CERTAIN REPORTS have been circulating for some time concerning the future of Associated Motor Cycles, makers of Matchless, Norton, James. AJS and Francis Barnett in England. Things looked pretty bad financially for AMC for quite some time and rumors were rife that they were going “under.”
SOME of the Harleys at Carlsbad had the new double loop frame that has done so much to improve handling. Standing near the bumpy sections (which is just about anywhere), it was easy to pick out the riders who were not using it. While the heavily gussetted swing arm is still mounted outside the rear downtubes, the main frame structure is quite wide at the junction, offering a much more rigid pivot than previously possible.
READERS FAMILIAR with Jeff Smith's previous literary efforts ("Jeff Smith On Scrambling," CYCLE WORLD Books, $1.00) will find this almost standard handbook to be far more elaborate and complete. Smith goes into super-fine detail concerning the ins and Outs of motocross riding, from such minute points as diet, exercise, mental attitude, equipment, clothing, etc.
I have been inquiring about big bore and stroker kits to increase the power of my Honda 55. I would like to know if the claims to increase power are valid or not. (For example, they claim that both a big bore and stroker kit will increase my 55 to 85cc.) I would like to know the risks involved if I have my engine converted and to know of any other bike you have tested or seen that has been converted.
You probably expected a comment from us with regard to Mr. Harrison J. Smith’s article on how simple it is to build a torque wrench. First of all, you will find enclosed a brochure describing our Optical Torque Testers. It is on this kind of device that we make calibration adjustments of our torque wrenches.
THE DESERT DAISIES is a new and unique riding club in Southern California; unique, in that all of its members are girls who share one common interest — desert racing. And if you’re getting any ideas, fellahs, forget it. The club is for women only.
ONE OF THE PET SUBJECTS for speculation among motorcyclists throughout the world for the past three or four years has been the question, “Who will be the first with a 250cc rotary valve two-stroke touring machine?” During the past couple of years particularly, rumors have almost reached fever pitch, with everyone guessing it would eventually come from Japan.
IT'S A RARE — and happy — day when we have the opportunity to ride and evaluate a pukka, over-the-counter trials machine. While interest in observed trials may be growing in this country, the availability of suitable as-is machinery hardly reflects it.
IT'S NOT DIFFICULT to be a winner, when you are born of a family of wel1-bred, handsome successful types. With this sort of heritage, the Honda CL-160 has a leg up on the game of lightweight touring machines. The CL-160 is based on the CB-160, and in many ways, is the same machine.
MISERABLY WET and cold last year, suffocatingly hot this year, the Italian GP was held, as usual, on the classic 3.5-mile Monza autodrome. The move to have it run on the longer track (including the high-speed banking) was turned down a few days before the event under riders' protests, because of the bad surface conditions in the bends, causing "thrilling" and dangerous road holding problems.
FOR SOME TIME we have been receiving reports from Japan that the Bridgestone factory has set up a handful of scramblers based on their Sport 90. Always, the reports have been glowing, sprinkled with such adjectives as "near-unbeatable," "unbelievable," and so-on, but since one is constantly besieged with rumors in this business, one simply waits until there is conclusive proof that the stories have substance.
HE HAD MADE THE DECISION. He had turned in his sleep for three nights, but he made the damn decision and he was going to stick by it. Vince felt better now, pushing his bike to the long, lime starting line. Familiar motions eased the tightness, and as he cinched up his helmet, he looked down the line for Braxton and Chambers.
IN DISCUSSING many of the world's motorcycles we speak of their great days in the past when the marque produced scintillating mounts for the more sporting minded rider, or when they added illustrious chapters to the colorful saga of motor racing.
WHEN SAMMY TANNER rolled to the line for the start of the 8th Annual 8mile National Championship race promoted by J. C. Agajanian at Ascot Park, most of the 10,000 fans at the glittering event considered him an odds-on favorite.Bringing with him the knowledge and experience gained in 329 winning rides during his 11-year professional career, Sam had for four years reigned as Ascot season champion and currently led the Southern California point standings by a wide margin.
PANCHITO" IS A RIDICULOUS NAME for a guy the size of Frank Wheeler, but that’s the name the natives of Baja gave the 6-foot 6-inch motorcycle dealer from Lancaster. “Mutt and Jeff” is more appropriate to describe the two of us, since I’m a good 12 inches shorter than Frank, with Wheeler weighing 230 pounds to my skimpy 135.
