We receive a number of requests from our readers asking us which machines are the best, which are our choice as our own machines, and which ones they should buy. We of course cannot answer these questions and be fair to all machines, and all of our readers.
I’ve ended up riding a BMW R-27 which is just about right at my age, 56. However, even after a break-in of 1200 miles it runs hot — the pipe is a deep blue. It has the stock 120 needle jet and the altitude here borders on 2500 feet. We have tried the needle in the second and third holes, to no avail.
WITH ALL THE CONFIDENCE of a Cape Canaveral (not Kennedy) missile launching. The Harley-Davidson Motor Company and other interested American businesses (Goodyear tires. Tillotson carburetors, Duckworth chain, Mobil oil) had gathered their representatives, the motorcycle press.
SINCE PUBLISHING the recent article about supercharging motorcycles, we have been getting a lot of mail asking for advice regarding the fitting of some particular supercharger to some particular motorcycle. We would like to help, but the only way we could give really worthwhile advice would be to first do the job ourselves, and then pass along a step by step description of how the installation was made.
The last letter written to you was misunderstood. it was written by myself. Sam Arena Junior, not my dad. Also, it was not aimed at your fine magazine. However, in answer to your answer, I have not been reading the wrong race results. I agree, H-D does win the big share of National events.
The Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Company, Mr. H. Koike, visited the U. S. headquarters at Los Angeles and Philadelphia to see first hand the remarkable development of this market. He stated that the expansion plans for a new motorcycle factory, announced earlier this year, are now half-way completed.
THE 16TH ANNUAL BONNEVILLE Speed Weeks, staged by the Southern California Timing Association on the famed Wendover, Utah salt flats, fell short of expectations this year due to extremely unsatisfactory salt conditions. Things got so bad that the week of high speed racing was cancelled two days before its scheduled completion date.
MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIASTS with any degree of background will not have to stretch their memories very far to remember what the name DKW meant in both American and International racing just a few short years back. Though a far cry from the wild three-cylinder road racing machines seen at the Isle of Man in 1959, DKW has returned to these shores with a quite different two-stroke that should find a place in the garage of many lightweight enthusiasts.
As MANY OF YOU WILL RECALL, the CYCLE WORLD staff went to the Bonneville Speed Trials in 1963 and captured the Partial Streamlined, Class-C, 650cc record with a very slightly modified Triumph TT Special -raising the record by 10 mph in the process.
ONCE UPON A TIME there was a Matchless touring bike powered by a big vertical-twin engine. This should have been a fine machine, because Matchless motorcycles have been winners for as long as most of us can remember, and exceedingly reliable as well.
ABSOLUTELY ENCHANTED." That was the way we described the feeling of the entire staff when we tested the Ducati Diana Mk III last year, and a test of the recently announced 5-speed version of the same machine has not changed our minds a bit.
UNQUESTIONABLY, the best reason for the revival of two-stroke racing engines is the expansion-chamber exhaust system. This device, a fairly recent development, is largely responsible for the fantastically high specific power output of the modern racing two-stroke, and it should be obvious to everyone that tuners working with the “valveless wonders” will need to know something about these expansion chambers.
SUMMER IS GONE - and the season almost over, when top-flight rough-riders gather to compete in an annual oneweek enduro, the International Six Days Trial. Politics from club levels to the international ones had kept West Germans and the much fancied Italian riders out this year.
THIS YEAR'S RUNNING of the 50-mile National Championship race at the State Fairgrounds' one-mile dirt track in Springfield. Illinois will live in the minds of all who viewed it as the "50-Mile Trophy Dash" Never has there been so much passing.
MODERN ITALIAN ART takes many forms; the one we are concerned with is of the two-wheeled variety. Though little known in this country, the name Garelli in Italy describes one of the older more established makers of motorcycles and mopeds.
IMATRA, A SMALL town near the Russian border, was the scene of the 3rd Grand Prix of Finland. The Finns had moved the race from the narrow course at Tampere which the F.I.M. banned from International racing as being too dangerous. The Imatra circuit is wider, faster, and safer.
EVER HEARD of a l8O° opposed twin smaller than 250cc? Well, you will he hearing of one soon, as Lilac has completed a prototype of a 125cc which will be displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show and marketed soon afterward, it is reported. The company has a lot of experience with their 500cc opposed twin, and claims this was a big help in putting out this small version of the 4-cycle motorcycle.
The Meadowdale national road race will go into the history books as the race be tween Dick Mann, the pavement master, and Dick Hammer, the charger. Hammer wanted this one and wanted it bad after being denied victory last year by a flat tire in the late laps.
PHIL READ TAKES the 250cc world title from Jim Redman at the decisive championship round; all but one record smashed; brilliant racing in nearly all classes; little pleasure in the results for the usual enthusiastic crowd that had hopes of more success for the Italian riders and machinery: this the summary of the 42nd Italian Grand Prix.
JEERS, WHISTLES, CATCALLS AND ABUSE were hurled at officials of the 500cc Moto Cross des Nations team event held at the famous Hawkstone Park circuit where there were four false starts before the first race was allowed to proceed. The trouble arose because of a faulty starting gate, but to a jaundiced eye around the back of the course it seemed the race was not started until a British rider led.
HELMUT FATH of West Germany, 1960 world sidecar racing champion, is planning to recapture his title with an entirely new and fascinating 500cc machine in 1965. Fully recovered from a crash in 1961, the 33-year-old Heidelberg, Germany, engineer has built a prototype 500cc four-cylinder engine which, on a home-built dynamometer, has shown excellent potential at speeds up to 14,000 rpm.
PHIL READ 250cc water ski champion of all Ireland at F.I.M.-approved meet held on the Dundrod course near Belfast Saturday. August 8th. Jim Redman hokey cokey champion after having a "swing it to the left and swing it to the right" rear wheel say hello to the front in the same 250 race but his moment of glory came earlier in the day with a 350cc win that gave him the world crown for the third successive year.