THOUGH COMPLETE DETAILS and a lavish selection of color and black and white photographs are to be seen elsewhere in this issue, I am taking my prerogative again in citing what a tremendous success the CYCLE WORLD Motorcycle Show was. Notables of the motorcycle world from all over the country attended, including Walter Davidson and Bill Davidson Jr. from the Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Milwaukee; Larry Wise from Philadelphia's Cosmopolitan Motors; Pete Colman from BSA Western, Mike Berliner from the Berliner Mtr.
MISCELLANEOUS BITS of motorcycle hardware always seem to be floating across mv desk; this month I have a couple of dandies. From Tabloc, the people who make those fancy aluminum sprockets, there is a "dream wheel" to end all. For those who have never seen a dream wheel, and/or do not know what it is, I will explain.
I agree with you and your people 99% of the time, but there is one topic I must take issue with you on. About a month before your article appeared I purchased a 1952 Vincent B.L. for $2200.00. It had just been completely gone over at the works and it looked very impressive.
A number of times people write in that have clutch problems with big singles and twins. I have a 650 BSA that not only slips, but also at a dead stop with the clutch in, it wants to go three or four miles per hour. I know it's adjusted right, but this only helps a litle.
ALMOST 85,000 MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIASTS crowded the beautiful Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena to see our second annual motorcycle show. Commercial exhibitors displayed virtually every motorcycle and scooter available in the United States in the 96 booths especially constructed for the show.
THE BROTHERS RICKMAN and their "Metisse" have revolutionized British scrambles racing, and the Rickman influence is apparent the world around. It all started in 1958, when the Rickmans were getting clouted by various lightweight "specials" in Continental events.
STRANGE AND WONDERFUL are the ways of the world's motorcycle manufacturers. In general, it is these manufacturers' habit to gradually increase the power and/or displacement of a basic model, so that this year's 250 becomes the 305 or 350 of the next year.
TO AMERICAN MOTORCYCLISTS, the initials MZ bring to mind a very fast, if not always reliable, 250cc two-stroke road racing machine. These bikes, with their rotaryvalve induction and expansion-chamber exhaust systems, virtually established the pattern for all other racing two-strokes.
THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE who will delight in telling you that "ol' Harley-Davidson is goin' down the drain." Well it ain't. Furthermore, this kind of talk has probably been going on for the last 62 years, all the way back to 1903 when Bill Harley and Arthur and Walter Davidson combined their resources and brain power to produce their first motorcycle.
INTENSIVE WINTER CURES have done a lot of good to the 250 Benelli "four." Power has been stepped up to 52 bhp (i.e. 208 bhp/litre, about the same value as the strongest Japanese contenders) and also torque and reliability have been considerably improved.
1. TO JAMES COTHERMAN, Freeport, Illinois garage owner and specialist in sports cars, the big Vincent was a shadow once glimpsed in the early 'fifties. He didn't discover that the shadow was a motorcycle named "The Vincent" until 1955, and by that time they had passed from the earthly scene into the world where dwells the spirit of the Brough Superior and the Indian Chief.
ROAD RACING FANS in California will soon be seeing one of the rarest motorcycles in the world — Honda's 305cc twin cylinder "production" racer. This machine's arrival in the USA was big news to us because in 1964 Honda decided not to produce these fifty plus horsepower screamers for the public, although development work on the model has continued.
EACH YEAR since 1930 with the exception of the war years, the Sunbeam Motor Cycle Club's Pioneer Run from London to Brighton has taken place. This event is the major date on the calendar for those whose hearts lie in the history of the motorcycle game.
BIG SUR highway is THE road for motorcycle grand touring. It twists, loops, rises, falls and esses high above the sea for about 80 fantastic miles. Each short straight and driving corner is a unique challenge for the rider who likes things fast enough to keep his blood running hot.
MEN WERE SORTED from the boys in West Germany's Grand Prix. And some of the men had to give in too when rain, fog and bitter cold hit the 4.74 mile long Sudschleife of Nurburgring race course in the Eifel mountains. Count Agusta's latest release, the 350cc MVThree, scored a first start, first win under 22-year-old Giacomo Agostini, Mike Hailwood having done in his new engine in practice and riding an oil-spitting old hack of a four to second place.
THERE MAY BE better performances given on the half-mile speedway at Ascot Park in Gardena, California than the ones so far this season, and perhaps there was an occasional flair in past years that was equal, but never has there been such a merry blend of satisfaction and vicarious enjoyment for those watching from the stands than in the five weeks just past.
CINDERTRACK RACING and grasstrack racing have regained much popularity in England during the past two seasons, and as is usually the case when interest is aroused, new machine developments are taking place. One very interesting project is that of London engineer.
The twelth Dear Carol; You better get a good grip on your wig, Old Favorite, because here comes a Fan Letter And A Half! Yes, yes. Good news . . . bad news . . . strange happenings . . . human suffering — I got it all! But first I got to go to the restroom.
HOCKENHEIM ON A cold, rainy day this spring was the scene of three successful standing start one kilometer records. Using a much lightened version of the remarkable little Kreidler road racer, and a 1962 engine, new records were established in 50, 75, and 100cc classes.
WITH A COMPULSORY helmet law for roads where the speed limit is 37 mph or higher due to be passed shortly, work is being rushed on setting up standards for helmets. The semi-governmental agency which keeps tabs on the motorcycle industry has been huddling with the Japan Industrial Standards (JIS) Committee.
ONE OF THE FAVORITE IDEAS of my late husband, Bennie Sims, was the proposition that the Matchless G-80 is vastly underrated as a potential speedway racing machine. It is beginning to appear that Bennie was not only extremely stubborn on this point — but right.
1965 BRIDGESTONE LIGHTWEIGHTS BOAST BIG BIKE STYLE
LUBE — SPAIN'S LATEST MARQUE
NEW TRIUMPH DREAM BOOK
NEW MODELS AT THE SHOW
NEW BENELLI TRAIL 50
RODGER WARD JOINS BUCO
POWERED SKATE BOARD
CHEAT FAIR WITH RACING FUEL
IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY
MOTOM MO-PED AVAILABLE SOON
H-D SPECIALTIES CATALOG
LOW-PRICED MINI BIKE
Dick Smothers, the bass playing half of the renowned Smothers Brothers act, knew where to go for two-wheel transportation when he and brother Tom moved to the Los Angeles area to make their new television series (which premieres this fall).
THIS YEAR'S GOLD CUP RACES, held Easter Monday over the twisting, fast 3.2mile Imola course (now improved in various details and deprived of the slow chicane soon after the starting grid) were marred by bad weather. Rain fell during the first half of the 125 race and the second half of the 500 race, the track was always wet and tricky and the wind also blew.
EASTER IS THE MAIN holiday weekend of the year in Europe and 1965 was no exception in providing sport fans with a complete program, the main features being road racing and moto-cross. The prospect of seeing Derek Minter on a Norton up against Mike Hailwood on the MV at Brands Hatch on Good Friday brought many thousands of spectators to the circuit but they were in for a big disappointment.
FRANCIS B. WILLIAMS is a high school physical science and mathematics teacher who has, he feels, built a better minibike, yet the path to his door lies still unbeaten by an indifferent world. A lifelong tinkerer, Williams became interested in diminutive motorbikes when his son brought one home, purchased from the earnings of his paper route.
Along the coast of Baja, we rode All one day before the rain. The chrome convexity A well of cloud punched sky. As we turned, the heavy heavens wheeled And only my reflection was stable. I twisted the grip, To feel the power swell between my feet.