AMERICAN MOTOR SCOOTER ASSOCIATION SETS CONVENTION
SIDECARS FROM JAPAN
L.A. MAYOR SALUTES HONDA
TRIUMPH PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS
HONDA 4 IN FORD MUSEUM
NEW TRIUMPH BROCHURES
HONDA SONG HIT
ACCORDING TO THE GALLAGHER Report, a "confidential" newsletter published for people in the advertising, marketing and management fields, motorcycles are the newest recreation boom. To quote the report: "Only 45,000 sold in 1960. Total sales will reach 298,000 this year, 433,000 next year, 744,000 by 1967.
SOMEDAY, I will learn not to make promises. As some of you may recall, this column concluded last month with a promise to reveal all about modifying a Honda Hawk engine for road racing — and I am not prepared to do that just yet. The problem is that we think we have a means of installing a substantially larger intake valve, and this will change the entire character of the engine.
I have an Allstate (Puch) 175 which is a very dependable machine except that I ride about 2,000 miles a month and keep burning holes in the rear side of the front piston. I have been replacing the piston about every 5,000 miles. Since there is no dealer around except Sears, I have to do all my own servicing.
Berliner Motor Corp., Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, now the second ranking distributor of motorcycles in the U.S. according to sales figures, as has been their custom for six years, again held their technical sessions and dealers schools at the New Jersey plant and at their Western headquarters, ZDS Motors in Glendale, Calif.
TEN YEARS have passed since Philip Vincent announced that the Vincent HRD Company, Ltd. would no longer manufacture motorcycles, but in those ten years the Vincent legend has grown, rather than diminished, and it would be substantially correct to say that there are more people interested in the bike today than when it was being produced.
COTTON MOTOR CYCLES LTD. has spent the past couple of years engaged in the development of their Telstar road racer, and they have been in the news so much with that machine that one almost forgets that the Telstar is actually a Cotton scrambler, outfitted with fairing, big tank, and other road racing goodies.
IT WOULD SEEM that the four-stroke manufacturer’s answer to the rapidly increased sales of rotary valve, automatically lubricated, 80cc two-strokes, is a single overhead camshaft 90. They aren’t far from wrong. The Honda S-90, or “Super 90” as some are already calling it, is a genuinely remarkable little machine.
A GOOD WAY to start an argument whereever motorcyclists gather, is merely to mention the name “Vincent.” Instantly there will be fierce cries of praise or derision. Some will tell you the Vincent was the greatest motorcycle ever built.
IN 1963 I TOURED Europe, saw the Isle of Man TT and the Le Mans 24-hour sports car race. I determined to organize a tour for motorcyclists to repeat the journey and, in June of 1964, the fruits of my labors saw 23 people board a Pan-American jet for a trip to London.
HOW TO Shape A SOPHISTICATED SINGLE and Win Champianship Races Or: THROUGH A BSA WITH GARY BRAY
WHEN THE SUBJECT of dirt track racing is mentioned, someone usually asks, "How hard is it to build a dirt track machine?" If the question is directed at me, my first impulse is to reply, "Build one and find out." For no matter how long and hard I talk he gets that look in his eye as if to say, "Quit exaggerating; it couldn't possibly be that much bother."
Technical Analysis of the Shell/Shultz Royal Enfield Flat Tracker
GORDON H. JENNINGS
LURKING AROUND the Ascot half-mile flat track, in Los Angeles, YOU will find a collection of BSA-based racing specials that have been developed just for the track in question and are practically unbeatable there. We say "practically unbeatable" because these much-modified BSA Gold Star singles do get their comeuppance from time to time.
IT is NOT all that long ago that the British thought the end of the world had come when beaten at soccer by the United States. Motorcyclists, however, smugly surveyed their own sporting scene safe in the thought none could beat their trials riders.
THE 32-WEEK half-mile flattrack season at Ascot Park in Gardena, California ended, as all good seasons should, with a down to the wire battle for top position. Sammy Tanner, after 44 victories in heat races, trophy dashes and main events on his potent C.R. Axtell-tuned BSA, had nearly cinched the championship honors.
The Road Runners M.C. of Fort Bragg, California, would like to know the where-abouts of Allen Schultz of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Allen rode his 50cc Honda from Milwaukee to Alaska, and on the way back he came down through Washington, Oregon and California.
TEN YEARS AGO Moto Guzzi built the most fabulous and advanced machine ever made, the 500cc V-8 (CW September 1964), yet the Italian factory at Mandello del Lario — on the Como Lake shores — is still producing the most “romantic” 500cc single cylinder in the world, the “Falcone” (Big Hawk) model.
IN URUGUAY, a South American Republic located between Argentina and Brazil on the Atlantic Ocean, motorcycling is making enormous strides as a sport. In a country of only two and one-half million people (with one-million of that number in Montevideo, its Capital), there are nearly 20,000 motorcycles and scooters, 15,000 of which are located in the capital city.
HARD TIMES ARE threatening the Japanese motorcycle industry. Economic conditions in Japan have been worsening for the past eight or ten months, with prices of goods rising much faster than salaries, so that the man in the street has fewer coins to jingle in his jeans now than he did a year ago.
THE WORLD OF RACING will not be quite the same now with the running of the annual Cal-Poly High Mountain Enduro as two dark horses, destined to shake the very foundation of the racing world, made their first appearance. In their debut, two stripped-down Lambretta motor scooters entered one of California’s toughest enduros simply to prove that it could be done.
IT WAS spring, 1940. German armies were advancing up the Ukraine. Somewhere, this brand new Russian motorcycle, a 350cc NKK “Saturn” two-stroke was captured. Perhaps it was shipped to Germany for Hitler’s engineers to study, we don’t know, but the Germans didn’t use it much.
JAWA is BACK in the news in no uncertain way with a sporting and a touring machine, further proof that competition within Czechoslovakia (with CZ) is doing no harm at all to their 1965 program. On the one hand a fresh moto-cross bike, similar to their recent Six Days Trial machinery, is being offered with options to turn it into a restricted-license road racer for the beginner.
THE RECENT National Championship Trial certainly proved that motorcyclists are a hardy lot. It was run in below zero weather, with a bitter wind blowing and about six inches of snow on the ground. Organization was by the British Empire Motor Club and eight sections were ridden six times .