AN OVERSIGHT in our March issue failed to give credit to the owner of the beautiful Pope featured on the cover and in a detailed feature. The bike is part of the remarkable Harrah automobile collection in Reno, Nevada, and is their most recent motorcycle entry.
REMEMBER THE British "World-Beater" scheme? Some of the proceeds from the Manx Hospital Lottery were to be diverted into a fund, and the fund would finance the design and construction of a road racing motorcycle. The motorcycle, according to plan, was to lift Britannia from the competition doldrums.
Reference the Yamaha 305 clutch problem of J. E. Jensen, Napa, California mentioned in your January 1966 issue. While the Yamaha clutch design may not he the best or strongest (wouldn't it be nice if every bike could have a H-D or BMW clutch?), I think there is a simple solution to his problem.
WHILE ON VACATION this past summer on my Triumph T-120 I gave my clutch a great deal of abuse while riding in the woods of mountainous western North Carolina. At that time, however, damage to the clutch was not apparent. After my return to Florida the clutch began to seem more reluctant to disengage until finally it became impossible to release it.
BIRMINGHAM SMALL ARMS have been building race-bred single-cylinder motorcycles for sale to the public for as long as most of us can remember. Since production of the famous Gold Star ceased in 1963 their efforts have been concentrated, like most of the British factories, on large displacement twins, which are totally unsuited to motocross and European-style scrambling.
MIGHTY MONTESA has produced a line of motorcycles that should bring fame and fortune in 1966. Interestingly, it is a short line. No more assorted engine displacements, and like that. Just three models, each powered by an improved version of last year's 250cc "Diablo" engine, and each intended to suit the requirements of the three basic types of rider.
THOSE ITALIAN-MADE "Ceriani" forks have been cropping up everywhere in recent months. In big-time International scrambling and road racing (especially the former) it seems as though at least half the bikes are now equipped with these distinctive-looking forks.
PRESENTED WITH ALL THE pomp and ceremony associated with the bygone "golden days" of racing, AMA-sanctioned professional indoor short track made an auspicious debut in Southern California. The first of two initial programs at the plush Long Beach Arena, imaginatively promoted by Trojan Enterprises' Don Brymer and Bob Dowis, was enthusiastically received by close to 4000 spectators and.
THE SHOT-UP grey speaker cones ring and whistle as Pappy Grocket blows into the mike. "First heat you thirty-fifty class riders. Let's get your motors out here on the track so's we can start up on time." Yours. You buckle the steel sandal onto your left boot and butt your head into a scratched-up yellow crash helmet that matches the Triumph's dented-up yellow tank.
THE APPEAL OF Europe appears to be pulling keen motorcyclists across the Atlantic in ever greater numbers. The Continent is unique, for in a relatively small chunk of territory exist a lot of countries, none as big as Texas and most of them a great deal smaller, each with its own language or dialect, each with its own historical background and ancient architecture and with quite startling differences in topography and climate.
SOME MAY FIND IT STRANGE that the manufacturer of the world's largest displacement motorcycles also produces a machine in the smallest category. The M50 is manufactured in Harley-Davidson's Italian Aermacchi plant, with features to suit the home-office in Milwaukee.
AS WE HAVE SAID many times, bare per formance figures do not necessarily tell the whole story. Such figures are col lected by running to maximum revs in each gear; but a large part of day-in, dayout performance is the kind of results you get by simply turning-on throttle at low revs.
HONOR, ROMANTIC RACING, AND WELL ENGINEERED SINGLES FORM THE LEGEND OF HALL GREEN.
IF YOU WERE TO TALK TO European motorcyclists on their streets and ask them "which marque has the most honor able racing history?," you would possibly hear the name of Velocette mentioned more than any other. While it is true that others have gone faster, won more World Championships, and have had more exotic racing bikes, the "Veto" has still established one of the finest reputations of integrity and honesty of purpose in both their legendary racing history and their standard production roadsters.
IN GENERAL, manufacturers do not offer the public a genuine replica of one of their "works" competition bikes. Moto Guzzi happens to be one exception. This is not a recent trend for them because when this firm dominated European 250cc road racing some fifteen years ago, there were private owners who had machines almost identical to the factory racers.
As THE GIANTS of the modern speed world roar round the course of the Tourist Trophy Races each year in the little Isle of Man, I wonder if any of the Bugganes or Phynoderees gnomes to you peer out at them in wonder? Things have changed indeed since the days they were ever present in the minds of the Manx people, though you can still find the old countryman who thinks it just as well to keep on their right side.
MOTORCYCLE SAFETY HAS BEEN the primary topic of discussion in this series thus far. There was a good reason for this since to be constantly on guard against accidents is the only way to enjoy a long, carefree life on two wheels. However, with safety-first firmly in mind, the more light-hearted aspects of motorcycling as a recreation and entertainment .
