If I look happy in the photograph above, it's because I was having a good time again. The machine is a Triumph trials model Cub, loaned to CYCLE WORLD by Johnson Mtrs., distributors of Triumph in the 19 Western States. It was employed in creating a mobile Editor to photograph the National 200-mile enduro near San Luis Obispo, California.
This is a sort of letter from me, the technical editor, to you, the readers who have sent letters, asking questions about things that fall into my domain. Many (indeed, most) of those who have done so will know that I have been sadly remiss in keeping up with my correspondence.
Cosmopolitan Mtrs. of Philadelphia and their West Coast Distributor, Cooper Mtrs., announced many new improvements for 1963 on the Parilla motorcycle. The 250cc Wildcat scrambler is now available with a manual ignition retard and lighting system, making it a more versatile machine.
An American, Don Vesco, introduces Yamaha's new 250cc Grand Prix bike with a smashing debut.
ALTHOUGH Japanese machines dominated the third annual two-day program of events at Florida's Daytona International Speedway, Don Vesco of San Diego, California became the first American to cop the coveted USMC Grand Prix of the United States.
LAST AUGUST, out on the Bonneville salt flats, a Triumph powered, streamlined motorcycle made some runs that resulted in impressive new entries in the record books: two-way averages of 230.3 mph under the free-fuel rules, and 205.8 mph on gasoline.
A VERY BIG NAME in Italian motorcycling is Ducati, and it is a big name for an excellent reason: Ducati's machines are among the best engineered and best finished to be found anywhere in that country. Gilera and MV get most of the glory, with their racing "fours," but it is Ducati that produces a top-flight motorcycle for the man on the street.
WEBSTER defines endurance as "ability to last, continue, or remain," and 130 motorcycle riders gathered on the campus of California Polytechnic College in San Luis Obispo, California, had good cause to heed this definition. At the 13th Annual High Mountain Enduro (and 1963 AMA 200 Mile Championship), 200 miles and numerous weary bones later, this "ability to last" had been sorely tried.
WOULD YOU LIKE a motorcycle sportsland where for just eighty-three cents you can ride to your heart's content from 9 a.m. until sundown on scrambles courses, hillclimbs ranging from easy to expert-defying, trials obstacles, jumps and even such man-made heart-stoppers as seesaws, snake courses and three-inch-wide bridges?
THE FAST, HIGH BANKED board auto tracks that boomed from 1915 to the middle of the "Roaring 20's" were dream tracks for the four-wheelers and the two-wheelers alike. Gunning their thin-tired, 61 cubic inch racing motors around the rim of these 1½ and 2-mile plank saucers at over 100 miles an hour, the iron-horse jockeys from the Indian, Harley-Davidson, Excelsior and other racing camps, rivaled the four-wheel speedsters in wheel-to-wheel duels of spectacular speed and unforgettable thrills for those lucky enough to have been there.
THE SPECTACLE of two elephants making love was alone worth the trip by motor scooter from Cape Town to Cairo. My Lambretta 150, better known as the Road Angel, was no shy lady, but that would have made anybody blush. And if scooters could giggle, mine would have come up with a horse laugh the morning she saw me suffer the lions' revenge.
ONE DISTINCTION, among many our test scooter this month has, can be said for only one other scooter; it is American made. First impressions of the Silver Eagle are a trifle misleading. The seating position, spread and feel of the handlebars, soft spring seat and folding footboards all feel peculiarly similar to a quite large machine any motorcycle enthusiast can tell you a great deal about.
For the Honda Trail "50" a resonator type of silencer, made to slip over the conventional exhaust pipe. Muffler is only 9 1/8" long with a 2 3/16" diameter, and features an inner perforated tube as well as a plate-type baffle. Retail price is $3.95. See your dealer — distributed (wholesale only) by: Milne Bros. Accessories, 22 N. Greenwood Ave., Pasadena, California.
SONIC GAS TANK
Sonic Engineering, 1863 National Ave., Hayward, California, now have their new H-1 fiberglass gasoline tanks available. The lightweight tank, only four pounds, fits all model Harley-Davidsons and is impact and vibration-proof. Capacity is three gallons, and the price is $49.50.
