By the time this magazine is in the hands of readers, the first few races of the first International American Motocross Series-the Inter-Am-will have been contested. Unfortunately, CYCLE WORLD is unable to bring you coverage of these outstanding events, simply by reason of the lead time required to deliver a magazine from editorial office to newsstand.At any rate, the eight-race series opened at Pepperill, Mass., Oct. 20, and will close at Saddleback Park, Calif., Dec. 8.
Having been bitten by the trials bug this season, I plan to switch to a “pure” trials mount for next season. My choice has been made a good deal less difficult by studying CW Road Tests, but two questions still remain. If motorcycle A has, for example, a first gear of 30.0:1 (overall to one); motorcycle B has a first gear of 25.
Sunday I had my first accident. It is also my last. I thank God I can say this. I was wearing a helmet when it happened, and boots, and gloves, and a heavy coat. When I hit, I heard the helmet bounce twice on the concrete. It happened so fast, I didn’t know my leg had been ripped open by the stingershaped metal of the kickstand.
Enclosed are a couple of items which might be of interest to you. One is a permit which was issued to me when I was working on Nantucket Island, Mass. I did not know of this regulation until the boat got to the island at about nine p.m., and I had to leave my machine in the dock warehouse until 8 a.m. the following day, in spite of the fact that I would only have had to go through about 100 yd.
THE American motorcyclist is a truly lucky individual. Gone are the days when overseas manufacturers added a bit of chrome trim to a domestic model, and rushed it off to the U.S. in the fall of the year, as the American version. Motorcycle factories the world over have their sights set on the U.S.
MY DREAM was a trip to South America by motorcycle. Impractical, impossible, unreal? Maybe, but in 1966 my dream came true as I set off from Burbank, Calif., with my immediate destination the Panama Canal. I received a Suzuki X-6 Hustler from U.S.
IF PRESENT TRENDS are developed, trials men, within two or three years, may be weaving past “Section Ends” cards on genuine under-200 lb. production 250s. For more than a decade, manufacturers and constructors of specials have directed unrelenting efforts toward paring weight from trials mounts.
FOLLOWING HARD on the great exodus of motorcyclists from road to trail, is a similar movement that leads from the trail to the racetrack. The man who has beaten every hill and gully on his favorite piece of off-road roughery, and blown off a few of the local aces, starts to search for a fresh challenge for his broadening talents.
AFTER THRASHING a Maico X4-A for many hard laps around a motocross circuit, a CYCLE WORLD tester pulled into the pits exclaiming, “In two years this thing has changed from just an average bike to a goin’ bomb!” He was justified in his enthusiasm.
THE HUSQVARNA 360 Viking is a specialized combatant—every bit the rugged war machine that was its horn-hatted, red-bearded, seacoast raider namesake. Sword and shield in hand, the fur-clad Viking lived to make war. The 360 Husqvarna, tough and hostile looking as its Scandinavian fore-bearers, exists only for combat—on the motocross courses of the world.
UGLINESS is a trait that a great many off-road competition bikes display lavishly. Their inelegance has something to do with their fat, lumpy tires, spindly front fenders poking skyward, and a general air of nuts, bolts and sprockets. Cobby, the British would say.
FATE HAS granted the Greeves Ranger a last minute reprieve from the executioner’s axe. Only recently, the West Coast distributor believed that his latest batch of 80 of these mild mannered trail bikes would be his last. Never again, he thought, would the Ranger be imported into the U.S.
SACHS MOTORS of Germany, supplier of motorcycle engines to a great many manufacturers the world over, has stepped into competition with a new creation of its own-the 125 Sachs Motocross. Although especially designed for motocross racing, the 125 Sachs is readily adaptable to all forms of off-road entertainment.
ONLY IN SELECT areas of the world can a person participate in the sport of slickrocking. Slickrocking via motorcycle can be wild; it can be, and is, hazardous, and only for the adventurer, for the frontiersman who enjoys the rugged out-of-doors.