WHEN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S leading road race exponents gathered at Carlsbad Raceway for the track's first AMA-sanctioned sportsman event, a lively competition ensued. The course, recently expanded by owner Sandy Belond from a quarter-mile drag strip to an uphill-anddown, six-turn road racing circuit, is slightly more than a mile in length, and more than slightly demanding.
Handling public relations and advertising for Smiths Instruments and KLG Spark Plugs, I regularly scan the pages of a great number of publications, keeping my eyes peeled for comments that are either truthful, factual or complimentary.
"How DO I GET racing films to show at my club or at home?" This question, asked by people at the CYCLE WORLD Show and in letters to the magazine, is becoming increasingly more frequent. Racing films are harder to come by than "feature" films for several reasons.
Webco now lists a new style leg shield in their extensive catalog, that fits both cross-over and tuck-in style exhaust pipes from 1 1/4 " to 1 3/4" diameter. $9.95 buys the ones that fit tuck-in pipes, $6.95 takes home the other type; from Webco, Dept. CW, 218 Main St. Venice, Calif.
MOON EYES TRAILERS
Moon Equipment Co., a familiar name in the world of hot rodding, has turned their attention to motorcycling and developed a motorcycle trailer to be sold in kit form. We are told the basic kit can be assembled with a one-half-inch open end wrench in less than 30 minutes, and that from kit to ready-to-roll requires 45 minutes. A tubular steel axle mounts early Ford-type (wouldn't you know it) axles that receive Moon wire wheels, Halibrand dragster wheels or early Ford steel units. Taillight and license bracket are included, and a mounting is provided for a Moon fuel tank. Jim Nelson and his Dragmaster company are producing the Moon trailer. Ten prototype kits have been produced and Moon is making a special offer to the first customers of the trailers at cost in exchange for publicity material and suggestions for future units. This rather unusual project is open only to the first ten people, so don't blame us if the offer is closed by the time you reach them. We just liked the idea. Price of the kits is $130.00, with a list of options that include the Moon, Halibrand or chrome Ford wheels, etc. Contact Dean Moon at 10820 South Norwalk Blvd., Dept. CW, Santa Fe Springs, California 90670.
Already popular in England, where, if it isn't raining, it's about to, comes the Turbo-Visor. A clear, circular shield, 8V2" in diameter, made of molded cellulose acetate butyrate, fixed to a head harness on a ball bearing shaft, that rotates with forward motion. Spaced vanes on the spinning disc force rain, drizzle, spray, mud, snow, etc., off, clearing the wearer's vision. It really works, and is invisible to the rider. Material is of high optical quality, has a high impact strength and anti-shatter or splinter properties. Price is $11.95, from Development Inc., 3535 Lee Road, Dept. CW, Cleveland, Ohio 44120.
One of the cleverest trailers to come down the pike in some time is a new model from Holsclaw Bros., Box 4128, Dept. CW, Evansville, Indiana 4771 1. Designed to transport two machines, it has a carrying capacity of 700 pounds and comes complete with tail lights and double safety chains. The trailer is manufactured from one of Holsclaw's running gear assemblies (they are a prime builder of trailers of several types), and is equipped with two channels which tilt, making it easy to roll the bikes onto the trailer. Tilting runners lock in place when in running position, and the machine is held in place with special tie-down chains which are provided as standard.
Of interest primarily to motorcycle dealers, but to many others it should offer food for thought, is BSA's new DynaTune Test Set. This group of instruments insures electronic precision in checking ignition timing and also performs all electrical tests on AC or DC motorcycle generating, ignition and lighting systems. Among its many functions, it checks for: shorts, battery condition, charging rate, condition of rectifier, condition of points, ignition timing, continuity of condensers, etc. It also tests coils, AC and DC magnetos, automatic advance and performs all other electrical tests ordinarily required.
ON THE ISLAND OF OKTNAWA, between the military camps of Hansen and Schwab, lie eight and a half miles of hard-surfaced road containing every sort of curve and curve-complex. Following, perhaps, an early road builder's path of least resistance, an ages-old horse-and-cart trail improved by the Japanese and then the Americans, it hugs the ocean and takes its shape from the undisciplined shore line of the South China Sea.
THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE for an exchange of top scrambles riders between Japan and the United States this year. The Motorcycle Club Federation of All Japan (MCFAJ) has offered to foot the expenses for a team of riders while they are in Japan. They would be expected to pay their own round-trip transportation to Japan and bring their Stateside equipment with them.
FRANCESCO VILLA, many times Italian Champion, and well known in the U.S. as a Ducati rider, has been testing two new F. B. Mondial road racers at the Modena Autodrome. Designed for this year's Grand Prix classics, the machines are a 125cc and a 250cc using the same basic layout.