The motorcycle industry looks like it is approaching a stabilizing point. After the most fantastic period of growth any sport has ever seen—over 1000 percent since 1960—things seem to be leveling off. All we experts have been predicting the occasion for some time, and it’s a shame we didn’t start a pool when we were all making our wild forecasts.
My Yamaha 180 is sick. I am experiencing a severe loss of power, such that the bike is incapable of exceeding 50 mph downhill or 30 mph uphill. Acceleration is minimal, and, except in first gear, the engine bucks and gurgles from one-third to full throttle.
In the December issue of Mechanix Illustrated under the caption MAIL FOR McCAHILL, this statement from a reader, “I think that every car driver should be educated about motorcycles. What do you think?” B.W.B. Jr. Williamsport, Penn. McCahills’ Answer: “You’re right.
THE Daytona 200-miler, the big plum in American racing, will take place on March 16 this year. And, while the 200 is the one the advertising boys are after, the activities really start on the Monday, six days before. In fact, Monday is the day I dig.
THE PERIOD 1934 through 1939 is notable in European motorcycle racing history, not only because it produced the most exciting motorcycles ever seen, but also because the era produced such dramatic advances in design and engineering technology.
EACH BRAND of British machine always has had a definitive model that seems to represent and identify the sum total of a company’s production through the years. Norton is epitomized in its cammer-the Manx. Vincent achieved its zenith with its famous V-twin.
From the Old Master of Gas Flow Comes this Grand Prix Contender
ALTHOUGH IT never actually reached beyond the chatting stage, and a series of semi-stimulating articles in the British motorcycling press, the British Lottery World Beater unwittingly achieved success. It sparked the new Weslake twin-cylinder racing engine.
EXCEDRIN NEVER had a cure for Headache No. 1530. It begins as a Walter Mitty dream-snugging into leathers, Martini shirt, Big Johns, then, as the crowds go wild, knifing through the field to pass front runners Joel Robert, Dave Bickers et al.
MY ARMS ached from holding the bars of the Yamaha 80 steady in the darkness. Ahead, my buddy, Don Bennett, struggled over the sharp lava and loose rock, his headlight probing the darkness that surrounded us. My own headlight was out, and I was trying to follow Don’s erratic beam when I felt the ground give way under my fork.
IT’S ATTRACTIVE. Chrome and blinker/reflector doodads abound. Give the engine a few hundred miles to loosen up, and it puts out an astonishing amount of broad range power. Were it not for the fact that it looks so stylized, Suzuki’s new TS-250 Savage could pass for a serious dirt bike.
OR, AN APPLICATION OF PSYCHOLOGY... TO THE OLD MAN
DINNER WAS undergoing the usual dynamics at our house one evening last May, when my 23-yearold son dropped a bombshell. “Dave and I,” he began, “are buying a Honda 300.” I paused, a forkful of potatoes balanced halfway between plate and mouth.
BEAUTIFUL downtown Burbank, that California city nationally recognized as recipient of ridiculous ridicule, is home of the Korff Corp., which is manufacturer of a new recreation vehicle, the Mini-K. Though it’s built in Burbank, the Mini-K is no “Laugh-In” matter—despite the facts that it is not a motorcycle, but is powered and licensed as is a bike; that it is not a sports car, yet seats two, and can be fitted with a snug convertible top; and that, though it is a threewheeler, when hard driven its handling characteristics resemble nothing so much as a four-wheeled go-kart, which can be hurled around corners with ultimate ease.
A HONDA is a rare article—on dirt tracks, that is. The clay oval sport long has been dominated by BSA Gold Star, Triumph and Harley-Davidson. Oh, once in awhile a Yamaha or Suzuki will rise to race prominence in the 250 novice class, and an occasional Honda will win a heat, but a consistent Honda 450, a bike that repeatedly makes the main event with other brand competition, is that aforementioned rare article.
WOMEN will never change—but then that’s the problem, they do change. Well, not really— let’s just say that they will never change changing their minds. And some of us fellows are a little tired of it. My girl is a good example—her actions are a good example, too.
