As predicted, CYCLE WORLD'S First Annual Motorcycle Show was nothing short of a sensation. I am hard pressed to be reserved in my enthusiasm in describing the success at presenting the first show. Almost 70,000 enthusiasts crowded the handsome Los Angeles Sports Arena, the largest audience ever assembled for a motorcycle display.
One of the more interesting aspects of the Spanish Grand Prix was the impressive performance of Honda's new 125cc four. This machine is constructed along the same lines as their 250cc four, but suitably reduced in size. Like its "big" brother, the 125 has 4 cylinders in line, with the drive to clutch and camshafts located between cylinders 2 and 3, and it has 4 valves per cylinder.
I have a 1959 Triumph 6T and a timing problem. I suddenly found that the bike wouldn't run regularly. It heated up, ran rough and not over 50 mph. I took off the timing gear cover and found the gears were way out. I reset them and it ran well for about a minute, then went rough again.
MOTOCYCLEING HAD its own day, for the first time, in Kariskoga, when over 200 riders converged on the Gelleras racing circuit for a weekend of camping, rallying (enduros), parades, a concourse d'elegance (custom show), and other events.
WINNING THE LITTLE WOMAN No, simply as that! He ranted and raved to buy a motorcycle. He could read CYCLE WORLD all he wanted. He could even go to motorcycle shops, but no motorcycle! Well, because I love him these words are from the past; he is now the proud owner of a new Honda Super Hawk.
ALL SUPERLATIVES ASIDE, CYCLE WORLD'S first of what is to be an annual Motorcycle Show, staged recently at the beautiful Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, was the largest, most elaborate and complete motorcycle show ever seen in this country.
THREE SECONDS ROBBED Jim Redman of the chance of joining Mike Hailwood as a triple winner during Isle of Man T.T. week, for that was the amount by which his Honda teammate Luigi Taveri beat him in the 125cc race. But by the time this happened, on Wednesday of race week, we had gotten used to drama and surprises.
LONG BEFORE a certain automobile manufacturer in Dearborn cribbed the name, "Thunderbird" meant total performance to thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts. To them, Thunderbird meant only one thing: Triumph's very smooth and rapid 40 cubic inch vertical-twin motorcycle, which was quite justly regarded as being the machine for the sporting rider.
To JUDGE FROM readers' letters, it is well-nigh un-American to think of a man's motorcycle in terms other than weight, bulk and a massive four-stroke, vee-twin engine. Small, light two-strokes, you would think, are strictly for boys. But let us face the facts.
WE HAVE OFTEN talked about the proper measuring stick for trail machines; it is not easy to simplify the requirements. We have explored many machines especially prepared for the trailing rider, hunter, outdoorsman, and others harboring desires for motorcycles with "special" trailing attributes.
IT WAS A suri-burnt Grand Prix for Spanish aficionados on the 2.34 miles of twisting streets through Montjuich Park, Barcelona, in the first European round of this year's world championship. There were classes for three small solo displacements and sidecars.
THE BEAUTIFUL mountain-circuit next to the city of Clermont-Ferrand usually attracts a disappointingly small crowd of some 20,000 for the French GP, which, as a consequence, influences starting gold and the number of riders admitted to the start.
Bart Markel, Harley-Davidson star trom Flint, Michigan, hummed his way around the half-mile oval at York, Pennsylvania and garnered the 1964 5-Mile National crown in true championship style. His sterling performance pleased an enthusias tic crowd of 7,500 spectators who attended the Memorial Day festivities, sponsored by the York Motorcycle Club for the benefit of the York City and Country Deaf Children's Club.
IF ANY CHANGE is made in the motor scooter trend, it will be the result of the boom in popularity of the 50cc light-weight motorcycles. Vespa's dandy little 90 may very well be the answer to the competition being pressed by the Japanese invasion.
AFTER THE "absolute" one hour record set up by Mike Hailwood on the MV Augusta 500cc at Daytona last February, it is highly probable that the famous U.S. track will again be used, later this year, by a European rider for record attempts. In fact, famous Swiss sidecar ace Florian Camathias built a rather unorthodox outfit last winter, featuring the powerful Gilera double OHC four-cylinder 500cc engine (70 bhp at 10,500 rpm, five-speed gearbox in unit), with the intention of launching a massive attack on many world records early this spring, from the 10km (6.25 miles) up to the six hour one.
90cc BRIDGESTONE JOINS ROCKFORD'S LIGHTWEIGHT LINE
THE FAIR SEX ON CYCLES?
NEW PAINT OUTLASTS CHROME
NEW FUEL ADDITIVE ANNOUNCED
75cc BSA LIGHTWEIGHT DEBUTS
SUZUKI "EAST" OPENS IN JACKSONVILLE
PORTABLE STEAM CLEANER
NEW ALLOY SPEED PART
DESIGN AWARD TO HONDA
NEW ACCESSORY CATALOGS AVAILABLE
Commercial exhibitors were as follows, reading from the entrance around the circular auditorium; Johnson Motors, Triumph; Motor Racing Books; Innocenti Corp., Lambretta; Tab-Loc Engineering; Nicholson Mtrs., Greeves; Webco accesso ries; Rocky Cycle accessories; Sears Roe buck and Company; Flanders Co., BMW; American Rabbit Corp; Montesa Motors; Joseph Buegeleisen Company; Puritan Pacific Insurance; Yamaha International; Accurate Accessories; Hap Alzina, BSA; DKW Distributors; C & N Enterprises, Gilera; ZDS Motors, Norton, Ducati; Hap Jones Accessories; Custom Plastics; Day tona Sports Co; Pacific Basin Trading Co; Van Tech Engineering; Pierce Motor Sales, Indian and Royal Enfield; Brown Fairings; Bear Kat trail scooter; Rockford Scooter Co., Bridgestone; Western Scooter, Vespa; Rex Mtr.
YAMAHA IS REPORTED to have developed a hot 125cc twin racer which will make its initial run at the Isle of Man T.T. race. No details are available on the super secret new bomb, but Yamaha is definitely put ting everything they have into racing this year in a do or die effort to rack up grand prix race wins and publicity.
One of the things that used to be fun about riding a motorcycle was the old-fashioned field meet. Anything with two wheels and gasoline could play and there were prizes and a universal good time to be had. Riding games like Kick the Can, Bite the Weenie, Barrel Rolling and Egg-in-Spoon races separated the pompous from their dignity but pretty girls were given spoons with the egg glued on and nobody minded.
HAREWOOD ACRES, an airport circuit south of Hamilton, Ontario is staging a comeback as far as motorcycle races are concerned. The history of the course started in 1956 when the British Empire Motor Club was forced to do some fast searching for a course.
HONDA SACKS Tommy Robb. This sensational piece of news shook the fans as much as it did poor Tommy and leaves one wondering just what sort of game the Japanese concern is playing. Tommy joined Honda in 1962 when they were taking their racing seriously and won the 250 class of the Ulster Grand Prix, the 350cc Finnish and both 50 and 125 races in Japan.