WITH THE MEMORIES of the 100cc Zundapp ISDT replica (CYCLE WORLD, Aug. 66) still fresh, it was amidst glad hearts and many shouted “huzzahs” that we accepted the 50cc version for testing for this issue. And, as if that were not enough, the 50 was accompanied with a new 100cc Zundapp Sport.
ALTHOUGH THREE former winners were among the 20 top-ranked AMA Experts competing at the Sacramento Fairgrounds’ one-mile dirt oval, Oklahoma’s Fred Nix became the eighth rider to take the 20-mile California classic in its eightyear history.
SILENCE SAT UPON the 3/4-mile asphalt ribbon which was soon to host the second, in an eight month period, all-bike drag meet at Wilmington, Calif. The mere space of 15 minutes would transform the black surface of sand and asphalt into a varied mass of intoxicating machinery that was modified to a point that would make mechanical design engineers shudder.
IN 1947, NET NORTIER of the Dutch federation, staged an international team event just north of the Hague. Auguste Mingels, of Belgium, won the race, but Britain won the day with Bill Nicholson, Fred Rist and Bob Ray making up the best scoring team.
AFTER MANY QUALIFYING HEATS all over Europe, the top seeds in the world of speedway met at the European final at Wembley stadium in London. Not even the world final at Gothenburg in Sweden will produce a more cosmopolitan bunch than graced the final qualifier at the Olympic-type stadium at Wembley.
WINNER OF THREE previous non-National AMA road races at Carlsbad Raceway, Cal Rayborn capped on his earlier performances with stunning victories in the 75-Mile National Championship race and 250cc lightweight event. The San Diego Harley-Davidson rider, fast qualifier at Daytona this year, came from a distant 25th starting position to lap all but second place Gary Nixon and third place Mert Lawwill before the 75Miler was over.
Mountain Park is a typical amusement park in Holyoke, Mass. Every Friday and Saturday night they hold discotheques for the jet set, and every day the rides, feats of skill and other attractions lure thousands of paying customers. One Sunday a year the Quaboag Riders Motorcycle Club of Monson, Mass., holds a Sportsman hillclimb at Mountain Park on what must surely be the littlest hill in New England.
Birmingham Small Arms' line of four 650cc twins, a 500cc twin and the Victor 441cc single, has undergone several changes for 1967. Refinements on the twins include the following: new threegallon fuel tank with chrome panels; finned rocker box covers for better oil cooling and appearance; new strobe engine timing device; new encapsulated AC stator; beefier 12-volt battery; strengthened frame; new pistons; headlight high beam indicator; different handlebar grips. Readers may have heard that BSA bought up the immediate supply of the new Amal concentric (float bowl underneath) carburetors. However, this new carb will be used only on the 1967 Spitfire Mark III Special, for the time being. The twins, as well as the single, all have a new “racing style” dual seat. The Victor has several useful refinements, notably, passenger footrests, quickdetachable rear wheel and heavier chain. A 12-page color catalog giving the specs on all new models is available through BSA dealers.
GRAND PRIX HELMET
Costing $41.50, the "Grand Prix" crash helmet is fully approved by the American Snell Foundation and the British Stan dard Institute. Its features: four-layer fi berglass shell, 3/8-inch cork non-resilient impact liner, soft-padded interior of foampadded rayon plus a crown "bump pad" for comfort, adjustable fit, rubber-sealed perimeter and silver color with black striping. It is available in 1/8-inch size steps from 6 and 3/4 up to 7 and 1/2. A snap-on bubble shield of shatter proof plastic is available for $3.75. Both prices are postpaid to J. C. Whitney & Co., Dept. CW255, 1917 Archer Ave., Chicago, III., 60616.
Bridgestone is now fielding no less than four different models of its 90cc motorcycle to the U.S. market via Rockford Motors. Big news, however, is that they all have oil injection. SO the rider doesn't have to pre-mix the fuel. There are two dirt versions, one a Trail model, which is basically the street bike with knobby tires and dirt gearing: and the alt-out mountain model, with double sprocket. heavy duty knobby tires, high pipe. short seat and extended luggage rack. The street models are the Deluxe and the Sport. The Sport is tighter than the Deluxe, has a larger capacity fuel tank and comes in somewhat livelier state of tune.