WITH a man like Phil Read earning almost $50,000 a year from his activities as a Yamaha factory rider, road racing could be said to be a highly commercialized venture. It is a business, too, for the non-works British riders who also make a living from it, albeit a precarious one.
This School System Thinks Motorcycles and Safety ARE Compatible
MOTORCYCLING and safety can be compatible. It’s all a matter of proper education. Federal legislation for highway safety requires states to implement motorcycle safety, including special licensing through special examinations.
The Marriage of Motorcycles and Cars... Just Didn’t Work Out
CYCLECARS became a rampant fad in this country from about 1912 through 1916. They were extremely cheap, gave an illusion of speed because of their nearness to the ground, and must have been the same sort of fun to drive as go-karts. Cyclecars tried to bridge the gap between motorcycles and conventional automobiles, usually carrying the driver and one passenger either in tandem or alongside (called “sociable”).
One little, two little fifties from the Clymer-Munch tribe...
ONE LITTLE, two little... Ah, it’s well known that there exist Zuni, Arapaho, Yavapi and Umatilla. But, Clymer-Munch is a relative newcomer among the names on the tribal roll. And, Papoose and Ponybike are the braves of that latter tribe.
I feel that I can no longer keep silent in the face of all of the “safety” legislation that we, as motorcyclists, are being subjected to. Isn’t it ironic that the very people we elect and support through our tax monies are trying their level best to do away with us?
The letters are available in black or white, and are colorfast and guaranteed washable. A special backing makes the iron-on process speedy and lasting. Sizes are 2.25 in. high by 1.5 in. wide, 3.0 in. by 2.0 in., and 4.0 in. by 3.0 in. To order a suitable size of letter, measure the width of the line on which the wording will be placed, count the number of letters required, and select an appropriate size. Prices are $2 for 10 2.25-in. high letters, eight 3.0-in. letters, or six 4.0-in. characters. Each additional letter is priced 15, 20, or 30 cents, respectively. Minimum order is $2.
H. Joseph Co.
CHAPS FOR GUYS
Parr of Arizona is marketing two new products, a pair of Bike Boots, and a set of chaps. The boots are priced at $35, are handsome and functional, and are made in America. Manufactured from top grain cowhide, they are available in traditional black or oiled tan finishes. Sizes range from 7 to 12, increasing in half sizes. Parr’s chaps are manufactured from imported cowhide, with a nylon lining. Heavy duty brass zippers, and a lace-up rear for easy adjustment, are featured. Available colors are black with red lining, saddle tan with beige lining, cordovan brown with beige lining, and steel ice gray with royal blue lining. The price per pair is $40, from Parr of Arizona, Dept. CW-3, 4407 North 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016.
H. Joseph Co.
A set of 14 psychedelic decals known as “Blips” are available for $2 from motorcycle dealers, or from Metalflake, Inc., Dept. CW-3, P.O. Box 950, Dept. P, Haverhill, MA 01830. The new designs can be applied to motorcycles, cars, helmets, or any hard surface, by means of self-adhesive backings. Millions of tiny Metalflake particles are embedded in each decal. Blips are claimed to be resistant to chipping, and the effects of cold and wet weather.
H. Joseph Co.
NEW HONDA 350 CAM
The Precision Machining high performance cam for the Honda CL-350 and CB-350 now is available. When installed in a completely stock 350, the new cam greatly increases its performance. In bikes tested with standard gearing, 11,500 rpm was easily reached in 5th gear. Power range begins at 7000 rpm, though performance below this is smooth, even at idle. For scrambling purposes, long TT type exhaust pipes bring the engine onto the cam at much lower rpm. The cam is a drop-in item with no piston cutting, and will operate up to 12,000 rpm with stock valve springs; it has been tested on a production road racer ridden on California tracks by Bill Lyons. The cam profile is as follows: Inlet valve opens 30 degrees btc, closes 70 degrees abc; exhaust valve opens at 70 bbc, closes 31 ate; both lift 0.310 in. Cams are hardfaced and sold on an exchange basis only (a core must accompany each order). A one-year warranty is issued with each cam. Price is $75 exchange. Additional information will be supplied by Precision Machining, Dept. CW-3, 1209 Montgomery Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066.
