FOR ME, THIS MONTH marks an important stage in the short, but successful history of CYCLE WORLD; I am stepping down from the Editor's job and converting my designation around here to Publisher & Editorial Director. Starting with this issue, Ivan Wagar takes over the reins as Editor of CYCLE WORLD. My new position does not mean that I am divorcing myself editorially from the magazine; rather, I will now have time to work at the large, overall picture.
HISTORICALLY, THE DESIGN TREND in reciprocating, internal-combustion engines has been toward the short-stroke/ large-bore layout. Today, with bore/ stroke ratios for most recently-designed engines near 1 : 1, it is often assumed that we are seeing the trend at its leveling-off point; that things may change in other areas, but that in terms of bore and stroke, engines will remain roughly "square."
AT THE AGE OF SEVEN I was mad at my father for almost a year, because he would not take me to a motorcycle race twenty-five miles from my hometown in Napanee, Ontario, Canada. All the stars were there, even Ed Kretz. My hero was a garage owner, who had an old WWI bi-plane, rode a motorcycle, and walked with a great swagger.
Due to the tremendous volume of Service Dept. mail, we are unable to reply to individual letters. We shall continue to answer as many as space permits in this column. I am in the armed forces stationed near Istanbul, Turkey, and have just recently taken delivery of a 1965 Honda Super Hawk, which I ordered direct from the factory.
Come on CYCLE WORLD! You’re slipping! Only three pictures of Joe Park-hurst in the May issue, though I must admit that the cover shot (in color yet) staggers the imagination. That massive forehead, indicative of vast intelligence and God-like judgment, the nose of a Caesar, a mouth which clearly shows the qualities of tenderness and compassion, tempered with humor, and that chin — incredible.
RARE IS THE AMERICAN motorcyclist who doesn’t know something about European “Grand Prix” racing. Year after year, accounts of these races are read with enthusiasm. To almost everyone who follows the sport, the magic words, “Isle of Man,” mean the greatest road racing in the world.
BY FAR THE LARGEST MOTORCYCLE SHOW in the United States (and fast becoming one of the largest in the world) opened its doors to more than 95,000 people in the handsome Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, and closed four days later, a resounding success.
YAMAHA started out in the music business in 1887, which will explain the crest used on their motorcycles — three tuning forks. Although the company has spread to the international two-wheel trade, happily we can report that they are still making music with their 305cc road machine.
To SAY THAT THE HONDA CUB is the most popular motorcycle in the world is more than true. This little "sissy" bike with the full fenders, "step-through" frame and splash shields, is the model you "meet the nicest people on." It is a terrific little piece of transportation for the city streets, if the streets aren't too crowded with fast moving traffic.
RAC Custom Electronic Instruments for riders who want their bikes to wear the best. Hey, you swingers, soloists, nice people, and all the rest of you who have discovered the two-wheeled world get the most out of your bikes by knowing what's happening as you ride.
ONE OF THE MORE FASCINATING runs in contemporary motorcycling — comparable to Hannibal crossing the Alps or to the Pan-American Road Race — is the 1,000-mile trek down the Baja Peninsula from Tijuana to La Paz. Pavement disappears fast, once past Ensenada and, were it not for the fact that gas stations get a bit scarce, the stretch would be a dirt rider’s dream (if one doesn’t mind rocks, mud, chuck-holes and other sundry distractions).
THE LATEST WHITE MOTOCROSS RACER is unusual in several respects, not the least of which is the name. CYCLE WORLD rode this machine when it was in the prototype category. And now, more than a year later, it is back as a full production scrambler for sale to the general public.
THE INFORMATION in the accompanying chart was compiled from replies to questionnaires sent to motor vehicle, highway or other appropriate departments in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. A few of the states didn't reply, even to second and third requests, but most were cooperative.
In the absence of a United States GP, the road racing world championship series was opened with the Spanish again this year. However, it featured only the 50, 125 and 250 classes, the traditional sidecar class having been excluded. As usual, the event was held on the partially re-surfaced and widened Montjuich Park Circuit in Barcelona, which is extremely difficult, twisting and winding, up and down through the trees, along a course that is only 2.36 miles in length.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN a research and development company is told to take one of Japan's hottest new 250cc road twins and turn it into a workable cross-country machine? The result is a lesson in thoroughness. Converting a motorcycle for enduro involves more than two knobby tires and new handlebars.
NOW THAT THE Motocross Championships have gotten under way with the Swiss round, we have some idea of who is riding and on what machinery. At Payerne the list was headed by current World Champion, Jeff Smith on his new factory "Titanium" BSA. This is the latest phase in the factory's racing policy following the Daytona Triumphs, and they are reputed to have spent $60,000 on these new motocross mounts.
