I PULLED A BOO-BOO not long ago. After over 25 years of riding, I broke my ankle. It's been suggested I forgot my name was Joe...not Joel. I did it while testing at Saddleback, on my own 360 Maico. I tell people I was comparing it to the 360 and 250 CZs we were testing for the July issue.
A 1967 Illinois law forcing motorcyclists to wear helmets was recently declared unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court. The court’s decision reverses the conviction of Donald Fries, who was arrested in Madison County, Illinois, for not wearing a helmet.
My bike-buddy recently bought a dirt bike from a private party. It’s a Bultaco Bandito powered by a neatly installed Honda 350. My question concerns ignition. The bike now has a total-loss system, but we would like to eliminate the battery by modifying the stock alternator in some manner.
THIS is the third article of a series dealing with governmental organizations influential in formulating motorcycle legislation. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE ADMINISTRATORS (AAMVA) The AAMVA is a voluntary, nonprofit organization.
I have been taught, in books, by company manuals, by experienced riders, etc., that the rear brake always should be applied first, because of the effect the front brake has on steering. I learned this myself, the hard way, in an oil slick turn at the bottom of a hill on my 250-cc Suzuki T-10.
The Threes Make A Howling Debut At The Nation's Longest Dirt Track National.
tHE SOUND IS NOT particularly loud. But it is slightly higher pitched and wails without the interrupted texture characteristic of the vertical and V-twins snarling around it. Around the back straight at the 1 and 1/8th mile at Nazareth, Pa., the wail becomes higher and more eerie as one of the British-built Threes turns past 8500 rpm and approaches 120 mph.
The Finest. . . Must Be Somewhat Extravagant, To Surpass Basic Need, Yet Be Incredibly Functional, To Enhance, Rather Than Merely Satisfy The Riding Experience.
TIRED OF PEOPLE not noticing? In past years, motorcycling marked you as a man apart. Not a freak. You didn't start riding to be contrary. But when you started, you discovered a feeling, a free, physical joy, privy to yourself. You glowed inside, glad that you had something that the common man didn't share.
Even Though Paso Broke Something In Practice, and It Rained For A While, 100,000 Fans Saw Quite A Show.
HEINZ J. SCHNEIDER
THRILLS have come back to solo GP racing. The all-conquering works teams have pulled out, with the exception of MV, which is a lead pipe cinch for 350-cc class championship. The 500 race was a start-finish affair for Ago. Second finisher was Karl Hoppe, 46-year-old mayor of the small German town of Diekholzen, on Helmut Fath’s URS Four.
A Tough Big-Bore Endurance Machine, Wrapped in a Banana
JAWA NEVER DOES anything rash. When Chief Engineer Jan Krivka wanted a bigger, more powerful motorcycle for the 1969 International Six Days Trial, he didn't wait long to begin development. He and Josef Josif, chief of Jawa construction, got busy immediately.
A motorcycle messenger is invited to the re-creation of his own nightmare
EVEN FOR HAWAII, Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, was spectacular. Gulls wheeled and turned gracefully in the almost cloudless sky, while far below the shimmering blue waters of Pearl Harbor lapped quietly against the thick grey hulls of America’s Pacific Fleet, anchored along “Battleship Row” at Ford Island.
Greeves Is Back In The Big Leagues With A Pair Of Light, Powerful New Racers
380 250 GRIFFONS
THE WORD, NEW, has got to be one of the most abused words in the American language-shaped as it is by Time, Life and the advertising age. But it still means something coming from Bert Greeves’ offices. To change a Greeves is an epochal event, and introduction of the Griffon motocross machines marks the beginning of a new epoch.
THE ENGLISH WEEKLY, Motor Cycle News, in the June 4 edition carried a headline which announced the possibility of three of America’s best racing at Mallory Park in September. The riders are to be Calvin Rayborn, Ron Grant and Art Baumann, and, if the plan is successful, this would mark the first time that top AMA riders have tried their hand in Europe.
His buddies at the Ascot half mile in his native California call him “Weasel,” but in England he’s a Leicester Lion. We’re speaking, of course, of Dewayne Keeter, AMA No. 44X, who has headed many a main event on his home ground. Last year, he took a fancy to speedway, and, after getting familiar with the basics of the sport at Whiteman Stadium in Pacoima, he went to Australia for some fiercer competition.
A Simple Ride To Work Did Something That Serutan Never Could
TED W. WHITE
USUALLY the taxi's horn sounded for Mr. Bisby just as he had begun to read Herb Caen's column in the San Francisco Chronicle. This occurred with such suspicious regularity that Mr. Bisby could no longer dismiss it as mere coincidence.
