YAMAHA INTERNATIONAL made the month of November somewhat brighter by including me in their "Holiday In Japan" tour, awarded to the winning dealers in a nation-wide sales contest. To keep me company (as if I needed it), my wife joined me, so it truly was a Holiday in Japan for us.
I have always envied the thrill of speed and I hope to enter the quarter-mile drags next year. To do this I want to modify my machine, but still keep it on the road. I have a 1960 BSA 650cc Super Rocket. The crankshaft has been lathed down to 1 5/8" (flywheel width) and I am going to have the system balanced as soon as my parts arrive.
THE WORD HAS come down from Olympus. In 1969, we shall have a 350cc limit for Amateur and Expert AMA racing events. But, will we ever see that new limit come into effect? Probably not, and for one very good reason: under a 350cc displacement limit, the two-strokes would surely win everything — just as they now dominate the 250cc class.
I'm a little confused. In your November issue the road test of the BSA Spitfire Hornet stated that it had a top speed of only 102 mph. I read a previous road test on the same bike stating the top speed as being 125 mph. Being a BSA man for several years, would you please explain the difference?
A NEW PATTERN has been set for touring two-strokes. Bridgestone's new 175 "Dual-Twin," with rotary-disc intake valves, proves that this design layout (firmly established in racing circles) can be applied to touring-type motorcycles, and the results are such that all others will be obliged to follow Bridgestone's lead.
SEVERAL YEARS AGO, a manufacturing firm in the Orient decided to build a motorcycle which would appeal to riders all over the world. To this end, machines were purchased that best represented motorcycle engineering concepts in four different countries.
A FEW WEEKS AGO, a good friend of mine trailered his new motorcycle to my home in Santa Barbara, California. After some reminiscences about the good old days at Crater Camp and Acton, we kicked over our bikes and took off for the vast, rugged reaches of Los Padres National Forest.
LAST SPRING I FOUND MYSELF in London, a Canadian post-graduate student on my way to Nigeria, West Africa, on a Province of Saskatchewan Fellowship. Several months remained before the school term began, Europe was full of tourists, and a jet flight to Nigeria cost over $300.
RIDING MOTORCYCLES in heavy traffic can present many problems. Joe Whatsis, with his heap of Detroit iron, isn't about to give you a break. Probably the best way you could impress him with the fact that bike riders also have a right to be on the road would be to take a hammer, walk up to his car, and while you are beating him on the head, inform him that you are about to turn the next corner and that you would appreciate his cooperation.
WHILE HUNDREDS OF California scrambles riders competed in the 6th annual Dirt Diggers Grand Prix, the performance of one man overshadowed all others. The man — Eddie Mulder — and he almost didn't get to ride! Only by posting a $100 late-entry fee was the youthful Triumph ace allowed to compete, and it seemed to inspire him even more than usual.
WE HAVE REMARKED UPON the Ducati 250's racing potential; previously (before this Ducati racing project), we have not explained why the potential is there. Taken on its design features, the Ducati engine impresses one as being just the thing for racing.
THE MAN BEHIND THE WORLD'S MOST IMMACULATE RACERS.
B. R. NICHOLLS
FAMILY MAN, useful dance band drummer, six handicap golfer after only four years at the game, and road racing enthusiast — that's Tom Kirby, and the name of Kirby is known throughout the road racing world for immaculately prepared AJS and Matchless machinery.
MOTO-CROSS IN EUROPE is a thriving and expanding sport with crowds of up to a quarter of a million people watching the various rounds. This is due mainly to the spectacular nature of the sport, the close racing and not least to the TV coverage, there being a special British Broadcasting Co. (BBC) trophy Championship in England and Sweden during the winter.
THE ITALIAN INDUSTRY is fighting hard to improve its position. This is clearly shown by the 39th Milan Show which opened in Milan, Italy, in early December, with a record entry of 599 exhibitors from eight countries. Each factory displayed either new models, or improved versions of previous models, and they were not limited to only one or two popular classes.
ONE OF THE MORE SERIOUS problems facing a magazine like CYCLE WORLD is just exactly what to say about it when yet another truly good machine comes along. It would seem that we might run out of things to say. Good things, anyway. We will admit to some occasional difficulty when it comes time to sit down and write out the thoughts we have accumulated, only to discover that what we might want to say is just exactly what we were faced with saying just a few weeks before.
FOR THE PAST SEVERAL years, the AMA's annual Competition and Technical Committee meeting has been preceded by an Open Forum discussion, where manufacturers, distributors, riders, members of the press and other interested parties can air their views.
