CYCLE WORLD and Western Airlines have really started something. We’ve worked an arrangement with the famous airlines of the west to co-sponsor several air tours during the next few months. The first two leave for Hawaii, one on November 22, the other on January 24, 1970.
IT is getting near that time of year when the American Motorcycle Association has an annual meeting to decide the rules and policies for the next competition year. This will be the second meeting of the Competition Congress, which consists of some 60 members from all branches of our sport and industry.
My 1968 Honda CL 90 has developed a shifting problem. At 3000 miles, shifting from first to second was very difficult. At approximately 4000 miles, a loud crash accompanied every shift into second, both up-shift and down, although more often a neutral is found when down-shifting.
I have a problem and I wish you would solve it for me. What’s better, the Kawasaki 250 or the Suzuki 250? GARY COOPER Piedmont, Calif. What is “better” depends on what you like in a motorcycle. We suggest to you and other readers who have asked the same type of question that you get a demonstration ride on the bikes in question, read our road tests and make your own decisions.
Moto Guzzi's Answer To Getting There In A Big Way, Ponderously, But Oh So Comfortably.
IF ROMAN GODS rode motorcycles, the Moto Guzzi would surely be the choice of Bacchus. It oozes pleasure and fleshy affluence. It is a big, stylish and strong road machine that reeks of luxurious plenty; a genuine ultra-bike. The new Moto Guzzi is a good deal faster than last year's offering, but retains the plushiness necessary to a heavyweight, high speed tourer.
In the early 1920s, Brooklands was the only true race track in England. This was the proving ground of British engineering and machinery, which at that time was so fiercely competitive. “The Vintage Years At Brooklands” is a unique photographic history of the men and their motorcycles who earned fame and glory at that renowned raceway.
A Lightweight, Slim and Nimble, Good Just About Anywhere, But Happiest In The Boondocks.
SO WHAT’S SO BAD with duding up a workhorse? You’ve seen those big, hairy-hocked Clydesdale horses with feathers and plumes on them. Nothing fruity about that. And they pull those big beer wagons around rather well. So just because the Pioneer has some style, don’t think it hasn’t got what it takes.
ALL-BIKE DRAGS AT LIONS The Big Guns Share a $1500 Purse.
IT WAS NOT a record meet, but nonetheless the all-bike AHRA drags at California's Lions strip drew more than 150 competitors from all parts of the country to share the $1500 purse. As AHRA rules split the bikes into 30 classes, everyone had a good chance at the pot.
AFTER THE BONANZA bombard, what is there? Is anything left, minibike-wise, surviving in the overkill rubble after the DoubleLooped-Chrome-Piped-Hyperscooter has rumbled its way back to San Jose? Indeed there is, boys and girls, and it’s even more fun than playing “Doctor.” The Benelli Dynamo Compact.
THE OLD MAN lay on the enormous bed, withered and drawn. The stillness of his darkened room was broken from time to time by the restless shadows of children grown. For death was a matter of waiting. He was three months past 89 years and curiously the only thought that filled his fading mind was the image of his first motorcycle.
A PROMINENT psychoanalyst once opined that a man’s desires evolve through three basic stages. The youth wants to indulge his senses. Then, as he grows he wants to be rich (presumably to better indulge his senses). The final stage, that of the Mature Man, is the hunger for power.
50-LAP TT NATIONAL Brelsford Wins A War Of Attrition
HEARTBREAK is the key word for the AMA 50-lap National TT. It's a long race, and the big jump at Ascot Park manages to tear up a lot of machinery. So it was that Harley-Davidson's Mark Brelsford won, after all the usual favorites had retired along the way.
An Innovative,Young Company Gives the Big Boys a Lesson.
OSSA is a relative newcomer to the international motorcycling scene, but, in just four years, this Spanish marque has established an enviable reputation among the world’s sporting-minded riders. The story of this innovative concern is a fascinating tale of remarkable men who love the sport, and they, perhaps more than the technical excellence of their wares, are a most interesting aspect of Ossa’s history.
"FLAT TRACK RACING IS LIKE MANURE. YOU'D LIKE TO HAVE SOMEBODY ELSE PUT IT 'ROUND YOUR FLOWER BED, BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT'D DO SOME GOOD. BUT YOU REALLY WOULDN’T WANT TO PUT YOUR HANDS IN IT...”
An Interview With Neil Keen.
The racine life is nne long truck ride.
