They were fucking beastly things, whether it was the CR/YZ/RM/KX jiggers or their European competition, Maico, Husky, CZ, KTM and even the once great Bultaco, there was the enduro varients as well, the IT 465 in particular was a powerband assisted trench digger you could road register for fuck's sake . . . . a mate at uni spent his entire tertiary assistance cheque on one and was stupid enough to let me 'attempt' to ride it on the Union College oval one arvo . . . . FAAARRRKKK !!!! When the powerband kicked in it nearly ripped my fucking arms off at the shoulders, I went straight into some well placed bushes, burnt my leg and my ego . . . . bike 1, rider 0 . . . . huge learning curve and total humiliation was the only result
Anyhoo, the glorious example in this vid gives you a perty good idea of the latent grunt the CR480 was stashing in it's guts, new valve technology, expansion chamber development and a mess of other refinements made this thing a stone cold killer, soon uprated to the 500, they and their ilk were a dirt track pinnacle of the day . . . . not unlike the last of the two stroke GP bikes that lasted from a similar period until the widowmaker freaks of the nineties . . . . big testicles were not an option !!!