We have a rather unusual set of circumstance working this month, that of having tests of three American built machines; the two Vantech Scramblers, the Simplex Senior, and the Trailbreaker scooter. As the tests reveal, each achieves its chosen goal in varying degrees of success, but most significantly they reflect the diversity of the American motorcycle industry, small as it is.
FOR SOME TIME, our Service Department column has been serving to transmit both service tips and general technical information, with the result that it suffers in both respects. Therefore, we have separated these functions. Service Department will henceforth be devoted almost exclusively to the everyday problems encountered in the service, repair and modification of motorcycles.
The problems involved in porting a two-stroke can many times cause the inexperienced tuner a loss in performance. I would suggest in this case that the ports be smoothed up and all rough edges removed. This would include intake, transfer and exhaust ports.
AMERICAN MOTOR SCOOTER ASSOCIATION ELECTS NEW HEAD
YAMAHA NATIONAL SALES CONFERENCE
BSA SERVICE SCHOOL
ISLE OF MAN TOUR SCHEDULED
TURNER RELINQUISHES BSA AUTOMOTIVE CONTROL
NEW KOLBE HONDA OPENS
ARIEL PIXIE FOR U.S.A.
MOTORCYCLE TRAILER OFFERED
NEW YAMAHA SALES MANAGER
BSA CYCLONE COMPETITION 500
AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY
COSMOPOLITAN DEALER SCHOOL
LOS ANGELES BICYCLE DEALER SHOW
PROMOTING BSA DEALER
Things are progressing extremely well with the First Annual CYCLE WORLD Motorcycle Show to be held this May 22, 23 and 24 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. We said it was going to be the biggest motorcycle show ever and it looks like we were right.
WARM, HUMID AND WINDY Florida weather greeted contestants at the start of the 27th Annual AMA Daytona 200-Mile National Championship race, run this year over a different course than in previous seasons — the 3.81-mile paved and banked track — where cubic inches and horsepower reigned supreme.
MOST MOTORCYCLISTS' interests are centered on the sporting aspects of the game, and if they do not race themselves, they at least follow racing closely, and indulge themselves in a bit of brisk riding, on pavement or back-country trails, whenever the opportunity presents itself.
CALIFORNIANS have in recent months been treated to the sight of a 14-year-old boy, riding something called a "VanTech," dusting off all the experts in the small displacement classes at local scrambles races. The boy is the very talented Joey Petz, and the bike is the VanTech Scrambler, which is powered by a 100cc McCulloch engine.
You DUMBBELL!" I thought to myself. Here I was twenty miles north of home (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) on my first long motorcycle trip and I had forgotten the cycle title and my birth certificate which AAA had advised me would be necessary to cross the Canadian Border.
THE BASIC WORKINGS of a simple, single-cylinder engine can be easily understood because they can be seen. Anyone of average intelligence can look at an engine's various parts, and watch them go through their motions as the engine is cranked slowly over, and soon arrive at a reasonably clear understanding of what is happening and why.
STATISTICS INDICATE that motorcycling is safer than operating a car. However, when an analysis of motorcycle accidents is made, it is significant that many mishaps involve only one vehicle - the motorcycle itself. As a general rule, the one about driving defensively holds true even when there is no other wheeled traffic around.
Few MACHINES HAVE STIRRED things up around CYCLE WORLD'S shop like the Mark II Trailbreaker. Almost gaunt, lumpy and strange, the Trailbreaker defies description. The huge wheels, small frame, enormous ground clearance, and other odd (to motorcycle) features just serve to make things "curiouser and curiouser."
A TRUE PIONEER in the manufacture of American made motorbikes is Simplex Manufacturing Company in New Orleans, Louisiana. They have been at it since a time shortly after World War II when the boom for transportation first began and not one of the several American two-wheel makers was producing a true lightweight motorbike.
FOR THE SECOND YEAR in succession, Canada's high point award, the White Trophy has gone to a rider from Quebec Province. Winner for 1963 is Jean-Marc Houde of Quebec City, a member of the Quebec Moto Club. Jean-Marc started racing at the age of 16, and placed third in the semi final 1/2 mile at Three Rivers.
By Torrens of The Motor Cycle, Motor Racing Books, 1316 Centinela Ave., Box 4457, Inglewood, Calif. $3.00. THIS VALUABLE book can save both time and money for the cyclist who wishes to set up his own workshop, or improve his present facilities.
NEWCOMER TO THE ALREADY comprehensive Italian scooter range is the Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson "Brezza" (Breeze) 150cc two-stroke three-speed scooter, five units of which have been shipped to the U.S.A. for evaluation by the Milwaukee Co. and possibly for sale in that country.
Clark White, the Triumph riding Flying Farmer from Bakersfield, California, took over from 32 competitors in the early going and was never headed throughout the entire 4th Annual 100-Lap T.T. Steeplechase event held at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif.
JAPANESE MAKERS and racing enthusiasts were happy to see this year's FIM Grand Prix racing schedule get underway with a local factory team walking away with two classes at the U.S.G.P. in Daytona. Most everyone was amazed, however, by newspaper reports that there were only 1,500 and 2,500 spectators on the two days and tended to believe the news reports had dropped a zero off of these figures.
A MORE UNASSUMING character it is difficult to imagine than soft spoken Dave Bickers, who is the perfect example of the local boy made good. Hailing from the small Suffolk village of Coddenham, right on the doorstep of the famous Shrub-land Park scramble course, it was not surprising that Dave should take an interest in moto-cross.
JUST FOR A CHANGE let's start off with a picture quiz and see how many of you recognize the trials rider in the photograph. It was taken at this year's Victory trial, the first of the big trade-supported meetings held in 1964, an event which our mystery man won in 1950.
Your March issue gave me the same feeling of chromed nausea I used to get when looking at Hot Rod magazine. I hope you will lay off customs when the word stands for "brilliant chromework." "Let's Not Go Touring" was probably meant to be funny, but it seems a nasty waste of time and space.