Welcome news for Southern Californians who are fast running out of open land upon which to ride their motorcycles and trail scooters, is the announcement of a proposed “Sports Cycle Recreation Center.” Brainchild of Rick Castellanos of Anaheim, California, the park would be built in an area adjacent to Santa Ana Canyon Road in Riverside County.
MOST OF THE technical-type bits and ends relating to the Isle of Man TT races were presented in this column last month, but there was some additional information that came to light after practice week. There was, for example, the newtype carburetor used on all the Hondas.
I have a Honda 160 and would like to know what can be done to get rid of the loud squeak when the back brake is applied. Many Honda owners I know have this same problem. The local Honda shop has tried several things but has been unsuccessful. Ken Minear Vero Beach, Fla.
You ignored our letter protesting your attempt to jam through a compulsory helmet law, but you cannot ignore the fact that motorcyclists throughout the state have voted your opinions on this matter to be against the interests of said motorcyclists.
BEYOND ANY DOUBT, the big news item of the preceding twelve months came when Honda finally announced (“admitted” would be a better word) that there was, in fact, a new big-displacement addition to their line of motorcycles. Rumor indicated that the “big” Honda was to be either a 350cc machine or a 500.
KAWASAKI AIRCRAFT CO., LTD. IS A MEMBER of the giant Kawasaki heavy industries group, and they make (in addition to aircraft) buses, trucks, pumps, machinery for the production of textiles — and motorcycles. The range of Kawasaki two-wheelers extends from 50cc tiddlers to a 500cc vertical twin, but it is their 90cc and 125cc machines that are being imported into the United States.
MAX DEUBEL, Mike Hailwood, Phil Read, Jim Redman and Luigi Taveri are all old stagers and past winners in the Isle of Man. They are also the men who won in 1965 and in winning put new records into the book. To Redman must go the greatest laurels, for no man has ever before won both 250 and 350cc races for three years in succession.
SINCE THE Olympic Games of Ancient Greece first lit the fires of sporting rivalry among men, becoming the fastest, the strongest, or the best, has spurred the greatest human efforts. But the dawn of the Motor Age brought a fiercer challenge to the eternal question, “How fast?” To answer it motorcycles have become like rolling rockets built by space age technology; yet they still run on two wheels, driven by guys with nerve, flat-out on top of a hot engine and racing the Grim Reaper for a new record.
IN LESS THAN TEN SECONDS the Two-Timer accelerates to 155.17 mph, a mark which rider/builder Dick Rios claims as “the all-time mph (record) for a bike in the quarter mile.” Rios also claims his 9.74 seconds elapsed time, recorded on the Fontana (Calif.) dragway clocks as “the lowest E.T. ever turned by a bike in the quarter.”
A FAST TRACK and fast company combined to make the 15-Mile National at Heidelberg, Pennsylvania a race to remember. Sammy Tanner, who flew in from Long Beach, California to help Dick Mann carry the BSA banner, started things off with a shocker: his lightning quick one-lap qualifying time of 23.13 broke Carroll Resweber's old track record which had stood, untouched, for six years!
TWO WEEKENDS of Saturday night short track racing were a welcome treat for Southern California flattrackers and fans recently. Promoted by Grant Vartanian at the Antelope Valley Fairground’s eighthmile oval in Lancaster, the AMA-sanctioned events provided fast, spectacular action, with a goodly number of championship-caliber riders on hand.
WE ARE A SUSPICIOUS lot at CYCLE WORLD. When a distributor or representative of a newly imported motorcycle tells us “this is it,” we are usually something less than impressed by the statement if not the machine. However, having heard very good reports on the FB Minarelli two-stroke engines (which the Testi uses), we were inclined to reserve judgment on the importer’s enthusiasm.
OFF THE LINE, Ralph White on a streamlined Matchless was in fifth place behind leaders Gary Nixon, Roger Reiman, Jody Nicholas and Bob Sholly; close on his heels were Dick Mann and Bart Markel. By lap three he had pushed past Sholly and was breathing down Jody's neck.
