Saddleback Park is really doing it these days. The first motocross has been run on the Joel Robert designed course. The accom-panying photo shows Gunnar Lindstrom and Larrsen, the two young Swedish motocross riders employed by the Husqvarna distributor to ride in western events.
In a recent issue (CW, April '68) you described the incident of a CB-450 owner from Oregon who had a broken torsion bar. You had estimated the possible cause for this being that the factory had installed the torsion bar backward. In our opinion, the torsion bar could not have been installed backward and still run acceptably for 4000 miles.
It was a pleasure for me to see the letter written by Mr. Todd Fell (CW, March '68). When we received Mr. Fell's first order for parts, dated Jan. 2, 1967, the people in our Service Dept. stared at each other. Although we export to many countries of the world, that Saturno Corsa-No.
FEW people at Daytona realized that Roger Reiman and Goodyear were conducting tests with tubeless tires. Throughout all of practice, qualifying and the race, Roger ran without inner tubes of any kind. There is some speculation now that this might have been one of the reasons behind his very high qualifying lap of 149.080 mph.
I’m writing with the hope that I might, in some small way, help remove the dust from my fellow cyclists’ pen hands. My subject is motorcycle legislation. Let us first make some assumptions. One, that we are basically in agreement with our political do-gooders who say helmets will protect our feeble heads.
THE MOST prestigious motorcycle racing event on the North American Con-tinent has once again broken all pre-vious records to the extent that enthusiasts will discuss the 1968 Daytona week until the flag falls next year. Daytona played host to more than twice as many factory teams as will the Isle of Man this year-an indication of the amount of interest manufacturers devote to the toothsome red apple represented by the American market.
ENTHUSIASTS once considered that two-stroke motorcycles were not motorcycles. These machines were regarded as fussy and underpowered devices for transporting people short distances. Large displacement fourstrokes were the “real” motorcycles, said the enthusiast.
CAN MONTESA make up for lost time? Only now has the Spanish factory added a 360-cc motocross model to its range of sporting and competition machinery, while other makers have gained months and years of invaluable experience racing the big two-strokes Montesa’s belated entry in the 360 class is named the Cappra GP. It has to face the best efforts from five other factories in a highly competitive division of racing where there is no room for second rate machinery.
THIS RACE meeting was the second time I have competed in an AMA race. My previous racing under AMA sanction was the 1967 Daytona 200. This year, as last, I was riding for Yamaha on 250 and 350 machines. Also riding at Daytona for Yamaha on factory-prepared 250s and 350s were Art Baumann of San Francisco, and former World Champion and twice Isle of Man TT winner Phil Read.
DIRECTIONAL signal lights usually are found on motorcycles ridden by police and highway patrol officers. The majority of riders rely on hand signals to alert following and oncoming traffic of the intention to turn. However, when the rider puts his hand back on the grip, just prior to making the turn, the car driver thinks the bike rider has changed his mind.
This British Beauty Is An Enthusiastic Desert Rider
WHAT DOES a beautiful Las Vegas showgirl do during her off hours? Loraine Ibbetson, 5 ft., 8 in. of Lido showgirl at the Stardust Hotel, spends all the time she can on her new Honda 90, racing over the desert trails in the Las Vegas area. Miss Ibbetson, who has been a motorcycle enthusiast all her life, thinks this is the "groovey" (her favorite expression) way to spend her free time.
RIDING Cal Rayborn's winning Harley-Davidson is an experience not soon forgotten. The beast (any motorcycle that will go 150 mph is a beast) was taken to Riverside Raceway just as it had finished the Daytona 200-mile grind. By the time I rode the machine, it had a total of 300 practice and race miles, yet the engine was tight and mechanically very quiet.
MOTORCYCLE manufacturers could be excused for adopting a love-hate attitude toward American enthusiasts. There are more than 2 million riders in this country, and they represent a wealthy, eager-to-buy market. But, oh, what worrying and head-scratching they must cause in design departments with their insistent demands for dual purpose street/trail bikes.
UNLIKE FACTORY backed counterparts in the Expert class, the winner of the 100-mile Amateur race at Daytona was a private entry. This is unusual, for even Amateur class entries in major meets such as Daytona frequently receive some factory assistance, if not outright backing.
MOTORCYCLE FACTORIES continually amaze riders with the speed and power they extract from tiny engines. For example, punch for the Sachs 80 S is supplied by a humble two-stroke single-cylinder engine of only 73 cc. Yet it has the heart of a lion.
THERE ARE, among men's creations, certain machines that induce animated conversation, that illuminate the eyes of enthusiasts. Among automobiles there are the Mercedes SSK, the Cord, and the Blower Bentley. Among aircraft there are the Sopwith Camel, the DeHavilland DH4, and the Lockheed Vega.
HERE I AM, standing at the curb in the early morning sunshine. It sure is a beautiful day. Springtime. Man, there’s nothing like it. Everything coming back to life and starting to grow like crazy. And the air. Balmy. Not scorching hot like the middle of August, not freezing your valves like in January.
TROUTMAN and Barnes, the firm that builds cars both furious and fashionable, now has turned to two wheels. Of their new project, the builders said: "Our aim was to make it as simple as we could-without a bit of trash." That aim was true. Dick Troutman and Tom Barnes, with third partner Doug Mayes, who have built the Scarab racing cars for millionaire Lance Reventlow, the first Chaparrals for Jim Hall and the Samauri for Pe-te Brock, now have scored a bullseye with the Mojave, their new motorcycle.
