"Rock On Rokon" the History of Rokon Motorcycles taken from the January/February 1995 issue of Compressed Air Magazine
"The True History of Rokon Motorcycles" by Bob "Bob" Gallagher

Check out Bob's article, he has done alot of research and corrects alot of the misinformation about the history of Rokon.

Prototype and Special Rokons.
1973 ISDT pictures
Jim Hollander's Overall Win
1975 ISDT Check List
Dave Mungenast on a Rokon
Team Rokon
Rotary Powered Rokon

Here are couple pictures by Marc Dodge from the 1973 ISDT.

 This is #232, Jim Fogle. He won a Bronze riding on the Rokon team.

This is yours truly. I don't remember where on the course I took this one, but it had to be the day it didn't rain.

Jim Hollander came through on my request for old Rokon stuff. Here's what he sent.

List of preparation work to be done on the Rokon for the 1975 ISDT in England:

1.  Dome the rear brake piston - reduces heat transfer to the brake fluid, and allows the brake pad  to pivot as needed.  (Rectangular brake pad style)

2.  Quick detach torque convertor dzus fasteners on the cover, can be removed with screwdriver.

3.  Quick detach (QD) rear driven convertor clip instead of the 916" head bolt.  Install a bolt with head machined off in lathe, drill hole for quick detach angel clip.

4.  QD tool pack fasteners from Hi- Point boots.

5.  QD fork pinch bolts

6.  Rubber guide ring for throttle cables near lower front of gas tank.

7.  Velcro attached flap on torque converter cover, in front to keep mud and water out.

8.  Spare carb needle clip duct taped to air box on right side of bike, in case you drop original.

9.  Spare left side footpeg with nut and bolt.

10.  WM-1 Sun Wheel (brand) front rim with front axle welded with short lever handle (4")

11.  Plastic lexan shield protecting headlight bulb.

12.  Rider's wrench kept on left side crash guard with rubber bands.

13.  Pouch behind right side number plast holding miniature air bottle and tire irons, number plate secured with pivot and dzus fastener.

14.  Cut down front sprocket guard and silicone it in place as backup to bolts.

15.  Slot the screws on the float bowl cover for straight screwdriver

16.  Slot the front carb clamp screw for straight screwdriver.

17.  Tape spare muffler stud nut on frame behind seat, and use silicone on stud nut on the muffler.

18.  Miniature can of dri-slide or sewing machine oil for throttle cable maintenance.

19.  1.5" extra foam padding under original seal foam.

20.  Long wire ties stored on the front number plate (feed into the wire ties holding the number plate on.

21.  Cut down screwdriver stored in steering stem hole and secured with rubber band.

22.  Time card holder with plastic checkpoint times window, and storage for wire ties.

23.  Painted valve stem areas with bright red paint for easy location of valve stem when checking air or chaing flats.

24.  Replace top half of Preston Petty numberplate/headlight combination unit with regular number plate (which is more flexible and won't break)

25.  Modify drive torque Convertor bolt so the hex size matches the rear axle nut and can use rider's wrench on it.  (15/16")

26.  Drill and tap the front hub with 3/8-24 thread for quick detach bolts to be run through brake discs.  This saves time if disc has to be changed, rather than having to use a ratchet and a 9/16" wrench fed into the spokes to hold the nuts.

27.  Pop rivets in rear rim to help hold tire edge in place when low tire pressure.  Drill hole for rim lock.

28.  Duct tape inside of the Sun Wheel spoked wheel - two layers.

29.  Antiseize solution on the threads of the chain adusters.

30.  Water baffle cup and shield on the pull starter area.

31.  Double thickness steel head-steady bracket, mig welded, loctited on mating surfaces when bolted to engine and frame.

32.  Can of LPS25 spary for the ignition, or "ESP" spray.

33.  Drilled and tapped spare screw and hole in the brake backing plates.

34.  Modify bolt that holds rotomolded gas tank on by slotting it for screwdriver.

35.  Grease fittings installed in the front brake pivot area

36.  Install Malcolm Smith 6" rise handelbars - solid aluaminum.

37.  Radius the handlebar clamps with rat-tail file where the handlebars might be stressed over time.

38.  Install plastic box (Rubbermaid tupperware type) from store in the leather tool pack.

39. Friction tape under the grips, install with contact spray.

40.  Spare rear axle nut taped to frame.

41.  Lodge brand spark plug cap, siliconed in place.

42.  Rubber flap around spark plug to minimize mud buildup around spark plug.

43.  Cut down front brake lever length so won't break on crashing.

44.  Extra carb needle taped on air box.

45.  13 tooth front sprocket   Use "O-ring" Chain Gang chain.

46.  Insert Filtron foam strips under the fork tube wipers, use Husqvarna fork boots over all.

47.  16 lb. Pencil tire gauge, from Rokon Trailbreaker stuff.

