ONE OF THE most successful publications we have undertaken, aside from CYCLE WORLD, is DUNE BUGGIES & HOT VWs. We are so pleased with its reception that it becomes a quarterly publication with the current Winter '68 edition. Editor Gene Booth has stuffed this issue with another brilliant array of information on the hottest things on four wheels.
With how much difficulty would the Honda 90 engine fit in the Honda 55 frame? I would like to have a dependable trail bike with enough power for hills, yet light enough to handle. Do you have the address of a supplier in my area that could sell me a Honda 90 engine?
A new, lightweight, bolt-it-together yourself motorcycle trailer has been introduced by Karybike Trailers of Santa Barbara, Calif. It has large, automotive-type wheels, heavy-duty forged axles, and one to three channels to hold the motorcycle wheels firmly in place.
Like the 40-year-old Texan whose letter was aired in your July issue, I, too, got "the most acclaimed big bike to come out of Japan," but here the similarity fades. I have so far ridden my Honda 450 for 15,000 delightful miles, including a shake-down trip from here in Southern California up to British Columbia, and two long rides deep into the heart of Mexico, where I had traveled previously on a Honda 305 Tourist Model.
WESLAKE, Reads, Rickman and Hartle are names very dear to British hearts —just as dear as Italian and Japanese domination of 500-cc world championship motorcycle racing is sour among staunch Britons. Irritation may change to satisfaction next year, however, if plans come to fruition.
LONG DISTANCE record breaking is like bashing one's head against a wall — it's lovely when it stops. At latest, this particular record had to stop at one hour with, preferably, 120 or more miles tucked away between start and finish. It was Paul Dunstall's idea.
IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, four-stroke proponents have been backed into one corner and then another as the burgeoning two-stroke technology has boosted "ringdings" of one description or another into prominent niches in every area of the motorcycle sport.
THIS STREET-AND-ROAD OSSA seems more hare than bear. To put it another way, riding a 230-cc Ossa Wildfire in no way is related to the management of a big beast; this small, well-mannered rabbit of a machine is the closest many people ever will get to the finely balanced feel of a road racer.
ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING places in the world for a race enthusiast has to be California in mid-September. For three consecutive hectic weekends, the world's most versatile riders battle for AMA championship honors, and this year must rate as the best ever, mainly because three men are scrapping for the coveted No.
THE 1967 ENDURO SEASON is history. And, it appears again to be a victory for Bill Baird and Triumph as, with two events to go, his 110 point lead will be difficult to top. The National Enduro Champion is selected from the top ten point winners, regardless of engine class, in each of eight contests across the nation.
MIKE HAILWOOD experienced one of his unluckiest days in the 45th Italian GP, contested Sept. 3 on the 5.75 km Monza track under an unusual and very cloudy sky which, fortunately, withheld rain until just after the meeting. In fact, Mike was forced to retire from the 250 event in the fourth lap, when he had already built up a small lead over his most dangerous rivals, Read and Ivy, for a loss of vital points toward the world championship.
THE SAN FRANCISCO Hall of Justice will win no beauty award. A toad of a building, it squats, glistening in the rain, eyeing the city malevolently from its hundred barred windows. As Frank Delgado rode by it on the elevated freeway, he could imagine a tongue, like a toad's tongue, darting periodically from within its gaping mouth of an entrance and snatching another victim from the streets.
A FRAME, to the motorcycle enthusiast, is a very obvious piece of equipment, but, for all its prominence, what does it do? The functional parts of the machine are the wheels, with which to run, and the engine, to propel the wheels. The frame has no mechanical function whatever other than to hold the engine, wheels and other accessories together — or apart — in predetermined positions.
THE NAME of the frame is Sonic Weld. Right now, that name is familiar only to the in-crowd, the flat trackers who battle for bucks at Ascot Speedway, Gardena, California. However, if sheer craftsmanship, winning races, and unbridled ambition have any meaning at all, then it's a safe bet that Sonic Weld will become a byword throughout the motorcycling fraternity.
CANADA IN THE FALL, as any tourist bureau will relate, is the most glorious time to be there, but at Mosport, Ontario, cold, damp, windy weather turned out in full force to greet visitors from such sunny places as Italy, California and Southern Rhodesia.
Torsten Hallman Winning His Second Consecutive 250cc World Title.
THIS YEAR'S 500-cc motocross series of 12 rounds for the world championship crown has proved to be a walkover for last year's champion from East Germany, Paul Friedrichs. With a rider's best seven performances counting, the CZ works rider has topped the bill with a maximum of eight wins — an incredible performance considering the varied tracks, venues, and conditions.
THE LEGENDARY "FEATHERBED" FRAME is out of date. That, in effect is what Norton Villiers has said with introduction of a new 750-cc Norton Commando, the star attraction of the Earls Court Show, the last to be held in London. Next year, it will start on a series of different venues around the country.
A SHORT TIME AGO, while the editor and one of his associates were visiting U.S. Suzuki's posh facility (picking up this month's prime road test candidate, the 500-Five, is what they were doing), they were honored with a look-see at an even newer model than the fire-breathing twin.
NOTHING PLEASES THE hometown folks as much as seeing hometown boys take away all the marbles from the outsiders. But, Fred Nix isn't exactly a home-town boy in Oklahoma City. He hails from the pretty, little plains hamlet of Lawton, about 60 miles south of OC. A few years ago, Gary Nixon took a notion and left his home town — Oklahoma City — to live in Baltimore so he could be near the building where the Triumph people lock up his racers each night.
The Southern California desert season, running from late summer to late spring, began the 1967-68 series in good style with a pair of back-to-back championships — the California State Championship Hare and Hound, and the District 37 Championship Hare Scrambles.
ONE - TWO - THREE - FOUR - WHO - ARE - WE - FOR. Two - four - six - eight - who - do - we - appreciate. Seventy-five thousand voices chanted, some together, some in opposition, and names that could be clearly heard through the din were Ove, Barry and Ivan.
JAPAN'S MOTORCYCLE MAKERS have been active in sporting activities during recent years as they have climbed to the top as suppliers of road machines to the world. Because manufacturers believed there would be greater publicity value, and increased sales, in the home market in Japan for success, much of the early racing effort was concentrated on Grand Prix road racing for world championships.
THE FINAL VERSION of Laverda's big gun is near completion of road and bench tests, while the factory has nearly finished preparation of jigs and tools for series production, to start this winter. Young factory boss Massimo Laverda recently toured the U.S.