Tucked away in the bureaus of bureaucracy there often is a man or an agency that is doing something for motorcyclists. All the motorcyclist has to do is locate that man or agency. CYCLE WORLD ran across the California Riding and Hiking Trails Advisory Committee more by accident than anything else.
During the past few years, motorcycle sales and use have grown rapidly in the Roanoke metropolitan area. Unfortunately, the incident (sic) of accidents; injuries and fatalities involving motorcycles has grown even faster. Most fatal or permanently disabling injuries have resulted from the lack of proper safety helmets.
I am completely fed up with all the praise that the Hell’s Angels are receiving concerning the killing of California Assembly Bill 978. Sure, they were there, but they are not solely responsible for getting the bill killed. If “Name Withheld on Request” in Legislation Forum (CW, Sept. '68) has ever read Cycle News he would know that the motorcyclists were represented by a very competent lobbyist.
Containing the oil tank within the fuel tank is not without problems. The main disadvantage is transfer of a considerable amount of heat from the hot oil to the fuel. At normal operating temperatures, the oil tank will be 250F. Also, if the oil compartment were at the rear of the tank, this could prove very uncomfortable for the rider.
ESTABLISH A PROFESSIONAL CLASS FOR MOTO-CROSS RACING AS FOLLOWS-
DISPLACEMENT (ITEMS 6 & 7)
RIDERQUALIFICATION (ITEMS1 &2)
EQUIPMENT ELIGIBILITY (ITEM 10)
IVAN J. WAGAR
UNFORTUNATELY, the magazine types, especially those who really care about motorcycling and its future, are not always able to obtain the inside scoop on events. The following is an attempt on my part to do something good for motocross racing in the United States.
Honda Launches the Ultimate Weapon in One-Upmanship — a Magnificent, Musclebound, Racer for the Road.
IF THERE were no Honda motorcycle factory, would anyone believe a 250-cc four-stroke machine that screams to 16,000 rpm? Without Honda, would there be in existence today a five-cylinder 125 four-stroke capable of 18,000 rpm, or a twin-cylinder 50 that will wind to almost 20,000 rpm?
THREE MINUTES in the saddle of the new Montesa Cota 247 will be sufficient for a trials rider to decide that here is a superlative motorcycle. Give him another 30 minutes of riding and critical inspection, and the odds are very favorable that he will vote the newcomer one of the top three trials bikes in the world.
Leo Payne Turns From Drag Strip to Salt to Claim a 182-mph Record
BEFORE THE BLARE of racing engines shattered the silence of the Bonneville Salt Flats, chances were that the 1968 speed week would see an unfaired, unstreamlined motorcycle shatter the 200 mph barrier for the first time. In fact, no one even went close to achieving the feat, and famed drag racer Leo Payne’s 182.790 mph stands as the nearest any “naked” machine got to the 200 mark.
MOST PEOPLE probably never have heard of Pepperell, Mass. It’s not very big, even by small town standards, and it’s nicely hidden away in a New England maple forest. To motorcycle race enthusiasts from throughout Eastern U.S. and Canada, Pepperell, on a Sunday in October, is the place to be.
CYCLE WORLD staffmen recently were privileged to preview, not a new 1969 model, but what must surely be the first of the new bikes of the 1970s! The machine is a new lightweight dirt bike from Moto Beta. And, while it will enter production stages during the latter part of this year, it will officially be termed a 1970 model.
An $800 Package for Super-Specialized Desert Racing
FROM STREET to trail to competition is the usual course newcomers take in the sport of motorcycling. Whether it's trials, motocross or desert racing, the first competition category would-be racers consider is the 100-cc class.
SAMMY MILLER is up here–I am down here," said the small Spaniard, holding his left hand at eye level, his right at chest height. The Spanish Trials Champion, Pedro Pi, will tell anyone who'll listen that he's really not that good, that there are much better trials riders in the world.