In response to the popularity of the new threeand four-cylinder motorcycles on the market, Vetter Fairings, Dept. CW-8, Box 216, Urbana, IL 61801, has developed the Phantom III model. This new configuration has air scoops to the engine opening that directs air flow to cylinders, heads and oil coolers. The Phantom III also has nearly four cubic feet of storage space for tools, rain gear, maps or anything else needed for pleasurable touring. The Phantom also comes standard with a smoke-gray gull-wing windshield and color coordinated striping. It is currently available for the BSA Rocket 3, Kawasaki Mach III, Triumph Trident, and Suzuki 500/5, and retails for $174.
Arrow Laboratories, Inc.
Motorcycling demands the utmost in visibility. And more than one rider has found himself in a pinch when goggles or face shield suddenly fog, clouding vision dangerously. Arrow Laboratories produces an anit-fog plastic and glass cleaner called Sta-Clear. Packaged in an 8-oz., spill-proof plastic squeeze bottle, Sta-Clear is easily and quickly applied. The manufacturer claims that it will rid lenses of fog and haze for year-round streak-free vision. Sta-Clear is also said to be an effective cleaner and preservative for vinyl tops, chrome, plastics and leather. Contact Arrow Laboratories, Inc., Dept. CW-8, 419 Chapel St., New Haven, Conn. (Continued on page 84)
Arrow Laboratories, Inc.
Ideal for competition machines are these new, quick release fasteners from DZUS Automotive Performance Products. The fasteners allow the enthusiast to make those rapid but necessary changes to important parts of his machine that must be secured against the strains of competition. The DZUS Fastener uses a specially capped stud and a spring-loaded phillips-head end piece to provide a hold-down pressure of 60 lb. and a breaking point of 1000 lb. The enterprising motorcyclist can adapt these fasteners for use on fenders, tank, seats, panels and air cleaners. And a fortunate racer he is, who can change these components in a matter of seconds! The fasteners are made to rigid aerospace specifications and come in sets of four with installation instructions. They are available in 1/4-20 and 5/16-18 stud sizes. Cost is $6.95 per set. Contact DZUS Automotive Performance Products Division, Dept. CW-8, 425 Union Blvd., West Islip, L.l., NY 11795.
Arrow Laboratories, Inc.
MOTO-X FENDER MOUNT
A new fender mounting kit is now on the market to help the off-road rider convert his machine to motocross or enduro specs. The kit, developed by Pacifico, Inc., mounts the front fender on the fork head well above the wheel, where it will not clog with mud and branches cannot get caught. And although this style of fender mounting was primarily designed for cross-country and trail riding, it is stylish for street machines as well. The new conversion kit is fully engineered and easily installed. It comes with complete mounting instructions and all necessary hardware, and the bracket itself is chrome plated. The Pacifico Moto-X Fender Bracket Kit retails for $4.95 and is available for all major models. Order direct from Pacifico, Inc., Dept. CW-8, Box 398, Portland, OR 97207.
Arrow Laboratories, Inc.
Daytona Products announces the availability of its new Super-Practic Twistgrips. They are designed to give a motorcycle rider fine throttle control along with dependable service under adverse conditions. And because a motorcycle rider must have maximum control of his machine under all conditions, the importance of a responsive throttle cannot be minimized. The Super Practic twistgrip provides a chain linkage in the reel which the manufacturers claim will allow unlimited cable life, coupled with smooth action and no backlash. The twistgrips are available in single and double cable, as well as quarter-turn and standard-turn models. Prices range from $2.80 to $6.45. Contact Daytona Prod ucts, Inc., Dept. CW-8, Box 668, Reseda,CA 91335.
Victor Boocock, founding member of the Pacific International Trials Society and North Californian trials champion for the past five years, left San Francisco behind to tackle the trial of all trials-the Scottish Six Days. Backed by Bultaco American and supplied with a Sherpa T by the Rickman Brothers, 26-year-old Vic warmed up with a twoday fun event on the Isle of Wight, where he was 4th at the end of the first day and dropped to 6th place the second.
At the 5th All-Japan Motocross GP, even veteran senior riders found the tight, twisty Kureme circuit a difficult challenge. For the 250-cc Senior event, both Kawasaki and Suzuki fielded three factory entrants, while Yamaha (over)confidently sent one machine and rider, T. Suzuki.
For the fifth and final round, the Italian Senior Championship moved from the flat, tight-cornered Adriatic Coast circuits to Sanremo-Ospedaletti. This hilly 2.1-mile course is on the Ligure seacoast near the French border and Montecarlo.