SINCE THE ISLE OF MAN was postponed until late in August, I decided that a tour of a few more of the important motorcycle manufacturing plants in Europe, a stop at Mallory Park for an International road race, and then to the Dutch Grand Prix, would make a suitable substitute.
I understand a couple of the AMA regulars did not take kindly to young John Buckner coming to Daytona for the first time and blowing them in the weeds. It will be remembered that John, on a privately owned, privately tuned Yamaha, finished second in the combined amateur/expert race, and came within an ace of winning.
As a Canadian motorcycle fan, and an enthusiastic (bordering sometimes on fanaticism) fan of your publication, I thought I would make your magazine a little more of an international one and write to you. In your Letters Column, many people write to you about improvements and changes they would like to see put into effect.
I have a 1965 Honda 250cc Scrambler. I would like to change over to a 305 Super Hawk and would also like to install a 350cc kit. What changes would have to be made? D. H. Taylor Indianapolis, Indiana A 350cc conversion kit can be obtained from Webco Inc. for increasing the displacement of either the 250cc or 350cc twin cylinder Hondas.
IF A CARTOONIST were to draw a caricature of the BMW opposed-twin he would probably conceive of it as a low-flying one-man cargo plane, skimming along just above the road surface, using its horizontal cylinders as stubby wings. The Bee-Em is a traveling man's machine and this month we renew our acquaintance with the "travelingest" one of the series — the 593cc R69S. Bayerisch Moteren Werke (Bavarian Motor Works) makes two motorcycles in the 600cc range — the R60 and the R69S. The R69S is the punchier of the two, with 9.5:1 compression (instead of the R60's 7.5:1), bigger carburetors and slightly more radical cam timing, giving a peak horsepower figure of 42 DIN at 7,000 rpm, rather than 30 at 5,800, as is the case with the R60.
THIS YEAR'S GREEVES 250cc-class scrambler may not seem to be new. Admittedly, the big transition came in late 1964 when the first Challenger was introduced with a potent all-Greeves engine instead of the previously used Villiers. But looks are deceiving and the changes are subtle.
IF YOU HEARD about a blue-eyed, blond female, just twenty-one, who was planning to tour North Africa and Europe on a 250cc Yamaha YDS-3 all alone, you might think she was some kind of kook, right? And yet I didn't think so when I booked passage on a Yugoslavian freighter bound for Tangier.
THE SPARKPLUG is one of the most misunderstood and taken-for-granted components on a motorcycle. Much of the misinformation concerning sparkplugs stems from their inherently simple construction and operation. The sparkplug has a basic function to perform: provide a proper spark in the cylinder when needed.
A ROAD RACING MOTORCYCLE SIDECAR OUTFIT is a brutish thing. It is brutish when you look at its assemblage of pipes, struts, cables, and tubes going in every which way with all the improvised eccentricity of a Dixieland band. When the fairing comes off, the mess beneath takes on the aura of Old-Time Mechanics reincarnated — shades of Flying Flivvers, Tin Lizzies, Stanley Steamers all rolled up into one.
WITH THE DROVES of automotive campers who hit the road every year, it is not difficult to visualize the crowded conditions at many camping spots. Tent ropes overlap at national park camps. Roadside stops are at a premium. State parks brandish "no vacancy" signs.
THE DISTRIBUTORS of the Spanish Ossa motorcycle have a thing called the Turkey (she's a bear?) which they sell to racing types for $450. It is the 175cc sports model, stripped of all its road-going feathers, the idea being that anybody who goes racing shouldn't have to pay for equipment he isn't going to use.
SINCE 1963, WHEN CYCLE WORLD was first to discover the original Hodaka Ace 90, we fell so for the little jewel we couldn't return it to the designer/importers, Pacific Basin Trading Company in Oregon. We have since brought the Hodaka story up to date in our December 1965 issue.
THE DUTCH TT is still the finest of all Continental motorcycle Grands Prix, and with the Isle of Man races still doubtful, it may well have been the meeting of the year. Usually held in brilliant summer sunshine, even this year's rain and bitter cold could not spoil the event.
A THUNDERSTORM AT SPA completely turned the table on the 500cc world championship, when the chief candidate, Jim Redman, parted company with his Honda on the puddle-spotted high-speed Belgian track. Redman broke his arm, so he's out for the rest of the season.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON's number one rider and current Grand National champion Bart Markel finally hit his stride, to pick up his first national win of the season on June 26th. It was a big day for Milwaukee and the H-D product as their top riders led a brand parade across the finish line in both the national final and the amateur main event.
Heidelberg Raceway, home of the 15mile AMA national, seems to be the home of broken records. This year was no exception. Sammy Tanner and his speedy BSA single started it all off in the time trials by besting Carrol Resweber's 1959 lap record of 23.62.
