We have received several letters, and I have been accused point blank, of harboring an editorial bias against a certain machine made in the United States. On one occasion we were even accused of being un-American. I must clear the air on the subject; CYCLE WORLD harbors no bias against any machine, our editorial policy of freedom and independence from any outside influence has never varied.
I have a 1957 Harley-Davidson 165 and I would like to know what other kind of oil will mix with the gas. besides H-D two-cycle oil. I have heard that airplane oil will mix. Is this true? Your help will he appreciated. William Farmer Rocky Mt., No, Carolina Most types of oil can he mixed with gas for use in two-cycle engines.
ONE OF THE THINGS that appears to be of enduring interest to the CYCLE WORLD reader is the rotary valve 4-stroke engine. We always seem to get a few letters asking about rotary valves in general or some rotary valve engine in particular. As a matter of fact, there have been many such engines, and in all likelihood we shall he seeing more of them in the future — although for what reason I cannot imagine.
CBS RADIO SHOW HELPS CLEAR MOTORCYCLE MISCONCEPTIONS
PARR OF ARIZONA COMES TO CALIFORNIA
ALL NEW GREEVES
“BULLETS" CHAPS & JACKETS
COSMOPOLITAN DEALERS STUDY SERVICE TECHNIQUES
BUCO ADDS NEW ACCESSORIES
TRAIL BIKE SHAGS 'CHUTISTS
MICHIGAN MOTORCYCLE REGISTRATIONS UP
1964 HAP JONES CATALOG AVAILABLE
SMALL ENGINE DYNO
WEBCO ADDS LINE OF SPEED PARTS
Newest show biz member of the motorcycling set is Dean Martin, who prepares to wheel away from his Beverly Hills home on his Honda. Dino thus joins the Hollywood cycle clan which includes Rock Hudson, Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Bobby Darin, Janet Leigh, Sammy Davis Jr., Jill St. John, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Joey Bishop, Corinne Calvet, Peter Brown, Dean Jones, Polly Bergen and Steve Allen.
THE MODERN TWO-STROKE engine is quite a remarkable device, whether in a racing or touring application, and if we ever had any doubts about this, our recent experiences with Yamaha's YDS-3 street bike and RD-56 factory road racer completely removed them.
SPANISH TWO-STROKES seem to be going from strength to strength these days, and are fast becoming the bikes to beat in all the races in which they compete. The Montesa provides an example of this. Starting life as a fairly good 125, it became a very good 125, then an equally good 175, and now it is available as an extremely good 250.
THERE’S AN OLD SAYING that once you've been to Mexico you’ll go there again some time. And many times I have left there depressed and never wanting to return, yet I always manage another trip. There’s something intriguing about the land across the border, particularly Baja California.
BIANCHI is the oldest Italian motorcycle factory, having been founded in 1885, and beginning production of motorized two-wheelers in their Milan factory at the turn of the century. The firm has always taken an interest in sporting events, particularly Grand Prix racing in the 350cc and 500cc classes.
CUSTOM BUILDING of motorcycles is the particular interest of a certain type of enthusiast and, unfortunately, the end result often serves no useful purpose at all other than to boost the constructor’s ego, and, furthermore, it is frequently in extremely bad taste.
RACE-HUNGRY riders and fans have turned out in force for the opening flattrack events at Ascot Park’s famed half-mile oval in Gardena, California, and during the first four weeks of action, main event wins have been evenly divided between "Flying Flea" Sammy Tanner, aboard C. R. Axtell's rapid BSA Gold Star, and Elliott Schultz, mounted on the remarkable Shell Thuet-tuned Royal Enfield.
OUR TRAIL TUST machine this month pretty well fills the bill of what we have preached for some:ime; a real motorcycle, slightly undersized, properly equipped and geared, is the best trail machine when all demands are given consideration.
IT WAS INEVITABLE that such an event must sooner or later occur, and in keeping with the editorial policy of CYCE WORLD that all major motor cycling events of national importance be given full and comprehensive coverage, here is the blow by blow report of this spine tingling battle.
THE FLIGHT from London to the Island was uneventful. The steady drone of the motors, plus the gray mistlike atmosphere pressing against my window, dulled my present thoughts. My mind was filled with the sun and snow of the last days spent at Mont Tremblant where I taught skiing, a sport somehow similar to motorcycling.
TWO THOUSAND SPECTATORS who braved an overcast day to witness the first Vineland (N.J.) AAMRR road race were treated to some outstanding exhibitions by two of the nation's top road racing stars as Tony Woodman on a 500cc Norton Manx and Roger Chase on a 250cc Honda Hawk both smashed Vineland track records.
TUNING HIS OWN potent BSA. Jack Simmons wound up the 1963 season as the nation's high point expert Tourist Trophy rider, after eight years of Class C competition. Beginning with scrambles in 1949. it was six years before he rode his first professional event, the Pikes Peak National at Colorado Springs.
Opening race of the season in Albuquerque. New Mexico was the 1st Annual Bennie Sims Memorial TT Scrambles, held in honor of my late husband on the West Mesa track he helped to lay out and build himself. Fourteen out-of-town riders were among the 46 entries, including one.
I've been reading CYCLE WORLD for about a year and a half; I have requested back issues and noticed that the issue of June 1962 is not available any longer. I was wondering if any of your readers would be willing to sell me this issue. I'm willing to pay a reasonable price for it.
IMOLA "GOLD CUP," Italy's most important G.P. event after the world championship "Gran Premio delle Nazioni" at Monza, is held on the demanding, up and down 5.017 km. (3.100 miles) long circuit twisting along the Santerno river of 2nd World War fame and inside the beautiful Mineral Waters park.
THE HISTORY of Mosport really goes back to the first airport races in Canada in 1950, for right from that time, drivers and spectators alike had wanted a course which would approximate the road courses of Europe. The British Empire Motor Club, the largest club in Canada, spent the two years of 1956 and '57 searching for suitable land.
JAPAN'S TOP THREE motorcycle makers are vying for the road racing world championships in Europe this year. Following the U.S.G.P. and Malaysia G.P., Yamaha decided to contest the full schedule from Spain throughout the season with the exception of the Argentine race, which is next to last on the calendar.
POSTPONED FROM earlier in the year because the course was snowbound, the national trade supported Bemrose Trial held in the wilds of Derbyshire with its wonderful rocky sections, was a limberup exercise for the forthcoming Scottish Six Days Trial.
MOTORCYCLE SPORT — By A. St. J. Masters, Motor Racing Books, 1316 Centinela Ave., Inglewood, Calif. $3.25. THIS BOOK is a helpful guide for both spectators and participants in the various forms of motorcycle sport — trials, scrambles, rallies and racing.