AS OF THIS writing I am on the Isle of Man, after a fascinating series of visits to Monte Carlo for the automobile Grand Pnx; Bologna, Italy for a tour of Ducati and Moto-Morini; a quick run to Varese to Aermacchi; a holiday in Greece; a short stop in Munich, Germany, for a look at BMW; and then a grand and occasionally glorious week on the Isle of Man for the world famous TT races.
TOURIST TROPHY practice here on the Isle of Man is, in many ways, more interesting than the race itself, for it is during practice that one sees mistakes being made and sometimes even corrected, and it is during practice that some machines are wheeled back to the garages, never to be seen again. Also, by going around to the various teams' garages, one may see (just before the doors slam shut) all manner of interesting things.
I read your article in CW about the Daytona 200-mile road race. It all seemed pretty accurate except the part where you said you were sure I made two pit stops. Maybe how you got mixed up was because you thought I made a pit stop at the half-way mark, approximately 26 laps when everybody else did.
GREAT, NEW SUZUKI 150CC CHARGES INTO AMERICA WITH CHAMPIONSHIP SPIRIT
Hefty Twin Cylinder Engine, 16 Big Horses, 80 MPH Speed, An Unbeatable Touring Bike
The spirited one is here! Suzuki Olympian S-32, the liveliest thing that ever happened to 150cc's of motorcycle potency. Olympian accelerates like a low flying jet, whizzes up hills and steep grades without slowing or lagging, cruises all day at top highway speeds and is so comfortable to ride and snappy to handle, you'll think you're on a twin cylinder flying carpet.
Recently my friend who has a BMW came over and we decided to take a ride. While riding down Route 17, a four-lane highway in New York State, a gravel truck in front of us was pelting us with gravel. We passed on a gradual curve and just as we straightened up we hit a strip of oil about thirty feet long and six to ten inches across.
With 5,213 rider orders already waiting, Suzuki's much heralded 150cc twin twostroke now is being delivered across the nation. Projections indicate U.S. sale of at least 9,350 of the $450 Olympian during the half year ahead, according to U.S.
NORTON'S MIGHTY ATLAS is, by a comfortable margin, up among the "best performing" group of motorcycles we have tested, with very impressive acceleration and top speed. More important, it is also a most pleasant motorcycle to ride for long distances — especially if high average speeds over twisty roads are a factor.
MOTORCYCLE ROAD TESTS can take some curious turns — especially when being conducted by CYCLE WORLD magazine. In the case of the test performed with this Ducati 250 Mk III, however, we did no more than the character of the motorcycle asked: we ran it in a road race.
WE ARE OFTEN ASKED why people buy scooters rather than their larger wheel cousins. Occasionally a scooter is left with us for a while and eventually we find it being used for trips to the donut shop (or what have you) in preference to some he-man type machinery that happens to be around.
To MAKE A MATCHLESS GO, you simply twist the little handle . . . after, of course, a lot of redesigning and plain hard work. Starting point for this particular machine was a 1957 G-80 RR, intended by the factory to be a slugger of mediocre output and light weight.
"THE ISLE OF MAN RACES are unique." How often one reads or hears those words and wonders why a mention of the T.T. in racing circles seems to be treated with reverence. What is the lure? Who is responsible for it all? Why do men and women want to race there?
IN THE OLD DAYS, when motorcycles were a "poor man's transport," somebody had the idea of fitting a third wheel, a sort of second track to his bike to make it carry more payload. Thus the sidecar outfit, as we still know it, was born. It has not changed much of its looks since, it has not changed much of its reputation as an unpleasant mongrel, and, most unfortunately, it has not changed much of its ancient engineering approach.
IN A SENSE, the design and development of Norton's famous "Manx" engine is a study in human personalities. The engine was designed, in 1927, by one Walter Moore, who was then Norton's chief design engineer. He did his work well: the engine, a long-stroke, overhead camshaft single, was reliable and produced enough power to bring forth a Norton win that year at the Isle of Man.
