What may mark the beginning of a new era of motorcycling publicity and public relations got under way in Los Angeles when Lin Kuchler, Secretary of the American Motorcycle Association (in Southern California to officiate at the 8Mile National Championship at Ascot Park), met with leaders of the motorcycle industry in the West.
Some time ago, someone wrote to you and said that with some modification the BMW R-69S would be capable of 150 mph. Since I am currently the owner of an R60 and an R50, I am considering an R69S. I have written to the factory asking how the R69S can be made to go a little better and I have just received an answer.
The Simplex Mfg. Corp. in New Orleans, La., has announced an addition to its 1964 line of Sportsman Compacts; the Sportsman Senior, a full-size motorbike. Features include; 51-inch wheelbase, 20" outer diameter tires on 12" wheels, telescopic front forks and spring dampened swinging arms in the rear, automatic chain oiler, center floor stand, 10" x 14" carrying rack and full lighting equipment.
HAVING WON almost every honor that can come from running motorcycles in off-the-road competitions, Greeves has now decided to venture into road racing, and already there are reports from England that indicate they are doing very well. This proves, if nothing else, that the basic Greeves design is uncommonly versatile, for they build essentially the same model, with relatively minor variations, for all types of riding — and that now includes the very specialized field of road racing, as we have said.
SZCZECINSKA FABRYKA MOTOCYKLI is a new, and largely unpronounceable name on America’s motorcycle scene, and it is just as well that the Poles have seen fit to abbreviate it to SFM. In any case, the SFM line of motorcycles is here, and it consists of a couple of mopeds (50cc), 125cc and 175cc lightweight motorcycles, a 175cc scooter, and an astonishing bulky 350cc model called the “Junak,” which is the subject of this report.
FOR SOME TIME, rumors have been floating around concerning a “350” kit for the 305cc Honda. Now, at last, the rumor is a reality, and a very attractive reality it is, too. The Forgedtrue company, makers of pistons for nearly everyone who goes fast and wants reliability, is now manufacturing a complete kit for Honda 305 (and 250) owners that will stretch their motorcycle’s engines out to the customary class limit of 350cc.
OWNING A HONDA and being an engineering major in college is a combination that lends itself to many adaptations and improvements on the machine by its owner. However, James Green and Mike Cosner, both senior engineering majors at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, went the full distance and fuelinjected Cosner’s 250cc Honda.
ONE OF THE NEATEST SWITCHES ever seen appropriately describes what occurrs when the little Honda 50cc 110 model is converted from transportation bike to scrambler/trail machine in a matter of minutes by the installation of special equipment designed and manufactured by the American Sports Co. in North Hollywood, California.
As IS THE CASE with most products manufactured in sunny Italy, the little Capriolo 125cc single is a joy for the lover of handsome machinery to behold. Outwardly the overhead cam engine resembles a small two-stroke, due to the absence of the usual plates, tubes, separate castings, etc., generally seen on fourstroke engines.
AL GUNTER WAS the last rider to enter the pits before the running of J. C. Agajanian’s 5th Annual 8-Mile National Championship at Gardena, California, and the first man home when the checkered flag fell. Often kidded about his tardiness, Prince Albert drove into the Ascot Park pit area long after practice had been completed and didn’t fire up his BSA until heat race time, as if to say, “Practice?
BELGIAN SURPRISE PACKAGE: H. G. Anscheidt (Kreidler) stayed with Suzuki’s top men to take third place; Bertie Schneider (Austria, Suzuki) won his firstever classic Grand Prix after Degner’s retirement in the 125cc class; Fumio Ito and Yoshikazu Sunako made it a 250cc Yamaha double in front of an unbelieving Provini, who had given his best; and it was just another success in Mike Hailwood’s record-setting tour during the last year of his career on two wheels, with a first-ever lap of over 200 kpm (120 mph) on the 8.76-mile-long circuit of Francorchamps, which consists of almost nothing but long, sweeping, dangerously fast bends, to be negotiated with nearly full throttle, and a dead slow hairpin.
A.M.A. EXPERTS Jim Varnes and Jess Thomas (the latter a former motorcycle speed record holder) were the top finishers in a day packed with fine racing and spiced with thrills at Canada’s premier road racing circuit, Mosport Park. Varnes won the 100-mile International Canadian G.P. for senior (500cc.) machines with a Norton twin, and Thomas rode a Bultaco to victory in the Lightweight International (250cc), a 50mile race.
THE WEEKEND at Windber included sportsman lightweight racing, the amateur 25 mile championship and the Expert 50 Mile National Championship TT Road Race, not to mention a number of events for the spectators, such -as drag racing, uniform and club judging etc. Several records were broken in the main events and the virtual route of the lightweight class by the comparatively new (in this country) Bultacos, made excellent sport.
A FIVE-CYLINDER rotary engine revolving with the driven front wheel may not be the early German Megola’s only claim to fame, but it certainly qualifies as its most obvious one. It would be pretty hard to ignore 640cc’s spinning around in front of one’s self in a down hill corner, though the men who raced this Munich product had particular praise for its absolute true tracking in deep sand.
