Born in Mexico in the early 1970's, Cooper Motorcycles, produced by Frank Cooper, were a romantic melody of Italian Engines that were placed into Cooper's enduro and motorcross frames.
Cooper Motorcycles were assembled and their frames produced in the Islo Manufacturing facilities in Mexico and exported to the United States as an affordable off-road motorcycle.
During the early 1970's Cooper in conjunction with Islo, made a trial bike called the Grapvine Racing Machine or commonly known as the GRM, which was a specially designed motorcycle by and for Bill Grapevine.
They also supplied motors to a Californian motorcycle company known as Jones Motorsports. Jones Motorsports also owned the franchise for AMMEX Motorcycles.
In 1982 the Cooper Motorcycle along with Islo Manufacturing were bought by the Honda corporation and closed their doors forever. Honda has never reproduced their motorcycles as the purchase was for the cheap labour in Mexico where they could produce their own lines of motorcycles for U.S. export.
Original Authors: Nicholas
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 06/06/2008