WELCOME TO THE PAGES of CYCLE WORLD'S fourth anniversary issue. Old friends of CW will find a return visit to the subject machine of our very first road test, the redoubtable Triumph Bonneville. They will find little else resembling that first 50-page issue.
IN THE FUTURE, you will probably hear a lot about "short-rod" engines. Tuners are becoming increasingly interested in this trick and it is one of the few speedtuning techniques not already fully developed. Unfortunately, while the basic idea behind the short-rod technique is sound, it is not without its dangers and disadvantages.
I own a Honda Dream 305 and would like to know if there is some way to put a new Honda Super Hawk cylinder block on to give me a dual carb setup. if so, how much of a difference would it make? Also if I put in Super Hawk pistons and Triumph Tiger Cub valve springs would it greatly improve my performance at the drag strip quarter-mile run?
CYCLE WORLD'S first issue, published four years ago, featured a road test report about Triumph's Bonnevule. Forty-eight months and a hundred road tests later, we return to the Bonneville for our fourth anniversary issue. As one might expect, with the passing of so much time it has become a much better motorcycle, although there has been no major change and even though there is only a fractional increase in performance.
WELL GANG, it's like this. We told Har1ey-Davidson that we wanted a Scrambler; not just a run-of-the-mill Sprint, but an honest-to-goodness, genuine racer. HarleyDavidson has not let us down in the past and, although this was not exactly a showroom model, we were soon presented with a Sprint CRS. To say this machine was up to our expectations would be an understatement.
CHRISTMAS EVE, alone, no money, nowhere to go; he swore softly and walked to a window. Five o'clock and the grey light of day in blizzard had given way to a night of raging wind and driven snow. The lights of the nearby BOQ were barely visible through the storm.
YAMAHA WAS THE scene stealer for CYCLE WORLD readers at the 12th Tokyo Motor Show, as that firm’s 90cc twin cylinder model AT90 was the only new motorcycle shown which had not been written about previously in this magazine’s monthly “Report From Japan” column.
H0NDA AND Jim Redman win the 350cc World Championship for the fourth year in a row. Honda and Ralph Bryans capture the 50cc World Championship. Mike Hailwood rides a 350cc MV to the first win for a non-Japanese racing machine at a Japan Grand Prix, and also is victor in two of the four races on the program by speeding a Honda six-cylinder 250cc racer to the checkered flag.
THE ELEVENTH Annual Death Valley Run attracted the greatest number of riders ever. Three thousand official registrations plus a substantial number of non-registrants made this run top them all, and only two years ago some people were predicting an early demise for the popular event.
IT IS SAID THAT Spain is a poor country and that life is tough. Lacking in natural resources and sufficient rainfall for agricultural purposes, it is no wonder that the industrial age •was very late in coming to this Mediterranean country.
WE HAVE BECOME ACCUSTOMED to large, piston-driven, nitro-fed vehicles turning 400 mph speeds at Bonneville Salt Flats. Now there are jet and rocket propelled creations that are in the 600 mph region. However, on October 23, 1965, a speed of 140 mph made these figures seem puny by comparison.
KAWASAKI IS ONE OF Japan’s largest manufacturers and the old saying “everything from a needle to an anchor” would apply here, and then some. Whether it is a sail boat or an ocean-going liner, a light plane or a large passenger jet, a motorcycle or a railway train, Kawasaki can fix you up.
HAPPILY WE CONTINUE our acquaintance with the new (to the United States) Moto-Beta line of machines from Italy. Regular readers will remember Chapter One a few months back, when we discovered the XTR-125 scrambler and introduced the series of Italian built M-Bs to the American market.
FOURTH RUNNING OF THE WILLIAM JOHSON MEMORIAL ENDURO.
WHAT HAS BECOME, in a very short time, the most prestigious road event in America, the William Johnson Memorial Road Sports Rally, has attained this stature in only its third running. Warm weather and over 500 participants marked Southern California's favorite celebrity event as the best yet.
