ONE WOULD THINK that I would get tired of saying it, and in a way I do, but in another way it pleases me so I can’t help myself. I’m talking about CYCLE WORLD’S growth. This 112-page issue is an all-time record beater in motorcycle publishing, same for the number of pages of advertising.
NOTHING brings quite so much anguished uncertainty into a motorcyclist’s life as the process of breaking in a new bike, or a rebuilt engine. If one follows the book, the business takes forever; and if one does not, there is the nagging thought that the machine may be ruined forever.
I have a Honda Hawk and would like to get a hit more speed without any major changes. I have been advised to remove the paper air filters to allow better breathing and change to a larger jet. Can’t this harm my engine even with “on the road” riding only?
I keep trying to discover what it is about your magazine that makes it so phenomenally good. I think that I might have hit upon something from your “Letters” column. Many of your readers get to feeling so possessive about CYCLE WORLD that they feel no qualms at all about writing to tell you how to run it.
WE HAVE A GAME around CYCLE WORLD’S offices, and it is called “capsule commentary,” in which all of us try to reduce whatever a motorcycle is to a short (and hopefully, succinct) phrase. The Triumph TR-6 SR “Highway Trophy” came out as The Road-Riders’ Delight, and that just about sums it up nicely.
HONDA’S NEW CB-160 has frequently been described as a “Baby Super Hawk,” but while it does bear a close superficial resemblance to its big brother, there are substantial differences inside. For instance: where the 305 Super Hawk has a 180-degree crankshaft, the new CB-160 has a “360-degree” crankshaft — like most other vertical twins.
THE BROTHERS BENELLI started building motorcycles back in 1911, and it says something for the brothers, and the machines their company produces, that they were enthusiasts as well as business men. Indeed, it might be said with some accuracy that they have been enthusiasts first and businessmen second, for the Benelli company devotes funds and energy to racing all out of proportion to its size, and one of the brothers, Tonino, was killed while racing.
THE STORY of Moto-Gilera is a study of one man—Giuseppe Gilera, born in Zelobuonpersico, Milan, Italy, in 1887. Giuseppe at an early age displayed the mechanical genius that was to make his name known over nearly all the world, for the name Gilera was destined not only to become revered by Grand Prix racing fans, but the very invincibility of his fabulous fours was to put fear in the hearts of his competitors.
HONDA, the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles, has invaded the big bike market with a 43 horsepower 444cc double overhead camshaft vertical twin claimed to do more than 110 mph. The new machine, which had been reported under development exclusively in CYCLE WORLD as long ago as the October, 1964 issue, was officially unveiled to some ten selected members of the motorcycle press in Japan early in March.
ORIGINS OF THE Gilera four date from 1923 when two young Rome engineers, Carlo Gianini and Piero Remor, designed and built a 500cc transverse four with single OHC timing gear driven by a train of gears between cylinders two and three. The following year another Roman motorcycle enthusiast, Count Giovanni Bonmartini, joined Gianini and Remor, and a complete motorcycle was built and named “G.R.B.” (Gianini, Remor, Bonmartini).
IF YOU NEED a real Harley-Davidson specialist, one of the best men you will find is Jerry Branch. Jerry was Dick Hammer’s “tuner” when Hammer was going so fast on Harley-Davidson equipment, and Branch-tuned machines are famous for their speed and reliability within the Harley-Davidson contingent in racing.
THE LEGISLATOR WILL GET YOU IF YOU DON’T WATCH OUT!
ISN’T IT NICE to see so many motorcycles on the roads these days? We think so, but there are those who do not share this view. The increasing popularity of motorcycling has rendered the sport visible to some people who do not like motorcycles, are afraid of motorcycles, or worry for our safety.
THE Cincinnati (Ohio) Gardens, a stadium which is more accustomed to ice skating than cycle racing, was recently the scene of an exciting 1/10-mile, concrete short track racing program. Hard charging Triumph rider Gary Nixon won the 20-lap final over a stellar field that included National Number One Roger Reiman.
DICK DORRESTEYN came down like a wolf on the fold, and won the annual 100-lap T.T. at Ascot Park for the third time. Matched against 32 top exponents of the California-style steeple-chase art, he showed the doubters (and there were a few) that layoffs mean little when the talent is there.