Especially for motorcyclists is the waterproof motorcycle cover, weighing less than one pound. It features grommets for tying or locking and is the best designed and constructed cover we have ever seen. It can be stored in a very small furnished bag. Retailing at $14.95 it is a must for those who have to park outside. For catalog or further information write to MG Mitten, Box 4156 Catalina Station, 1163 East Green Street, Dept. CW, Pasadena, California 91106.
1966 MOTO GUZZIS
Moto Guzzi, one of the world's most renowned manufacturers of racing motorcycles, including a fabulous 500cc V-8 in the mid-1950s, has for the past four years concentrated successfully on International Six Days Trial competition. This has been part of a program to develop motorcycles for the demanding North American market. The Six Days is a proving ground where only the hearty survive. Two models are offered; both have 125cc engines, with four-speed transmissions. Curb weight is given as 203 pounds. The 70 mph touring "Sport" sells for $429.00 and the "Scrambler" is $469.00. Our appetites are whetted by the possibility that Moto Guzzi may produce a limited number of 125cc Six Days replicas for sale. Planned price is $589.00, quite reasonable when one considers that very few manufacturers will sell a copy of their factory Six Days machines at any price.
ITALO-JET ENTERS THE SCENE
Italy Sport Cycles, 5235 North Tyler, Dept. CW, Temple City, California, recently paid CW a visit to show us their handsome new line of Italian built ItaloJet motorcycles. Six lightweight machines comprise the line, from a 50cc moped to an effective looking 90cc scrambler. Three models of a 90cc machine use a single cylinder, two cycle, 47mm x 52mm engine of 6.5 hp @ 7,000 rpm, and a three-speed built in-unit gearbox. The trail bike uses 23-inch wheels, the two street machines use 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels.
In the October 1965 issue of CYCLE WORLD there appeared the first test of a Spanish Ossa in the United States. Until then almost no one had ever heard of the little "Bear." At that time the manufacturer expressed an interest in producing a dirt machine and asked for our recommendations.
COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE ACCESSORIES
Leseo motorcycle accessories, a new firm on the motorcycle scene, has just announced the first of an extensive line of motorcycle accessories that are to be made available. Shown in the photograph are Lesco's Lift-Easy floor stand (supporting the CW Ducati), and CW's Wayne Swallow is seated on the Leseo Roll-Easy. Both are designed to take the strain and pain out of cleaning and servicing your machine at home the garage, or for dealers.
Eight models are forthcoming from a manufacturer who has been a leader for 60 years. In addition to several engineering changes, Triumph has come up with some tri-color paint combinations.
NEW BERLINER MODELS
Very eye-catching is the new styling on most of the Ducati line for 1966. The 350 Sebring, shown here, sports a new tank, head lamp, tool case and squarish fenders, in an attempt to eliminate the "lump" look. Finished in bright metallic silver with black trim and a new and more comfortable seat, the Sebring is externally identical to the 250cc Monza.
Among the new 1966 models distributed by Cosmopolitan Motors is the 250cc Parilla "Wildcat Scrambler." Engine modifications to improve torque and horsepower have led the manufacturer to believe it will compete on equal terms with any 250cc-powered scrambler.
MG Mitten has for many years been the top accessory supplier for sports car enthusiasts, with a very complete line of clothing, including helmets, gloves, suits and goggles — all of very high quality at reasonable prices. Motorcyclists will find many of these items very useful, also stop watches, waxes and polishes, leather conditioners, small fire extinguishers, lubricants, tire pressure gauges, etc. Especially for motorcyclists is the waterproof motorcycle cover, weighing less than one pound.
FIFTY-CC RACING IS tremendous fun at low cost, provided the organizers stick to a real "sports machine" formula, banning such highly developed but fantastically complicated racers as the Honda, Kreidler and Suzuki, which are not available to privateers.
THIS HAS BEEN "American Dealer Month" for Japan's motorcycle makers. First on the scene were 70 Suzuki dealers, with the highlight of their expense-paid company tour being the Tokyo Motor Show and a visit to Suzuki's Hamamatsu factory.
THERE IS ONLY ONE racing certainty and that is while Honda are in the racing game there will always be wonderful rumors about what they will produce next, and the rumors will only be beaten by exotic truths like the 250cc six and 125cc five.
THE COMPARATIVELY NEW lightweight motorbikes have found many useful applications for persons of all ages. Often utilized as low-cost transportation to and from work or school, they are also used for the enjoyment of riding mountain trails and getting back to out-of-way lakes and streams.