Well, that's hat they call it. It's a new helmet designed by Gentex. It costs $70, a new high in helmetry, but the manufacturers claim that it's worth every cent. The helmet has a lighter shell than many helmets, says Gentex, due to a pressure molding process. Special protection for the temple area around the ears comes in the form of ear cups, which also cut sound. Shim pads at the base of the helmet offer increased protection and closer fit. The manufacturers claim that the liner — made of polyvinylchloride — can take more than one impact without losing its energy absorbing qualities. Of special interest to riders ho use goggles rather than face plates, is the extrusion at the front of the helmet, said to curb "lifting" caused by wind pressure. For further information, write Avon Accessories Corp., Dept. (CW, 44 Whitehall St., New York, N. Y.(Continued on page 100)
Does it look familiar? It's a high-pipe version of Suzuki's X-6, and is the com pany's potent entry into the off-the-road market. You got a glimpse of things to come in our article on the prototype, which as developed in this country ("Extremely Enduro," July 1966). It retains the 250cc engine and sixspeed transmission of the X-6. It has a double-cradle pipe frame, high ground clearance, skid plate, water-proof brakes and reinforced handlebars. Dry weight is 314 pounds.
Among the new features on HarleyDavidsons big 1,200cc electric starting touring model is a new carburetor and air cleaner set-up, which ups horsepower by five percent, the makers claim. Electra Glide for 1967 also has a new push-pull choke and easier operating gas valve. Exterior trim changes include fender tips, and side sweep mufflers.
Big bore kits and hot cams for virtually all Honda models on the American market are offered by Motorcycle Specialties Co., 900 Aileron Ave., City of Industry, Calif. Shown is the kit for punching out a Honda 160 to 208cc, which sells for $99.50 as shown. One of the good features of the kit is that no special machine work is necessary, except for boring and work on the cases, which can he done at MSC for a nominal fee. Other kits for 160cc Hondas allow boring out to 175cc, 188cc and 196cc, depending on what class you wish to run in. The company now offers a complete line of competition cams for all Hondas from 50cc to 450cc — for street, drags, road racing or track. Dealers may write on their letterhead for cost prices.
Many of our readers rote in to ask what kind of hoots were those that appeared on our April cover and where could they get them. They are "Big Johns," and they sell for $32 a pair. Manufactured in England. the boots have wedge leather soles, and six-buckle sides with full-length tongues. Made to go with "Big Johns" but of their own merit are Sea Socks, also from England, which provide extra thick, kneelength comfort. CW staffers have tried these socks and can testify to their quality. They go for $3 a pair. The road racing cousins to "Big Johns" are the very svelte and stipple "John Coopers," endorsed and used by the famous English short-circuit star of the same name who sports moon-eyes on his helmet. These zip tip at the back and are secured by top and bottom buckles. Ankle areas are padded for extra protection. The road racing boots go for $33 the pair and single replacements for crashers and footdraggers are available at $16 each, which makes us wonder: can one buy two re placements and thereby have a complete pair for a buck less? Write U. S. Racers, Dept. CW, P.O. Box 368, Fullerton, Calif. and find out. It's a mystery to us.
In case you can't see it, that there's a two-way stretch, one-piece suit. And the sanforized desert stretch twill that suits this sweetie-pie has a counterpart for the guy up front doing the riding (we'd have a hard time believing that she could do anything except hang on for dear life, yum). It's a Parr of Arizona item and will set you back $28. It conies in faded blue or beige-tan. They are shipped uncuffed and Parr requests that height, bust, waist and hip measurement be included, If your girlie is unhip and won't let you get near her with a tape measure, send an educated guess to Parr at P.O. 294, Phoenix, Ariz.
THE RECORD REMAINS INTACT. No one country has yet won both the Moto Cross des Nations and Trophée des Nations in the same season, for although the British team won the first event as reported last month, they met their match and were beaten by the Swedish riders in this year’s Trophée held at Brands Hatch.
SHORTLY AFTER A SERIES of devastating earthquakes flattened the Eastern section of Turkey, Suzuki Motor donated 100 motorcycles to the Turkish Red Crescent (Red Cross) Society to use for relief and liaison activities in the stricken area.
FACTORY TESTERS at Count Agustas's MV plant are busy Of the fabulous 600cc four-cylinder production hike, as the boss man is very keen on the project and wishes to have the machine ready for sale as soon as possible (at the equivalent of $1,770 retail in Italy).
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