JORN GRIFFITHS, besides being a leading motorcycle journalist, owns the Norton featured on these pages. We are grateful to him for letting us have a glimpse into the past with a look at his beautifully restored pioneer of a fabulous history.
A TRULY SATISFACTORY TOURING area should offer a variety of attractions to those who come and leave their money behind. Natural scenic beauty is desirable, but interesting places to visit are also important. Beyond this the tourist should be both appreciated and welcome, and New Mexico ranks high on all points.
"A POOR MAN'S BONNEVILLE." That is how a weekend record setting at Elvington airfield in Yorkshire, England might be described, with eighteen men anxious to inscribe their names in the record book. As it is still operational, the public was not admitted to this beautiful airstrip, with a one in seventeen-hundred gradient and two hundred feet wide for almost two miles.
AN UNASSUMING BIKE MECHANIC on a forgotten little street of a far away city in the Alps of Southern France has come up with a notable contribution to the world of wheelies. Grenoblan Mijhel Stephane calls it “Le Mulet,” or the she-mule.
ONE OF FRANCE'S most beautiful motorcycling events, in terms of communing with nature, takes place in the eastern part of the country near the town of Montbeliard. The 60-mile one-day trial is set amidst heavily wooded hills on the lower slopes of the Jura.
The nation’s leading flattrack artist, Sammy Tanner, in addition to sewing up his fourth Ascot season championship, is now firmly established in his own business — Sammy Tanner Distributing (STD), 615 North Avalon Blvd., Dept. CW, Wilmington, California. Operating on a wholesale-to-dealers-only basis, STD offers a wide variety of quality merchandise, including Sproat tires, Honda engine breathers, Tanner Leather Kleen, Spray ’n Lube for chains, PiggieBack motorcycle carriers, bike covers, AÍ Gunter’s Yamaha 80cc Fire Head, and a host of other items including the Gold Medal winning Cabretta leather gloves for men and women (shown). Known as the “gloves that breathe,” these soft as silk items are available from dealers in 24 different colors for touring or sport — price $5.95.
North Avalon Blvd.
The White 125cc Moto-Cross for 1965, a very business-like scrambler, features 19-inch wheels, racing expansion chamber and a handy 9-inch ground clearance. Massive cylinder finning to cope with the hotter climates in some U.S. areas is the main feature of the "square 54 x 54mm bore/stroke single cylinder two-stroke engine. Compression ratio is 12:1 and the maker claims 15 blip; selling price -$445.00.
North Avalon Blvd.
Many unusual features appear on the new “Senior L” Valiant for 1966; among these are an electric starter and automatic four-speed transmission, which uses a torque converter. Twelve-volt battery, sealed beam headlight, large diameter taillight take care of the electrics. Engine is a 216cc Lauson four-stroke with stellite valves and, according to the manufacturer, many life-long components. The Hawk tool torque converter eliminates the need for clutch and gear shift controls, so rear brake levers appear on both sides of the machine. Designed for street or trail, the machine is supplied with 4.00 section tires; however, a deep-tread 5.00 rear can be supplied as an extra. Wheel rims come apart to make tire changing easier. The double-loop-type frame gives a claimed 10-inch ground clearance. A quick-change countershaft sprocket assembly makes trail-to-street riding a little easier. All this for only $268.00 crated. The same machine without electric starter is a modest $238.00, and a 125cc version goes for $178.00. Prices include freight. Write to Valiant Manufacturing Corp., Dept. CW, P.O. Box 19243, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. 70119.
North Avalon Blvd.
How would you like to arrive at a vacation destination aboard your motorcycle, dismount, and within seconds move into the luxury of a camper with 47.5 square feet of living space? It’s possible, with the new Cycle Mate, if you can reconcile yourself to towing a trailer measuring 3 feet high, 4 feet wide and 8V2 feet long. Distributed in Southern California by Two Wheeler, 1655 W. La Cadena Dr., Dept. CW, Riverside, Calif., Cycle Mate unfolds rapidly from its travel dimensions to a center height of 6'8", has three large screened and zippered windows in its turquoise-colored 7.68 oz. tent drill outer covering, a door with two-way zipper and screen, non-skid floor, and a 30 cubic foot storage area. Suggested retail price is $395. Further details, and a listing of available optional equipment, are available from Two Wheeler at the above address, or from Foldo, Inc., Attn: Ed Lundby, 1155 West 8th St., Dept. CW, Corona, Calif. 91720.
