A short time ago I took my life in my hands, loaded up my Matchless engined Metisse and headed for Paso Robles, California, to ride the famous California Polytechnic College's High Mountain Enduro. The event is staged by the Cal-Poly Penguin motorcycle club and is run through the charming and beautiful mountains surrounding this lovely oceanside college town.
BRITAIN’S BOFFINS are in a tremendous stir these days. There, as everywhere, it is the bright dream of every motorcycle designer to be permitted a try at building a really advanced Grand Prix road racing machine. Unfortunately, in recent years the English engineer has been given scant opportunity to move in that direction.
I have a 1960 BSA Super Rocket. I plan on having the casings of my transmission chromed. In chroming, as you know, a certain amount of chromium is deposited in the casting. What I would like to know is will this cause end wobble in the shafts due to the added metal on the facings of the casting?
I was so curious about the new Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide I went to a dealer to take a look. Yes, I Bernard M. Dwivbit actually mounted my humble little Honda and set forth to dwell among the leather jackets and side burns of this strange breed of riders.
AN HONORED AMERICAN AXIOM says “there is no substitute for cubic inches” and this is undeniably true if you are looking for the sort of characteristics only a big-displacement engine will provide. These are, of course, lots of power at low engine speeds, and the overall reliability generally associated with big, slow-turning engines.
VERY EARLY in CYCLE WORLD'S history, which is to say about three years ago, we were brought our first Montesa motorcycle for road test. It was in many respects a curious-looking contraption, with spindly 19-inch wheels and an engine/transmission assembly that appeared to be an almost infinite number of castings, pressings and machined bits all bolted together helter-skelter.
SPEAKING GENERALLY, Italian built machines have not earned much of a reputation in the off-the-road or scrambler category; the Rex KL-100 is an exception. Recently introduced, the Rex joins the illustrious ranks of under 100cc two-stroke trail machines and meets its opposition admirably.
A MOTORCYCLIST’S HEAVEN requires just a few elements. First it needs an infinite ribbon of smooth, tree-lined country road with occasional hills and an interesting assortment of banked curves. Then add a perpetually sunny day with blue skies, some wandering clouds and vagrant breezes.
IT’S NOT EASY to be objective about my experiences with Eso motorcycles. I fell in love with them when reading a technical report in the Czech magazine Motor Review some years ago and I’m still more than a little bit taken with this rare and exotic gem.
An American member of the European moto-cross circus
EVER THOUGHT OF putting in a season or two riding moto-cross in Europe? Ridden scrambles and hare and hounds and think maybe you wouldn’t find moto-cross all that much different? Think you’d like to give it a go? If so, meet Hoppy Hopkins, a tall, lanky Californian who is now in his mid-30s.
ON THE USES OF SEMICONDUCTORS IN MOTORCYCLE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
SEMICONDUCTORS is the name given to a family of electrical devices which utilizes crystals of silicon or germanium, generally with varying amounts of other elements present in the crystal in trace quantities. These crystals are made and assembled in many ways and sizes to form transistors, diodes, zener diodes, and others.
ZUNDAPP OF MUNICH are firmly convinced that scrambles and trials not only improve the motorcycle breed but help sell it in large numbers. Running a factory team of a dozen riders on special bikes (four of the dozen work directly for Zundapp on development and design), Zundapp entered six classes in the German gelande (scrambles) championships, with overwhelming results.
SOME DOZEN YEARS AGO, Rollie Free decided to lie down on the job. Stretched out horizontal, clad only in swim trunks and crash hat, he piloted a motorcycle to a new high for standard road machines — 150 miles per hour! From distant Bonneville, word spread fast.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This dissertation on motorcycle engines will undoubtedly raise a few cries of anguish. Regardless, it is the considered opinion of one of automotive publishing’s most distinguished members, John R. Bond. Mr. Bond is the Publisher of Road & Track and Car Life magazines, and in Road & Track’s earlier days was the Editor and Technical Editor; he still takes an active part in this end of preparing the leading sports car publication in the U.S.
