Please pardon my enthusiasm. Saddleback Park opened to a huge and happy crowd March 1. It’s really great to be in at the beginning, watch something grow, then see all those plans and dreams come true. Saddleback Park, in case you haven’t heard, is Southern California’s first motor park.
I am the disappointed owner of a 1966 Mark III Ducati, which I bought for $500 last spring. It had done 6000 miles and was in stock condition, except for a broken tachometer, and a 14-tooth sprocket on the final drive instead of the standard 18 teeth.
I was a bit distressed and piqued to find that you have had to resort to a rather motley crew of advertising having absolutely nothing to do with the subject of your publication. I am not at this time running into much of a problem with bald hair, nor do I feel many of your readers are.
ONE fellow who has more than his share of critics is Evel Knievel, the motorcycle jump artist. Handsome, intelligent and soft-spoken, Evel's pre-jump spiel is reminiscent of a fast-buck con-artist. His sales pitch often is followed by two or three false starts to put everyone in the mood.
Out of the Rubble of World War II Came the NSU Twin of Wilhelm Herz — The First Motorcycle to Break 200
RICHARD C. RENSTROM
NINETEEN YEARS is a long time to spend in capture of a world speed record, but that is the number of years the German NSU firm spent to become the world's fastest on two wheels at over 200 mph. The NSU record motorcycles were, and remain, among the finest examples of racing engineering excellence that have ever been produced — and a tribute to teutonic patience.
PETER WAS ON HIS BMW, stopped for a red light on Central Park West. She was in the back seat of a taxi which pulled along side. Momentarily, they locked eyes, in routine acknowledgement that each was aware of the other. Then suddenly she smiled.
IN 1965, Honda put on the American market an all-new, large displacement, top-of-the-line motorcycle, the CB 450. For the first time in history, the American enthusiast was offered an alloy dohc vertical Twin in a 100-mph roadster at a list price just over $900.
HOUSTON’S FABULOUS Astrodome is a Texas giant, the greatest covered stadium in the world, scene of rodeos, bigtime baseball, bullfighting, profoot-ball-and now, national motorcycle racing. If one thing were needed to prove that bike racing is about to GO, it now has been proved-in spades!
WHAT A difference a year has made to Maico's 360-cc motocross model. In a little over 12 months, the West German factory has transformed the bike from a competitive but unsensational mount, to one of the fastest and toughest scramblers available.
WHEN BUZZ WALNECK wanted money to buy a home, he sold his Bridgestone Sport 50, Yamaha Big Bear Scrambler, Suzuki X-6 Hustler, and 750-cc Royal Enfield Interceptor. But he kept his 1939 Rudge Ulster. From the day he bought the rigid-framed, 500-cc Single seven years ago, Walneck has been drawn ever more deeply into a bygone age when Velocettes, Nortons, and supercharged BMWs battled for world road racing supremacy, and mighty Brough-Superiors and JAPs shattered speed records.
A Technical Analysis of an Engineering Adventure...
IVAN J. WAGAR
The old cliche that necessity is the mother of invention might very well apply in the case of the unique Yankee engine design. Faced with the prospect of trying to find an astronomical sum to finance construction of a powerplant in the U.S., the minds at Yankee considered many possibilities before finally deciding to pair up existing single-cylinder engines.
HUSQVARNA'S COMMANDO Sportsman 250 T is a misfit. The maker does not intend it to be a 100 percent road machine, or an all-out competition racer. Rather, the Commando is aimed at the many motorcyclists who want an off-road bike that frequently can be used for short distance trips on the highway.
Five Speeds And A Big Engine Mean The 90 Has Grown Up
COMPARE THE larger, faster 1968 Hodaka Ace 100 with one of the first Hodakas ever produced, a 1964 Ace 90; frame, engine, tank, seat, brakes-they all look alike, or nearly so, on both machines. The truth is, four years of steady development and detail improvement have not radically altered the appearance of the first popular and reliable design.
Routes shown on the map have been selected because they pass through the most interesting scenery between the Channel coast and the popular Southern touring areas. There is a closely intermeshed network of roads throughout most of Europe, and variations of route are almost unlimited.
CLARENCE DOBY and I had been next door neighbors for years, and of all my suburban acquaintances and friends, he was definitely the most engaging. He was very poorly named—Clarence joked about his father's predominantly unpleasant disposition and often attributed his name to it.