ALMOST EVERYONE has an ambition to accomplish something worthwhile in life that will serve as a monument to his memory for posterity. Peter Dillabough, a 48-year-old grandfather of eight from a small Canadian hamlet called Port Robinson, near scenic Niagara Falls, is no exception.
ZUNDER — UND APPARATEBAU – G.M.B.H., (Fuse and Apparatus Construction, Ltd.) was their original name, and it was World War I that gave them a start, producing shell fuses in conjunction with the Krupp family. Their director was Geheimrat Dr. e.
IT IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND why English Trials were not more popular in this country. Nothing offers more enjoyment and requires more skill, in combination with less expense, than competing in these events. The area requirements (always a problem when holding motorcycle events) are smaller than for any other form of competition, and almost all of the lighter-weight motorcycles are suitable for use "as is."
The High-Speed Two-Stroke Petrol Engine, by Phillip H. Smith, $12.00, from CYCLE WORLD BOOKS, BOX 20220, Long Beach, California 90812. DESPITE ITS sixty year period of development and its present-day outstanding popularity and virtual domination of motorcycling (except for the actual majority of machines, which comes from four stroke producing Honda, of course), the high-speed, two-stroke engine has never before been the subject of a really compre-hensive development and design survey.
BEGINNING MARCH 21, 1965, DAYTONA Beach, Florida initiated the first of a series of 13 races counting towards the World Championship. This meeting was my first ride since injuring a finger at the Japan Grand Prix in October, 1964. Phil Read and I were teammates again for Yamaha, and contrary to popular opinion, Daytona was the only race meeting where Phil and I had any orders.
The first attempt to stage the 1966 National Championship Hare and Hound was a real dud. It had been declared “no contest,” because of the dubious course marking that sent many a good rider off to limbo on California’s Mojave Desert. The second attempt a month later, hosted by the Hilltoppers Motorcycle Club of Signal Hill, came off without a hitch for the 305 competitors.
Webco Inc. has been appointed as a distributor for the complete line of Good-year motorcycle tires. These include all popular tread designs for both lightweight and larger machines. Drop a line to Webco Inc., 218 Main Street, Venice, Calif., for a complete listing of sizes and catalog numbers.
For riders who are tired of showing up at the track in the same, old, one-color black leathers, meet after meet, Tony Llad multi-color racing leathers come in practically any color combination desired. One such set won Bill O’Brian a watch, for being the best-dressed racer at the 10-mile Charity Newsies at Columbus, Ohio last year. Llad, who signs off his correspondence with “Yours in leather,” makes some stylish leather outfits for the woman rider too. One model comes with the bell bottom legs so popular on women’s slacks these days. A complete rundown is available from Tony Llad Leathers, Dept. CW, 911 School Street, Chicago, I11. 60657.
New electronic instruments for motorcycles have been announced by Rite Autotronics Corporation of Los Angeles. Four different types, fully shock mounted. are available, including 1 to 12,000 rpm tachs; head temperature gauges; ammeters; and battery condition indicator. All RAC instruments have matching die-cast cases in chrome and black crackle finish. They are weather-proof and hooded to deflect rain. All have 2-inch, back-illuminated, easy-reading Lexan dials with steady, silicone-damped pointers. The solid-state electronic circuits require only simple electrical connections to the machine — no cables, linkages or complicated hook-ups are necessary. Tachometers to fit 1 and 2-cylinder, 2 or 4-cycle machines are priced at $33.50. Ammeters, $17.00; head-temperature gauges in 6 or 12-volt model, $20.00 complete; Bat-Chek gauge, $18.90. These instruments are available through authorized motorcycle dealers and distributors.
Powroll Performance, Dept. CW, P.O. Box 926, Bend, Oregon 97701, makers of performance kits for Honda 50, 90, 150 and 160s, has just assembled a very descriptive brochure that tells the whole story. Powroll claims up to 75cc displacement by using their stroker kit on the Honda 50 and 55, up to 105cc on the Honda 90, 175cc on the Honda 150, and 190cc by using their kit on the Honda 160. Stroker kits do not use spacers; using a special process they claim to “shrink” the connecting rods, then increase the bore, thereby increasing total displacement. Finished stroker kits are ready to bolt on, no machining required. Powroll’s high compression “Big-Bore” kits include oversize pistons, rings, and reboring of cylinders. Their stroker kits include stroked crankshaft assembly, cylinder notched for rod clearance, piston skirt cut off to clear flywheels; prices are $34.95 for the 50 and 55 Hondas, and $43.95 for Honda 90. Combination kits of big bore and strokers list at $44.95 and $53.95 for the 50s, $67.95 and $70.95 for the 90s. Full details, including installation and prices can be had by writing.
