motocross Bike and why?
When I started riding Dirt Bikes in the Late 60’s and early 70’s, the only Dirt Bikes available were European Models. Montesa, Bultaco, CZ, Maico, BSA, Can Am and Pentons. The Japanese Dirt Bikes didn’t start showing up on the Starting Line until the 1973 Season. All the European Dirt Bikes were handmade Motorcycles as compared to the Assembly Line produced Japanese Bikes. Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki and Honda could produce 10,000 Dirt Bikes per year per model. The European Bikes would produce 1,200 per model. With that said, Vintage European Dirt Bikes are worth more today because less are available due to production numbers and attrition. I fell in love with the Montesa because of their overall performance and sleek good looks and overall design.
Lastly, off the top of your head is there anything that you can think of that readers may like to know?
When starting a business, there is always highs and lows. I run my business with three simple principles. They are as follows:
1. Fail is an acronym for First Attempt In Learning.
2. End is an acronym for Effort Never Dies.
3. No is an acronym for Next Opportunity.
Regardless of the obstacles that are placed in your way, keep chasing your dream. If you don’t dream; then you will not like where you end up in life.