JAPANESE manufacturers traditionally use the Tokyo Motor Show to boast their wares, and display engineering talents developed during the previous year. This year, one display stood head and shoulders above all else in the show. This was Honda's exhibit, featuring the revolutionary 750 Four.
Quito,Tarantulas, Grasshoppers, Bolivia, Argentina and-Phew!-Home
PWHEW! When the truck I had been riding was stopped at the checkpoint, between Bogota, Colombia and Quito, Ecuador, and the police had discovered guns in a false bottom of a load of lumber I-well-I thought I'd had it. The policemen gave me a grin and explained that the gunrunners had taken me and my flat-tired motorcycle aboard to serve as a decoy to help the load of illegal arms pass through customs.
Bill Medley Wants Hollywood To Tell It Like It Is!
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY ROBERT JACOBS
MOTORCYCLING is a great meeting ground for many kinds of people. On any given day at a dirt track, a desert scramble or a hillclimb, you're likely to find mechanics, business executives, students, school teachers, welders and actors all mixing it up in the competition.
WHAT STARTED out as a lot of pure fun, grew into an obsession for some, a sport for others, has now become a hot-blooded contest of record setting. Motorcycles proved beyond question which vehicle is fastest in the rough, as they have been doing in the other dune buggy/fourwheel-drive/motorcycle cross-country races, the Mint 400 and Stardust 711, both run in the wilds of Nevada, and the classic event, the Baja 1000.
SPEEDWAY racing is one of the last of the gladiator sports. Picture a stadium crammed with thousands of tense spectators. Four riders appear on the carpet of dirt that forms the track. There is a savage threat in the starkness of the machines they ride.
When America's Milne Brothers Beat the World's Best
'We Had to Win. It Was a Long Swim Home. When We Saw a Hole During a Race, We Went Through. All We Had to Lose Was Our Lives'— Jack Milne, 1937 World Speedway Champion
THOSE LEGENDARY Milne brothers of Pasadena, Calif., Jack and Cordy, are at it again. This time they're building a bike with a JAP engine for the revival of speedway racing in California. "This JAP weighs only 165 lb.—they used to scale around 250 when we rode 'em in England," said Jack, as we chatted at his plant.
“Fifth annual U.S. Grand Prix,” the posters and advertising proclaimed. The majestic title carried visions of road racers all over the country preparing machinery, loading bikes into trucks, and heading south and west, to California, where the race was to be contested.
Harold Glenn’s new book covers the small single-cylinder Honda models, in-cluding both the pushrod and ohc en-gines, and machines with manual and automatic clutches. More exactly, it deals with 50-, 65-, and 90-cc Hondas of C-100, C-102, C-110, S-65, C-200, CT-200, S-90, CL-90, CT-90, and CM-91 designations.
Webco, Inc., Dept. CW-1, 218 Main St., Venice, CA 90291, offers a new spark plug holder for attachment to motorcycle frames. The holder accepts two spare spark plugs, and keeps them readily available for use in an emergency. Stainless steel clamps are included in the kit, and the plug wrench is attached to the holder by a wing nut. Price of the unit (Webco catalog No. 1593) is $5.95. It is stocked by many motorcycle dealers.
Competition Chemicals, Dept.
Accessory Distributors, Inc., announces the MC-03 Trialstar riding boot, the latest in the company’s Une of motorcycle wear. Designed and tested by one of England’s top trials riders, the boot is manufactured specially for serious trials or woods riders. The uppers are made of one-eighth-in. thick grease dressed leather. Terylene stitching eliminates all problems with seams, while a one-piece foot section insures that no side seams are needed in the boot’s design. The rear seam is reinforced with a spiral steel spring, to reduce folding and creasing of the uppers. Genuine leather soles and heels feature steel reinforcement at toe, heel, and instep, and the soles are generously studded. The steel inserts prolong the life of the boot, while the studs provide extra grip for “footing.” The boots sell for $27.50 a pair, and are available from many dealers, or from Accessory Distributors, Inc., Dept. CW-1, 602 W. 52nd .St., New York, NY 10019.