YOU MIGHT CALL IT gilding a lily, but owners of Yamaha 80 Trailmasters can add more equipment to their machines than any motorcycle maker ever dreamed of. We took an 80 Yamaha, called Accurate Accessories Co. in Lynwood, Calif., asked them to send over everything they make for it, and stood back to wait for the avalanche we expected to follow.
WELL, the Victory trial has been duly won and lost, with the BSA concern finishing the day well and truly cock of the roost. Ex-Triumph team man Scott Ellis was the solo winner riding a 250cc BSA whilst the sidecar class was won by Arthur Pulman using a 350cc power unit from the same factory.
Track Testing the MR-41 SUZUKI PRODUCTION ROAD RACER
SINCE 1962 SUZUKI factory racing machines have made enormous dents in International road racing, particularly in the 50cc classes where they won the world’s manufacturers’ championship in 1962, 1963 and 1964. New Zealander Hugh Anderson rode to victory in most of Suzuki’s outings, on the tiny, almost demure, 50cc (three cubic-inch) two-stroke bikes.
Drags, Custom Shows and Road Race wins — all in a year’s work.
MOST OF THE MOTORCYCLES we get to try here at CYCLE WORLD are shiny new and full of promise, but occasionally we come across an old acquaintance like Harry Penn’s 1963 Triumph TT Special, which has led a busy life this past year, yet feels almost as good, and in some ways better, than when it came out of the box.
THERE IS NOTHING true in the British press rumors that Aermacchi would build a new type racing machine such as a 250, 350 or 500cc double overhead cam. Signor Alfredo Bianchi, Aermacchi’s technical director, realizing that it is more and more difficult to squeeze power from the well known 250 and 350 “Golden Wing” pushrod racers, had some new ideas in mind, especially regarding a 250 twin OHC. But the Harley-Davidson bosses, who practically control the Italian factory, were contrary to producing racing models different from the series ones, so everything had to be put aside.
A MAJOR PROBLEM confronting light plane owners is that of transportation on arrival at a strange airport. Honda dealer Pete Adams, of San Rafael, Calif., has solved the problem by breaking down a Honda 50 into five pieces so that it fits into the baggage compartment of his Cessna Skyhawk.
IT MAY COME as somewhat of a surprise, but except for a few minor complaints the Allstate 60 is a pretty nice little machine. We’ll air our complaints first by saying that it dearly needs a four-speed gearbox and bigger section, smaller diameter tires.
WHILE THE REST of the country was shivering in the grasp of winter, Southern California T.T. riders began their once-a-month schedule of races at Ascot Park. Warming up for the 100-lap steeplechase event reported elsewhere in this issue, they were out in force ...
JAPAN’S Diet (Congress) is considering a bill introduced by the national police agency to make wearing helmets compulsory for motorcyclists riding on highways where the speed limit is 37 mph or higher, and also banning carrying a passenger.
OUR SEARCH FOR CLOTHING that is in good taste, yet practical for cycle wear, recently led us to Wilson’s House of Suede and Leather in Beverly Hills, California. 9844 Wilshire Blvd., to be exact. There the specialty is leather clothing made of lightweight kid glove material, which is much more clothlike and supple than the more common “cowhide” leathers, yet provides adequate wind and scuff protection.
DON’T START YOUR CYCLE tour of the Rockies earlier than about the first of June. The fellow who wrote the song, “Springtime in the Rockies,” was right on only one point: it is strictly for the birds! It can be uncomfortably cold through most of May and even the first week or so of June, and I have seen it snow in July.
THE Italian motorcycle industry, although fighting against a recession, is showing a revival of interest toward the “big ’uns.” Ducati is preparing the huge Apollo 1260cc four-cylinder primarily for the U.S. market, Gilera is considering production of a commercial road-going version of its famous 500cc racing “four,” and, as previously announced, Moto Guzzi has built a rather unorthodox 700cc.
PETE COLMAN APPOINTED GENERAL MANAGER OF BSA MOTORCYCLES-WESTERN
WHAT TIME IS IT, REALLY?
NEW ACCESSORY CATALOG
SAND AND SNOW TIRE
M-50 TRAIL KIT
An engine’s valve train may look solid as a rock, but is in fact rather springy. The loads imposed by inertia, when the valves are slammed open, will cause various bits in and around the valve train to flex slightly and then spring back violently, and this will in some instances actually cause the cam follower to leap away from the cam lobe.