’75 Rokon RT340
I remember Rokon motorcycles but I’m sure, like most of us, I remember them for the two wheel drive ‘Trail Breaker’. A quite unique in so many ways, automatic transmission, would climb up and over everything in it’s way, and had big hollow wheels that in a pinch would help the motorcycle float!? What a vehicle. Odd at it’s best.
While Rokon was having some moderate success with the Trail Breaker they decided to go after the more conventional (as in one wheel drive) motorcycle market. The marketing wizards (?) at Rokon looked closely at the strong Enduro market that the Japanese companies were’t paying attention to. In 1970 the company brought out the RT340.
The RT340 was powered by a Sachs snowmobile engine (complete with rope pull starter), torque converter non-transmission (it’s an automatic) and other innovative for the time ideas. The RT340 was the first off road bike equipped with mag wheels instead of spokes and front and rear disc brakes. Yeah, it was heavy and slightly underpowered but, it did well for it’s intended purpose.
The RT340 came out in 1970, in 1971 it won it’s first AMA National Enduro. The next step for the RT340 was the 48th ISDT (International Six Days Trials). At the end of the Six Days, Team Rokon had four bronze medals, very good for a rookie motorcycle company.
There was a problem in Rokon world though, the Trail Breaker was making money for the company while the RT340 was draining the company. Rokon made at least three maybe four versions of the RT including a stillborn street version. By some accounts, it was the 340 that brought Rokon to it’s knees. Investors bailed out and partners left. The company was taken over and limited production of the Trail Breaker continued, using either Honda or Kohler engines.
Today I found this Rokon RT340 on ebay and it piqued my interest. The owner provided a lot of pictures but not much info. He does say that it ran ‘ a few years ago’ and thats about it. He isn’t quite sure what year it is, I’m sure you could track it down by the VIN. It does look complete to me. I wonder though about parts availability, could be a bit iffy. If you are in the market for something unique, maybe not as unique as the ‘Trail Breaker’, this RT340 might be up your alley. And by the way, I learned that is pronounced ‘Rock-on’ not ‘Row-con. Just thought you’d like to sound intelligent when talk about your new Rock-on RT340. Click on the pics below for more.