"OH, THAT FOOLISH BOY! When will he stop riding that motorcycle?" Those are mother's words, familiar words to members of the motorcycling fraternity. What makes these phrases unusual in this case is that they were spoken eight years ago of a "foolish boy," then aged 60 years, by his "Mum," whose lifetime spanned a mere 84 summers.
Highways, Byways and Boondocks Made For a Beautiful Bash
NOT SINCE the days of the Catalina races has the U.S. seen anything to match the Elsinore Grand Prix. Five hundred bikes raced through the hay bale lined streets, while spectators munched hot dogs or held kids aloft for a look at the flashing machines as they sped through the shady residential district and thundered flat-out across the main street of the town.
A Britisher, Bonneville And a Twin-Engined, 200-mph IF...
BOB LEPPAN, Bert Munro, Rich Richards, and all other Bonneville speed aces, take note: Freddie Cooper is coming. Who is Freddie Cooper? He's an English dragster builder who hopes to beat American record holders at their own game by capturing the world motorcycle speed record at Bonneville with his double-engined Triumph.
Nine of the most famous people in European motorcycle sport have contributed to "The Book of Motor Cycle Racing." Phil Read, world road racing champion in the 250-cc class in 1964 and 1965, has written the forward, and other road racers who have contributed chapters are Bill Ivy, reigning world champion in the 125-cc class, and British short circuit stars John Cooper, Derek Minter, and Dave Degens.
THE RUNNING OF THE INITIAL Mexican 1000 Rally last November opened a new world of competition to motorcyclists. For the first time they had an opportunity to compete with the dune buggies and four-wheel-drive vehicles over a course that made the average hare scrambles look like a ride on a merry-go-round.
Van Leeuwen Wins Again, Or, 100 Times Around — The Hard Way
IF BETTING was allowed at motorcycle races, spectators at the 100-lap TT Steeplechase at famed Ascot Park, Gardena, Calif., could have won back their entrance money, and more. Skip Van Leeuwen was the favorite to win the grueling race, which is the longest dirt track event in the U.S.
THE RACING BUG is not choosy about its victims. It will bite anyone-impoverished student, bank manager, motorcycle dealer, factory worker. This is fine for the man who has the cash to satisfy the urge to race; but what about the student, or the factory hand whose pay packet must support wife and family?
THE ANNUAL Crotona Motorcycle Club Midnight Road Run is not a race. All that is necessary for competition, in addition to a motorcycle, is an accurate watch, a speedometer, and some very warm clothing. The New York area nighttime junket is divided into three sections, with two stopovers, both at Art Cramer’s drive-in restaurant on Route 202.
I am enclosing a clipping from The Rutland Herald, published in Rutland, Vt., on Feb. 12, 1968. The Senate adjourned for the three-day holiday weekend Friday morning after meeting briefly and giving preliminary approval to a piece of legislation known as the "Grafton bill."
A sharp, new, two-piece fiberglass seat and fuel tank is available for Suzuki X-6 machines from Circle Industries, Dept. CW-5, 1881 Merced St., So. El Monte, CA 91733. The fuel tank holds 3 gal., and has a non-leak cap. The diamond-pattern, black naugahyde seat cushion has 2.5 in. of foam rubber for passenger comfort. Mounting hardware is supplied with the tank/seat unit, which does not require modifications to the machine before it is fitted. The unit is warranted for a year against faulty workmanship, and is supplied in blue, red, and gold metalflake colors, and also solid black. The unit cost is $79.95.
Joining the ever-increasing range of minibikes is the Taco 22, a 3-bhp machine designed for off-road work. It has a Briggs four-stroke engine, 1-in. diameter frame tubing, sprung front fork, and an automatic centrifugal clutch. The price is $139.50 from many dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada, or direct from Steens’ Inc., Dept. CW-5, Box 2276, Alhambra, CA 91803. A sprocket almost as large as the rear wheel should give the Taco 22 plenty of power on the trail. A direct acting friction plate provides foot-controlled braking of the rear wheel. Tires are deep tread balloon pattern. A cast alloy chain and clutch guard, and a long, foam rubber seat assure rider comfort.
Woodall’s Trailering Parks and Campgrounds Directory
More than 22,500 federal, state and private campgrounds for tents and recreational vehicles are listed in the 1968 edition of Woodall’s Trailering Parks and Campgrounds Directory. The book, which has become a standard reference work for campers, contains 1076 pages, including maps, and costs $2.95. It details more than 5000 sanitary dumping stations and 1000 trailer and camper rental agencies. A team of 25 field men, most of them with their wives, inspected and rated more than 12,000 of the parks and campgrounds listed in the directory-Woodall’s inspects only private parks. The book is available from Woodall Publishing Co., Dept. CW-5, 500 Hyacinth Place, Highland Park, IL 60035.