48.  Never-seize the fork pinch bolts in the triple clamp area.

49.  Break in the spare chain for replacement later in race.

50.  Dri-slide treat the throttle cable and the spare, and tape spare parallel with original.

51.  Duct tape top of downtubes to prevent mud splatter onto cylinder head of engine.

52.  Spare kill button spring taped to handlebar.

53.  Install vent tube on the rear brake master cylinder cover to prevent mud entry, shaped to prevent water and mud entry.

54.  Install air valves atop forks, 14 psi.

55.  Store rubber bands on fork steering stops.

56.  300-21 spare inner tube on bike behind seat.   Spare drive belt located around headlight.   Kawasaki compressed air bottles in tool pack.

I was over at Classic Motorcycles L.L.C. the other day and Becky was good enough to loan me this picture of Dave Mungenast on a Rokon so I could post on the History Page.  She is still trying to find out where and when the picture was take.  When I get more information I'll update the page.  If anyone else has any period picture of Rokon's they would like posted on the History Page just let me know.

Here is a picture that Joe Smith found in an old magazine.

True grit Rokon team riders (l-r) Jim Hollander, Dave Mungenast, and Gary  Snider sit out the final Bad Rock check in another sizeable Rokon finish.  Rokon has built what might be the ultimate cowtrailer from their Trials experience: easy to ride for long distances, faster than most bikes in the woods, faster than anything up a hill, and railroad spike reliability.  They are made in America and for that we are proud.

Jim Hollander added: It looks like it may be Jim Fogle on the left.

I recently received the following e-mail from Jim Hollander.

"I just learned of your rokonworld website and am fascinated by it.  I have saved  4 Rokons from 1975-1976 and obtained the only 501cc Rokon the  factory (actually a fellow out in the mid-west built  it for the factory) ever built, the 501cc  Maico top end, gas tank below the seat, air intake under the false gas tank shape, countershaft sprocket in line with the swing arm pivot point so no chain slack changes while suspension works, hand built frame, etc.  I have recently acquired a digital camera and when I get the hang of the digital I can make JPEGs of the bike if RT-340 owners are interested.  The other interesting Rokon I saved is my 1976 ISDT gold  medal bike from Austria."

I replied "Your 501 Rokon sounds really interesting.  I'd like to see your pictures, I'll put them on the Rokon Web Page."  I received this reply.  I found it and these pictures furnished by Jim very interesting.

"The Rokon 501 was a one-off handbuilt machine made by Doug Drussel for the factory.  It was to go into production in 1976
but did not.  The "gas tank" shell actually is actually a cover for a very high air cleaner, and the gas tank is in an aluminum tank
underneath the seat.  The rear brake is on the gearbox output shaft, and the chain slack remains constant throughout the rear
suspension travel since it is on the swingarm pivot axis.  The aluminum torque convertor cover on the left side is hinged on the
front, and pivots outward.

The engine is a Maico 501cc mated to a Sachs 340 lower end, with a motoplat electronic ignition.  The photo actually shows a duplicate of the original white fiberglass covering.  The original was used to make a two-piece mold, so that duplicates could be made.  The original white fiberglass and the mold are also with the machine.

The 501 Rokon was bought at the 1978 factory bankruptcy auction, along with ten  partially built new trailbreakers.  The trailbreakers were missing the wheels, gas tanks, handlebars, etc. and the parts were purchased from other auction buyers, including the factory Sales Manager Doug Duncan.  The trailbreakers ($140. each)  were eventually completed and sold for
$1000. each which was used to pay for the first Hot Grips® tooling.  Hot Grips® has been in business and is doing well on the internet at www.hotgrips.com

Without the ten trailbreakers, millions of heated grips would probably never have been produced.  They have been the original equipment heated grips on the Yamaha snowmobile line since 1990.

Jim Hollander, President
Hot Grips® Mfg. Inc.

I received this e-mail and picture from Michael Cosbar.  I'm trying to contact Michael to see if I can get a better picture of this rotary powered bike.

I aquired a Rokon prototype 340 back in 1989. It is one of two rotary powered experimental bikes built in Keene,N.H. The other  was powered by a 13 horse sachs, and mine is powered by a 33 horse Sachs motor.As far as anyone knows, the other no longer exists. The build date was sometime in 1974.

It is basically a 340, with some unusual modifactions. The goose neck angle has been altered, so the serial number has a weld going through it. It now reads RT3-08. It has the yellow glass tank and the mag wheels. The rear brake rotor was spaced off the wheel for some reason, probably to make the caliper contact better.

There are many parts sourced from other bikes, the fenders are Kawasaki, headlamp is Suzuki, Honda tailamp, BMW muffler, Bettor air forks, clip on street bars, Carlisle flat track tire.

Currently, it is registered and insured, and I ride it regularly. It causes a scene wherever I go, particularly at shows, and Harley bars. (made in USA always works)