WE ARE INAUGURATING several changes in CYCLE WORLD’S makeup with this issue. For one, this column, Cycle Round Up, will be reserved for editorial comments and news of general interest to motorcycle enthusiasts. A new column has been added, titled “Around The Industry,” for all of the special bits and pieces of news and information of particular interest to members of the motorcycle industry and allied businesses.
I have a Honda 305 which has proven to be a fine machine except that it does not have the performance I would like. It floats the valves at 8000 rpm in low and second. Then, in third, it picks up to 9000 with a speedometer reading of 95 mph. How can I get my rpm starting off the run?
HIGH SPEED SCRAMBLES racing presents special, and severe, problems. This type of competition is very hotly contested, there being a lot of good machines active in the sport, and speed is essential. And, the speed itself requires that the machines involved have both power and stability, as power alone is no good if the rider finds himself unseated too often.
ALL-PURPOSE MOTORCYCLES very rarely succeed in fully meeting the manufacturer’s intent. They are supposed to function equally well on the road, or in the dirt, and with a very few notable exceptions, they manage only to do poorly in both. One of the exceptions is Harley Davidson’s Sprint H, which does everything very well — and a couple of things superbly.
The most spectacular form of motorcycle road racing has to be seen to be believed.
THERE ARE MANY VARIATIONS on the theme of road racing and the most spectacular of all, and one that has yet to be introduced to America, is sidecar racing. This branch of the sport enjoys tremendous popularity among the European racing spectators and is so well established that, as in car racing and solo motorcycle racing, it warrants a World Championship of its own.
WHAT IS IT that looks like a handsome, grey touring suitcase at one time, and a mighty attractive piece of transportation at another, only moments later? Give up? Well, if you didn’t know it already, it’s a Centaur folding motor scooter.
HAVING COVERED, in tiresome detail, the theoretical aspects of frame and suspension design in last month’s opening article on the subject, we are now ready to proceed into a discussion of more immediate usefulness: the elements of actually designing and constructing an original creation.
ROUNDING A BEND on my Lambretta 150, I came face to face with a pride of twelve African lions - only one of the many occasions on which I was to recall a Dutch sea captain's words: "A motor scooter trip through Africa may sound like fun, but if you make it alive, I'll swim around this ship naked.
TWO EXAMPLES OF WHAT may soon become one of the most popular lines of Japanese-built motorcycles are the subject of this month’s road impression; the 155cc Pointer Comet and the 90cc Super Lassie. Both are full fledged motorcycles and both are heavily sprinkled with interesting features.
Man, you’re my leader. I dig your mag the most. I don’t have any wheels, but when I get the bread, look out. I really dig the Harley-Davidson Sportster H. One of my good buddies has one. Man, it’s the only way to go. Keep up the good work. Cool it, now, man.
The American Motorcycle Association’s District 6 Sports Association held their annual banquet recently at the Hotel Berkshire in Reading, Penna. Over 160 people were on hand to enjoy the evening’s entertainment. Master of ceremonies of the after-dinner festivities was the Association’s President, Mr. Al Wilcox who introduced guests Mr. Hank Westram, representative of BSA Inc.
A LINE OF FIFTEEN top quality motorcycles are offered by BSA for 1963, including three distinct versions of the well-known Super Rocket, all finished in metallic red. The Super Rocket, equipped with a new free-flow exhaust, has an improved top end performance, and among its features are a twin-mounted speedometer/tachometer, full-race cams, oversize valves and high compression pistons.
BERLINER MTR. CORP. in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, has informed CYCLE WORLD of the new Norton Electra 400, a revolutionary new bike of 397 cubic centimeters displacement. The most important feature of the new machine is the inclusion of a Lucas 12 volt electric starter, the first modern use of electric starting on a British-built cycle of larger displacement.
FAILING ALL ELSE the weather can always be a topic of conversation, especially as an opening between strangers, but it should hardly be the way to start a column on motorcycling. That it is necessary is due to the fact that we have had snow and ice as never before in the history of our two-wheeled sport leading to the cancellation of many events over the past six weeks, including the important national Vic Brittain and Colmore trials.
THE FIM-affiliated Motorcycling Federation of Japan (MFJ) has announced an extensive 1963 racing schedule of moto-cross and road racing events. The big news for Japan, of course, is the FIM sanctioning of a provisional Grand Prix at the new Suzuka Circuit on Nov. 9 and 10, 1963.
FOR MOST OF US, being a champion in one sport would be more than enough, but Don Haddow of Toronto, Canada has proven his ability in three demanding sports — skiing, motorcycle racing and car hillclimbing. Skiing, his earliest love, gave him the Ontario Junior Ski Jumping Championship at a time when he was just beginning to discover the thrill of racing.
IT IS SURPRISING the number of successful moto-cross riders who come from farming stock. Torsten Hallman is one of the best examples, for a world title is the highest a rider can travel in his branch of any sport. Twenty-three-year-old Torsten is a native of Vistka where he lives on his father’s farm with a brother and two sisters.