FINAL ANECDOTE to this year's running of the Mexican 1000, or Baja 1000 if you prefer, was the recovery of Team CYCLE WORLD's fabled 750 Norton. In the 1968 Baja, Jerry Platt rode a Norton 750 P-11, entered by CYCLE WORLD and ZDS Motors (then Norton distributor in the West).
I recently purchased a slightly used Amal GP 2 to be installed in my 1966 Bultaco 250 TT, which I use primarily for flat tracking. I bought it from a BSA dealer who had removed it from a Spitfire Mk II because he thought it was causing the machine to perform below par.
After reading John Shedd's article in September CW, "America's Ironman of Motorcross," we anxiously awaited the appearance of Gary Bailey at the Pepperell Inter-Am event. Having now measured Mr. Bailey against the East Coast riders, we are wondering if Shedd's comment that Bailey "is probably the best motocross rider in America" was a misprint.
AMA/FIM "working agreement" was the bombshell dropped by Mr. William Berry at the opening of the general assembly at this year's Competition Congress. The news came hard on the heels of an AMA news release which stated that a "short term" arrangement had been reached by the two sanctioning giants, but that the FIM's present affiliate in the U.S., MICUS, would continue to operate during the "short term."
More Than 1.5 Million Spectators File Past Dazzling Displays As The Japanese Motorcycle Industry Dons Its Wildest Togs.
THE SIGHT of over 3 million eager hands grabbing, punching, gripping, poking all the machines and snatching up every catalog in sight; futuristic displays that winked, shimmered, rumbled and howled, doing everything but taking the checkbook out of your pocket for you.
INTER-AM motocross is underway once more, and the competition is furious. Most likely the Europeans will dominate the 13-leg series. They are the cream of the motocross crop. Both world champions—Joel Robert and Bengt Aberg—are competing.
The F5 has Adjustable Forks And An Amazingly Flexible Torque Range For A 350. It's a Right, Proper Chameleon.
THE JAPANESE, if one may risk generalization, are a conservative people. So their rapid ascendancy to leadership of the world motorcycle market would seem a paradox. But the secret of their success lies not in their avant-garde creativity but in their eclecticism.
Could There Ever Be Something As Much Fun As Defying The Laws Of Physics On A Three-Wheeler?
I HAVE NEVER been able to determine why the sidecar faded from the motorcycle scene, or exactly when. Come to think of it, they didn't fade away; all of a sudden—BOOM— they were gone. Some say the increase in automobile ownership made sidecars unnecessary for family transportation, and the motorcycle became more a sporting vehicle.
An Easygoing Englishman Who Can't Decide Between Trials And Motocross Visits With American Trials Club.
IVAN J. WAGAR
THE PINHARD PRIZE probably is the most sought after trophy among motorcyclists in England. Not only is it based on a rider's competition prowess, but also on his ability to be a gentleman on and off the track; his desire to help others; and his friendliness among fellowmen.
In A Vacuum Bubble World, Where Emotion Was Obsolete, He Would Rather Die With A Man's Memories Full And Burning Within Him.
TWO SQUIRRELS squabbling out-side fell quiet, and the old man sat erect at his breakfast table, alert to the spaces surrounding his house. He sniffed the morning breeze. Juniper mingled with dewy earth smells. Nothing unusual. The squirrels un-froze, scampered high into their pine, and a low mechanical hum filled the clearing.
QUALITY in a finished product is the end result of continued improvement. The Spanish firm of Bultaco has illustrated this process quite well in its new 100-cc Lobito Mk II. A case in point is the evolution of the Lobito. The first one was a play bike, pure and simple.
Bikes Lose but Keep the Fastest Time Record in Baja.
JOSEPH C. PARKHURST
HUSQVARNA riders J.N. Roberts and Sweden's Gunnar Nilsson won the motorcycle class in the annual Baja bash, but came in only 5th overall behind the buggies and four-wheel-drive cars. They rode a highly interesting new 500-cc Husqvarna Twin, seen for the first time in our part of the world.
