MOTORCYCLING TOOK ANOTHER step towards wider acceptance in Los Angeles not long ago when this efficient looking Harley 74 rider took to the maze of Los Angeles freeways (turnpikes to our Eastern readers), keeping tabs on the awesome flow of traffic for radio station KMPC which broadcasts the information for the ofttimes hapless motorists.
I read the very interesting account of the Forgedtrue Company’s kit as applied to the Honda Hawk on page 28 of the Oct., 1963 issue of Cycle World. Now I wonder if this kit is applicable to the Honda CA-77, 305cc, and if the results warrant the time and expense?
Shown in the accompanying photograph is Mr. Ernest Wise, President of Cosmopolitan Motors, watching the assembly of the new five-speed experimental Parilia Grand Sport Road Racer at the Parilia factory in Milan, Italy. We are informed the machines will have new and interesting features, and we are looking forward to the opportunity of road testing the Grand Sport as soon as one is available from Cosmopolitan, U.S.
ROYAL ENFIELD is deeply rooted in the English tradidition of proceeding with caution and only after long deliberation. Accordingly, it is no more than to be expected that all new Enfield motorcycles would undergo a long period of testing before being released to the general public.
THE “FAMOUS JAMES’’ motorcycle has been something less than famous in recent years. Although the James was one of the first English-made bikes to make an appearance on our shores, it never made much of a splash, and is today a rarity. Indeed, some of the newcomers to the sport have never even heard of the James.
Brilliant chromework is featured throughout Catuto's '57 Triumph, yet manages to avoid an overdone look so prevalent in many customs. Entire frame is done in triple plate; oil tank, all brackets and braces, nuts, bolts, and fittings were dipped.
A NEW, BUT YF.T FAMILIAR look best describes the Zanella lOOcc Super Sport Turismo for the knowledgeable motorcycle enthusiast. Though it looks quite Italian, and does indeed employ a few Italian manufactured components, the Zanella is a product of the land of the Gauchos, Pampas.
AUGUSTINE CASTLE is a four-centuries old Renaissance structure that overlooks the rolling, forested mountains of Erz-Gebirge, site of East Germany’s annual International Four Days Trial, and presumably the place where next year’s ISDT will be held.
The mount of the AFM’s number one lightweight rider, Norris Rancourt.
ONE OF THE MOST successful machines in road racing today is the 250cc Parilla owned by Orrin Hall of Sacramen-to and ridden by Norris Rancourt. This combination has won numerous AFM events in California, with the result that Rancourt was easily No.
THE LITTLE Alfa has but a moment to utter its metallic cackle before being accosted by the bellow of a 500cc JAP. Then an Eso, another JAP, an Eso and a Norton join in the cry until a field of nine machines are sorting themselves out across the track as they follow the red pace-car around the 750 meter oval of sand.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MOTORCYCLISTS (AFM) made long strides with their road racing program during 1963. A schedule of 15 races on different circuits throughout California gave AFM riders an extensive and varied season. AFM, not connected with any other racing group in the U.S., follows FIM inch-for-inch rules, and allows and encourages full racing machines to compete.
CYCLE WORLD'S FAVORITE drag strip. owned and operated by the Long Beach Lions Club near our offices, recently was the scene of an all-motorcycle event sponsored by Dale Brown and the Long Beach Playboys motorcycle club. Using a system similar to boating dragsters, machines were classified by elapsed time.
SPRING. AND THF. CYCLE which has nestled gently in the cellar all winter, will be brought out any day now. How I dread that day! Frightening memories of previous summers begin to haunt me, as I hear the engine being kicked into life. Any moment now I shall hear the first hark of the engine, and my husband’s first glad cry, “Where shall we go this summer?” To start with there will be the pannier bags, two in number; “One each,” he says, “so don’t try taking too many clothes.” After a short delay he will repack my neatly assembled pannier bag to make room for his overboot waders, waterproofs, spares and tools.
One of the most puzzling rule changes to come out of the recent AMA Competition Committee meeting concerns banishment of the “hold position” flag for Class C competition. When safety is supposedly the foremost thought behind all AMA rules, why then has this flag been abandoned, leaving only the red (danger on course) or black (stop) flags to do the job in case of an accident?
As a 6-year motorcyclist and a new member of a road racing fraternity I would like to say that it is about time some organization listened to the cries of hundreds of road racers who have been for years asking the AMA for more events. It would seem that the AMA has turned deaf ears to them and was holding a secret campaign to stamp out road racing in the U.S.
FEW RIDERS make meteoric rises to fame in the motorcycle game, for the skill required to race successfully comes only with experience coupled with natural ability. 28-year-old Alan Shepherd started racing in 1956 and his first major success came two years later when he won the junior Manx Grand Prix on the AJS. Two days later he was leading the Senior race when he broke a chain on the last lap.
Now THE CAT is really amongst the pigeons for the Honda concern who have on more than one occasion stated their continued support for road racing. Luigi Taveri. who won the world 125cc title for them in 1962. has now signed for Kreidler to race their 50cc in 1964.
RACING LIGHTWEIGHTS produced by the Italian motorcycle industry right after the war were all powered by orthodox two-stroke engines, but at the end of 1949 Mondial introduced a double overhead cam 125cc four-stroke which was so successful that all other factories, notably MV and Morini, had to follow this example to compete.
THE MOTORCYCLE Club Federation of All Japan (MCFAJ), which is by far the more active of the two sports organizations in Japan, has announced a 1964 sports calendar of 21 events up to October. The more than 2,000 member MCFAJ itself will sponsor six of the events, with the sanctions for the others going to regional branches of the parent organization.
ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR forms of motorcycling sport during the winter and spring months is the reliability trial. Its popularity stems partly from the fact that it is comparatively easy to prepare a course, and partly from the fact that almost any age machine or rider can compete.