NEW LOW COST WORK PLATFORM
The lift operates with 40 to 150 lbs. air pressure that when applied to its hydraulic oil mechanism will raise objects weighing up to 700 lbs. any height up to 37½”, employs a hydraulic valve to safely control up, down and any position. The quiet, service free, non-electric lift lends itself to a variety of industrial and shop applications especially for holding cycles, engines and transmissions in work positions. Model ADL7 illustrated has a 36" square steel top (larger avail able if desired) and sells for $395.00, a realistic price. From the Atwater Strong Co., Atwater, Ohio.
Ken Coleman, TV voice of the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians, uses his Dart Cycle to get from place to place around the huge Municipal Stadium. Weighing less than 70 pounds, Dart's mini-bike is powered by a 2½ hp, two-cycle engine, and uses a centrifugal clutch and a 5-inch internal expanding brake. A product of Rupp Mfg. Co. in Mansfield, Ohio, Dart Cycles are sold in leading shops throughout the country.
BICYCLE MOTOR KIT
Bicycle motor in kit form features a 2½ hp Power Products two-cycle engine that will fit any standard type bicycle and can be installed in a few minutes, according to the maker, Go-Byk Industries, Box 118CW, Fergus Falls, Minn. The engine is clamped to the frame just be low the seat and transfers power through a V-belt to a pulley attached to the spokes of the rear wheel. Retail price is $79.95. Another model is available that mounts upon, and drives, the front wheel; priced at $59.95.
DON VESCO, first American to win the USMC International Grand Prix of the United States, began his competitive career on the drag strips around San Diego, California in 1955, when he was 15. Two years later he entered his first road race and since then has been a familiar figure on the California AFM scene, taking his first big one — a 100-mile Grand Prix — at Willow Springs in 1960.
THE WEATHER is still tops, with the statisticians telling us it is the worst since 1740 and that goes back a bit before motorcycles, but it is an ill wind that blows nobody any good and the freeze has been a boon to the sport in some respects. One television chief said they had never had such good sport as one of the T.V. scrambles produced.
JAPANESE MAKERS are putting out a new class of motorcycles about half-way between the present 50cc and 125cc. Honda is developing a 90cc machine, which will be put on sale this spring; Yamaha has announced a 75cc motorcycle, which may be made into an 80cc when exports begin to the states, probably in March; Suzuki already has 80cc models on the market, including a new sports model aimed at the Stateside market this spring, and Pointer has had a 90cc model for years.
THE FIRST Federation Internationale Motorcycle Ice Cup races saw 30-year-old Russian Boris Samorodov, an engineer from Ufa near the Ural mountains on the Siberian border, take the Cup in the 10th event. The scene was the Ullevi International Stadium at Gotenburg in Sweden before a small, for ice racing, crowd of 3,500 people.
THE CANADIAN Motorcycle Association team which was entered in the Winter Rally came through with flying colours. Competing against fourteen other club teams, the C.M.A. team topped the lot in this International car rally over 1300 miles of Ontario's worst winter roads.
AS THE TITLE IMPLIES, if you want performance, this is the book for you. It should be valuable for the cyclist interested in road racing, drag racing, scrambles, or trials riding. We would also recommend it for the enthusiast simply interested in keeping his machine running well.
Due to the fact that all Yamaha motorcycles are two-cycles, including the 55cc trail model, how in the world do you get a four-cycle OHV (overhead valve) rotary valve engine? Just by chance do you happen to have a one-cycle proof reader that misses once in a while?
TRIUMPH distributors have introduced a ten-model motorcycle program for 1963 with the introduction of a new automatic scooter. Emphasis has been placed on "cleaness" (not our spelling, Ed.) of design and engineering improvements. "Prestige" model of the line is the T-120 Bonneville powered by a new engine with special dual carburetor cylinder head.
TWENTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Chris Vincent started his racing career as a solo grass tracker at the age of nineteen. But numerous falls persuaded him that a third wheel would be a help and so he turned to the sidecar class. In 1957 he finished runner-up in the National championships and won the title the following year.