A NEW ENGINE WINS THE FIRST TIME OUT IN AMERICAN RACING
IVAN J. WAGAR
HUSQVARNA is a name steeped in racing history and tradition. In the 1930s, the company was famous for a tremendously powerful vee Twin that was so successful even the illustrious Stanley Woods signed up to ride for the Swedish factory. More noted for fine rifles and sewing machines, Husqvarna dabbled in various forms of motorcycle competition before settling down to motocross.
FROM BARNYARD BEGINNINGS CAME THESE TRIALS, ROAD RACE, & ENDURO CHAMPIONS
MANY OF THE world's motorcycle manufacturers began production under peculiar circumstances, but none can equal the bizarre tale of the Spanish Bultaco. Born quite literally in a barn, the Bultaco has, nevertheless, become one of the most famous names in world among the more sporting-minded motorcycle enthusiasts.
ONE OF THE BEST new shows in the current TV season is the MGM-TV weekly series, "Then Came Bronson." Last spring, a two-hour pilot feature was released. From this, the series evolved. The star of the show, Jim Bronson (played by Michael Parks), is a free spirit who travels the country on his motorcycle.
Ignorance And Innocence May Be Your Best Path To Enjoyment
DICK LA FORGE
A TOUR of Europe is said to be the ultimate in motorcycle touring experiences. You can buy a new Triumph, Norton, or BMW by mail, find it waiting for you when you arrive, and cover thousands of miles of historic countryside in relative ease and comfort.
While the age old argument whether European riders are better than American counterparts rages on, the American Federation of Motorcyclists is doing something to promote better understanding among enthusiasts. Last year, for the first California International Grand Prix, the AFM lured Dave Simmonds to the event.
Motorcycle helmets don't come free—at least not to the legitimate cyclist. But thievery accounts for the disappearance of thousands of helmets a year, a burden not easily borne by the average enthusiast. In light of this, Westways Distributors is now marketing the Helmet-Lock. This unit, complete with plastic-coated steel cable, is said to be easily mounted to your machine by bolting or welding, and it doesn't hinder the operation or style of your bike in any way. This enables you to secure the helmet to your motorcycle while it is unattended, leaving you free to go about your business without worrying if it will still be there on your return. Price for the Helmet-Lock is $6.95 from most dealers, or contact Westways Distributors, Dept. CW-l, Box 2371, Eugene, OR 97402.
BSA AND TRIUMPH FIVE-SPEEDS
After more than two years of race testing, close ratio five-speed gearsets are now available in the U.S. for Tri umphs and BSAs. The gearciusters fit in the existing gearbox with no alterations necessary, and the ratios chosen are suitable for both street and track use. The conversion kits, designed by En gland's racing engineer Rod Quaife, come complete with all parts, including gears, selecting forks, camplate and quadrant. Detailed instructions also ac company the components for quick fitting. These gearsets are fitted to the factory BSA and Triumph racing ma chines along with Gary Nixon's Daytona Triumph and World Champion Giacomo Agostini's privately owned Triumph Tri dent. The gear ratios are: fifth, 1: 1; fourth, 1.06:1; third, 1.24:1; second, 1.55:1 and first, 2.01:1. The retail price is $225 per set for 500-, 650-, and 750-cc models. For drag racers there is a close ratio three-speed conversion, which last year helped Aif Hagon set a new record in excess of 200 mph in England. Price is the same as quoted above for the complete gearbox. To complete the range of transmissions there are also units available to fit the Norton Manx, Matchless G50, AJS 7R and Norton Commando. Those inter ested, write Reg Pridmore, Dept. CW1, 2844 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105, and please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
KENDALL SLIPS IN
Kendall Refining Company offers two new high performance oils, spe cially formulated for high temperature motorcycle engine lubrication. Onehundred percent pure Pennsylvania oil, with a low carbon content and an exceptional resistance to thinning at high temperatures, is the base for these new twoand four-stroke oils. Kendall Special Motorcycle Oil comes in lOw-30, 40, and 50 SAE grades for four-stroke engines and SAE 40 for two-strokes. Information on Kendall GT-l Motorcycle Oil may be obtained from Kendall Refining Company, Dept. CW-l, 77 North Kendall Ave., Brad ford, PA 16701.