NEIL KEEN: racer. Inveterate. Incorrigible. Irrepressible. But not just a racer. His mind ranges over a thousand subjects. We walk through a Pennsylvania meadow and his attention fixes on a cow, or a homely little flower too insignificant to be seen, almost with the same intensity of observation he brings to an analytic perusal of the suspension on Mert Lawwill's Harley tracker.
RACING ON THE MILE was not quite the same without Harley team rider Freddy Nix, who died in an automobile accident a week before the running of Santa Rosa. Perhaps the most fitting epitaph for this 27-year-old rider, an impeccable master of mile dirt track and short track alike, was spoken by fellow Expert Neil Keen shortly before Freddy’s death: “Day in and day out Fred Nix is the best track racer today.
Ago Cinches 500 Title With Sixth GP Win, While Santi Herrero Squeaks Into 250 Class Point Lead
HEINZ J. SCHNEIDER
THE BELGIAN Grand Prix, held in the beautiful Ardennes foothills, was marked by the highest lap speeds ever recorded in motorcycle racing. A crowd of 120,000 came to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit to see Giacomo Agostini tour the 8.8-mile track at better than 130 mph on his fabulous MV Three.
Saddleback Park is Revisited by the Master of Master Trialing.
IN THIS, his second visit to our shores, Sammy Miller, the shy Northern Irishman, in conjunction with CYCLE WORLD and the Southern California Trials Association, conducted another chapter in his fabulous trials school. Unlike last year, however, the school and competition were open only to Expert and Master trialers of the Southern California Trials Association.
Calvin (Rattle-Bang, Rattle-Bang) Wins The National From Yvon, Who (Rattle-Bang,Rattle-Bang) Just Snatches The 250 From Pierce.
IVAN J. WAGAR
ON LEAVE FROM the carrier Hornet after picking up our lunar astronauts, Jody Nicholas, making only his second major race appearance this year, screamed the Al Godin 350 Yamaha to a fastest heat win to take the pole position for the Indianapolis 110-mile National.
At the Grand Prix of Canada, a sandy-haired youngster stared through a peephole in a maze of racing types and passed comment to his big brother; “Boy, that guy Duff sure is making a comeback.” His brother, obviously more familiar with Mike Duff, road racer, smiled and replied, “He’s not making a comeback; he’s just catching up.” And that about sums up the race and, in fact, the Ontario road racing season so far for Mike Duff.
The Sta-Tite Corp. offers these locking pliers which are said to be capable of jaw pressures from a fraction of an ounce to 1000 lb. The specially designed tool, the Sta-Tite Lock-Matic, does the work of an adjustable wrench, clamp or gripping tool, in addition to working as a pliers. Its two-position jaws open from zero to 0.875 in. with locking action and to 1.2-5 in. for use as pliers. The Sta-Tite Lock-Matic pliers are made of hot, roll-forged steel that is heat treated for hardness and toughness. Each tool is chrome plated and priced at $3.98. Order direct from the Sta-Tite Corp., Dept. CW-10, 3900 Louisiana Circle, St. Louis Park, MN 55426.
The 238-cc Kawasaki will find new spunk with this high compression cylinder head installed. Allowing your Kawasaki to zoot o’er the hills with less effort and more determination, the head features a newly configured combustion chamber for increased power and greater cooling fin area to dissipate the engine’s heat. This high performance unit also features a 0.75-in. spark plug reach plus accommodation for a 0.75-in. compression release. The head sells for $39.95 from most dealers, or you can order part No. 2048 from Webco Inc., Dept. CW-10, 218 Main St., Venice, CA 90293.
Suzuki Fun Center now offers a new catalog. It features over 60 pages of equipment and accessories for the motorcycle enthusiast. Included are both competition and touring products, along with chrome goodies and snazzy trim. The catalog is available postpaid for $1 from Suzuki Fun Center, Dept. CW-10, 515 N. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502.
Many Honda owners will be glad to know there is a carrier for overlay type trail sprockets available for models CL-77, CL-160, CL-175 and CL-350. Instead of carrying your dirt sprocket to the boonies strapped on the back of your bike, and then hassling with bolting and unbolting the rear wheel, you can keep the sprocket where it belongs: on the wheel. This allows you to convert your street scrambler to a genuine boondocker quickly and easily. This sprocket carrier is designed to be mounted inboard of’the drive sprocket on the rear wheel and uses only standard factory sprockets. With the exception of drilling four 0.25-in. holes in the drive sprocket, no modifications are needed and complete instructions are included with the carrier. Order direct (check or money order) from A-W Products Co., Dept. CW-10, P.O. Box 414, Loveland, CO 80537. The cost is $11.95; Colorado residents add 3 percent sales tax.
