MY MONTH WAS brightened considerably by a visit to the Earls Court motorcycle show in London, and a side trip to Barcelona, Spain, as the guest of Montesa Motors to see the factory and a fascinating group of machines now in the prototype stages.
I bought a ’62 Puch SGS a short while ago with 5000 miles on it; it now has 7500. The problem is this. Every time I try to shift the gears they grind. You have to hold the clutch in for quite a while before you shift and then barely snug them in to keep them in the case.
EXPERIENCE IS quite properly regarded as a great teacher, and my first full season of road racing has been very instructive. As some of you may recall. I acquired a Cotton Telstar early in 1964, and that machine was used to launch my racing career.
IN THE BUSINESS of selling motorcycles, Long Beach Honda Motors Incorporated was number one last year, with sales often exceeding 300 per month. Using this distinction as an excuse, we rode over to congratulate our old friend and neighbor Charles Schott, manager of L. B. Honda, and asked how he became the number one cycle dealer in the United States.
GREEVES SCRAMBLERS have been a mainstay of a large segment of the racing fraternity for a long time, and there are few of the dirt-pounders events that have not been won by someone on a Greeves at least once. In short, the Greeves has demonstrated that it is a good piece of equipment.
SHOULD YOU ever be wandering around in Essex, down in the south of England, go to the little town of Thundersley and have a look at the Greeves works, the factory from which the motorcycles of that name emerge. Externally it is a rather unprepossessing place, but inside you will find one of the most modern motorcycle manufacturing facilities in all of England.
Thursday Sunday Dear Carol ; Well, I got your letter ¡ Yeah ! Man , boy gee, was I surprised, on account of I never got one of those before. A letter from a girl magazine editor. I never got one from a girl before either, come to think of it. I could hardly believe it.
...Ghosties and goblins and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night.
UNDAUNTED BY SPOOKY LEGENDS of the area, an estimated 5,000 road riders converged on Death Valley, California last Halloween for the 10th annual occasion of the Death Valley Tour. Nearly 2,500 official entries (plus an equal number out just for the ride) make this the biggest road run in America.
FAST BECOMING ONE of the most competitive segments of the motorcycle market is the trail machine field. Now Norway enters the fight with the 175cc Tempo, though to say that Norway is building the Tempo is a little ambiguous since several important parts used are either from Germany or England.
ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, I began my twowheel “career,” starting with a Lambretta 150, then a Vespa GS, and before I knew what was happening I was in the “big leagues” with a Honda Super Hawk. It just seemed natural, therefore, for me to drift into the idea of having a motorcycle along on our Japanese honeymoon with my bride of three months.
THE MOTORCYCLE ENGINE bursts into life, its exhaust laying strips of noise over the babble of the crowd as the talker winds up his spiel and all eyes fix on the man and machine inside the “Globe of Death.” The lattice sphere trembles and rattles as the rider engages the clutch and the motorcycle begins to circle inside the globe.
ONE OUT OF four. That’s all you would have gotten right if you’d based your guesses for the winners of the four classes at the Japan Grand Prix races on this year’s World Championships, which were already decided. In the World Championships, Honda won the 350cc and 125cc classes, Yamaha took the 250cc for their first Classic Events win and Suzuki grabbed the 50cc for the third year in a row.
TOURING BY MOTORCYCLE ranks as top hobby for Edward H. Lanphier, M.D., Associate Professor of Physiology in the School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo. But most of Dr. Lanphier’s chances to tour come in connection with scientific meetings, laboratory visits, and travel to diving and high pressure research establishements here and abroad.
How to Maintain Your Motorcycle for Maximum Safety and Efficiency
NUTS AND BOLTS
TIRES AND TUBES
WHEELS AND BEARINGS
FRAME, FORKS & SWING ARMS
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
HANDLEBARS, TANK, WIRING AND MISCELLANEOUS
THE ROUTINE MAINTENANCE of a typical motorcycle has been well documented in service manuals. Our subject matter here involves the fine detail work that must be done to keep your cycle in top shape for both safety and efficiency. For example, did you know that a few pounds per square inch less air pressure in your tires can cause the tire to rotate on the rim during acceleration or braking, thus pulling out the tube stem?
OWNERS OF HARLEY-DAVIDSON XLCH Sportsters rate them as one of the finest motorcycles on the highway. The machines are fast and versatile. But the 1962 Sportster owned by John R. Payne of Pomona, California is not only fast and maneuverable on the street, but a real trophy winner on a drag strip.
THE ROAD BETWEEN the towns of Cloverdale and Fort Bragg, California is a little bit of paradise for a fast motorcycle, and it is possible (traffic permitting) to navigate a goodly number of miles with the speedometer needle flitting lightheartedly around the 90 mark; all this with green hills and tall redwoods zipping past at incredible speed and the dotted road marker line pointing the way to still faster straights and more thrilling curves.
SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING happened in Southern California on the 7th and 8th of November, 1964. A professional road race was staged at Willow Springs and both the AFM amateurs and AMA professionals (along with anyone else holding a valid competition license) were invited to participate.
AT THE RECENT F.I.M. Congress, I was privileged to be able to accept a World Championship medal on behalf of our Canadian rider, Mike Duff. At the final banquet of the Congress, the bronze medal, for third place in the 350cc World Championship Road Races was presented, and I must say that the applause and good wishes which were sent Mike’s way, certainly show that he is a popular rider, and one whom the organizers like to have on the line.
How can I obtain issues of CYCLE WORLD which are out of print? I need January 1962 and June 1962 issues to complete my collection. HELGI HEINZMANN 3695 Mt. Alvarez Ave. San Diego, Calif. I am still trying to complete my CYCLE WORLD collection.
IN ENGLAND, motorcycle enthusiasts are acclaiming a new (to motorcycling) form of carburetion; the Wal Philips fuel injector. Designed for both racing and touring machines by Wal Phillips, a prewar speedway motorcycle ace, the light (16 ounce) unit is claimed to give engines improved acceleration plus better allaround performance.
MILAN TO TOKYO on a Vespa scooter, to bring a Europe Vespa Club trophy to the President of the Olympic Games Committee as a good will gift for the great athletic event: this the “mission” successfully accomplished by Italian racing driver-journalist Roberto Patrignani.
HONDA IS RUNNING its new 500cc street machine on the company test course near the factory in Tokyo’s suburbs in preparation for marketing in time for the 1965 season, probably by March. There is no further word on whether the firm will enter the 500cc class in Grand Prix road racing this year or not, but it would not be too much of a surprise if they do.
... WITH THE DESIGNER the all-important gentleman”. So ended our last month’s column when writing of Gilera. Now comes the news that the brilliant Italian engine designer, Lino Tonti, has joined Gilera. It is almost natural that the Arcore concern should say his job is to design production machines but I cannot help feeling that this news is potentially the most exciting for a long, long time.