H. Joseph Co.
SUPER FLOW CLEANER
Webco’s super flow air cleaner for Hodakas provides thorough filtration under all conditions, says the distributor. Its heart is the well-known Filtron element. The outer cover, of spun aluminum, is recessed to assure a positive seal for the element. The backing plate incorporates two reinforced brackets that mount to the engine and frame. The air cleaner is connected to the carburetor with standard Hodaka hose. The cleaner is available in several configurations, all of which are priced at $15.95. These are for Hodaka 90 and 100 using battery and tool box; with battery removed; using Webco intake manifold, Honda carburetor and right side exhaust; and using Webco intake, Honda carb and left side exhaust.
H. Joseph Co.
Battery-operated Lifesaver Beacons are visible for a distance of more than 1000 ft., and can operate continuously for more than 30 hours. Distributed by Gene W. Goble and Associates, Inc., Dept. CW-3, P.O. Box 1057, 1478 Mission Rd., Escondido, CA 92025, Lifesavers are 7.75 in. tall, weigh only 8 oz., and are priced at $1.98 each. Each unit consists of a battery compartment topped with a heavy-duty flasher bulb. A square base enables the beacon to stand vertically on a road or other flat surface. The beacon is formed of acrylic plastic, and includes a heavy-duty flasher bulb, a stainless steel reflector connected to a spring brass strip, and two heavy-duty batteries. Rotation of its base turns the unit on or off. The distributor says it is weatherproof, will not rust or corrode, and will withstand many years of service life. Uses of the beacons are vast, particularly for motorcyclists, hunters, campers, and trail riders.
H. Joseph Co.
Harley-Davidson’s catalog of accessories is available from all the company’s dealers. The booklet lists a wide range of products, from clothing and helmets to instrument gauges. An ammeter kit is priced at $20.50, and a similar kit for an oil pressure gauge is listed at $18.90. The Tour-Pak, a large luggage carrier, is available for 1200-cc machines, and single-seat Sportsters, for $55. The Tour-Pak attaches to a flat channel type carrier by means of a lock that permits the rider quickly to remove the unit from his machine. HarleyDavidson’s battery tester is priced at $2.05, while $59.40 buys a fiberglass windshield for Electra Glides. Many other varied items are listed in the catalog. helmets to instrument gauges. An ammeter kit is priced at $20.50, and a similar kit for an oil pressure gauge is listed at $18.90. The Tour-Pak, a large luggage carrier, is available for 1200-cc machines, and single-seat Sportsters, for $55. The Tour-Pak attaches to a flat channel type carrier by means of a lock that permits the rider quickly to remove the unit from his machine. HarleyDavidson’s battery tester is priced at $2.05, while $59.40 buys a fiberglass windshield for Electra Glides. Many other varied items are listed in the catalog.
H. Joseph Co.
Boot ’n Shoe Dri absorbs moisture, odor, and perspiration from all kinds of footwear, from motorcycle boots to women’s high fashion boots. The product is comprised of two. bags, one for insertion in each boot or shoe. Overnight, footwear is dried out and made wearable again, says the maker, Boot ’n Shoe Dri, Dept. CW-3, P.O. Box 7076, Cleveland, OH 44128. After continuous use, the absorbent and freshening properties of the bags may be restored by placing them on a hot radiator, or in the sun, for 12 hours. The bags are priced at $2 per pair.
