By the time most of our readers have received this July issue of CYCLE WORLD, we will be well installed in our new home in Long Beach, California. For those who are not familiar with the huge, sprawling Los Angeles area, Long Beach is a quite large city famous for its port, Naval Base, oil wells and Miss Universe contest.
I would like to take issue with some of the statements you made regarding the Norton Manxman. First, it was stated that “in the area of road-holding and braking they have no equal.” Apparently your tester is unfamiliar with the BMW. Secondly, you say that “it can be honestly stated that it (the engine) is set into the finest frame and suspension package that can be purchased today.” Again I refer you to the BMW. Regarding the brakes you say “it is unlikely that better brakes are to be found on any other sports/touring motorcycle today.” How about the BMW’s twin leading-shoe brakes?
Dear CW: After reading the past three issues of CYCLE WORLD I went out and bought my first cycle, a Honda Super Sports 50. Thanks for an informative magazine; I will be looking forward to a test on the 50. J. E. WEYENBERG Santa Ana, Calif. Dear CW: I have become a subscriber, and I would like to express my appreciation for the work you are doing.
OUR ROAD TESTS have, somewhat to our surprise, created quite an uproar among cyclists — especially those who are enamoured of some particular make. Actually though, this should not have surprised us in the least. We are, after all, unique in this country in presenting not only written test reports on motorcycles, but specific performance data as well.
CENTRAL EUROPE’S industrial nations, among which Germany is the most prominent, have contributed heavily to the world’s overall technology — particularly in the field of precision machinery. Actually, the Germans’ prominence is natural: they are the largest and have most of the natural resources.
ONE OF THE LEAST ORTHODOX of all the motorcycles that it has been our pleasure to test is the Parilia 250 scrambler. This interesting Italian machine is, from one end to the other, just a bundle of unusual features — most of which make a great deal of sense.
LAST MONTH, in the first part of this series, we covered the minimum groundwork necessary for a working understanding of the two-stroke engine. Now, we can get into the part that is of more immediate usefulness: the techniques for extracting additional power.
Mini-bikes come of age with a highly successful hare scrambles.
WHAT may have been the beginning of a bright future for mini-bike competition was seen a few weeks ago on the desert in Southern California when the Tiny Bear Run was staged. 48 entries showed up at the event that was sponsored by the well-known motorcycle booster John Steen, with the help of David Warnock.
IN 1927 WALTER MOORE, who was chief designer for the Norton Motorcycle Co. of Bracebridge St., Birmingham, England, drew up a racing machine which was designated the CS-1. By a long process of development, this machine was destined to keep the name of Norton in the forefront of motorcycle racing until the present day, and will probably continue to do so for several years to come.
FOR many years NSU has produced a series of Germany’s most successful and popular motor scooters, the latest of which is this month’s CYCLE WORLD test scooter, the “Five Star” Prima. The Prima abounds in interesting features, not the least of which is the 4-speed, foot change, gearbox.
AFTER having made the trip last year from Panama City, Canal Zone, to San Jose, Costa Rica, we planned to extend our travels this year and go on all the way up to the Mexican border. Our plans were thwarted though, by civil troubles in Guatemala which made travel there unsafe, so we abandoned our plans.
ANOTHER representative from one of the largest manufacturers of karts is CYCLE WORLD’s test bike this month, the Bug Super Flea, from the Bug Engineering Co., in Azusa, California. This firm has been manufacturing mini-bikes since early 1959.
A little cooperation and effort on the part of a motorcycle club can go a long way in furthering the two-wheeled sport. Through its efforts in helping the Westchester Civilian Defense Program, the Westchester Motorcycle Club was able to obtain the use of a United States Army Training Camp for a closed course enduro.
Harley-Davidson dealers across the nation offer these snow-white riding gloves of soft, white leather for hand comfort. Available in ladies’ sizes and styles 5, 6 & 7, and in sizes 8 to 11 for men. The price is only $4.70.
