Our more alert readers have been calling one of the neatest tricks of the year to our attention. It seems as though we published the performances of two rather unusual motorcycles last month. One, the fastest 125cc bike you ever saw, the other, the slowest 750cc in the world.
I am in the market for a good road machine that is reasonably light (not as heavy as the Harley 74 OHV) with a lot of power if needed (650 to 750cc’s), and I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me. I have gone to dealers, and of course what they sell is always the best.
FOR MORE YEARS than most of us can remember, the name Harley-Davidson has been synonymous with motorcycle, and for a very good reason. In the fiftyplus years that have passed since the founding of the company, they have seen all of their competitors fall behind and fade away, while chez Harley-Davidson has survived wars, depressions, recessions, the waxing and waning of motorcycling as a sport and, most recently, an invasion of imports.
IN RECENT MONTHS, we have noticed that the name of Suzuki has begun to appear on the winners-and-first-finishers lists of major European motorcycle races. We further notice that the same name has been getting a good splash of advertising and that the Suzuki motorcycle is being widely distributed here in America, and the whole thing looks as though we are to have yet another Japanese product firmly anchored in our market.
. . . most meddled-with and least understood of all engine components.
GORDON H. JENNINGS
THE MOST MEDDLED-WITH and least understood of all the components that make up the motorcycle is the carburetor. When dealing with the carburetor, as when dealing with women, every man considers himself something of an expert — even though, in both cases, he is usually guided by not much more than instinct.
FOR many years European road racing motorcycles have used fairings for what must be an obvious advantage, less wind resistance, or streamlining, and its commensurate advantages in the realms of speed. It would outwardly seem that the desire for speed is reason enough to justify the use of some sort of fairing on racing cycles, but recent trends in Europe, now evidencing themselves in this country, are towards the use of fairings on touring and street machines.
Half automobile, half motorcycle, the bizarre soluion to a loophole...
THE world of motor enthusiasts is a strange one: some people prefer two wheels and others prefer four, but for those who were unable to make up their minds there used to be the Morgan Three-Wheeler, which combined all the virtues of both methods of transpotation.
THE night had a special hum to it. From the pits, where last minute work was being hastily conducted, to the rapidly filling grandstands, it could be felt — that indefinable aura of excitement and anticipation which always comes with race night.
IF nothing else, the German Grand Prix proved that it takes a Honda to beat a Honda — at least in the 125 and 250cc classes. These two middle events on a four-race Solitude card were chiefly interesting for the private duels staged by the Honda team riders.
This is the story of a mini-bike named Mimi who had the courage and faith in herself to begin a long, arduous trip from New York City to Los Angeles. This is her story of the 3,808 mile adventure in her own words . . .
I first saw my traveling companion at the freight office Idlewild Airport on June 9th, just before our departure. Bill is skinny and quite a funny looking character. As for myself, I was born in Azusa, California, in the back of the Go-Kart factory with the assistance of Duffy Livingstone, my Father.
Over 100 pages with every imaginable chrome accessory and hop-up item for cycles and mini-bikes. Also includes leathers, helmets, rubber goods, lubricants, tools, parts, pipes, and more. Tuning tips and other valuable information make the price of this big 8 1/2" x 11" catalog money well spent. The same as used by every major cycle shop. Order all of your needs from one source; get on the mailing list for news of new items in the field. Price $1.00, from Don Watkins Motorcycle Supply, Dept. CW, Box 196, Tujunga, California.
The latest trend seems to be in buildit-yourself mini-bikes; we are seeing competition, transportation, and mountain or desert trail bikes everywhere. To aid builders in their goals, Bug Engineering, Dept. W-9, 330 S. Irwindale, Azusa, California, offers complete parts, plans, numbers, brochures, prices, etc., for the Flea minibike for only $1.00.
Milne Brothers at 22 N. Greenwood Ave., Pasadena, California, now offer these excellent quality leather touring and competition motorcycle boots. No. 3905 are highly polished plain touring boots with a wedged sole; list price is $24.95. No. 4901is a wedged sole, full lace-up competition boot with a remarkably long lasting sharkskin toe; list price is $29.95 a pair. Sizes are 6l/2 through 13, up to E width.
JAWA DUAL TRAIL SPROCKET
Cooper Motors, at 5832 So. Broadway, Dept. CW, Los Angeles 3, Calif., now offers a dual trailing sprocket for Jawas featuring both 72 and 50 tooth sprockets in a kit that replaces the standard road gearing. The alloy sprockets require the drilling of only 4 holes to mount. The price of $23.95 includes four 5/16"bolts, extra chain & connecting link and instructions, requires only 5 minutes to install over existing stock sprocket.
