DOIN' THE T. T. TWIST — This version of the Twist is not expected to sweep the country, but CYCLE WORLD'S ace photog, Walt Mahony, was on hand to catch the distinctive gyrations of novice rider Walt Abel at start of recent Ascot Park T.T. race in Gardena, Calif.
Last month’s CYCLE WORLD, the May issue, developed into one which we later realized had made several rather glaring errors, most of which we are hearing about. In our Daytona report, we called Don Burnett, Dan, no less than twice. That was not enough for us though, because in our report on the Four Aces’ Hare & Hound we captioned a photo of Greeves rider Bob McLaughlin as being Bob Belt.
How do siamesed pipes work, both for vertical and Vee twins? Also, does the position of the carburetor along the length of the tuned intake pipe make any difference? Dick Cormany Sherman Oaks, California Not knowing which siamesed exhaust system you have in mind, it is difficult to give you an exact answer.
ASK ANY MOTORCYCLIST what he considers to be the two-wheeled equivalent of the Rolls-Royce and you will almost certainly be told "BMW." That answer will not be too far from wrong, either, except that the products coming from the Bayerische Motoren Werke incorporate a good deal more in advanced engineering features than that famous English car.
SPAIN is most often thought of as the land of hot food, rather than hot motorcycles, but all that may be about to change. In Barcelona, which is on Spain's sea coast and not on the plain where mainly falls the rain, the Compania Espanola de Motores, S.A., produces the fine line of small-displacement Bultaco motorcycles, and these can be had in some exceedingly warm stages of tune.
SOME MONTHS AGO, when we published a road test on the Triumph T 120 "Bonneville", we reported a performance level that we considered very good. However, Triumph owners everywhere began sending us letters that ranged from mild admonitions to outright invective and personal abuse.
ABOUT THE AUTHORESS: Miss Anke-Eve Goldmann, though she says she is not a professional journalist, writes eloquently here of an exciting single lap around one of the most fantastic and famous road racing courses in the World, the Nurburgring, or, "The Ring".
TWO-CYCLE ENGINES cannot be mentioned in any gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts without an immediate, and usually violent, argument ensuing. Pros and cons of every conceivable kind fly back and forth, and when all of the shouting is over, the question will not have been in the slightest way resolved. Those arguing for the two-stroke will not have won over a single soul from the four-stroke camp — and it is unthinkable that anyone with a liking for the "ring-dings" would desert the cause.
A daring publicity stunt to prove the durability of their new Scrambler models recently took two strong young men, riding two equally strong new Honda Scramblers on a 963 trip from Tijuana to La Paz, almost the bitter end, of Baja California in Mexico.
Carroll Resweber, in search of an unprecedented fifth straight American Motorcycle Association championship, gained nine points and a tie for second place by virtue of his resounding victory in the 130-Mile National Championship road race at Bossier City, Louisiana, April 15th.
YOU might say that the Bavarian builders of those motorcycles known as BMW's got into the game by accident, but once in they showed a single-mindedness rare in the two-wheel game. Of course they had a solid model to start with and have yet to see a need to change the basic concept.
ACCORDING to the makers of the Heinkel Tourist, it is a "de-luxe long range scooter with a world famous engineering name . . ." If any of our readers were vacationing in Europe somewhere between 1942 to 1946 we are certain they have heard the name before.
YOU HAVEN’T BEEN LOOKING Dear CW: I have just acquired a motor scooter and I wondered if your company printed a magazine on motor scooters? RONALD DUTCHER Afton, N.Y. EDITOR: Well, it’s not entirely on motor scooters. IT’S NO MISTAKE Dear CW: I’m now a Porsche driver, and fast gaining interest in the sport of cycling with the help of your magazine.
CW'S test bike this month emanates from a firm that has pioneered two significant motor sports, karts (or go-karts as they are mistakenly referred to), and mini-bikes. The Go-Kart Mfg. Company in Azusa, California, was the first firm to put mini-bikes onto a regular assembly line back in the early part of 1959.
A visibly tiring Sammy Tanner, Triumph 5TA-mounted, staved off the persistent bids of BSA Wrecking Crew stalwart Jack O’Brien to take the 15-lap season opener at Ascot Park’s half-mile dirt oval in Gardena, California.