INTELLIGENT MOTORCYCLING PART VI Safety off the Road
TRAIL-TRIM MOTORCYCLES AND RIDERS
WHAT TO EXPECT OFF THE ROAD
HELP YOURSELF TO SOME FREE MARGIN FOR ERROR
BURY ME NOT ON THE LONE PRAIRIE
RIVERS, BEACHES, LAKES, PONDS, MARSHES AND SWAMPS
SAND, WONDERFUL, UNLIMITED SAND
IT DOESN'T MATTER whether the locale is a sweep of sandy desert or a fine collection of green rolling hills, or whether you call it trailing or boondocking — riding a motorcycle off the paved roads is a perpetually enjoyable sport for nature lovers of any age.
JAMES NORTON started his company very humbly in 1898, but it was not to stay that way for long as the name was destined to become the very symbol for excellence in motorcycle design. Winner of 34 TTs, many hundreds of major Grands Prix, and literally thousands of local races all over the world, the Norton is certainly the greatest name in the history of motorcycle racing.
HAVE YOU EVER entered a cross country race where your bike was disqualified for having tires or rims that weren't stock or if the taillight didn't work? Have you ever had to clamp down on the binders to avoid running down a group of people going to church?
VICTORY IN the Greenhorn is one of the most sought-after prizes for desert riders in the western states. After 19 years this classic is the last big enduro still being run west of the Mississippi. This year over three hundred entrants assembled to ride the 500 miles of varied terrain across California's Mojave Desert.
THIS YEAR'S Spanish Grand Prix, as always, was run in brilliant sunshine in the beautiful but very twisty Montjuich Park, near Barcelona. Also as usual the only classes competing were 50, 125, 250cc and sidecars, to make up the necessary four races required for a world championship event.
THE 1965 FRENCH GRAND PRIX moved from the usual Claremont-Ferrand venue to Rouen's Les Essarts car racing circuit, which was last used for a motorcycle classic in 1953. As in the Spanish Grand Prix the week before, only the three smaller solo classes, plus sidecars, were run.
"STOP, OR I'LL FIRE!," yelled the motorcycle cop as I was doing 75 out of Hayward. I yelled back that I was a dispatch rider and couldn't stop. Then began a 12 mile battle with the cop emptying his gun at my tires — and always missing. Riding close he threatened me — very profanely — with his gun butt.
IN 1958 Paul Dunstall, a young English racing enthusiast, decided to bypass the single cylinder production racers available and try his skills on a Norton Dominator twin. Very early in the venture he discovered it was necessary to make his own parts, to help these machines be more competitive, and as race-tried items were developed, they were made available and sold to the motorcycling public.
Top eastern flattrackers gathered under threatening skies for the annual three-star half-mile event at Marion County Fairgrounds, Marion, Ohio, and Ronnie Rall looked unbeatable that day. He set fastest qualifying time by a wide margin, then powered to victory in his heat race as well.
IN THE SPRING, a motorcyclist's fancy turns to thoughts of summer to follow — riding on highways and back roads with friends and delighting in the agile and gleaming machine he has. If these thoughts have been going through your mind, you may have decided that this year you are due for a new model.
A 50cc ZUNDAPP set up astonishing world records at Monza in spite of continuous blowing winds and far from perfect conditions on the high-speed banked Autodrome. It was the first time in its long existence that Zundapp had attacked world records.
THE FAMOUS Scottish Six Days Trial had its very foundations shaken this year when the inveterate trials winner Sammy Miller won once again. It was the first time a two-stroke had succeeded and also the first time a non-British machine had taken the premier award.
THE RIGHT LINE A B. P. Film 16mm color sound — Running time, 27 minutes. SINCE THE FILM "The Right Line" was produced in 1962, it has become a classic in the field of racing films. Wherever it has been shown it has drawn raves from the audience.
PEOPLE WHO USE TRAIL bikes, or "remote area vehicles" as they are sometimes called, find that they can cover rough terrain pretty quickly on their little lowgeared machines. Such proficiency naturally leads to competition and one place where the trail enthusiast can match his skill and his machine's power against others is the annual Trinidad (Colorado) Trail Riders-sponsored "Mountain Scooter Race."
FLAT OUT in the middle of the most active motorcycle season Japan has ever seen, with more machines on the roads (over 6,000,000), more competition events and more entries at each, the motorcycle enthusiast is in a two-wheeled paradise. The only clod in the gears is trying to decide which events to ride in or watch and which to miss, with two races and often three every Sunday.