AN ASSOCIATION THAT is badly needed came to my attention recently, called the National Trail Riders Association, headquarters at P. 0. Box 4, Chatsworth, California, and headed by Mr. Roy D. Ruddock. Their purpose as stated in their by-laws, is: "Recreation without abuse or misuse of public land."
OIL COMPANIES OFTEN Involve themselves in activities not directly related to oils, or gasoline. Shell Oil Company’s research department, for example, has developed and patented a compound that cuts piston ring break-in time by about 90-percent.
“PLYMOUTH ADOPTS BAN AIMED AT MOTORCYCLISTS "An ordinance apparently aimed at control of Hells Angels type of motorcycle clubs has been adopted by the Plymouth (Calif.) city council. It stipulates three or more motorcycles being operated simultaneously, whether in close proximity or not, whose operators are member of any informal or formal group or club, constitutes a public nuisance.
For several years I rode and enjoyed a BSA 650. Now, a year after selling it I realize how much fun I'm missing so I'll get another motorcycle as soon as I can. I'm still impressed with BSA hut now I find they’ve turned their gearbox upside down. After five years of “up for 1st” I’m afraid force of habit might, in some emergency, have me shifting the wrong way.
SOMETIMES IT SEEMS like Honda Motor Co. introduces a new model as often as we produce a new magazine. This month American Honda Motor Co., the factory branch in Gardena, Calif., announces the introduction of "a holder 305cc version of the successful Honda Scrambler model" designated the CL-77.
SUZUKI ARE HERE, the advertising slogan goes, and at long, long last they are here with the much-discussed X6, a motorcycle that will materially increase Suzuki’s chances of staying here. Our esteemed publisher, Himself Parkhurst, was invited out to ride a prototype X6 some several months ago, and he came back mightily impressed.
IN COMPETITION, a motorcycle will occasionally appear that stands head and shoulders above all others. Sometimes it will even hold this position for a full season, and if it should be dominant for more than one season it is virtually ready for the hall of fame.
SUCH A BIG NAME, tagged on a machine of this size, makes one wonder how it got hung on a bike of less than 100cc displacement. We have made light of the Rabeneick name before, in an impression of the Bineua Super 5, another Rabencick product, so we'll dismiss the strange name with the suggestion that the machine would probably be received quite a bit more readily without it.
NEVER HEARD OF AN OssA? You will, and from us it will be almost entirely high praise. Until quite re cently no one on CYCLE WORLD'S staff had even a nodding acquaintance with this fine Spanish motorcycle and to be perfectly honest we were not looking forward to testing the bike.
FEW THINGS in a motorcyclists life will cause as much dread as preparing for his first long ride. He may remember the miniature catastrophes that befell his cycle riding career up to now, and wonder, with good reason, how he can avoid or overcome the mechanical problems that can occur far from his friendly dealer.
FOR THE NEW YOUR Philadelphia rider who has a week's vacation, there are innumerable good places to tour with his bike. He can go to New England, the Smokey Mountains, Cape Hatteras, or even to Canada. He can plan his trip around Williamsburg, Virginia and the other historic sites on the Chesapeake Bay.
SOMETHING THERE IS about a BMW that sets it apart from the others — it doesn't handle the best, nor is it the fastest, hut in its quiet, imperturbable way it exudes the aura that here is the very best. Like a Rolls Royce it is smooth, seems to run forever, and it has a finely finished look that lasts and lasts and lasts.
I'VE NEVER been any good at saving money. When I was a kid my mother used to say “Morris,” (that's me, Morris Muckle. My friends call me Morrie). “Morris” she'd say, “you’ll not amount to a thing unless you learn to save money.” So I did. Not amount to a thing.
If there is a substitute for cubic inches, it would definitely be manifold pressure, and that is the thinking behind this supercharged Honda Hawk-based drag bike. The machine's owner - builder - rider, Dennis Manning is using a Marshall-Nordic rootestype blower to huff air into the engine at 17 psi, and feeds the fuel (alcohol and nitro') through a custom-made Hilborn injection system.
"A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned for he will be going out on a day he shouldn’t. But we who are afraid of the sea — we are only drowned now and again." J. M. SYNGE, The Aran Islands SEVERAL YEARS AGO there was a young, well-liked motorcycle competition rider whose special talent was defying the trackless Western desert in the rough and ready sport of Hare and Hound racing.
SACHSENRING, not used for a championship motorcycle Grand Prix since prewar years, hosted this year’s East German GP. Twisty and very demanding, the 5.43mile course has always been a favorite with the regular “Continental Circus" riders.
CASTLE ROCK, A SMALL HAMLET in southA western Washington, found itself in the spotlight of the motorcycle world recently when the AMA National Championship 30-lap TT was presented there. Advance planning and good publicity by the sponsoring club.
BY THE TIME you read this, a new movie with the marquee-busting title of “How To Stuff A Wild Bikini” will be playing at your local theater. This is the fifth in a group of films slanted at America s teen market, each one incorporating some “in” sport such as surfing, drag racing, sky diving, and now motorcycling.
THIS YEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME the Czech Grand Prix counted for world championship points. Held on the twisty 8.66mile Brno circuit, it was attended by over 300.000 spectators who saw close racing with record laps in all classes. Highlight of the 125 race was a record lap by Hugh Anderson (Suzuki) at 88.99 mph, as he was still limping from a scrambles injury two weeks before.
IHE BRITISH EMPIRE MOTOR CLUB'S Canadian Grand Prix was run in excellent, sunny weather, after an allnight tropical downpour. Preliminary heats were run off smoothly in the morning and after lunch, intermission and parade, the lightweight international opened the program for the finals.
A EXPECTED the the winner of the 18th "Valli Bergarnasche" came from the strong German contingent. Zündapp (last year’s winner) entered 10 machines divided in 50, 75. 100 and 125cc classes, Hercules (the Sachs-owned factory) entered 9 machines in 50, 98 and 175 classes.
SID LAWTON WAS A PROUD MAN after the 500 mile Grand Prix d'Endurance held on the Castle Coombe airfield circuit this year. It was the fourth time in succession that this ex-Norton factory team riders partnership of Lawton and Wilson had sponsored the winner.
JAPANESE MANUFACTURERS ARE beginning to turn out motorcycles which have no prospects for mass sale in Japan. This is a significant development, as the new machines are designed with the American rider primarily in mind. Back in the early years of exporting motorcycles to the United States, and indeed around the world, the machines sent abroad were all basically designed for the Japanese rider and road conditions in Japan.
AT THE SECOND ANNUAL CYCLE WORLD Motorcycle Show, Pacific Basin Trading Co. displayed the latest Rickman Brothers of England’s Métissé kit. designed to accept a 500cc Triumph engine and a Matchless gearbox. CW readers may remember the Editor’s experiences with a somewhat similar kit made to take the Matchless 500cc single (CW, December 1964).