H. Joseph Co.
RAM SAFETY HELMET
A “Confoam” liner that adopts the shape of the rider’s head is prime feature of the RAM half-profile safety helmet. The helmet is Snell approved and conforms to Z90-1-1966 regulations. It is supplied in only two sizes, small/medium and large/extra large, which is where the self fitting liner comes in. There is a choice of two colors, white overall or two-tone blue and black. The RAM accepts all standard helmet accessories, and sells for $17.50. The price includes a visor and chin cup. It may be ordered direct by mail from Outrider Accessories, Inc., Dept. CW-3, 600 W. 52nd St., New York, NY 10019.
H. Joseph Co.
This unusual scooter has been around for several years and boasts fantastic climbing ability. Its secret is two-wheel chain drive and gobs of rubber. It’s slow, but it’ll take a rider of average skill just about anywhere he is brave enough to go—60-degree inclines, over boulders and logs, through snow and mire, across streams. The wheels are hollow, and may be filled with either water or gasoline. The Trail-Breaker is powered by a one-cylinder two-cycle Chrysler engine, mounted high for ground clearance. For additional information, write Rokon, Inc., Dept. CW-3, Wilmington, VT 05363.
H. Joseph Co.
Heath Co., better known for its electronic products in kit form, now joins the rush into the minibike boom with the introduction of the GT-18 Trail Bike kit. Called the Heathkit “Boonie Bike,” it sells for $189.95. A 5-bhp Briggs & Stratton four-cycle engine powers the bike. The frame is a welded double loop, and suspension is rigid front and rear. The tires are tubeless. Weight of the bike is 116 lb.
Iron-on permanent lettering for T-shirts, sweatshirts, riding jackets and other clothing is offered by H. Joseph Co., Dept. CW-3, 182 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck, NJ 07666. The letters are available in black or white, and are colorfast and guaranteed washable.
There is no doubt about Montesa’s bid to topple rival Bultaco from the top in trials. In the past three weeks, Montesa signed two top British riders. First was Lawrence Telling, who won the Bemrose (CW, Feb. ’69) on a kit form Montesa. He recently was joined by Sammy Miller’s most consistent opponent, Gordon Farley.
The Yamaha Motor Co. of Japan recently entertained 38 American Yamaha dealers. The U.S. Yamaha International Corp.’s annual sales contest determined those selected to attend. Purposes of the convention were to tour the main plant, to test ride new models, including the GP 350 R3 and 250 DT 1, and to engage in engineering and sales discussions. Extensive social activities rounded out the 10-day trip.
Bridgestone Tire Corp.
FOR THE TRAILING BUFF
Two of the four brand-new 1969 Bridgestones for the U.S. market are directed to the fast growing off-road market. They are the 100-cc trail scrambler, designated the 100TMX, and the 200-cc street scrambler MIISS. The 100TMX (top photo) is the most dirt-oriented, with knobby tires, pack rack and raised front fender. Its 9-bhp (at 8000 rpm) engine, working through a four-speed gearbox, pushes it to a claimed 60 mph. Other features: all street legal equipment, skid plate, tubular frame, and oil injection. The MIISS also has a tubular frame, oil injection, plus the sporty looking high pipes and skid plate, but will spend more time on the pavement. It boasts a five-speed gearbox, 21-bhp (at 8000 rpm) engine, and claimed 80-mph top speed.
Bridgestone Tire Corp.
The new manufacturing plant of Thai-Suzuki in Bangkok, Thailand, has been completed, and manufacturing operations now are in progress. Constructed under the auspices of the Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd., Toyota, Thailand, and SP International, the new building will house assembly of two-wheelers. The 3500-sq.-ft. plant will start operation at an initial production rate of 500 units per month. Ultimate production is predicted at 2000 units.
Since the Honda 750 Four was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show, enthusiasts the world over have been eager to learn the top speed potential of this machine. Reliable sources in Japan report the CB 750 is capable of 137 mph, with rider in the tucked position, and 124 mph, with rider in a normal erect position.
A group of American dealers, major importer Mike Berliner and his public relations man, Walter K. von Schonfeld, recently visited Italy on a business-pleasure tour. The business consisted of stops at Moto Guzzi and Ducati factories to see new models, and to discuss plans.