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Vintage Monark
P.O. Box 4116
Oceanside, CA 92054

Phone: 760-754-8177
E-Mail info@vintagemonark.com

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does MCB mean?

    Monark Cresent Bolagen or translated..."Monark Cresent Company"

Who Imported Monarks?

    John Olson of Inter-Trends, Costa Mesa, CA

Who imported MCBs

    Contrary to popular belief, MCBs were not imported by Inter-Trends. MCBs were imported by Rockford Motors, Inc. of Rockford, Illinois. Rockford Motors ceased operation in 1975.

How Many Monark Were Built

    From May 1970 to May 1976, 3480 MX, T and ISDT were produced. - Information from Goran Rosén of Sweden

How Many Monark Were Imported?

    We have no accurate figures at this time, but Monark Importer, John Olssen estimates there were approximately 1100 Monark 125s were imported (ISDT, MX and GS), before the 1973 Honda Elsinore was delivered to the dealers in August 1973 after which, according to John "it was 'rena natta' - to be pronounced with Gothenburg dialect - meaning. loosely: that was the end.

How Many Enduro / T- Models Were Imported?

    It is our understanding that NO T-Models were imported into the U.S. Market. If you know otherwise, drop us a line.

Do you have any information on when Monark changed tank designs?

    From 1970 to May 1975 the Monark tanks came with knee-pads, The last bikes Monark produced, from May 1975 to 1976 were equipped with the plain yellow tank. This plain tank was also used on the moped model

    The paint schemes were as follows...

    Submitted by Bengt Gyllén, Sweden

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The MX and GS models had a slightly different color yellow. The MX version were darker yellow while the GS models had a more lemon yellow color.

How can I tell if I have a GS-PRO

    This question is often asked since everyone wants/claims to have a GS-PRO. Recently, some information came to light from John Olson's Monark files that provides the answer. From a 1974 Inter-Trends, Inc., price sheet...

    125cc MX Amateur 995.00 825.00
    125cc MX Expert1095.00898.00
    125cc Expert is similiar to the MX Amateur model with the following improvements made for the demands of the Expert class rider; Leleu lightweight hubs, strengthened swingarm, Trelleborg tires, plastic fenders, new alloy rear sprocket, one piece improved expansion chamber.

      EDITOR'S NOTE: With this being said, one could assume that that MX Amateur did not have Leleu hubs (and thus Sachs), a strengthened swingarm, Trellebord tires (thus Metzlers), plastic fenders (thus steel fenders), alloy rear sprocked (thus a steel sprocket), and a one piece pipe (thus a two piece pipe)
    125cc GS Pro1365.001085.00
    125cc MX GS Pro is the ultimate in the 125cc machinery. Features "GS" engine with increased output, bigger Bing carbureator, factory transmission modifications for "sure shifts", increased compression, stuffed crankcase. These models only available to expert of pro class riders and may be subject to purchase of additional Monark models

      EDITOR'S NOTE: It has been said that 1 of these bikes was to be sent to each dealer. With 106 known dealers it's possible that there were only 106 or so bikes ever made in the GS Pro configuration.

    So, according to this information, in order for you to have a GS Pro engine it's going to have stuffed cases.

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