For $4.95, plus 5 cents a letter, Honda owners can have their names engraved on special fuel tank badges. The badges are made of highly polished aluminum, and are available from Luzier Custom Products, Dept. CW-5, P.O. Box 324, Richeyville, PA 15258.
In England “D. Lewis, Ltd.” is synonymous with a huge range of motorcycle clothing for street, track and off-road use. Lewis’ catalog is available free in the U.S., complete with a price list in dollars. Many of England’s top road racers and scramblers use this firm’s equipment. Motorcyclists in the wetter and colder parts of America will find many useful items in the catalog. They include the famous Belstaff and Barbour waterproof trials suits, heavy duty sheepskin-lined boots, rubber overboots, thickly-lined mitts and gloves, in fact, everything required for riding through a cloudburst. One-piece road racing leathers are available in black, red, green or blue hide, or with stripes of any of these colors, plus white. D. Lewis also offers special hide suits for grass track and dirt track riders, sidehack passengers, and go-kart drivers. For scrambles riders, there are trousers, jerseys, breeches, and other equipment. The catalog is available from D. Lewis Ltd., Dept. CW-5, 124 Gt. Portland St., London W. 1, England.
Benelli’s latest range includes machines from 50 through 650 cc, two-and four-strokes, and street, trail and scrambles bikes. Heading the lineup is the new 650-cc Tornado, a five-speed ohv Twin weighing 378 lb. Benelli claims a maximum speed of 120 mph for this sports machine, on which electric starting is optional. At the other end of the scale is the tiny 50-cc Minibike, which can be folded into the trunk of a car. Benelli’s 250-cc machines include the Barracuda, with Metisse styling and four- or five-speed gearbox, and the California Barracuda, specially styled for the U.S. market. The Benelli Trail has a 50-cc four-speed, two-stroke engine, and is fitted with a dual rear sprocket. The Italian firm also markets the 250-cc Parilla Wildcat scrambler, fitted with four-stroke engine, five-way adjustable Ceriani fork and rear shock absorbers, and available with or without lights and tachometer. U.S. importer for Benelli machines is Cosmopolitan Motors Inc., Dept. CW-5, 5521 Wayne Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144.
Kawasaki’s latest machine is a 175-cc street/trail bike equipped with electric starter and double cradle frame. Named the “Bushwhacker,” the new bike produces 20 bhp at 7000 rpm from its two-stroke single-cylinder engine. It has completely new front fork and rear suspension, and is finished in silver gray. Kawasaki offers a total of seven machines for 1968, including the Bushwhacker. The bikes range from the 120-cc Road Runner, to the 650-cc Commander. The Road Runner is available in road form, or as a trail bike equipped with knobby tires and dual ratio rear sprocket. Improvements to the machine for 1968 include modified valve timing, compression ratio and porting, to give more power. The 250-cc Samurai, 350-cc Avenger, and 650-cc Commander roadsters are continued, but many detail changes have been incorporated into them. The Avenger also is available as a sports model. Two more versions of the Commander are scheduled for early production—a single carburetor WISS roadster, and a W2TT model. The 250-cc road racer again will be produced in limited quantities this year. The engine has been modified to deliver additional power. Kawasaki’s other competition bike, the F21M scrambler, incorporates modifications dictated by racing experience in 1967.
Motorcycle Specialities Co., Dept. CW-5, 900 Aileron, City of Industry, CA 91744, now offers a line of high performance Honda cams in addition to its comprehensive range of Honda modifications and services. The cams have been designed to give the best possible valve control, which results in additional bhp and a broader torque band. Prices vary from $19.95 for Honda C100 and C200 machines, to $55.95 for a Honda 450, if original cams are turned in on an exchange basis. MSC’s speed modifications cover every machine in the Honda range. Porting and polishing-costs $25 for a Single, $50 for a Twin. Big bore kits vary from $18 for the S90 to $28.95 for the 305. This is only a small part of the work MSC will undertake. Write for complete details.