EACH YEAR THAT the 100-mile AMA national road race is held near Laconia, N.H., and something untoward happens, everyone speculates on its chances of being held again. When the AMA decided to strip the meeting of its national status after the bad publicity from a "riot" last year, things became very speculative, indeed, and this year's best-kept secret was whether Laconia would see its 27th running this year.
TODAY we have "scrambles" and "trials" and "hare-and-hound." Yet, back in the motorcycle's infancy they had the same thing - only these were called "races." Bucking some 400 miles of burning desert and mountains trying to be first into Phoenix, Arizona, from either San Diego, California; El Paso, Texas; or Springerville, Arizona, held far more hazards in 1913 than it does today — like trigger-happy Mexican bandits, renegade Indians on the prowl, or starvation.
PRIDE OF PLACE this month goes to a visitor from Stateside, who came over as the only two-wheeled member of the U.S. Commando Drag Racing team. Some shudder at the thought of drag racing being part of our sport; similarly, others condemn scooters and mini bikes; but for me, if it has two wheels and an internal combustion engine, it's worth looking at.
JOHN ZAINER, pianist and school teacher, saw some first class road racing while he was in Europe. He was also impressed by the machinery, so he bought a bike with an eye to making it look and behave like a road racer. The machine is a 1956 Norton "Dominator 99," acquired in England.
AT LAST YEAR'S MILAN MOTORCYCLE SHOW, a rather sensational machine made its debut — the Triumph 500 and 650-engined Grifo. It aroused much attention at home and abroad. Now the news comes that the Grifo frame and rolling gear will be available in the U.S.
A TRAIL SCOOTER race is a pretty unbelievable item, considering that one does not normally identify speed and racing with these ugly ducklings of the twowheeled world. So would you believe a scooter race with a $2,000 purse? At Trinidad, Colo., the Trinidad Trail Riders and the Trinidad Junior Chamber of Commerce sponsored just such a meet — the 5th Annual Mountain Climbing Scooter Race.
Lesco, a California retail mail order accessories outlet, has completed an attractive new catalog of parts and pieces for motorcycles. Lesco is run by Lester J. Platt, well-known in California desert and enduro riding circles. The catalog includes such items as ASC handlebars, luggage carriers, spark arresters and exhaust systems; Goodyear and Dunlop tires; Exide and Yuasa batteries; NGK and KLG spark plugs; MC forged pistons; Grant piston rings; Craven travel bags; Heuber and Leonidas timers; Proto tools; Bell helmets; Tabloc heads and sprockets, and Girling rear dampers.
A GROWING TREND in Europe, and one that should enjoy popularity in this country among touring riders, is the use of touring fairings. Several firms are now either manufacturing or importing fairings. One of the more prominent — both on the pages of CW and in a handsome display at the 1966 CYCLE WORLD Motorcycle Show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena — is the British maker of Butler fiberglass fairings.
EVERYONE APPEARS to be getting on the Batwagon these days. We have the Batcar, Batboat, Batcopter, and by the time this reaches the newsstand, there will probably be many more. All of these creations contribute greatly to the popularity of the fantastically successful weekly TV series.
SIX TIMES WORLD champion Jim Redman ranks high in any scoring. He is not only one of the very best road racers in the world, he is a highly personable fellow, and now, we find, a writer as well. I cannot guarantee how much he actually wrote of this fascinating book; but the tone and general approach are extremely personal and the book does, indeed, read as though Redman himself penned every word.
IMOLA WAS THE VENUE this year for the "Six Hours" in Italy — a race counting towards the FIM European "Coupe d'Endurance" (Endurance Trophy). For the past two years, this race had been staged at Monza. The Imola autodrome is considered the more demanding course of the two.
THE FIVE-HUNDRED-MILE RACE for production machines, which has been taken away from the airfield circuits of previous years, was run at Brands Hatch. It made no difference to Syd Lawton though, as he was the winning entrant for the fifth successive year and, as last year, it was a 650cc Triumph Bonneville that won, and for the second year it was Dave Degens who was the number one rider, partnered this time by Rex Butcher.
AS HAD BEEN RUMORED, Honda finally broke the ice with a bicycle-pedal equipped machine, which they have named "Little Honda." The model P-25, however, is 49cc instead of the rumored 30cc to 40cc expected. Both Suzuki and Yamaha are reported to have pedal equipped bikes powered by 30cc to 40cc engines, but are waiting to see whether Honda gets government approval for riders to use the moped without a driver's license.
THE ALARM DIDN'T ring at four, because he punched it off. Often, when the day held something he especially looked forward to, Clay awoke before the alarm. Now, he got up, and passing through the living room, turned on the tape recorder. Then, moments later, the pleasant reveille of Ray Conniff filled the apartment as he plugged in the coffee pot.