ONE OF THE MOST honored invitations I have received came recently from J. W. Black Jr., of Paradise Motors, makers of Pak Jak trail scooters, inviting me to meet him and tour the Erle Stanley Gardner ranch near Temecula, California. I had the immense pleasure of meeting "Uncle" Erle, as most of the hands call him, and we discussed the growing problem besetting the off-the-road, two- and four-wheel enthusiasts: that of losing access rights to the back country.
Can a 1964 BSA engine be installed in a 1957 frame without an excessive amount of adaptations? Both engine and frame are 650cc size. L. Baker Dallas, Texas Owing to completely different engine designs, installation of a 1964 unit construction BSA power plant would require complete relocation of the engine mounts along with removal of the rear engine and gearbox mount used on the earlier frame.
MANY YEARS AGO, no high-performance engine was considered complete unless it had a "double-valve" cylinder head, with two intake and two exhaust valves. Many of the sporting and racing automobiles had 4-valve cylinder heads, while in our own field, motorcycles, there were numerous examples of this valve layout.
I was amazed and displeased to note that a reader stated that the Uno-Guzzi is a joke, and inferred that CYCLE WORLD was the source of his knowledge. Allow me to remind you, sir, that while Uno-Guzzi is not now advertising in this country, it soon will be, and the attitude of your magazine indicates that perhaps you are not worthy of our business.
THIRTEEN NEW MODELS were shown by Japan's six motorcycle manufacturers displaying at the 1964 Tokyo Motor Show. Aimed primarily at the American market are a new 305cc sports twin by Yamaha, a new 250cc aluminum cylinder twin by Suzuki and a double-port single cylinder 125cc sports model, also by Suzuki.
EVERY SECOND YEAR the German motorcycle industry holds a general show to boost their products and occasionally introduce a new model or two. 1964 was such a year and the display had moved from Frankfurt to Cologne in the hopes of improving attendance over 1962's rather tepid offering.
UNDER ANY but the most unusual of circumstances, we do not make direct comparisons between the different makes of motorcycles. It is difficult, perhaps even impossible, to be objective when making direct comparative judgments, and we have decided that the best course of action is to judge each machine on its own merits.
A ROAD RUN dedicated to the memory of motorcycle pioneer Wm. E. Johnson, founder of Johnson Mtrs. in Pasadena, California, with the support and participation of almost every single member of the motorcycle industry in the West, best describes the Wm.
LONG BEFORE the bikes fired up for practice, a supremely confident Gary Nixon predicted he would win the 20-Mile National that day. And win he did, despite the efforts of 19 other hard-riding flattrack specialists to keep his prophesy from coming true.
THIS REPORT should probably be titled "The Parilla Tourist Revisited," for we have already published a road test of the Parilla Tourist, and it cannot be said that the one that is the subject of this report differs materially from the original.
HOW COLD CAN YOU GET on a motorcycle? Ask any winter rider and he will turn pale, mumble incoherently, and gradually assume an expression of unspeakable horror. He has learned the hard way that high wind and low temperature, coupled with low bodily activity, create an environment very unsympathetic to human existence, let alone comfort.
... and it's love at first sight, for the beholder as well.
WHEN ASKED WHAT "METISSE" means, we render refined French into basic English, and out comes a very unrefined translation: "mongrel bitch." England's scrambling Rickman brothers have been making Metisse kits for several years now, and they are seen in number on the scrambles (moto-cross) courses all over Great Britain and the Continent.
SUZUKI ARE HERE. It seems like we've been waiting quite a while, but it has been only a year or so since we last rode one of the machines from Japan's second largest motorcycle maker. Cleverly dubbed the Hill-Billy, the trail machine is a roughed-up rendition of their 80cc touring bike.
BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS provided our staff with the testing grounds for the Bridgestone 90. We put several hundred miles running around the lake bed and environment on the machine loaned to us by the importers/distributors of Bridgestone, the Rockford Scooter Co., Inc. For many it was the first view of the new 90, the latest appendage to the line of Japanese-made Bridgestone 50s, which, incidentally, are still being made and are available from Rockford.
The one-third mile motordrome saucer tracks at Paterson. New Jersey and Springfield. Massachusetts were the launching pads that sent motorcycle racing soaring to immense popularity across the country; and by 1913 the lusty young sport already had the men and machines to invade the nation's dirt tracks and the big auto road race courses at Elgin. Illinois; Savannah's Vanderbilt Cup track; and establish others of their own.
A SENSE OF impending drama hovered almost visibly over Ascot Park. Not only would the 50-Lap Tourist Trophy National be decided on this mild California evening, but the 1964 Grand National Championship as well. Incumbent champ Dick Mann, ribs taped from a spill at Sacramento the week before, trailed leader Roger Reiman by 30 points as riders converged for the AMA season finale.
FOR SOME TIME NOW, we have been receiving letters from CYCLE WORLD readers in almost every corner of the earth. Many have requested we run their letters in our Letters column, asking for pen friends (or pen pals if you will), in this country. Obviously we cannot run the full letters of each one asking for friends to correspond with on motorcycling in America, but we can run all of their names and addresses.
At least 16.230 new cycle fans have learned to ride since summer, in an unprecedented rider training program developed here by the United States Suzuki Motor Corporation. Suzuki gave this record number of free rides (and instruction) to patrons of the World Teen Fair, staged in the spacious Orange County Fair grounds.
WATHCH OUT FOR DICK MANN when it's down for the money. The wily champ had to come through at Peoria to regain the National point lead .... and he did, leading a five-man California contingent across the line in the Heavyweight Tourist Trophy Race.
HONDA REALLY OUGHT to get into the cloak-and-dagger business — the way they can keep a secret. Latest to come out into the light of day, and one that nobody in Japan had even heard so much as a rumor about, is the sensational 6-cylinder 250cc racer which Jim Redman rode to third place at Monza.
EUROPEN ENDURANCE RACES are quite different from ones in the United States. In fact, they are for sports racers (the so-called "derived from the series" machines which must be on sale to the public) and are held over road race circuits. They can be compared to the famous 24-Hour Le Mans car race; the same starting system is used, with riders and machines on opposite sides of the track.
BACK ON THE International Six Days Trial map for the first time in many years, the British Trophy team tied with the East Germans (both teams having lost no marks), but victory went to the M.Z.-mounted Germans by virtue of their superior performances in the special tests.
TWO BRITISH EMPIRE MOTOR CLUB events were in the September spotlight, the Indian Summer Trophy Races at Mosport and the Corduroy Enduro in the Hahourton Highlands of Ontario. Both events drew a large proportion of U.S. entrants. At the Indian Summer, lightweights provided many of the thrills.