The world famous Death Valley Tour will be held again this year; October 31st and November 1st are the dates. Over 1,500 entrants wound up in Death Valley at last year's run, and this year's event marks the 10th running of the largest road event in the world.
Every new cycle magazine seems to have a life cycle similar to us frail humans - it begins with great vigor, rapidly ascends to a luminous zenith, and then begins a long period of progressive decay. I hope that yours will prove to he the exception and remain perpetually youthful, crowded with pulsating life, and consumed with foolish adolescent idealism.
At present I have a 1962 Ducati Diana and plan on doing some drag racing this summer. I am wondering about the best gear ratio for this type of racing. My machine has had some modifications; the stock 27mm carburetor has been replaced with a 29mm carburetor.
SPEAKING FOR THE technical department of this magazine, I would like to say that there is considerable mortification around here over a paragraph in last month's Honda road test. The test report said that the advance mechanism mounted in the center of the camshaft operated directly on the camshaft, and that the ignition breaker cam was fixed solidly to the end of the camshaft.
THOSE WHO HAVE RACED BSA'S 500CC Gold Star single (known affectionately around these offices as the "BSA Roto Rooter") will offer the opinion that any replacement would have to be awfully good. Well gang, BSA has a replacement and it is awfully good.
Six antique motorcycles are the pride of a Washington D.C. plumber.
ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS of Watha T. Daniel's hobby of collecting and restoring old motorcycles is the reaction he notes at automobile shows when his gleaming row of machines is first encountered. An avid cyclist since 1928, Daniel's prides are a 1913 Indian, 1916 Reading Standard, 1916 Indian road racer, 1918 Indian Power Plus, 1916 Cleveland, and a 1929 Henderson four. All were lovingly restored by Daniel in his spare time; most were found in very poor condition and much work went into their restoration.
JOHN WARMSHOE, A MOTORCYCLE rider with about nine months experience, is sitting astride his mount at a busy intersection. The red light has stared him into a complete stop. He is idly revving his engine up and down. Suddenly, against the light, his powerful twin leaps into the intersection directly into the path of a loaded gravel truck. An examination of the flattened machine reveals that John's instantaneous departure from the cycle world was totally unnecessary. A little preventive maintenance would have helped, but most important, a knowledge of motorcycle controls would have eliminated the danger and the resultant accident completely.
IT WAS A ROAD somewhere in the sun. It came at you straight for about a mile and a half then made a dog-leg left for maybe 300 yards before breaking right in the first of a series of swerves descending gradually into what turned out to be a valley.
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE an England, and there will always be an English motorcycle industry. We have seen a marvelous blossoming of lightweight motorcycles in the 50 to 90cc groups, brought on by the spurt of handsome little machines made in Japan.
THERE WERE TWO "Grosser Preis von Deutschland" this summer, separated by a week, and a wall. First race was in Stuttgart, at Solitude Ring — and no East German competition. The other one, at Sachsenring, East Germany, had no West German entries.
Dear Carol ; I been reading your magazine for six to eight months and I really liked all five of them. Your articles are my favorites even when I dont understand them. The reason why I'm writing is, one of the nurses at the hospital said she figured that I was probably your No.
HAIL THE ARRIVAL of the much-heralded Hodaka Ace-90. Of course we knew it was coming all the time since CYCLE WORLD'S Editor/Publisher had passed judgment on the first prototype during a visit to the Hodaka importer's quarters back in the early part of the year see CYCLE WORLD, March 1964).
FROM THE BEGINNING it should be understood that the modifications which are described in this article are not going to make a full-house scrambler or roadracer out of your Yamaha 55 or 80. They will make it go a darn sight better than the over-the-counter version and do this without a great deal of expenditure in either time or money or a loss in reliability.
CLASS A HILL CLIMBERS are a special breed of cat. The small union of devoted "slant-slammers" go their quiet way, riding a dozen Sundays through the season at odd-named hamlets like: Peninsula (Akron, Ohio), Paw-Paw (near Cumberland, West Virginia); Oregonia (Dayton, Ohio), mounted on special alcohol-burning machines that are in some cases older than their riders.
ONCE YOU PENETRATE the dazzle of chrome plating, the most notable thing about Bob Belanger's custom '50 Triumph is the far out front forks. A 7" addition to the wheelbase effectively lowers the frame, which was cut to angle the steering crown.
WHO SAYS GOOD GUYS don't win races? Larry Schafer, an exceptionally fine fellow from Washington, D. C. did just that at the 250cc National Championship Road Race held at Nelson Ledges, Ohio, and a more popular first-time National winner would be hard to imagine. Known as the "Southern Gentleman". Schafer is a quiet, unassuming individual, always ready to give a helping hand and without any fanfare about it. As an example. Tony Murguia took a nasty spill in practice and due to traffic on the course, flagmen were unable to reach him. Rider after rider zoomed by until Schafer came along. He immediately screeched to a halt, ran over to assist his fallen foe. gave what aid he could and then summoned the ambulance before continuing on about his business.
AMONG THE SEVERAL HEROIC FIGURES scheduled to make record runs on the Bonneville Salt Flats this fall is Brave Speedlove, who plans to capture the world's absolute speed record with his latest creation, Snowjob IV (illustration). The record attempt vehicle is a genuine motorcycle, and will be classified as such, although it is somewhat removed in general configuration from the ones most of us ride and it loses some of its significance thereby.
SAMMY TANNER WAS FIRST MAN on the track for practice the night before the 8-Mile National. Not only that, he followed up with fastest qualifying time, fastest heat race time, and a wire-to-wire win in the 6th Annual Ascot Park Classic at Gardena, California.
National Number One. Dick Mann of Pinole. California, captured his first National Championship of 1964, the Windber (Penna.) 50-Mile Road Race, astride his perfectly tuned Matchless G-50. Roger Reiman (H-D) set fastest qualifying time and gained the pole position, with Gary Nixon (Triumph), defending champion of the Windber event, sitting alongside.
WITH THE ITALIAN "rounds" run at Imola (250 class) and Avigliana near Turin (500 class) over fast, hard and dusty courses, the 1964 World Scrambles Championships reached the halfway mark. Seven meetings for each class have been held in various European countries and another seven for each class remain to be run, including the Russian 250 and 500 rounds at Leningrad and Lvov, for the first time counting toward World Championships.
Riders making waves in East Japan Moto-Cross. JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURERS turned in a roaring first half year with exports of 303,896 machines bringing in $52,315,424 FOB. Only 396,957 motorcycles were exported during the full 12 months last year.
DAILY PAPERS, radio and television news bulletins can seldom have no mention of Russia or her achievements in the international sphere and now it looks as if that country is going to figure far more prominently than of late in the motorcycle press. The bald facts are that a Russian rider has won a round of the 250 moto cross championship, Russians lie third and fourth in the table with one round to go and of even greater significance on the road racing front was the 350cc Vostok four cylinder racer that appeared for the first time at the East German Grand Prix. But more of these facts later ...
ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING ASPECTS of Canadian motorcycling this year is the amount of participation in overseas international events. We have to mention Mike Duff first; although he has been over for three years now, he is a Canadian born and trained, but polished by hot international road racing.
America's largest motorcycle manufacturer will introduce two entirely new designs and a very much modernized 74 into the 1965 market. Best news for big bike enthusiasts and police departments is that the 1200cc FL and FLH models will come equipped with the longawaited electric starter.