JUNE TURNED OUT TO BE one of the most interesting months of my career as the Publisher and Editor of a motorcycle magazine as I spent a good part of it in the company of CW’s Technical Editor. Gordon Jennings (not the best of company but what the hell), at the Isle Of Man and in England visiting several motorcycle factories and seeing as much of the industry as we could cram in the time.
WHATEVER ELSE. the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races may be. they are a little bit of heaven for the nuts-and-bolts enthusiast. All of the very latest Grand Prix machines are there, and with a few secretive exceptions (Honda being one) the teams do not mind too much if one visits their garages for a bit of polite snooping.
In addition to improvements in the 125cc and 250cc range of models, two new lightweights have been added to the 1965 Ducati line, distributed by the Berliner Motor Corporation. The newcomers are the Ducati Cadet and the Mountaineer, pictured here.
Since I have started racing my ’63 Triumph Trophy in the desert, I have seen about 20 different types of air cleaners. In your opinion, what type of air cleaner gives the best engine protection? G. A. Nichols Gardena, Calif The stock Triumph air cleaner is fairly efficient as far as filtering the air.
HONDA’S SUPER HAWK was one of the first motorcycles to be road tested by CYCLE WORLD (reported in the May, 1962 issue) and although the machine has been changed little since that time, we are repeating the test. The reasons: that we have acquired several new readers over the intervening years; and that the Super Hawk, changed or not, is one of the most advanced and best performing motorcycles available today.
DESPITE THE TREND toward twin-cylinder engines in the big-displacement variety of mud-plugger motorcycle, a lot of riders (especially the old-timers) still prefer a “thumper.” Unfortunately, in recent years the choice of mounts for those who like the big singles has been narrowing steadily.
CONSIDERING THE LENGTHS tO which people will go to extract more power from their motorcycle’s engine, it is surprising that supercharging is so rarely employed. In the final analysis, no other measure, or combination of measures, will be half so effective.
QUIETLY SEATED in the meadow near the famous “parabolic” bend of the Monza autodrome, Ing. Giulio Cesare Carcano, the valiant chief of the Moto Guzzi experimental and racing department since pre-war days, was watching the 500cc class riders practicing for the 1954 Italian Grand Prix on a fine September day.
MOR-XPENSE MAY SOUND like a joke. but to go as fast as this Harley-Davidson, it takes money to run and every mile-an-hour takes just that much more money. To date its best quarter mile has been 140.62 mph with an elapsed time of 9.99 seconds; and the feeling is that it has not even approached its best.
KEN MYLANDER, MY roommate for three years at Ohio State University, my younger brother, Dick, and I left the safety of home the evening of August 27th on a trip we had planned and prepared for months. We were bound for Yellowstone and points west.
FINE SPORT AND RESULTS, which played havoc with all predictions, made it a day to remember. The ultra-fast 8.7 mile mountain circuit of Spa seems to be the place of first-ever wins in a classic. Last year Bert Schneider and Fumio Ito made their debuts on the winner's platform and now it was Mike Duff who drove the few Canadians in the game mad with excitement when he took his Yamaha to a clear-cut win over Jim Redman and Alan Shepherd in the 250cc class.
"DOESN’T LOOK LIKE it goes so fast”. “. . . While crisply styled, you expect it to be heavv, like a dumpling from a Jello mold, and it is. But when you turn on that quarter-turn throttle, it really turns on!” Thus reads a sampling of opinions from the CYCLE WORLD staff after our first encounter with the hot new Lambretta that is the talk of the scooter world these days.
I must say your letters in your magazine are quite something. The fellows that “moan & groan” about H-D and the AMA are the most amusing! I have taken the time to take results from scrambles, race meets, hillclimbs, enduros and club events, and I don’t see one make of machine dominating the winner’s circle.
George Roeder, the Flying Farmer from Monroeville, Ohio, grabbed 58 National points and the 15-Mile National crown at Heidelberg (Pa.) Raceway’s sweeping halfmile track, astride his Berndt-tuned #94 Harley-Davidson. Roeder, who finished last the day before in the 12-Mile National at Hagerstown, Maryland due to a lost steel shoe when Gary Nixon inadvertently rode over his left foot, set the fastest time trial of the day — 24.11 seconds.
FORMULAS FOR SUCCESS vary greatly through different fields of endeavor, but one familiar to most of us is the system applied to popular music. If it’s a hit, come out with another one, with slight modifications, right on the heels of the first.
A RECORD CROWD of nearly 200,000 watched a full scale Dutch TT on the medium-fast 85 mph circuit of Assen. Close racing and surprising results added up to make it a perfect day. The Dutch have their own ideas about the order of events, so they let the threefifties go first.
THE TIMEWORN ADAGE, “Life begins at 40,” has been bandied about so much that it has almost lost its meaning, but in the case of ace California scrambler Jim Hunter, it takes on new significance. Now forty, Hunter is currently head man in the high-pressure scrambles competition of Southern California, fastest in the country.
THOUGH WE, AS MOTORCYCLISTS, tend not to take such things as mini-bikes very seriously, they most certainly have a place in the cycle world, and it is often a place difficult, if not impossible, to fill by any other machine. We were loaned a new model of Rupp Manufacturing’s Continental during the CYCLE WORLD Motorcycle Show at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena last May.
LILAC HAS STARTLED the motorcycle world in Japan by announcing the establishment of the U.S. Marusho Corporation in Los Angeles and the contracting with this American distributor to export 200 Lilac 500cc model R-92 motorcycles a month.
Weather played an important part in Bart Markel’s second national win of the season — the Hagerstown (Md.) 12-Mile dirt track race. If rains hadn’t caused a 6-day postponement of the event after the heat races were run, Markel wouldn’t even have been in the running, for he fell off in a preliminary event and did not transfer to the final.
AT MID-SEASON the Italian Senior Championship is already concluded, the usual procedure for many years now. For various reasons the organizers don’t wish to hold their events later than June, so the final round was run June 21st over the twisty, up-and-down Sanremo circuit on the Ligure coast near the French border.
LAST SEASON Honda made a half-hearted defense of the titles they had won the previous year and paid the penalty by losing out. This season they have come back with a vengeance, much to the delight of the school who say that a good four-stroke will always beat a good two-stroke.
SOMETIMES WE WONDERED if we would have a race, what with International license complications, but we made it, and the event was most successful. All the same, there were some riders who began to wonder if they should have “stood at home.” Ivor Lloyd found the cam box of the Manx, newly rebuilt at the factory in England, disintegrating after two laps of practice, and withdrew it.
IN 1961 AT THE British round of the 250 moto-cross championship, a young Belgian rider stood out for his forceful if somewhat erratic style. It was obvious that with experience the rough edges would smooth away and given good machinery that rider would go to the top.