Speede Service Motorcycles, Dept. CW-5, P.O. Box 494, Carbondale, IL 62901, offers three new styles of riding gloves. Model No. 564 is in black cowhide. It incorporates a lining, a clip for attaching the gloves to helmet or motorcycle, and an expansion joint on the knuckles. A knitted cuff folds over shirt or jacket sleeve to keep out wind or rain. The price is $5.95 per pair. A soft-tanned deerskin glove, No. 797, is priced at $6.50 per pair, and an economy deerskin pair, No. 793, costs $4.95. All gloves are available in small, medium and large sizes. Riders must include 20 cents per pair for mailing. Speede Service also will ship the gloves to dealers anywhere.
Removing gloves and fumbling in pockets is a time-wasting nuisance for motorcyclists at bridge or tunnel toll booths. Now, Prototype Development Corporation, Dept. CW-5, 124 Meacham Ave., Elmont, NY 11003, has introduced a coin holder, named “Coin Caddy,” which will avoid this problem. Coin Caddy can be mounted in any position on the handlebar, and is available with brackets to fit various sizes of bars. Coins are held securely by a flexible retainer, and will not vibrate loose, regardless of the mounting angle. But they can be removed by a gloved hand. The price of a Coin Caddy is $4.50.
Available from motorcycle dealers everywhere, the Webco grab bag is perfect for carrying helmet, boots, and other racing gear. A useful point is that it fits under an aircraft seat.The price is $7.95, and the catalog number is 1665, from Webco Inc., Dept CW-5, 218 Main Street, Venice, CA 90293.
Metalflake Inc. is manufacturing a new home spray paint kit, containing 13 items for customizing cars or motorcycles. Buyers have a choice of 18 different colors. The kit is available from all authorized Metalflake dealers. Additional details are available from Metalflake Inc., Dept CW-5, P.O. Box 950, Haverhill, MA 01830.
The suppliers of a new two-man tent that folds to the size of an oatmeal box claim that it has even been used at the peak of Mount Everest. Weighing only 3 lb., 13 oz., including the jointed aluminum poles, the tent is made of lightweight, waterproof nylon. It has full floor covering, a nylon net front closed by a zipper, front and back weather shields, and closable vents. The tent carries a one-year guarantee against material defects, and is available in sand or wilderness green colors. The price is $65, from Parr of Arizona, Dept. CW-5, 4407 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016.
Two versions of a compact motorcycle oil cooler named “Oil-Koil” are offered by Rome Products, Dept. CW-5, P.O. Box 94, 8962 May Court, South Gate, CA 90280. The coolers are designed for fitting into the oil return line from the engine. The S-2 version is only 2 in. wide, 8 in. long, and 7 oz. in weight. It will fit the majority of English machines, and all Harley-Davidson Sportsters and 74s. The D-4 is basically similar in design, but has greater cooling capacity for use on competition machines. Mounting clamps and bolts are supplied with both coolers. Oil-Koil will reduce engine temperatures by 20 or 30 F, says Rome Products. The S-2 costs $16.95, and the D-4 is $19.75. Both prices include postage.
Professional road racing will receive a boost this year, with the announcement that Southern California’s Orange County International Raceway is to provide about $5000 in prizes over a series of nine race meetings. The Los Angeles chapter of the AFM has agreed with OCIR to run one meeting a month until December.
Surprise news that Honda has withdrawn from world championship motorcycle racing emphasizes the enormous expense a factory incurs when it goes racing. The Japanese giant apparently has realized that racing both bikes and cars is not the proper course; hence Honda is leaving a field where the firm has garnered the lion’s share of the spoils these past few years to concentrate on cars.
Beautification Through Modification Is Exemplified in This Kosman Special
ONE OF IMPORTER Sanford Kosman’s goals is the beautification of roadways by filling them with better motorcycles. His is not the usual technique, customization, for he believes in function as much as form. Therefore, no choppers for him; rather, road racers.
Yamaha is pressing construction of a new motorcycle racing circuit—to be completed soon. Japan’s third grand prix-sized course, when finished, will satisfy all FIM competition rules requirements. FIM sanction for the course is pending.
Italian factory support of motorcycle competition is not as fabulous as Japanese works effort. However, Italian racing entries are always interesting. As the 1968 season opening approaches, Aermacchi-HD is noteworthy for its fast and reliable pushrod over-the-counter 250 and 350 models.
LAMBRETTA MOTOR SCOOTER. What do those three words conjure up? Small wheels, poor handling and too tepid performance? Pretty, pastel-shaded ladies’ runabouts? One surefire certainty is that the words “Lambretta motor scooter” do not bring visions of a trophy-winning drag bike that turns quarter-mile speeds close to the British national records, and not so very far away from the 250-cc world’s fastest!