Competition Chemicals, Dept.
D.Lewis Ltd., the London specialist in clothing and accessories, has adapted American style snap fittings to its range of helmets, visors and face shields. The firm’s visors and shields also are supplied with kits for adding snap studs to older helmets. The D. Lewis’ visor is priced at $1.90, the face shield at $6, and the Aviakit Super Jet helmet at $18.50. All prices quoted include air freight to the U.S. Seamail prices are slightly lower. The visor features safety edges trimmed with soft plastic piping, while the visor is supplied in either white or tinted plastic tones. The Super Jet helmet is ideal for use with both items. D. Lewis Ltd., Dept. CW-1, 124 Gt. Portland St., London Wl, England, claims to offer the world’s largest range of clothing, helmets, and boots. Its catalog, including a complete U.S. price list, is available free of charge.
Competition Chemicals, Dept.
PLUS K POLISH
Wenol Plus K, a metal polish popular in Europe, is distributed in the U.S. by International Chemical Products Co., Dept. CW-1, 2028 Frederick Ave., Baltimore, MD 21223. The polish contains a recently developed metal preservative, which protects and retains for long periods the brilliance of metal. The substance also prevents rust and corrosion. The distributor says Wenol Plus K can be used on any metal or painted surface, and will protect it from oxidation for five months. A tube is priced at 85 cents, and a 2-lb. tin at $7.95.
Competition Chemicals, Dept.
Simichrome Polish, manufactured by Competition Chemicals, Dept. CW-1, 704 Washington Ave., Iowa Falls, IA 50126, is an excellent metal polish suitable for use on aluminum, chrome, copper, brass, silver, gold, plexiglass, and even plastic. A small amount covers a large area, and leaves a brilliant, protective film. The polish is supplied in a handy tube selling for 85 cents, 8-oz. cans priced at $2.50, and in 2-lb. cans, at $7.95.
Competition Chemicals, Dept.
B.F. Meyers and Co., famous for its Manx and Tow’d dune buggies, has added a two-wheeler to its range of recreational vehicles. The new product is a mini trailbike, sold in four versions, priced from $149.50 to $221.50. Named the Meyers Lynx, the trailbike has been designed from the outset as an off-road machine. The Lynx 65 heads the range. It features a frame of welded steel tubing, 6-in. diameter wheels and tires, a 5-bhp Briggs and Stratton fourstroke engine, an automatic clutch, internal expanding rear brake, coil spring front suspension, swinging arm and coü spring rear suspension, cast aluminum chain guard, and a padded vinyl seat. The machine is supplied in a fully assembled state, and is available from the 140 Meyers dealers in the U.S. and other countries, or from B.F. Meyers and Co., Dept. CW-1, P.O. Box 8266, Fountain Valley, CA 92708.
PLUG HOLDER TRAIL/TRIAL BOOT AMERICAN STYLE PLUS K POLISH METAL PROTECTION NOW-MEYERS' LYNX
The two concluding rounds of the Italian Senior Championship were contested at the Ospedaletti circuit at Sanremo and at Vallelunga Autodrome, nearly 20 miles south of Rome. The first round was at Riccione (CW, Dec. ’68). At the dangerous, twisting Ospedaletti course, Mike Hailwood was missing.
For six months of the year, British drag men battle against each other at venues all over the country, and particularly at Santa Pod Raceway, the nation’s only purpose-built dragstrip. Most contestants ride purely for fun—the wealth of ingenious, though frequently ineffective machinery to be seen in the paddocks is an indication of this trend.
The Japanese motorcycle manufacturers are dwindüng in number, yet are achieving solid stability, and taking bold aim at the world market with a new clique of large displacement machinery. These conclusions are drawn from industry exhibits at the 1968 Tokyo Motor Show (reported elsewhere in this magazine).