A new company, Robertson Enterprises, is making its debut with a product of great interest to riders who must leave their machines parked in public places. The gadget has the rather cumbersome name of the “Original Cycle Bike Alarm.” It is adaptable to any motorcycle with battery and horn and the makers say it may be installed easily (and out of sight). Elite Insurance Company has given this product its exclusive endorsement. Price is $9.95, with money back guarantee. Write to: The Original Cycle Bike Alarm, Dept. CW-7, Box 3163, North Hollywood, California.
RACKS FOR HONDA
Buco Products is introducing a new line of luggage racks designed to fit most Honda models. The company claims they are tested for durability and can be installed with simple tools. The racks have a seat rail for convenience and safety. A brochure describing the racks and other equipment is available from Buco. A dime enclosed will bring a 26-page full report on “Safety Helmet Research.” Write Buco Products, Dept. CW, Box 1062, Northland Station, Southfield, Michigan 48076.
Butler and Smith, Inc., the BMW people, are promoting year-round motorcycling with its series of imported leather accessories. Several of these items will be familiar to those who have been in Europe in wintertime. They include leather handlebar-muffs (with or without sheepskin lining) that fit entirely over handlebar controls and serve the double function of keeping hands warm and control cable ends dry. Other accessories, tailored for BMWs, include tank-top leather pouch; heavy-duty lap apron to shield the rider’s legs, yet permit easy touchdown on stopping; and stylish leather gas tank covers. For additional information, write Butler and Smith, Inc., 160 W. 83rd St., New York, N.Y. 10024.
A home electrical welder costing $51.50 is being marketed by J. C. Whitney & Co. The company says the welder is ideal for home or shop and requires no experience for use. The machine, operating on 110 volt 50/60 cycle AC single phase current, brazes, welds, solders, cuts and pre-heats. It handles 1/16" to 1/8" electrodes on iron, steel, brass or bronze and other metals to 1/2". The portable machine does both metallic arc and carbon arc welding at 20, 40, 60 and 80 amp settings. It comes with heavy masonite case, head shield, electrode holder, welding cables, ground cables and clamp, power cable, supply of assorted welding and brazing rods, carbons, solder flux and operating instructions. Ready to plug in and use. Write J. C. Whitney & Co., 1917 Archer Ave., Dept. CW 234, Chicago, 111. 60616.
A Wisconsin firm has come up with an easy answer that should end doubts as to how much gasoline is left lurking under your gas cap. Called the Fuel Minder, the gauge is mounted in a fuel cap, which the rider inserts into the tank and screws shut like the regular gas cap. A complete wrap-around float chamber steadies the fuel reading at all speeds. The Fuel Minder is all-steel constructed and the external cap is finished in chrome. There are now only two Fuel Minder models available — both for Harley-Davidson. Model L for Electra Glide left tanks, Model S for Electra Glide right and all earlier Harley right and left tanks. Patented styles for other motorcycles are in the making. For more information, write Krome-Krafters, Inc., Dept. C.W., P.O. Box 484, Racine, Wisc., 53401.
The Cyclift hoist for motorcycles comes with several improvements this year. These include an adjustable platform to fit any make or model of motorcycle; two-way control valve adjusting lift to any height; adjustable seals with wipers, to prevent oil leaks and reduce adbrasive wear. The centerless ground ram is fitted wih dual bearings, machined and spaced to assure rigidity in any position of ram travel. Lifting capacity is 1,000 pounds. Cyclift is manufactured by the Comwel Company, Lynwood, California, established in 1919.
Webco Inc. has been appointed as a distributor for the complete line of Good-year motorcycle tires. These include all popular tread designs for both lightweight and larger machines. Drop a line to Webco Inc., 218 Main Street, Venice, Calif., for a complete listing of sizes and catalog numbers. (Continued on page 112) CYCLIFT SPECIFICATIONS
ITALY'S IMOLA GOLD CUP road races are only a dress rehearsal for the Grand Prix season. But they got a little breathless this year, as world championship riders smashed every record except one. Perfect weather brought 80,000 spectators, who jammed the difficult, hilly 3.1-mile course set near the Santerno River to see heavy scrapping all through the field.
SIXTY DIFFERENT models of motorcycles and scooters from Japan's seven makers are on the showroom floors in Japan, according to an exacting count by that country's leading enthusiasts' magazine, the Motorcyclist. Another 15 models (for export only) were counted by the magazine's staff writers, but this correspondent can name another five export mpdels they neglected, making a grand total of 90 machines, 83 of them motorcycles, and the other 7, scooters.
WHEN VICTOR ARBEKOV won the opening round of the 250 motocross series in Spain, reporters were quick to point out that to date no rider winning that event has gone on to gain the title. It is one of those tidbits of information that seems meaningless, but could it be that it will prove true again in 1966?