MARCH 2015 / MOTOCROSS ACTION 101
1964 DOT 250 DEMON
WHAT THEY COST
In 1964, the suggested retail price for a DOT 250 Demon
Scrambler was $795. The Early Years of Motocross Museum paid
$15,000 for MXA’s featured DOT. The high price is due to large
demand and product scarcity.
DOT made a variety of machines over its 52-year history,
including the Bradshaw street bike, the White Strength Scrambler,
three-wheel utility vehicles and several trials bikes. The 250 Demon
Scrambler was the only model imported to America.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
It’s not a DOT without the beautifully sculptured aluminum tank,
short chrome “Blooey” pipe, Girling rear shocks and the “
long-damped” leading-link forks. The good news is that those parts are
Contact the DOT Owner’s Club at
very long shock dampers and were unique. The Demon’s
frame had a square front downtube and an aluminum
gas tank, fenders and other components. Compared to
competitors like Greeves and Cotton, the DOT was much
lighter, and, with the polished aluminum tank and red
frame, a lot prettier. Power output was a modest 20
horsepower (out of a very loud, open pipe that ran
under the engine).
Only a few DOTs were ever imported to America via
Landefeld Motors in Los Angeles, California. The
Early Years of Motocross Museum searched high and
low for several years to find one, and our featured bike
was finally purchased from a collector in Australia.
Decades later, the DOT is still a strikingly beautiful
machine that almost seems ageless.
After motorcycle production stopped in late 1968,
DOT-Armstrong continued producing shocks for
motorcycles and automobiles.