North Avalon Blvd.
We installed Snuff-Or-Not baffles on a scrambler that was sitting around our offices and found them to be quite effective. All that is required is to drill a hole in the exhaust pipe, insert the Snuff-Or-Not, and turn the knob. One way you have open exhaust pipes for competition or, by rotating the knob a quarter turn, the exhaust note is quiet enough for street use. In fact, we found them to be quieter than the mufflers fitted on a couple of our test machines recently. Write to Pacifico, Dept. CW, P.O. Box 398, Portland, Oregon 97207.
North Avalon Blvd.
BSA has six twin-cylinder 1966 models in addition to a new 175cc two-stroke single and, of course, the one we are all anxious to see, the 441cc Victor. Altogether these machines represent 50 engineering changes over the 1965 models. The aim for the new year is to have a machine to suit every taste. Shown here in road trim is the new Spitfire Mk II; it features such “goodies” as Amal GP carburetors, 10Vi : 1 compression pistons, 190mm front brake, alloy rims and racing seat. The Hornet is shown in competition form, even to skid plate. Color is Mandarin Red and lighting can be fitted.
North Avalon Blvd.
Last month in this column we talked at some length about the extensive line of speed equipment that Paul Dunstall has developed for Norton twins, both for racing and touring. All very nice, but we neglected to tell you that these items are now available in the U.S. from Sport Motors, Dept. CW, 2512 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio. 45206.
North Avalon Blvd.
A very handy accessory for owners of Honda CA-95 150cc motorcycles, who want to scramble or go trailing, is a three-piece adaptor kit, which enables one to fit a larger rear sprocket. Nearby photo shows the easily installed kit on one of these machines; further information can be obtained from Webco Inc., 218 Main St., Dept. CW, Venice, Calif.
Motorcycle racing returned Lo Santa Clara Fairgrounds in San Jose, California for The first time in years, this time on a half-mile oval utilizing portions of the mile track used previously. And a good day’s racing ensued, despite the usual delays while the horse racing track surface was conditioned for the needs of flattracking.
SELLOUT Leafing through the November CW at random, and because the cover and much of the contents were devoted to one make of machine, I wondered how much of a share you have in the Yamaha Corporation. RICHARD MAGNER St. Joseph, Mo. ... by gosh, and then the next issue you saw before you had a Harley on the cover, plus the Sportster test, and then there was the October '65 issue with a BMW on the cover and a long story about their history, and don’t forget the Honda 450 on September’s cover with six pages devoted to it, and by all means don’t overlook our August ’65 issue with a Norton on the cover, a road test and the full history of the firm plus a technical run-down on the Norton Manx; we could go on like this for quite a while.
THE MOST THRILLING Grand Prix ever held in Japan is over with Japanese factories again sewing up all the World Championships they contested (reported elsewhere in this issue), and the 12th Tokyo Motor Show is popping enthusiasts’ eyes open with a preview of what’s to come during the next year (also in a separate report); that pretty well sews up the news for this month outside the local racing scene.
LAST MONTH'S NOTES were finished with a paragraph about the tragedy that befell the last Brands Hatch meeting of the season when Florian Camathias crashed his sidecar outfit and died before reaching the hospital. His passenger, Franz Ducret, was not as badly injured as at first thought, has now returned to his home in Switzerland with a broken leg, and is determined to passenger again next season if he can get a ride.
WHAT IS A contact breaker spring? A tiny little thing in a whole motorcycle. Yet it was just a broken contact breaker spring which robbed Italy’s youngest star, Giacomo Agostini, of this year’s world championship title for the 350 class.