John Penton was one of the most influential figures in the development of off-road motorcycle racing in America during the 1960s and ‘70s. A national champion rider, Penton went on to develop a legendary brand of off-road motorcycles that bore his name.
Seeing how competitive a lighter BSA was against Indians and Harleys in the grueling Jack Pine 500 Mile Enduro through the Michigan woods, he pioneered lightweight enduro biking.
Taking off for Daytona in a still cold Ohio winter riding a 175cc NSU, Penton stopped off in Atlanta and won the Stone Mountain Enduro. From there he continued on to Florida and won the Alligator Enduro on the same bike he’d ridden from northern Ohio. Later that season, he continued riding the NSU to enduros across the Midwest and continued winning, including earning his first victory at the Jack Pine.
Ultimately he got KMT in Germany to build a bike of his own design which sold 25,000 units like this one.