CYCLE WORLD IS TWO years old with this issue. Actually, our December issue was the 24th, and officially our second birthday but since this issue duplicates our first issue, January 1962, we chose it to mark the event. On our first birthday we said that the occasion, though seemingly momentous to us here at CYCLE WORLD, contained little of joyful significance to our readers but we wanted everyone to know about it anyway; we must repeat ourselves.
I read in a certain automotive magazine an advertisement for Triumph Motorcycles that they hold the record for standard production gasoline Class-C motorcycles at 147.42. You claim to have raised the record in PS-C from 127.77 mph to 135.74.
MOTORCYCLES REACT like the people who build them, to coin a cliche. Czechoslovakia today is a country of open roads — there are such lands left — with some good surface and a lot of graveled potholes mixed with slippery, decreasing radius, blind cobbled bends.
After several years absence and being out of production, Mustang Mtrs., 241 Concord St., Glendale CW3, California, has announced the return of their familiar little three-wheeled utility/delivery motorcycle. Power is from the familiar Mustang single-cylinder, L head, 19.4 cubic inch, four-stroke engine using a British Burman three-speed gearbox.
SEVEN JAPANESE motorcycle manufacturers displayed 95 machines at the 10th annual Tokyo Motor Show Oct. 27 - Nov. 10 and Japan’s two motor scooter makers showed 11 each, for a total of 107 twowheelers under a single roof. Seventeen new models were shown, including some still in the prototype or development stage and not ready to market yet.
For those without the price of the real one, or the model minded.
RC-162 Honda four in plastic is quite authentic in detail and simple to assemble though construction is not up to American standards on this Japanese-made plastic kit. Available at Honda dealers, the kit includes an electric motor powered by flashlight cells, though the first run across the room is liable to wreck the model.
EVEN THOUGH the post-war flood of English and European machines (and more recently those from Japan) has fairly completely reshaped American thinking regarding the size and form of motorcycles, there are still those for whom the lightweights, however fast and agile, are just toys.
SPAIN'S BULTACO MOTORCYCLE is the most faithful servant and companion to the traveling adventurer since Don Quixote’s Sancho Panza. We began to think so in June, 1962, when we tested the Bultaco TSS 125cc road racer, and we have just had that opinion considerably reinforced by our experiences with a trio of 200cc Bultacos: the Metralla sport/touring; the Sherpa scrambler; and again with a larger-engined TSS. At the time of that first test, the Bultaco was a relative unknown here in America.
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO RIDE the Honda 90? Well, it’s a little like riding a big Honda 50, which is just about as accurate a description of the 90 as we can devise. Bore and stroke are 49mm x 46mm, power is 6.5 @ 8,000 rpm. Its predecessor, the fifty, developed 5.0 hp @ 9,500; that extra 1 1/2 horsepower is one of the first things the 90 rider is going to like.
STEP UP TO THE pari-mutuel window. Slap your 100 yen down on the counter. Pick up your betting ticket. Walk briskly around to the stands. The race is about to start. But in place of the clip-pity-clop of horses’ hooves you hear the roar of finely-tuned motorcycle engines.
VINCENT OWNERS in England belong, for the most part, to an organization called, aptly, the Vincent Owners Club. At this year's TT races on the Isle Of Man, the V.O.C. held one of their meetings at the scene of the most important racing event in the world.
DO YOU HAVE $40 and a 250cc motorcycle? If so there is nothing to prevent you from seeing northern Mexico and eating well while you’re at it. Johnny Myers and I are both comparative beginners at motorcycling; month after month we have seen pictures in CYCLE WORLD of intrepid riders penetrating darkest Slag Sump on their big, fat touring bikes.
A TREND TOWARDS SOPHISTICATION is becoming increasingly evident in the trail scooter world these days, a conclusion arrived at after a spin on the Ellison Trans-Sport. Several features not ordinarily found on trail scooters are evident; an extended cruising speed range up to 30 mph; light but rigid construction; two-wheel suspension with springs; all controls hand operated, and a use of modern molded plastic in some components.
The following AMA National Championships have been granted for 1964, subject to special provisions as noted: Always a highlight of the eastern cycling scene is the Midwinter Rally and Gold Hunt, and the 15th annual affair is planned for January 12th at Atsion, New Jersey.
You say high risers are stupid and dangerous. Well, I happen to ride with stupid dangerous bars and can handle my machine just as safely as if I were using 12" bars. PAUL THDDER Miami, Florida I would like to correct the obvious error in your November “Letters” column, specifically, the one from J. C. “Whiskers” McGurk, Uno-Guzzi Distributor for New Zealand, New Guinea, Pago-Pago and Beri-Beri.
IT IS SELDOM that an international classic road race meeting can be dismissed in a few lines but such must be the case with the Argentine Grand Prix. As far as European riders were concerned it proved only one thing; it was a waste of time going.
EVERY JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE fan is cross-eyed this month, with one eye on the Oct. 27-Nov. 10 Tenth Tokyo Motor Show (reported elsewhere in this issue) and the other on the first Japan Grand Prix Nov. 10 (full report next month). Entries have been closed, and 45 riders have sent in applications to contest the four events in the Japan G.P., with 21 of the 45 being foreigners from 10 overseas nations.
FROM THE 1931-1932 “Golden Days” when an all side valve Gilera team won the Trophy at the International Six Days Trial, the biggest Italian success in this ultra-tough event came this year when an all Moto-Guzzi expedition won the Silver Vase and was second to the Fast German MZ team in the Trophy contest.
MOST COUNTRIES were represented at the Autumn Congress of the F.I.M. held in London, but once again the East German delegates had been refused visas to attend. This discrimination resulted in a strong vote of censure by the delegates at the Congress, the motion being sponsored by the delegates from the U.S.S.R. Committee meetings, closed to the general run of delegates, occupied most of the week, but on Wednesday, Shell and B.P. sponsored a special run by train to Beaulieu to see Lord Montague’s famous museum of historic cars and motorcycles.
THOUGH IMPORTS ARE severely limited in Argentina, the need for means of transportation gave reason to the establishment of several motorcycle factories, primarily of Italian and German machines. Gilera, known as Gileramerica, produces 150cc, 175cc, and 200cc singles in their Guibileo versions.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS naturally interest the cyclists more than regular club events, but the National Championship Hillclimb interested the general public in a way quite astonishing to road racing or scramble types who often look on the hillclimb as a freak kind of event.
NOT MANY RIDERS, after only one season of Southern California scrambles experience, jump into the heated combat of half-mile professional competition and win their first main event — but Dick Hammer did. It was at Ascot Park in 1959, and to prove it was no fluke he followed up with 44 more victories to become the nation’s highest scoring novice flattracker, astride a Fred Moxley-tuned BSA. Moxley, incidentally, is the man to whom Hammer gives most credit for furthering his career; he furnished Dick his first sponsored ride and served as ace tuner for the fledgling star-to-be.