A little-known Mexican factory makes three machines for the home market
THOMAS FIRTH JONES
MOTO ISLO BEGAN making a 175cc scooter in 1958, using Italian controls, electrical parts, and two-stroke four speed engine gearbox in their own frame. This machine continues practically unchanged, except that the original 12-inch disc wheels have been replaced by 14-inch wire ones, and the engine is now made (hecho) in Mexico.
TWENTY-NINE YEARS is a ripe old age for any machine, particularly a motorcycle that has been used almost constantly since it was new. This 1936 DKW however has survived and prospered and now finds itself, in some ways, as modern as tomorrow.
BRITISH CLOTHING MANUFACTURER APPOINTS U.S. DISTRIBUTOR
STYLISH BOOT ZIPS ON
HANK SLEGERS WEARS ONE
GOOD LOOKING WEBCO PRODUCTS
BOLT-ON REPLACEMENT BARS FOR HONDA 55
BRASHEAR NEW TRIUMPH ROAD MAN
TRIUMPH DEALERS CONVENE FOR 14TH ANNUAL SALES-SERVICE SCHOOL
FORDYCE ADDS NEW SALES SPACE
DEEJAYS SET CYCLE RECORD
YOU MEET THE NICEST PEOPLE . . .
MIAMI POLICE CHOOSE BMW
WINNER PICKS UP TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE PRIZE
SUZUKI CITY OPENS
VALIANT BUYS SIMPLEX, ANNOUNCES NEW MODEL
NEW SCRAMBLERS FROM MAICO
MAJOR MOUNTFORD DIES
BMW CLUB BEAUTY PARADE
NEW SPANISH CYCLES DEBUT
Performance parts and accessory prices were dealt a mighty blow last month when J. Raymond Wilkinson’s J&R Engineering Co., 1857 Merced St., E1 Monte, Calif. 91733, decided to sell their products directly to the consumer. Formerly under contract to the major wholesale distributors, Wilkinson who, like Eli Whitney, believes in mass production, chafed at the conservative practices of his middlemen.
LATEST ON Honda’s secret big one is that it is not a 500cc and not a 350cc either. The word leaking out is that it’s 440cc. So take your choice. Those betting on the big size can claim it’s a small 500cc, just lacking 60cc. Those with money on the smaller machine can counter that it’s an overgrown 350cc with 90 extra ccs.
SIBERIA, a place most Russians try to stay away from, is hardly where one would expect to find an avid motorcycle racer like Boris Samorodov. But like Brer Rabbit, who was perfectly comfortable in the forbidding briar patch, Boris finds the frozen landscape around his home in Ufa, USSR (near the Siberian border) ideal for enjoying his favorite kind of motorcycling, Ice Racing.
To START WITH a mention of plans for the 1966 season may seem a bit crackers when the first classic of 1965 has not yet been held, but if it is a question of wanting to know when we shall see a Gilera again then 1966 seems to be the answer. Certainly this is true as far as solo racing is concerned.
THE END OF THE 500CC racing class has been forecast on many occasions but seldom with more clarity than after the statement by A.M.C. Ltd. that production of AJS, Matchless and Norton raceware would cease in 1964. But the international senior class holds the public imagination as no other can in racing so it is obvious that it will take a long time for it to die altogether.
Dear Carol; Weekend You’ll never guess what happened. I found the letter you wrote me last month!! Sho nuff! It was in my No. 2 (street wear) helmet all the time. I was sure surprised to find it around here, on account of I had already looked in every neek and crammy in this old house trailer; and let me tell you, some of them spots were funky.
How WOULD YOU LIKE a five-speeder able to climb slowly and safely up to the maximum limit, run in two feet of water for hours without even getting wet brakes, and offer excellent comfort to two people? It sounds fascinating indeed, especially to the rough-going enthusiasts, but this appealing job is not on sale, at least for the moment.