OF THE MAJOR BRANCHES of motorcycle sport in Britain, grass track racing is probably the least fashionable but nevertheless has a very partisan band of followers. The national championship each year easily draws a crowd of ten thousand.
ALTHOUGH RACING IS LIMITED to four events only at the Belgian Grand Prix, the 8.76-mile high speed circuit of Spa in the Ardennes mountains seems to guarantee thrilling competition, and often is good for a surprise or two. This year Jim Redman on his Honda six well and truly pulled away from the Yamaha Equipe of Read and Duff, winning the 250 race from Phil by four-tenths of a second.
As EXPECTED Mike Hailwood clearly won the 500 race of the Dutch TT from his MV-teamster Giacomo Agostini, who celebrated his 23rd birthday with two beautiful rides. Jim Redman on a Honda four beat the MV-Threes in the 350 event and Phil Read’s Yamaha twin outpaced Redman’s Honda six in the 250 race.
THE USUAL MOTORCYCLE TOUR involves stuffing the old panniers and luggage racks with food, clothing and gear, and then heading off for the boondocks and high adventure. Touring a city might seem silly, but consider San Francisco where there’s plenty to see, plenty to do, and your trip can take anywhere from half a day to a week.
CALLED THE “Charity Newsies” because its proceeds go to charity and it is sponsored by the Newspaper Guild, this year’s 10-Mile National held at Columbus, Ohio was another victory for George Roeder. For the first time this season, tuner Ralph Berndt of Milwaukee was with Roeder and had his No. 94 Harley purring like the proverbial kitten.
IF YOU EVER get a chance to take a ride from Sacramento, California to Lake Tahoe, Nevada with a Chicago motorcycle club called The Streeterville Scramblers, by all means do it. This month your friendly magazine responded to such an invitation and spent four days in the High Sierras enjoying their company and that of a 250cc Harley-Davidson Sprint.
WHOEVER WEEPS for the vanishing American certainly isn’t losing tears over the Indian 4-cylinder motorcycle. Far from fading away, the tribe seems to be increasing, according to J. E. Wickham, president of the Indian 4 Cylinder Club, Inc. of 954 Central Ave., Findlay, Ohio.
“KEEP A-KNOCKIN’ but you can’t come in; keep a-knockin’ but you can’t come in; keep a-knockin’ but you can’t come in — come back tomorrow night an’ try it again! . . .” In the dimly-lit Mirage Club on Santa Monica Blvd., the Aladdins, a blasting Surf Beat/Pop Rock quartet, recklessly blow the roof off the place six nights a week.
The young lady astride the old New Hudson is Miss Sarah Miles. Both she and the assortment of antique props are soon to be seen in the 20th Century Fox picture “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.” Many of the antique airplanes used in the film had to be built from scratch and are powered by Volkswagen engines with dummy cylinders, etc.
THE ITALIAN ROUND for the FIM “Coupe d’Endurance,” the Monza Six Hour race, was held in overcast but dry weather, and completely dominated as last year by two factory Aermacchis. The Varese factory fielded a 350 ridden by Mandolini and Pagani, and a 250 with Giovanardi and Campanelli, both machines practically the same as the production racers recently described by CW, but fitted with complete electrical equipment and kick starter.
JAPAN’S MOTORCYCLING ENTHUSIASTS were well pleased with the results of this year’s most famous road racing event, the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races in Britain. Again Japanese factory teams dominated the week-long contests (reported elsewhere), but Suzuki fans were disappointed that that firm didn’t manage a winner this year, as has been the custom in recent years.
SALUTE Fritz Scheidegger and John Robinson who have won the world sidecar road racing championship title of 1965. For Fritz it is the reward for persistence as he has been winning classic grands prix for over six years but until now the world title has always eluded him.
ONE OF THE PROBLEMS, and not always a minor one, with setting up a motorcycle for trailing is the restriction it places on its usability as a street machine, particularly in regard to gearing. Gearing low for trail or rough cross-country use means placing a limit on top and cruising speeds, not a problem if trailing is the sole intended purpose but a pain in the neck if you can't afford two machines.