Smaller than a standard motor scooter but bigger than a mini-bike, this little vehicle provides practical transportation for young or old, for work or play. Uses any new or used 2 to 3 hp horizontal engine and 4.10/3.50 × 4 pneumatic wheels and tires. Operation features simple automatic centrifugal clutch. Plans with full size patterns only $1.50 including information on figuring gear ratios, top speed, two-stage drives, etc. Plans, kits, parts and free literature available from Gilliom Power Tool Mfg. Co., 1109 N. Second St., St. Charles, Mo.
Gilliom Power Tool Mfg. Co.
Jack McAfee Mtrs. at 1108 Hollywood Way in Burbank, Calif., are the distributors of the Baruffaldi glasses. The standard model, at right in the photo, is available with smoked or green fixed lenses for $1.95. On the left, the deluxe model is available with interchangeable smoked and clear or amber lenses for $3.95. Both include cases. They make excellent cycling glasses and are preferred by many riders and State and Highway Patrol Officers because they are designed to prevent being blown off when the rider turns his head.
Gilliom Power Tool Mfg. Co.
TRIUMPH CUB OIL MANIFOLD
A new style, large capacity core oil manifold is now available at Webco Inc., Dept. CW, 218 Main St., Venice, Calif. It is improved over the old model. It is highly polished to add beauty to your machine and stop bothersome leaks. The part number is 1381, the price is only $4.95.
Gilliom Power Tool Mfg. Co.
Hap Jones Distributing Co. has announced the availability of Maco seats and pillions for all major makes of motorcycles. Maco (Motorcycle Accessory Co.) makes a complete line of top quality seats, all of genuine leather. In their line of racing seats they also offer leather chin pads and thumb guards. Maco products are available in most leading cycle shops. Dealers should address inquiries to Hap Jones Distr. Co., Dept. CW, 2 Clinton Park Rd., San Francisco 3, Calif.
Gilliom Power Tool Mfg. Co.
H-D FISHTAIL MUFFLER
Chrome plated mufflers that add a touch of beauty to Harley-Davidson XL's and Duo-Glides. Dynamometer tested and proven for minimum back pressure yet super-quiet. The fishtail model illustrated is a No. 65242-62 and is priced at $16.20 at your local Harley-Davidson dealer.
FIFTY famous machines of outstanding interest, representing triumphs of technical achievement from almost the earliest days of motorcycle racing up to the present day, have been gathered together in one volume, "Famous Racing Motorcycles", by John Griffith.
Dick Mann, National No. 64, has created a bigger stir in the first few months of 1962 than at any time during his illustrious career, which began in 1954. And this nation-wide interest in the personable redhead from El Sobrante, California was accomplished, surprisingly, without his winning a race.
Noting the popularity of mini-bikes, an Oakland, California bicycle repair shop has made and experimented with various vehicles of this type for backwoods or off-trail purposes. Subsequent to releasing several on a trial basis, riders suggested a series of alterations and improvements which have resulted in the development of the bike shown in accompanying photos.
A most interesting new Ducati moped is now being offered by the Berliner Corp., is Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, that should add a great deal of interest to the small displacement category. The new Ducati Falcon is powered by a single cylinder, two-stroke engine that is rated at 4.2 hp @ 8,600 rpm.
Latest news from the Yamaha International Corp. tells of their new “Omaha Trail 50,” a 50cc, two-stroke trail machine with many new and interesting features. According to the makers the bike was perfected after lengthy tests in Japan and in the Western U.S.
Scooters top the general news this month. Lambretta, old hands at the scooter game, have put a disc brake on the front of one of their models, the TV175. Machines with this modification are at present only available in Italy but quantity production of a disc brake on a two-wheeler is progress indeed.
LUCKY fans in the States will have seen Mike racing, even if not winning, in events held in their own country and from what they have seen will doubtless have decided that he has a skill in riding almost unsurpassed in the world. Certainly no other rider can claim the success that Mike has had in his career since it started in 1957.
THE participation of eleven Canadian riders in the Daytona A.M.A. races indicates the interest in this event. Don Haddow (Triumph) of Toronto set a new amateur time trial record, riding the identical machine with which Bill Sharpless set the record last year.