AMONG THE MANY benefits to be gained from fronting a winner include such flattering items as Triumph's newest color brochure illustrating their 1964 models. Lo and behold on the second page is a picture of CYCLE WORLD'S class-winning Triumph Bonneville TT Special.
Some motorcycles are much more durable than others. The Honda 50 has 11,520 engine revolutions per mile, and a piston travel of 2950 feet per mile, and its wear index is 339.8. The Honda 250, on the other hand (2 cylinders, 24.5 bhp) has only 6000 engine revolutions per mile and a piston travel of 2130 feet per mile, and its wear index is much lower at 128.
One of the largest dealer school and technical sessions took place recently in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, and in Glendale, California, shortly thereafter. These meetings, banquets, service schools, etc., were organized by Mr. Joseph Berliner, head of the Berliner Mtr. Corp., importers of the Norton, Ducati, Matchless and Zundapp lines of motorcycles.
BROUGHT TO THE U.S.A. in extremely rusty condition, this 1914 BSA single was restored to its present as-original condition by T. A. Hodgdon, President of BSA, Incorporated, the Eastern factory branch of BSA, Birmingham, England. This model was widely used by dis patch riders in World War I and there is reason to believe this very machine was so used.
REPUTATION means everything, or very nearly so, when Mr. Average Buyer goes looking for a motorcycle. And, on the basis of reputation, the Italian Gilera is hard to resist, as the company has one of the most famous names in motorcycle racing.
ALL NEW MOTORCYCLES make for good conversation, but there is nothing quite as satisfactory as an up-dated version of a motorcycle that was pretty good last year, and that fairly accurately describes the new Maico Scrambler that we recently tested.
OVER 1,600 MOTORCYCLISTS, a new record for the famous Death Valley Run, showed up for 1963's running of the approximately 600 mile highway run that is sponsored by the Hariey-Davidson dealers of Southern California. Run with the complete cooperation of the Calif.
FIFTIES, FIFTIES, FIFTIES: the Italian industry is going even deeper into this field, as proved by the 38th Milan Show. Since it was the only "big" automobile show this year it attracted no less than 567 exhibitors from ten different countries, including the United States and Japan, and a huge crowd of visitors.
AN ENGINE'S power and torque output characteristics can vary considerably, depending on its design features: bore and stroke ratio, intake and exhaust plumbing, compression ratio, etc. However, the most important single factor by far is valve timing.
WE HAVE ASKED BEFORE what it Was like to ride a Honda 50, we are now able to answer the question in a considerably more elaborate manner after spending a few hours with one of the most remarkable little motorcycles in the world. Designated the CR-110, this Honda 50 was designed to fill the gap between the full factory supported grand prix machines and the "private" riders the factory wanted, for obvious reasons, to do well in International competition.
HONDA FOUR-MOUNTED Jim Redman of Southern Rhodesia won the 250cc race at the first Japan Grand Prix to gain the 1963 World Championship and score a double as he already had earned the 350cc crown. Suzuki rider Hugh Anderson of New Zealand backed into the 50cc crown with a second in the race after Kreidler's Hans-Georg Anscheidt retired with mechanical trouble to complete his double crown (he had already won the 125cc Championship).
Mild winter weather in Mexico means that racing continues year-round, and two upcoming events will be of interest to American competition riders in search of some south-of-the-border diversion. On January 5th and January 19th, the Motoclub Monterrey hosts T.T. Scrambles races at San Pedro Motodromo in Monterrey, and a cordial invitation has been extended to riders from the U.S. to compete in either or both events.
CYCLE WORLD is in many ways a superlative magazine; its road tests are unmatched by any other American cycle magazine. Coverage of races and the racing scene here and abroad is excellent. But (there is always a "but"), the "high-risers illegal" section of October issue's editorials cast the overwhelming "nay"! Do I own a bike with "ape hangers"? No, my present bike is a stock BMW R-69S. Am I an unscrupulous handlebar manufacturer or dealer? No, I am not employed in any phase of the motorcycle industry.
GARELLI, ONE OF ITALY'S biggest moped manufacturers (and also one of the first Italian factories to win sporting events back in the "roaring twenties" with their "split piston" two-stroke 350cc machines, only to retire from competition), has returned to racing after many years, breaking long distance records with two 50cc machines ridden by Marchessani, Pernigotti, Pastori, Spinello and Patriganahi.
THE JAPANESE GRAND PRIX will have been reported in full elsewhere in this issue but it will not be out of place to pass comment on some aspects of this, the last classic of the 1963 season. The valiant lone wolf attempts of the German Kreidler and Italian Morini concerns failed to snatch the world titles of Suzuki, and Honda in the 50 and 250cc classes but showed that the Japanese superiority is not as invincible as some of us thought.
THE FIRST JAPAN Grand Prix was a most successful event, with both undecided championships going to riders for Japanese factories, leaving motorcycle enthusiasts in Japan about as happy as they could wish to be. It would have been a bit more satisfying if the top contenders in the 50cc and 250cc classes had given the champions a better run for their money, but still people here are happy to see Jim Redman grab his double crown for Honda and Hugh Anderson do the same for Suzuki.
SOME MONTHS AGO, when Greeves announced that they would be building a road racing machine, it created a lot of excitement and anticipation around these offices. We had all had some experience with Greeves' scrambler, and if the road racer was as effective an instrument for winning races (in a different field, of course) then it would be very good indeed. The entire staff was looking forward to a chance at the new Silverstone, as Greeves' road racer was to be called.
OUR NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, under the leadership of the 1964 President Ron White, looks to this year as one of expansion, following up the trend of 1963. As I have mentioned before, our competition has benefited greatly from the riders who have come up from the States both to spectate and to race.