He rode those BMWs to the Absoluten Motorrad Weltrekord....
COMING EVENTS, in the antiproverbial way they often have, cast no shadows before them the day that Muehldorf, an obscure Bavarian township, staged a motley of motorcycle races in the spring of 1925. Nobody present, therefore, foresaw that one rider in particular in a lineup of regional hams would someday become an habitual breaker of the Absoluten Motorrad Weltrekord (world motorcycle speed record) and a two-time road racing champion of Germany.
LITTLE FREDDIE’S been so sick, he just wasn’t eating anything last week,” crooned the elder Mrs. Nix. “But we took real good care of him. I’m so proud.” She must have taken good care of him, indeed, for Little Freddie put the quadruple whammy on the troops at the Sacramento 25-Mile National.
IN ONE of the wettest, most dramatic Italian GPs in nearly a half-century, Giacomo Agostini, with exceptional skill and determination, achieved another double in the major classes, to confirm that he is worthy of the world crown. His two most dangerous rivals—Renzo Pasolini and Mike Hailwood-both crashed in pursuit of him.
SALINAS COULD HAVE been the day that Bart Markel took over the AMA points lead from Gary Nixon. But he didn’t. The applecart was upset by Mert Lawwill, Markel’s impish teammate from San Francisco. The indications were that Markel might win the day.
EIGHTEEN YEARS of avid interest in motorcycles was bound to make it happen. With a small but rather complete workshop and a fair engineering background, I had been carrying out car and motorcycle overhauls and occasional modifications, not only for myself, but for others as well.
KITTENS ARE CUTE-so’s the Honda Mini-Trail Z50A. As kittens are very big with kids, so is this miniature trail bike a gatherer of urchins wherever it goes. However, this seeming toy, while great for youngsters, is aimed directly at the adult market.
Triumph's Top Man Keeps His AMA Crown In the Wildest Race of the Season
GARY NIXON’S task was impossible, and everyone knew it. He waited in the pits at Ascot Park, Los Angeles, for the final race in the annual eight-month struggle that decides who carries the AMA’s coveted No. 1 plate. And the odds soared sky high against him.
Apart from the obvious advantages production racing presents its competitors, there often are underlying commercial benefits. Now, unless there is an outstanding result, an average weekend production race—at California’s Carlsbad, England’s Brands Hatch or Ontario’s Harewood Acres—has little commercial value.
Tibor Sarossy and BMW Break the Coast - to - Coast Record
AT MIDNIGHT, in a Western Union office at 39th and Broadway, in downtown New York, a motorcyclist sent a telegram to his family. It read, “I am leaving now. Will send message from Los Angeles.” Outside, the rider swung onto his motorcycle, and aimed through the Lincoln Tunnel, westward onto the New Jersey Turnpike.
Paul Dunstall, entrant of the 1968 Isle of Man Production TT-winning Norton 750, has added a Dunstall Triumph to his range of motorcycles and motorcycle accessories. The original 650-cc power unit is enlarged to 706 cc by increasing cyhnder bore diameter from 71 to 74 mm.
The world’s motorcycling second guessers had Honda’s forthcoming CB750 figured for a Twin. Now the wraps are off, that Twin turns out to be a four-cylinder 750 that bears close resemblance to the factory’s 500-cc competition motorcycle—and the resemblance to the GP bike is much more than skin deep.
Recently, out of dark and dust, came the first Guzzi motorcycle ever built. It is a machine well advanced and quite revolutionary for its time, 1919. However, this engineering gem never was put into production. The first series Guzzis appeared two years later and, though retaining many features of the prototype, the initial production Guzzis had been brought more in line with conventional thinking of the time.
Phil Read is double world champion. Victory in the 250 race at Monza gave him the title to add to that of the 125 class he already had won. However, the feud with Bill Ivy was joined to the bitter end, and may continue. In FIM rules, there is a minimum weight for riders.