THE BRITISH ROUND of the 500cc motocross championship was held as usual at Hawkstone Park near Shrewsbury. In dry weather the one-and-a-half-mile course, with its terrifying three in one hillclimb, sandpit and bumpy undulations, can be very dusty, but this year there was sufficient overnight rain to make both riding and spectating conditions almost ideal.
IT APPEARS that motorcycle production in Japan is well on the way to another record breaking year, after the first six months. Jan.-June was up a whopping 14.9 percent over the same six months of 1962, according to the official report of the Japan Small Automobile Industry Association.
Sept. 1 — GRAND PRIX OF FINLAND — 50, 125, 250, 350 & 500cc; Tammerfors. Sept. 1-2 — 500-MILE NATIONAL JACK PINE ENDURO — Lansing, Mich. Sept. 3 — NEVADA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SCRAMBLES — Reno, Nev. Sept. 7 — ULSTER GRAND PRIX — All classes; Dundrod, Ireland.
THEY USED TO call the last flight of the day from London to Belfast the “Ulster Flyer,” but to the motorcycle enthusiast that name now means one man and he is Tommy Robb. Leaving aside boundaries between north and south Ireland, for there are none as far as motorcycle sport is concerned, Ireland has a habit of producing one great all-rounder after another, so Tommy is just one of a line of Irish aces.
GOLD STAR OIL MANIFOLD New from Webco is this neat looking oil manifold for the BSA Gold Star. Made of durable aluminum alloy with a bright polished finish, it replaces the standard oil line assembly on the rocker cover and is easily installed. Available through your dealer for $4.95, or write Webco, Inc., 218 Main St., Dept. CW, Venice, California.
TORCO OIL Torco’s custom formula 100% parrafin base racing oil is tailored for engines requiring superior lubrication, has been race-proven under most arduous conditions. Torco products, manufactured by Thermic Oil Refining Co., are available from B.H.B. Cyclery, 2307 Durfee Ave., Dept. CW, El Monte, Calif.; the oil is $1.50 a quart, high penetration chain oil , 900. BATTERY POLARITY TESTER This rugged 1-ounce tester eliminates confusion on battery hook-ups from battery chargers and booster cables, and guards against reverse polarity charges that result in total damage to alternator systems. Shockproof, unbreakable, inexpensive. For further information, write Tool Aid Mfg. Co., 352 Main St., Dept. CW, Orange, New Jersey.
HONDA VALVE KIT The Kibblewhite Honda high performance valve kit is now available from Custom Plastic Sales, 1020 “B” St., Suite 16, Hayward, Calif., for 250 and 305 Hawk series. Kit includes; 2 oversize intake valves with 5/16" stems; 2 oversize exhaust valves with 5/16" stems; 4 racing springs; 4 high tensile aluminum alloy valve collars and keepers; 4 cast iron valve guides; 4 spring steel valve-springto-cylinder-head washers; complete instructions for installation. List price is $50.95.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON BOOTS Four popular styles of riding boots for all occasions, available from HarleyDavidson dealers. Left to right, Shorty boots, 11", $16.50; Sportsman boots, 16", $18.75; Lite-weight boots, 11", $14.50; Dress Boots, 16", $19.95. Men’s full and half sizes 6-12, D width; Liteweight boots also available in ladies’ full and half sizes 4-9, C-D widths, $14.10.
BARBOUR SUITS Head-to-toe protection is provided by International Barbour Suits, designed for the touring or enduro rider. Two models, waterand thornproof, priced at $42.25 and $52.50 from Hank Siegers Co., Inc., 19 Ridgedale Ave., Dept. CW, Whippany, N. J. Catalog of these and other accessories (pannier cases, ladies' rainsuits, etc.) free. Dealer inquiries invited.
TIME FOR A BREATHER as the half-way point in the season is reached and there is a four week gap for the 500cc moto-cross men and five weeks for the road race challengers. For the 250cc motocross title chasers the pressure is still on, or would be if the title had not already been decided.
During the lengthy bench racing sessions that invariably follow an event as important as the 8-Mile National at Ascot Park, there are always a lot of “ifs”. What would have happened if fastest qualifier Stuart Morley hadn’t unloaded, if Ronnie Rall had made the final, if Elliott Schultz’ Enfield hadn’t stuck a piston while he was leading his heat race, if Bart Markel had run .
WE ARE HAPPY to report that at least one town we know of has truly gone all-out for motorcycles, though it is in a small way due to the size of the town. Westwood, in Northern California’s Lassen County, has a population of only 1,400, yet sports a motorcycle population of over 30 riders, most of whom ride Honda trail bikes.
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NASHVILLE’S “MUSICAL MAESTRO,” Jody Nicholas, who combines violin playing, motorcycling and college, has captured one of racing’s biggest plums — the Laconia 100-Mile National Championship — in his second year as an Expert rider. The former Amateur road race king bounced back strongly from a rather rough 1962 season in which he competed for the first time with the top names in the professional field.