WISTONIA TRAVELMASTER PANNIERS
New from the EMGO, Box 829CW, 4 Valley Terrace, Port Chester, N.Y. are aluminum pannier sets to fit BMW, BSA, Triumph, Matchless, etc., with an extendable carrier. The panniers, removable to be used as luggage, are large enough to carry a helmet. Rust proof, finished in black or white, they include universal fittings. Retail price is $65.00 complete. Dealer prices on request.
CHROME FIRE EXTINGUISHER
The famous Presto flashlight-size fire extinguisher is now available in chrome to protect and beautify your cycle. Pressurized chemical unit is effective on all flash fires including gas, oil and electrical. Refillable and guaranteed for 20 years against corrosion and deterioration. Introductory low price of only $4.95 with mounting bracket. Double capacity model $7.95 ppd. From Hudson Safety Distr., Box 375-W, Rutherford, New Jersey.
Over 100 pages with every imaginable chrome accessory and hop-up item for cycles and mini-bikes. Also includes leathers, helmets, rubber goods, lubricants, tools, parts, pipes, and more. Tuning tips and other valuable information make the price of this big 8 1/2" x 11" catalog money well spent.
IN OUR MAY 1962 ISSUE we had the opportunity to have a lot of fun with the Lambretta 150LI so we were more than pleased when Ray Cotton of Lambretta’s Western Division offered us the use of one of their new “Slim Style” 175-TV Series 11 scooters.
HOW many motorcyclists in the Western world — male or female — are aware of the fact that in the Soviet Union women are enjoying their own road racing championships? While England is already exceptional in Western Europe by occasional appearances of some dauntless girls on short circuits, there are hundreds of female road racers competing regularly in Soviet Russia.
OCCASIONALLY the effect of what CYCLE WORLD has to say about 'a given subject receives more than ordinary notice. This is not a situation we are unhappy about, quite the opposite. We tell the stories as we feel they should be told, with honesty, truth, and with the intelligence of our readers foremost in our minds.
TAKE one Chevrolet Corvette engine, bored out to 305 cubic inches and putting out an equal amount of horsepower, a custom made frame sporting a 1947 Harley-Davidson fork assembly using a 21-inch Norton wheel, a 14-inch rear wheel and brake unit borrowed from an airplane, mounting a 9.50 x 14 Inglewood slick, and what do you have; one of the largest motorcycles you ever saw, that will do a standing quarter-mile in 10.46 seconds and turn 141.56 mph in the process.
SPA Francorchamps, Belgium — Practice was in normal bad weather, but this cleared up by race time, and we had a hot clear day. No outstanding practice times, though the 250 Suzuki with Frank Perris on board did put up fastest time in one session and the Kreidler 50 with Jan Huberts lapped four seconds faster than Ernst Degner on the 50cc Suzuki.
THE British Empire Motor Club’s International F. I. M. races drew the strongest U.S.A. challenge yet, and an excellent day’s racing was seen. The programme included heat races and then finals, and a short sidecar race pleased the crowds.
MOTOR CYCLING SPORTS MODEL ROAD TESTS — Motor Racing Books, 7302 S. La Cienega Blvd., Inglewood, Calif. $2.50 THIS is the second in the British cycling magazine’s series of reprints of their well known road tests. The bikes tested are a mixture of machines, including a few of the small capacity bikes due to their increasing popularity.
Recently when I was at a hillclimb I seen something that made me sick. There were a couple of guys and a couple of women drinking beer all afternoon during the meet. To my notion, and I think others will agree with me, these people can spoil the fun for many others and worst of all, give motorcycling a bad name.
WEARING the number one plate has become almost traditional with Carroll Resweber, Wisconsin’s contribution to motorcycling’s hall of fame. The slender Cedarburg, Wisconsin welder raced to his fourth consecutive Grand National title in 1961 — winning by a 62 to 38 margin over his nearest competitor, Joe Leonard of San Jose, California, himself a threetime National champ.
WAY back in 1951, having not long been eligible to ride on the roads with his motorcycle, Jeff Smith won his first trial at the under age of sixteen. Since then his name has become as well known to the moto-cross public of the continent of Europe as Surtees or Hailwood to the road race fans.
TO the enthusiast, the end of July and beginning of August might almost seem to be a period of stagnation, but to the competitor it must be a welcome breather to take stock of what has happened so far in the season and what might happen before the end.