Originally Posted by Shawnee Bill
What we now call the 250 class is what you used to call the 125 class. Then we started calling it the Lites class. Never was either the prominent or the premier class.
When they killed the 500cc class the 250 two stroke class became what Ralph would call the premier class but when 4 strokes came along that 250 designation had to change. The old 250 class is now the 450 class. The current 250 class designation is the same (or similar) as was used for the 250 two stroke.
The 500's were never the premier class in modern times, after the early to mid 80's, because not all manufacturers participated and emphasis was on 250's where they all had product to sell.
When the world stage started to go away from the man's class of bike, the 250's became what was the premier class until 10 or so years ago.
'02 BN125 Eliminator, oversize 150 rear tire, 1 down on the front sprocket, Amsoil full synthetic race oil, dual gremlin bells