A good deal of valuable time and effort can be wasted if the correct tool is not available for that special job. This squeeze-action ratchet wrench is just the thing for hard-to-reach places. To operate the wrench, merely squeeze the spring-loaded handle and that hidden nut or bolt is no longer inaccessible. And where there is more room, it can be used as a conventional ratcheting box wrench. For reverse action, just turn the tool over. While the box socket is one-half inch, 12 hex inserts range from one-quarter through seven-sixteenths inch, and metric inserts are available from 6 through 11 mm. Priced at $12.95, the wrench can be ordered from The Jay-Thomas Company, Dept.CW-10, 117 West Oxford St., Chula Vista, CA 92011.
Another space-age product sure to benefit the motorcyclist and home mechanic are these quick connect/disconnect fittings and couplers. Originally designed for space vehicles and equipment, the Gra-Tech product line has been expanded to include motorcycle applications. Ideal for fuel and hydraulic lines, these Gra-Tech fittings require no tools after initial installation. With the male and female fittings fastened together by a small steel clip and sealed against leakage by O-rings, the Gra-Tech couplers should find many uses in the motorcycle world. Available from highperformance outlets, or contact GraTech High Performance, Dept. CW-10, P.O. Box S, Los Altos, CA 94022.
METISSE BASH PLATES
When the going gets really rough, it’s comforting to know there’s armor between your engine and the ground. These Case-Gard skid plates offer positive protection for owners of Rickman Metisse Triumphs and BSAs. Made of 3/16-in. thick tempered alloy, the custom-shaped plates are designed to totally guard vulnerable engine cases and oil-carrying frame tubes. The 650Triumph Metisse item (left in photo) weighs 4 lb., 12 oz. and is priced at $48. Case-Gard for the Mark IV Metisse models (500 Triumph, BSA Victor, etc.) has a total weight of 3 lb., 12 oz. and cost $30. Available from Rickman dealers or the manufacturer: Steen’s, Inc., Dept. CW-10,Box 2276, Alhambra, CA 91803.
RACK 'EM UP
Transporting motorcycles in your pickup or van may be well simplified by these “Tip-Proof” Cycle Racks. Each rack is custom shaped to the diameter of your cycle’s front tire for a secure fit. Each rack also has a wide stabilizer at either end to steady the bike and rack when the going gets rough. Completely portable, they are made of welded steel throughout and weigh 40 lb. each. No bolting or welding to your truck’s bed is necessary, strictly a lift-in, lift-out operation, leaving the truck free for other uses. Single racks are available for $45, while three Tip-Proof units are offered at the discount price of $125, prices f.o.b. factory. Give front tire diameter with order. Mail check or money order to Rick Behrend, Dept. CW-10, P.O. Box 14, Lafayette, OR 97127. Dealer inquiries invited. [O]
Special Report: The Moving Forces Behind Motorcycle Legislation
NATIONAL COMMISSION ON SAFETY EDUCATION (NCSE)
J. BRADLEY FLIPPIN
The National Commission on Safety Education is one of 60 commissions, departments, and institutes of the National Education Association (NEA). The NEA is a professional organization of teachers, comparable to the American Medical Association for doctors.
It has been a slack time for world championship motocross, and Joel Robert must be thankful for that. Currently leading the title chase with five clear wins and four rounds to go, he went to the British event intent on making it six. But a simple practice spill twisted a knee, the same leg injured earlier in the season, and prevented him from scoring.
The MCFAJ sponsored their 23rd All-Japan motocross at the 1.25-mile Fuji Speedway. The volcanic ash and red clay circuit attracted 450 entries, the majority mounted on Yamahas, Kawasakis and Suzukis. Factory headliner Tadao Suzuki on his Yamaha DT-1 handily won the senior 250 class, while H. Miyoshi won both the 125-cc Semi-expert and Expert races on a Yamaha AT-1.
Commendatore Alfonso Morini, chief of the famous Bologna factory, died suddenly on June 30th at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife and a married daughter. He was a self-made man and a true racing enthusiast, like two other exponents of that generation, Carlos Guzzi and Giuseppe Gilera.