The Motorcycle Industry Prospers South of the Border
MOTORCYCLES OF MEXICO
THOMAS FIRTH JONES
IN THE past five years, Mexican motorcycling has been revolutionized by the growth of domestic industry. Five years ago, one saw a few big Harley-Davidsons and European bikes out on the road, and quite a lot of small European machinery (Puchs, Zundapps, TWNs and Jawas) tooling around the cities.
JAPANESE motorcycle manufacturers long have been famous for engines that deliver phenomenal horsepower. However, these same manufacturers are equally notorious for their seeming inability to design and construct racing motorcycle chassis with the capability to harness all that power.
Streamlined racing seats with bodies of tough fiberglass have been added to the Para Pak range of motorcycle equipment. The seats feature thick foam padding, and heavy-duty naugahyde, with fasteners located beneath the seat for improved tension and fit.
The Buggies and the Four-Wheelers Ate Bike Dust All The Way
MINT 400 DESERT RALLY
IF THERE is one thing sweeter than revenge, it is proving a solid conviction. Such as, in off-road rallying, motorcycles are the fastest means of getting from point A to point B. No if's and's or but's. The FASTEST! If there are any doubters, look at the J.N. Roberts/Gunnar Lindstrom performance in the Mint 400.
THAT OLD song tells of "Springtime in the Rockies," but Bill and Betsy Manning believe that nothing could be better than three days in August in those fabulous mountains. This couple is organizing the Pikes Peak Motorcycle Tour, scheduled for Aug. 6, 7, and 8.
PROFESSIONAL TT racing, the all-American sport of turning a fast motorcycle left and right on an abbreviated ribbon of graded dirt, long has been the bailiwick of the 650-cc Triumph rider. Hence Mert Law-will, AMA National No. 18, has been largely ignored as a threat on the kidney bean circuits.
Road racing made a successful debut at the 1.5-mile Austin Raceway, Tex., when the Southwest Motorcycle Racing Association staged the first of its 1968 meetings. Austin contains three left and five right turns, including a fast right curve banked at 25 degrees.
TO MOTORCYCLE drag racers, $900 is a lot of money. So, when California’s famed Lions Dragstrip offered that prize one Saturday night, it attracted a swarm of racers eager to burn rubber. They came from as far away as the Midwest and New Mexico, and used doubleand single-engined Triumphs and bored and stroked HarleyDavidsons, in attempts to claim the proffered dollars.
IN THE colder parts of Europe, a tough breed of motorcyclist spends his racing time cornering 500-cc machines at such incredible angles that his left knee scrapes the track. His sport is ice racing, in which riders use Czechoslovakian Eso or English JAP engines, in specially built frames, and tires carrying as many as 200 steel spikes.
SOMETHING GOOD has happened to the Triumph engine. In the past it probably has been used for more purposes than any other motorcycle powerplant, but it has at last found its way into an Eric Cheney frame. This means something special for the Triumph Twin enthusiast, for it now is the engine of a machine that weighs less than a CZ, that delivers more horses, and yet maintains those three abilities—flexibility, availability and dependability-for which it is so popular.
PAUL DUNSTALL, leader of England's energetic customizing industry, has in-troduced a new "American" model among his famous Norton Dunstall Dominators. The new machine is powered by a 750-cc Norton Atlas engine, built to the same mechanical specification as Dunstall's other Dominators.
Winter is past, though in England nobody will be surprised if snow falls next month. Sportwise, however, winter is giving way to spring. And with spring comes the new 1968 season for road racing and motocross. The latter is a year-round sport, but the de-marcation from winter to summer season generally is accepted as the international meet at St.
On its way to the U.S. is Bridgestone’s new 100-cc Trail model, fitted with a high rise pipe for off-road riding. The machine’s tube frame is equivalent to the 125-cc Bridgestone roadster. Universal tread 3.00-17 tires are fitted front and rear.
An overly prudent decision by authorities closed the aged, dilapidated Modena Autodrome, where traditionally the Italian motorcycle season has opened. Thus it was that the 1968 Italian competitive year was initiated at Rimini.
Anthony Carroll 63 Tower Road Tividale Warley Worcestershire, England (24-year-old Irish mechanic, interested in motorbikes, cars, and girls) Pat Ross 22 Station Road Horsforth Leeds, Yorks England (19-year-old girl motorcyclist, enjoys driving and pillion riding) Ademola Shittu 3 Asayi Street Otto Via EB Lagos, Nigeria West Africa (Enjoys athletics, will exchange stamps and coins, age 16) Abiodun Bakare 18 Omidisi Street Otto Via EB Lagos, Nigeria West Africa (Enjoys athletics, will exchange stamps and coins, age 17) Isaac Oguntade Church Missionary Society 29 Marina P.O. Box 78 Lagos, Nigeria West Africa (Enjoys stamp collecting, traveling and films, would like pen friends in U.S, Germany, France, Sweden, Australia, U.S.S.R., China and India, age 19) R. C. Lind Morice House Pensilua Liskeard Cornwall, England (Member of Honda Owners Club and East Cornwall Motor Club, especially interested in scrambles events, wants to swap photos, catalogs, and accessories with U.S.