For putting your motorcycle in showroom condition — Simichrome. Will not scratch, gives a super luster to aluminum, chrome, brass or copper. Also polishes scratches out of plexiglass, wind screens and shield or goggle lens. Handy tube is only 69c from motorcycle dealers everywhere. Distributed by Steen Lubricants, Alhambra, Calif, and Competition Chemicals, Iowa Falls, Iowa.
ALL AROUND SUNGLASSES
These popular all around sunglasses are extremely light and very durable, protect the eyes from all directions and make excellent glasses for cycling, driving and skiing. They are available from Webco Inc., 218 Main St., Venice, Calif., with smoke, amber and green lens, sell for $5.95 per pair.
Plastic rubber is an inexpensive aid to the motorcyclist. It can be used for decoration, re-building worn rubber handgrip and foot rests, a gasket material, an insulator on all electrical connections, an undercoating and rattle eliminator and as a rust and corrosion preventative. Available in tubes and cans, in three colors, black, white or grey. Tube price is $1.00, cans are $3.00 and up. At most hardware and automotive supply stores.
FOLD-UP SCOOTER OFFERED
A new, completely portable, fold-up scooter, called the Dinky-Cycle is now offered by Creative Industries, Grand Rapids, Mich. It was designed primarily for airplane and boat owners or anyone who requires short haul transportation. It weighs just 42 lbs. and folds up into a package only slightly larger than an attache case. When folded it forms its own carrying handle. Power is supplied by a 2 1/4 hp engine, top speed is 30 mph, mileage is 100 mpg. Price is $189.50, write to Creative Ind., Dept. CW, 234 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids 2, Michigan.
CYCLE AIR HORN
Hap Jones Distributing Co., 2 Clinton Park, San Francisco 3, California, has pnnounced the availability of a new series of Diamond air horns for cycles and scooters. The horns operate off of a compressed air tank attached to the horn itself and fitted with a tire-type valve that allows the unit to be charged at any filling station. Available in single or dual models, cadmium or chrome plated, qnd including mounting attachments, with a selection of trumpets for varying sounds.
THE Triumph Engineering Co., Ltd., has announced a new addition to their well known line of motorcycles, the new Tina motor scooter to be sold in Triumph dealers’ showrooms, as well as in a certain number of scooter showrooms. The Tina should have wide appeal due to its fully automatic operation via an infinitely variable automatic transmission.
FOR years Rex motorcycles have been the leaders in Germany in the 50cc class and they are now available in the United States from the Rex Motor Corp. of America, 154 East Broadway, Salt Lake City 11, Utah. The Rex line consists of five highly interesting mopeds and lightweight cycles that feature, among other things, amazingly low prices.
STARTING at 5 PM, when there was just a little daylight left, Alan “Sandy” William Stevenson of Seattle, Washington, recently took a Caper Cycle mini-bike around a kart track for an attempt at a 24-hour endurance record. Rain stopped the attempt at 3 PM the next day, cutting the time down to 22 hours of running time, including 45 minutes devoted to fueling the bike and thawing out the rider who was running in 32° weather all night.
LEMANS, FRANCE - The weather was not the best for racing. A high wind blew across the circuit, plus intermittent rain. Practice the evening before had been very cold; race day was not much warmer. Cars, practicing for the 24-hour race in June, braved rainstorms in the morning, but this eased off before the first bike race.
ONE of the smoothest, most consistent riders in the business today is Dick Klamfoth, National Number Two. The Groveport, Ohio veteran is always a threat wherever he competes and, being at home on road race courses, half-mile or mile dirt tracks, that means he’s in the thick of things all year long.
THE challenge team scramble match, mentioned in the last column, is going ahead into the final planning stage. The first “leg” will be held July 14 and 15 at Bell’s Cycle Ranch, Grafton, Vt. The lightweight match race will be on the 14th, and the 500cc on the 15th, along with a full program of other exciting races.
WE have a proverb that says “one swallow does not make a summer,” and if applied to racing one could say that two wins do not make a champion, but when the rider is the brilliant twenty-two-year-old Canadian Mike Duff, then it is only an indication of things to come.