World famous vintners Martini and Rossi, made popular in European Moto cross by handing out jerseys imprinted with their name, have infiltrated the American racing scene. Martini sweat shirts are now available from the Cycle (Continued on page 74) Continued from page 73 Shirt Shop, Dept. CW-l, P.O. Box 5484, Mission Hills, CA 91340. Sizes range from small through extra large, and the price is $4.25.
Pennzoil now produces a new high performance lubricant formulated espe cially for two-strokes. The lubricant is based on 100 percent pure Pennsylvania stocks and is claimed to be fortified with an exclusive internal protection additive. The composition of this new product with its natural high viscosity index is said to insure easy mixing, clean burning, longer spark plug life along with good anti-wear protection. It blends in ratios from 16:1 to 50:1, versatile enough to comform to most manufacturers' recommendations. The oil comes in unbreakable one-pint con tainers with calibrated measurements for quick and precise fuel/oil mixing. Contact the Pennzoil Company, Dept. CW-1, Oil City, PA 16301.
GO ANYWHERE TRAIL MACHINE
The El Burro is a new all-terrain trail machine, offering both recreational and utilitarian features. Tubless, high-flota tion tires operate on only 1.5 psi air pressure and allow a ground contact area of one square foot per wheel. The El Burro is thus enabled to negotiate all types of terrain-sand, snow, swamp, fields rock beds and mud. It is an all-season vehicle. Powered by a 5-bhp Briggs & Stratton engine, sufficient for a safe 20 mph top speed, it travels as fast on sand as on pavement. The machine also features folding handlebars for ease of transport or storage, sealed bearings and a centrifugal clutch. It is also said to be capable of carrying two persons comfortably and yield up to 135 miles per gallon. The El Burro is available through the Aragon Distributing Company, Inc., Dept. CW-l, 323 West Maple Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016. Price: $399.
PANNONIA RIDES AGAIN
Foreign Motorcycle Corporation, sole U.S. importer for Horex parts, an nounces the arrival of two new models. They are not manufactured by the Horex firm, but do come from eastern Europe. The Danuvia 125 sells for $395, and has 10 horsepower. The Pannonia is a 250-cc, and is priced at $525. These machines were formerly imported by White Motors. For more information on Horex, White, or the new Pannonia and Danuvia motorcycles, contact Foreign Motorcycles Corp., Dept. CW-l, 48-22 43rd St., Long Island City 4, N.Y.
WATSON IAN SIDECARS
With the debuts of threeand fourcylinder high-speed tourers, sidecar en thusiasts cannot help becoming even more enthused. Now, R.G. Wilson, im porter and distributor of Watsonian sidecars, is offering units for BSA Three and Triumph Trident machines along with the Honda 750 Four. And while these larger displacement machines are "naturals" for sidecar use, Watsonians are also produced for 500and 650-cc BSAs and Triumphs, 500-, 600-, and 750-cc BMWs, 450-cc Hondas and Har ley-Davidson Sportster CH series. There are four models to choose from, each with its own different styling and fea tures, and brakes are standard on all but one of those models. All U.S. Watsonians attach on the right side of the motorcycle. For further information write R.G. Wilson, Dept. CW-l, Box 54, Greendale Station, Worcester, Mass.
The stage is set for the final breakdown of barriers that have held the AMA apart from the rest of the world in motorcycle sport. The success of the plan lies with the attitudes of two men who, in the next 12 months, will have to have one thought dominant in their minds.
BIG GAINS on the home front! That's the hottest topic in the Japanese motorcycling industry: after several years of losing ground to small (360-cc) cars, motorcycles are rapidly gaining popularity among the Japanese. Unbelievable congestion has turned pleasant motoring into a nightmare—there's nowhere to park cars anymore either.
With Gilera now definitely under Piaggio's wing, as forecast in last month's issue, the Arcore factory has immediately taken on new vigor and is quickly regaining lost time. To begin with, the 500 Twin, disclosed early this year in a “civil” version, has been considerably refined and has passed its last evaluative tests with flying colors; it is definitely going into regular production early next year.